Best Cat Breed for Young Professionals in Apartments

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87724190Christmas is coming up and lots of young professionals won’t consider their Christmas complete until they’ve given themselves or their other half a living creature to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus. The problem with this is most young professionals have limited space, so they can’t afford to get a cat that needs to have lots of space, and long shifts trying to prove your worth at the beginning of a career means they need to be able to live solo for at least eight hours a day.

Persian

The best two words to describe Persian cats would be chilled out and hairy. These guys are good for apartments as long as you’re willing to spend some time with them each day, even if it’s only half an hour.

Obviously that coat requires a lot of attention, especially in winter, and these are probably the least happy out of the three to spend long days on their own. They’re still good for young professionals, but perhaps for couples who have varying overlap periods out of work so someone is in more often.

Despite the difficult conditions, there are some cats that are suitable for this kind of lifestyle. There are conditions to accompany all of them, but that shouldn’t stop the determined cat lover.

Maine Coon

Maine Coon cats unsurprisingly originated in Maine, USA, and are often recognised instantly for being flipping huge compared to other cats.

Their size and muscle may make you think that they’re unsuitable for living in apartments, but if anything they need to be indoors more than others.

While they do enjoy exercise, they are content to lounge a lot, and a cat tree or bookshelves and other things to climb should suffice for them.

They are sociable, although they aren’t really lap cats. They would rather just hang around close to you than sit on you, which isn’t that bad for some.

British Shorthair

These guys are well known for being incredibly chilled out and relaxed cats around. They’re good for apartments because of that, and are generally fine with being left alone during the working day.

As a testament to how popular they are, they make up over 90% of the cat population in the UK.

The only thing they don’t like is really loud homes. They tend to be quite shy, so aren’t suitable for party houses. Other than that, they’re all good.

They aren’t exactly prone to medical conditions, but 20% of males suffer from HCM, and just general requirements for medication mean you need to make sure you can afford to keep one.

A different solution

An alternative to thinking about the particular breed of cat that is best for periods along is to simply get more than one cat. Despite some opinions, they are sociable animals who enjoy each other’s company, especially if they’ve grown up together. Having two cats in your apartment will obviously increase the amount of food and products you have to buy- although the cost won’t double- but the benefits of the cat being able to socialise while you’re not there are priceless.

About the author: Beatrice has eight cats of her own, all named after US Presidents.

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