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Old 02-06-2012, 07:52 PM
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Re: Cat in a studio flat - will he/she keep us awake at night?

I think you have been given a lot of useful suggestions so far.
Personally, I would also advise you to take an older cat, a quiet, laid back cat or a special needs cat.
If you get a cat that has already spent some time in a rescue, or one whose previous domestic situation is well-known, you will know whether this particular cat will suit your housing situation and lifestyle.

The space available to a cat is not defined by floor space only, you can vastly increase his living space by turning your flat into a cat-friendly home. I copied a few links to examples of Japanese cat-friendly houses in another thread (Japanese houses are notouriously small).

Maybe these solutions will give you some inspiration as to how to make your flat a nice place for your future cat to live in.

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Old 03-06-2012, 07:12 AM
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Re: Cat in a studio flat - will he/she keep us awake at night?

Please please think of the cat - one room is too small for a cat.
You don't have to have a house with 14 rooms just a bit more room.
I expect you will move to a bigger flat at some stage so could you just not be patient and wait until you have more suitable accomodation.
Yes I know it is a lot to ask in this day and age when people want instant gratification but I beleive the cats welfare should come first.
I think keeping a kitten in one room would be very wrong- little better than confining it to a cat run to live in.
I know some people will say they know someone who keeps a cat in one room and it is happy - well the cat has not got much choice so makes the best of a bad situation.
If you think of the nature of a cat do really think a cat won't be frustrated kept confined within four walls?
If you really must get a cat then give a home to an old one that just wants to sleep a lot - but please do not get a kitten.
When I did home vetting I once turned down a home from a girl living in a studio flat - needless to say she went out and bought one from a pet shop.
Two weeks later she called me and asked me to rehome it as she realised I was right and her room wasn't suitable after all!
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:31 AM
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Re: Cat in a studio flat - will he/she keep us awake at night?

Lots of food for thought, and arguments both for and against above.
But I will ask one question....if the cat DOES keep you awake, or at least wake you a couple of times in the night, how would you react and would that be the worst thing in the world?
I am really not the most patient of people, and the sound of a noisy neighbour at night or even of a snoring partner can drive me to distraction and even rage. But I never feel angry or annoyed when one of the cats disturbs me in the night, in fact I often find myself rolling over and back to sleep with a happy smile on my face!
Last night I must have been woken up at least 3 times...Murphy purring like an engine in my ear which means he wants feeding at around 2am, Mitzi deciding she wanted a snuggle fest at around 4am and then less pleasantly Peggy hacking up a fur ball as a 7.30am alarm call.
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Re: Cat in a studio flat - will he/she keep us awake at night?

I don't think it's fair to say that the cat can never be happy in a one room set up. You can't possibly know that without observing the cat over a long period of time. Some cats would absolutely hate it, but some wouldn't mind a bit. The only parts of my house that are closed to the cats are the bedrooms and bathroom. They could run through the rest of the house all they wanted, but do you know what they do? They all stay in the living room. They eat there, they play there, they sleep there if they're not in the bed with me (their choice). They even poo there now that I've given in and put a litter tray in! If I open my back door, both girls crowd into my small 4 by 3 porch and sit there for hours on end watching nothing in particular (the screen door backs onto a fence). Then when they're bored of that, guess where they go? Back to the living room!

My house may as well be a blooming studio flat for all the use they make of the extra space!
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Re: Cat in a studio flat - will he/she keep us awake at night?

I have been trying to think about a 14 room house, so I think we should stop be concerned most of us don't have and never will have a home as large as this. I have only been a pet owner for 6 months, so have very little experience but have been in my house for 20 years and only decided that it was the right time for me late last year.

However Cookie loves to charge around the house making full use of all the space she has, I accept that a studio has a larger floor space than my downstairs rooms but she loves making use of the stairs and the upstairs rooms, so I don't think I would have decided to get a pet if my living space was much smaller.

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Re: Cat in a studio flat - will he/she keep us awake at night?

What are the dimensions of the main room and then the bathroom?

