Top 8 Cat Breeds for City Living

Cats bring daily joy to their owners’ lives. They are playful, cuddly, and entertaining pets with a great deal of personality. City dwellers often choose cats over dogs because they are more suited to a smaller home. Cats can tolerate being on their own for longer periods than dogs can, and they don’t need to be walked.

When choosing the best cat breeds for city living, we considered their space requirements, activity level, friendliness, and adaptability. We also considered their grooming requirements. Read on to discover the best cat breeds for your city home.

8. Manx

manx cat breed

The Manx cat is one of the best cat breeds for city dwellers. That’s because it has a sweet, charming, and laid-back nature. The distinguishing characteristic of the Manx is the short or missing tail. This gives these cats a quirky appearance.

They are medium-size cats weighing between 7 and 13 pounds as adults. They are a more active breed than others we considered. They enjoy playtime with their owners. However, they are not generally disruptive in the house. This breed has an excellent reputation as a mouser, meaning your city home will be free of rodent visitors.

7. Maine Coon

maine coon cat breed sitting on balcony with nature in background

The Maine Coon cat is known as the “gentle giant” of the cat world. Males can weigh up to 25 pounds as adults. However, don’t let their larger size intimidate you. These cats have a calm nature and bond closely with their owners. Such a friendly personality makes them loyal and loving companions. These cats enjoy active play with their owners, but most of the time they are docile and cuddly. They are also considered good mousers.

The one drawback to the Maine Coon cat is that their luxurious coats require regular brushing and grooming. These cats generally enjoy grooming. However, due to their large size, taking care of their coats can be a time-consuming exercise.

6. Sphynx

cat breed sphynx with big eyes

The hairless Sphynx cats are easy to care for and an excellent choice for owners with allergies. Their unique appearance makes them stand out from all other cat breeds. The only grooming they require is a regular wiping down.

They have clownish, attention-seeking personalities and are very interested in human activity. They will often run to greet their chosen humans at the door when they return home from work.

The disadvantage of the Sphynx is that it is not considered a good pet for families with small children. The Sphynx can live happily in a household with older children or adults.

5. Siamese

siamese cat breed looking at camera

The Siamese is one of the classic cat breeds. Stylish and elegant, this cat will give your city home an air of sophistication. The Siamese is devoted to its owners and is very easy to groom, requiring only light brushing. They are very intelligent and curious, enjoying playtime with their owners and other cats.

Some owners may find the Siamese a bit too “chatty” for their liking. They broadcast their likes and dislikes clearly to everyone in the house. They also need a little more space to stretch their legs than some other cats in this article.

4. Russian Blue

home pet russian blue cat breed

The Russian Blue is more reserved than the Siamese and much more shy with strangers. They are loving and loyal to members of the family. Russian Blues are quiet, gentle cats who don’t search for the spotlight, but look instead for quiet affection.

While they are docile and sweet-natured, Russian Blues love active play and may need a little more room to run around. Their intelligence makes them easy to train, and they love to play “fetch” with their owners. Their short coats are easy to maintain,  and their laid-back nature makes them fit into any home.

3. British Shorthair

british shorthair-sitting carpet

The British Shorthair is one of the best cat breeds for a small home because it has a lower energy level and fewer space requirements than others. These cats are relaxed and even-tempered and are not known for their athletic abilities.

They are loving companions with little trouble adapting to family life. They can live happily with all members of the household, including other pets and small children. With adult males averaging 9 to 17 pounds, they are a larger breed. As a breed, British Shorthairs have no known medical issues. Their short coats are easy to maintain.

2. Persian

lazy persian cat breen sitting on carpet indoors

The Persian is a great choice for owners with more time on their hands. They are quiet and lovable cats with soft voices and a sweet temperament. They can adapt well to living with children as well as other pets. They are not very active and do not need a great deal of space to be happy.

Grooming is an essential part of owning a Persian. If you have the time and patience to devote to daily combing and regular baths, the Persian might be the perfect companion for you.

1. Ragdoll

ragdoll cat breed next to dutch wooden clogs

The Ragdoll is our ideal breed for city living. While they are large cats with adult males reaching 15 to 20 pounds, they are incredibly laid-back. They are not as active as some other breeds we considered.

They are happy to not only play with children, but also allow themselves to be carried around the house. They do have long fur, which requires some grooming. They are easy keepers, as their fur does not tangle like that of the Siamese.

