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

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  1. Jiskefet

    Jiskefet Slave to the Hairy Hikers

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    Your room is very high, so you could make an extra floor in part of the room, like a landing, for a bedroom for you or some extra space for the cat

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  2. chillminx

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    What a great idea Jiskefet! An indoor balcony would give the cat somewhere quiet to go when it just wanted its own company. Perfect (or rather "purrfect"?);):)
     
  3. Cloudygirl

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    personally i think it's a bit small and if you get one cat you need something to keep them entertained and where are you going to fit that stuff.

    Cats can live in relatively small spaces. When I'm out mine live in what I call the cat flat :) that's my utility room (except it's now my cat room) the hall and the bathroom. The reason being that when I'm out of the house they chew wires, smash things and scratch things but when I'm in they don't. They got water in the heater once and nearly set fire to the house so it's for their benefit.

    They seem happy enough. