They’re cute. They’re cuddly. They can be a pain in the butt.
Yes, we love our pets and the companionship they offer. But they can also eat up a whole lot of our time and money. Still, if you really want to bring a fuzzy little friend into your life, take some time to consider the cost. Cats are typically more self-reliant than dogs, but not all felines are alike. Some cat breeds are far more low-maintenance than others.
So if you’re trying to determine which cat breed will demand the least from your budget and lifestyle, consider one of the following breeds.
Often called “the hairless cat,” the Sphynx isn’t actually free of fur, but their coat is very short, feeling like peach fuzz to the touch. That means there is little grooming upkeep and you won’t be paying costly grooming expenses. The Sphynx’s lack of thick fur also makes them hypoallergenic, which makes them family-friendly even in households with allergies. Best of all, the Sphynx is a very independent cat, and while they require your love, they spend most of the day looking after themselves.
Most people love British Shorthair cats for their even-keeled temperament and their undemanding personalities. Like the Sphynx, British Shorthairs look after themselves, but they are also affectionate, making them great for families. Plus, their short-but-dense coat is easy to maintain with a once-weekly combing, so again you will save on grooming costs. And with their soft, blue-gray fur, British Shorthairs are among the most huggable of cats.
Like the British Shorthair, the Russian Blue has an easygoing temperament and demands little round-the-clock attention. Russian Blues can keep themselves occupied most of the day, so whether you work from home or are out and about, your fur-baby will keep busy. (Just don’t forget about suppertime!) As for grooming, the Russian Blue also only requires a once-weekly brushing.
These little guys are just adorable. Scottish Folds get their name from the short fold toward the top of their ears. Short in stature, the Scottish Fold will not wreak havoc on your house by leaping from one chair to the next. Rather, they are calm and adaptable creatures, another perfect pick for families with kids or other pets. And while their coats are surprisingly thick, they also only require a brushing once or twice a week.
Some people say that the Maine Coon is a dog trapped in a cat’s body. That’s because, like their canine cousins, Maine Coons are smart, loyal, and playful companions. Large in size and with long, luxuriant hair, you still won’t have to worry too much about grooming expenses. That’s because their silky fur doesn’t matte easily. A good, once-weekly combing is all it takes to keep this kitty clean. Also like dogs, Maine Coons enjoy physical affection and outdoor playtime—and some owners even walk theirs on a leash! But they are cats, and at the end of the day, are far less clingy than dogs.