Choosing the Best Cat for Your Home

For your city home, always consider adopting an adult cat from a reputable shelter or rescue organization. Adopting an adult cat provides you with a calm, mellow pet with fewer requirements than a kitten.

In this article, we have detailed the eight best cat breeds for city living. These cats are loving and affectionate and can be happy in smaller spaces. They all have their own special qualities, so make sure you consider their requirements when choosing which breed is right for your family.

If you own one of these charmers, share your experiences with us.

Things to Consider When Buying A Cat

All cats are different, and it’s essential to choose a cat that will suit your needs and interact with you the way you want it to. Every cat is individual and will behave with you according to its inherent personality and early experiences.

The environment your cat grows up in is significant for the cat’s wellbeing,  making them fearful, playful, and confident in general life. On the other hand, If it lives with other cats that do not get on, then it will become stressed and start reacting differently

While there is still no guarantee when it comes to choosing the right cat for your lifestyle. Adopting a cat that will be able to cope with a new environment is crucial for both of your happiness.

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7 Feelings All Women Have



Sometimes there are only feelings that girls can understand. Things that men could never possibly understand. Being a female means having extreme emotional mood swings all the time and having men always tell you that you have too many emotions. What can we say? We’re female. Almost everything either makes us cry, or makes us very very angry.

Feelings Overload

That feeling you get when you KNOW your period is about to start


Ladies I know you can relate to this! We know we have just a few days until our period starts and we dread knowing that it is on it’s way. Thinking about the awful cramps that are about to come ruin your mood and make you want the next few days to go by super slow. For the females that don’t get cramps the girls who do are jealous of you and wish that they were just as lucky as you were. We know that we have to go to school in sit in class all day long and feel like crap and the nurses won’t care when we tell them that we have cramps because they say “Just take some medicine it’s fine”.

When you feel fabulous but your selfie doesn’t.


We all have those days where we think we look flawless but as soon as we pull that camera out that is when we realize that we have been thinking the wrong thing all day long. It sucks, doesn’t it? We think we look so good after spending hours on our hair and makeup and then as soon as we try to take a picture to capture the pure beauty of ourselves our camera decides that we look hideous that day and we can’t find any type of angle to help it either. It’s like the mirror thinks we look good but as soon as that camera is out we look like we just got done crawling out of a hole that we spent 10 years in. This makes us so mad and irritated. Especially when we get online and see all these flawless girls with the best pictures and we can’t even get one that is a little bit decent.

That feeling you get when you get home from work/school and you can finally take your bra off



Oh my goodness! This is the best feeling in the world and we all know it whether we want to admit it or not. After a long day or work or school the second we walk into our house and go into our room that bra is coming right off so that we can finally relax a bit! We all secretly hate bras and wish we didn’t have to wear them all the time. There so bulky and when our boobs are sore that’s when we really don’t want to wear them but we have no choice so that means that the minute we step foot into our home it is coming right off!

Those days where we are feeling ourselves and we know we look good.


Sometimes we even think we’re better than Beyoncé. Who’s the queen now B? When we feel this way we feel sassy and fierce. We feel like nothing can stop us. We run the world and nobody can tell us what to do because we are the best. We feel beautiful and that makes us feel so confident in ourselves. We don’t feel like this all the time but when we do it is amazing because we love how we look and sometimes it takes a lot for us to love how we look since we are always seeing women that we think are perfect and we wish that we looked like them.

When your special someone says something that makes you mad.


When your significant other angers you your only expression is this. There is nothing more annoying then your boyfriend/girlfriend frustrating you or doing something stupid that they know is going to make you mad but they do it anyway. Every female experiences an annoying boyfriend like this in their life and it literally drives us crazy. There is nothing that we can’t stand more than a boyfriend who is purposely doing things to annoy us and make us mad.

When you get a new shirt and want to show it off to everyone.


When you get a new shirt or dress (or any piece of clothing for that matter), you want to show it off to everyone you can. Your mom, best friend, husband, the mailman… basically anyone that will listen. Plus, if you have a new dress with pockets, you MUST tell everyone about it.

When you have to suffer through another day at work.

feelings all women have


Suffering through work day after day can get pretty annoying. Doing the same thing over and over again, dealing with your least favorite co-worker, and maybe even having to deal with angry customers… doesn’t sound like fun. But we get through it as strong women!

