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Which cat breeds are low maintenance?

Welcoming a new cat into your home is a fun and exciting experience. Chances are, you’ll want to get a cat that fits well with your personality and lifestyle. Maybe you’re looking to become a first-time cat owner or just want a chill cat that will get along well with the other pets in your house. Or maybe your job keeps you out of the house most of the day and you want an animal that can amuse itself (without trashing your home). Whatever the reason, there are plenty of adorable low-maintenance cat breeds to choose from.

Low Maintenance Cat Breeds

Sphynx. The hairless cat breeds like the Sphynx are often the first choice for want-to-be cat owners who are concerned about allergens. While there are no truly hairless cats, the Sphynx’s fur feels more like peach fuzz to the touch. This unusual characteristic also means that the breed has less of the dander that can spark an allergy attack, making it hypoallergenic. A lithe, active, and independent cat, the Sphynx is happy to amuse itself while you’re out of the the house, but you may want to invest in a cat tower, as the Sphynx isn’t shy when it comes to jumping.

British Shorthair. The British Shorthair is noted for its undemanding personality and easygoing temperament. Affectionate but not needy, the British Shorthair may be your ideal companion, especially if you are looking for a breed that is able to amuse itself and can stay out of trouble while you’re away from home. The breed’s short, dense coat is easy to maintain. A weekly combing should be sufficient to remove dander and debris and to distribute skin oils for a healthy coat.

Russian Blue. Like the British Shorthair, the Russian Blue is known for its easygoing temperament. Not the type to follow you from room to room or to demand cuddle time when you’re doing dishes, the Russian Blue is content to amuse itself most of the time and doesn’t mind if your work schedule keeps you out of the house all day. Just don’t forget mealtimes! The Russian Blue’s smoky gray coat requires only a brushing once or twice a week to maintain its thick luxurious appearance.

Scottish Fold. (We recently profiled this tiny dynamo in our blog series.) The Scottish Fold, so named for the way its ears fold forward and lie close to the head, is an adorable addition to any home. Their short stature makes them unlikely to attempt any grand leaps, and their calm and adaptable personality makes them perfect companions. The Fold is a real sweetheart that can get along with other cats, dogs, and kids. Their thick coat is surprisingly easy to maintain and requires only a once or twice weekly brushing.

Maine Coon. The originally descended from ship’s cats, the Maine Coon is noted for its chill, almost dog-like personality. Maine Coons are large cats and are known for being smart, loyal, and playful. They love the outdoors and can even be walked on a leash or harness. Despite their long coats, Maine Coons require only minimal grooming. Their fur is silkier than that of other cat breeds and doesn’t mat easily. A good combing once weekly ought to be sufficient. Although the Maine Coon enjoys human company, it can easily amuse itself and is not considered needy or clingy. They enjoy physical affection and play, though they are not considered lap cats.

We hope this article has helped you find the perfect—low maintenance—feline companion.

Cecily Kellogg is a pet lover who definitely has crazy cat lady leanings. Her pets are all shelter rescues, including the dog, who is scared of the cats. She spent eight years working as a Veterinary Technician before becoming a writer. Today she writes all over the web, including here at Figo.

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