Most house cats are considered “small.” Exceptions include the Maine coon, but generally domesticated cats won’t grow larger than 15 to 20 pounds. However, certain felines bring up the rear, so to speak, of the weight spectrum. These smaller-breed house cats can be a great option for apartment dwellers.
The Cornish rex is a darling, if unusual looking cat. They have very short, wavy coats that are extremely soft. This breed makes an excellent pet for those who have allergies as they shed minimally, especially when compared to other breeds. Depending on gender, these active little furballs weigh from 5 to 9 pounds.
Persians are a little on the larger side of small cats, weighing between 7 and 14 pounds. However, these very quiet, gentle kitties make perfect lap cats. Their long, fluffy coats do require routine grooming, so time to spare and a willingness to bathe your kitty are a must if you want a Persian.
Korats are one of the oldest breeds in existence. Their coats don’t come in a wide variety of colors like many other house cats -- they are always blue-gray with green eyes. These kitties are quite muscular for their size and weigh 5 to 11 pounds. Korats are social creatures and can get jealous easily. Though each cat has its own distinct personality, they tend to do best in child-free homes.
Javenese are graceful felines with piercing blue eyes. On the surface, they seem like regular kitties: they love eating and talking. However unlike many other cats, this breed is easily trained. Imagine having a cat that can do tricks and use the toilet on command! These little intellectuals weigh between 5 and 11 pounds.
The Siamese is one of the most well-known cats in the world. Though “Lady and Tramp” may have portrayed this breed as prissy and aloof, they defy this unfair categorization. Siamese cats crave attention and they’re not afraid to demand it; they’re one of the most vocal cats in the world! They’re wonderfully affectionate companions but probably not the right cat for you if you find yourself away from home a lot. Siamese kitties will grow somewhere between 5 and 10 pounds.
Christina Stephens is a writer from Portland, Ore. whose main areas of focus are pets and animals, travel and literature. A veterinary assistant, she taught English in South Korea and holds a BA in English with cum laude honors from Portland State University.