America’s Monopolies Visualized


Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

It may sound like a cute refrain from your childhood, but the promise of similar punishment is all too real for large American companies trying to navigate the murky waters of actual mergers and monopolies. Just ask Comcast, whose giant merger with Time Warner Cable was called off in April 2015 due to increasing backlash from regulatory bodies in both the trade and communications spheres.

But Comcast’s was far from the only merger planned for 2015, and several big names in the marketplace got that much bigger while no one was looking: Walgreens combined with Rite Aid, Kraft with Heinz, and Budweiser bought Miller to create one enormous super-brewery. In fact, there were so many mergers and acquisitions In 2018 that it recently broke the previous record set in 2007 for total M&A deal volume.

So what does all of this mean for consumers? Although antitrust laws governed by the Federal Trade Commission are in place “to protect the process of competition for the benefit of consumers,” there’s only so much they can regulate, and, in some cases, very little they can do to break up certain strongholds, especially on the regional or county level.

Curious about the level of competition for your dollar? We took a look at the industry influence of major goods, utilities, and service providers around the country to get the inside scoop on which companies are cashing in big.

Annual Revenue of Industry Leaders

A monopoly, despite common conception, is not simply a very large company that has most of the market share. A business is only termed a monopoly when it has virtually no other competition in its industry because it has undertaken to quash its opponents. So are any of these household names really “monopolies?” The FTC doesn’t think so, but a look at their annual revenue certainly paints an interesting, profitable picture.

Walmart, for example, brings in 2.5 times more money than Costco and Target, its next closest competitors, combined.

And remember that failed deal between Comcast and Time Warner? Had it gone through, the company would have been a force to be reckoned with, at 10 times the size of Charter. Instead, Time Warner and Charter have announced a merger, which may help to keep Comcast in check (although the new company will still bring in less than half of what Comcast does).

Top Cable Broadband Companies by State

But while no one company may have a true monopoly nationally, the same can’t always be said regionally, especially when it comes to utilities or services like cable and internet. Cox Communications, which accounts for only 10% of broadband service in the country, controls a whopping 99% of it in the state of Rhode Island. And they’re not alone. Time Warner all but owns Hawaii with 98% of its business, and Comcast comes in big with 86% of Maryland and 83% of Delaware.

Mouse over the interactive below to see what energy company runs your town

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Breaking it down even further, often specific cities and counties (and sometimes entire states) end up under the umbrella of a single service provider because it would be inefficient and often financially unsound for a competitor to break into the area. Imagine, for example, having two gas lines running to your house, or three different companies vying for your tap water business, each with its own huge and intricate system of underground pipes. The result of these situations is a natural monopoly, wherein a single company lays the foundation for these services in a given area, and, rather than being kept in check by their competitors (of which there often are none), they are regulated by the government.

For an example of this idea in action, check out our interactive map of how the energy utility industry plays out county to county. (And no, that’s not a map of the 1940s era Eastern Bloc borders, though you could have fooled us.)

Electric Utility Availability by County

Taking a look at the map of counties with one versus two electric companies below, it’s obvious that many areas are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to available options. Several of the states with the highest populations, including California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida, show large pockets of dual service providers (as do a few less populous ones like Wisconsin), but much of the country, especially in the West and South, is being hung out to dry.

Surprisingly, some of the most populous counties, including Los Angeles and the several counties that make up Manhattan and the boroughs, offer only one electric option, despite smaller bordering counties offering two or more.

And, it turns out that even when you’ve only got one option for a service or utility provider, there’s an even shorter end of the stick, and you may be getting it. One report earlier this year showed that some residents of California were paying twice as much as others for the same amount of usage, and that electricity through investor-owned (private) companies was nearly universally more expensive than service through a public (government or consumer operated) company. So if, like much of the country, you’re in an area that offers only one electric option, you may be stuck with rates much, much higher than your neighbor’s.


If all this talk of natural monopolies, investor-owned utilities, and mergers and acquisitions has your head swimming, don’t sweat it. Instead, think about how many rules you had to follow playing the game Monopoly as a kid (curse you, unimproved property mortgage), and rest assured that any US company trying for a major industry takeover has many, many more rules to follow, all under the watchful eye of the FTC. And, if nothing else, you’ll smile knowingly the next time you pull out the ol’ game board and land on Electric Company or Water Works. Utility rates that vary widely from turn to turn and person to person? Yep, that sounds about right.


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