Urbanites have known it forever -- cats make great apartment pets. Unlike larger apartment companions, a cat would feel perfectly at home in your 800sqft studio. But that doesn’t mean bringing a cat home is all bells and catnip -- like any other roommate, living with a cat can have its ups and downs.
If you’re considering inviting a feline friend into your apartment, make sure you’re prepared. Before bringing kitty home, be sure you’re prepared to:
This might go without saying, which is why we’re including it before we actually get to the list. Before bringing your new furry friend home, make sure your apartment allows cats. If you already know you live in a cat-friendly apartment, make sure to give management a heads up -- there may be some fees or paperwork that need to be handled to ensure that Fluffy can stay for good, and it’s important for management and maintenance teams to know what to expect so that your furbaby doesn’t accidentally get loose if they stop by.
Step number one in being a good cat mom or cat dad is learning how to keep your pet safe. When you’re bringing a cat into an apartment, there are a few things you should consider:
Apartment gardening is a great way to brighten up your living space, and it also opens up the possibility of creating some green space for your cat as well. Cats love cat grass, and including a catnip garden for them to explore in your apartment garden is a great way to keep them entertained.
Note: Some common house and apartment plants can be toxic to cats, so always double check to make sure plants are cat-safe before bringing them home!
Did you know that you can get cat drinking fountains? Or automated cat food bowls that automatically serve your pet breakfast and dinner on a timer? Keep meowing to a minimum both for your own sanity and for your neighbors when you switch to automated cat care.
Cats need a nice, private place to toilet, so make sure you have a solution ready before you bring kitty home. If you don’t have space to give your cat their own bathroom -- and in an apartment, it’s likely you don’t! -- find a covered litter box to keep that litter box smell from taking over your living space. Scented, biodegradable diaper bags make scooping the litter box a breeze, and a handy cat mat keeps litter from getting tracked through the rest of your apartment.
Bored cats can quickly become destructive cats. Save your furniture and your safety deposit by creating enrichment areas for your cat that they can access whenever they please. This can mean having a bin full of kitty toys available, utilizing your vertical space with cat-friendly shelves, or turning the nooks and crannies in your apartment into cozy cat spaces.
Cats are great apartment pets, but owning a cat in an apartment requires a little forethought to get right. Keep these things in mind when setting up your apartment, and we’re sure you and your kitty will feel right at home!
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