Are there some big windows? How many windows are there and what do they look out onto? If my Cats were indoors only, they would look out onto a garden and their own bird feeder

Also ..I'm just thinking of when one of my cats does a big hum dinger of a poop and I can smell it as soon as I walk in the room. Could you cope with that in the middle of the night?
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Re: Cat in a studio flat - will he/she keep us awake at night?

Haha, these are some major concerns.....
though I must say some litters are very good at absorbing smells.

We don't have a litter tray in the bedroom, but right next to it on the landing, and it gets used frequently by cats sleeping on the bed and wanting to get back to bed ASAP. So as far as noise and smell is concerned, it's just as bad as a litter tray on the other end of a studio.
Also, on an average night we have 3 to 5 cats sleeping on the bed with us at some time or other, and they do wake me up at times. Most of the time, it just makes me smile, I give them a cuddle and I go back to sleep, often with a purring cat-engine snuggled up to me.

Hubby does complain apout the smell, though, sometimes.
You might wish to consider a litter tray in the bathroom (pic on the left)



or inside a cupboard (right picture), like they did in one of the Japanese houses...



By the way, do you have a balcony you can cat-proof?
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:55 AM
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Re: Cat in a studio flat - will he/she keep us awake at night?

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I don't think it's fair to say that the cat can never be happy in a one room set up. You can't possibly know that without observing the cat over a long period of time. Some cats would absolutely hate it, but some wouldn't mind a bit. The only parts of my house that are closed to the cats are the bedrooms and bathroom. They could run through the rest of the house all they wanted, but do you know what they do? They all stay in the living room. They eat there, they play there, they sleep there if they're not in the bed with me (their choice). They even poo there now that I've given in and put a litter tray in! If I open my back door, both girls crowd into my small 4 by 3 porch and sit there for hours on end watching nothing in particular (the screen door backs onto a fence). Then when they're bored of that, guess where they go? Back to the living room!

My house may as well be a blooming studio flat for all the use they make of the extra space!
Yes but at least they have a choice.
And so do you. If have chosen to restict their access by not allowing them in the bedrooms or bathroom I assume you have a reason.
The OP will not be able to do this . They will live, eat , sleep, cook, etc with the cat.
As you say yourself some cats would hate it - so what if the OP gets a kitten who turns out to hate it.
It always seems to come back to what the owner "wants" rather than considering what is "best" for the cat.
Living life in one room is very limited - I don't see how you can get away from that fact.
It is also impractical - if your front door opens onto the one room and the outside world surely the cat will try to escape every time you open the door.
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Re: Cat in a studio flat - will he/she keep us awake at night?

i live in a one bedroom flat (so there's 4 rooms - lounge, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom). it's not massive and my 'kitten' (i use the term loosely, he's 8 months old and is HUGE! ) is currently indoors. he has free run of the flat and has slowly taken over with his stuff! i haven't had any issues with having a kitten in a relatively small space, but the separate rooms is a big bonus. he does wake me up sometimes when he's having a mad 10 minutes although is getting better.

my main concern with a studio though would be having to sleep in close proximity to the litter tray - i've got mine as far away from my bedroom as possible, but it's still unpleasant if he poos at night!! plus at night he often entertains himself by stalking around the rest of the flat and sitting at the various windows - i'd say in all likelihood you'd be losing sleep if he's got to be in the room all the time!

plus it is always useful to be able to confine him to other rooms if necessary - for example sometimes i just don't have time for him to 'help' me mop the floor or change my bed!!
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Re: Cat in a studio flat - will he/she keep us awake at night?

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for all your comments, definitely food for thought! Our flat is 350 sq foot not including the bathroom which has a long cupboard running the full length under the stairs - about 2.5m long. The ceilings are a min of 12 foot high (Victorian conversion) and we have floor to ceiling bay window, about 3 metres min across. Hope that gives some more info! I know our space is not ideal but we live in one of the most expensive cities and a house is only for millionaires... sadly!! We haven't made a decision yet and are considering all options. Thanks again for all your help/advice.
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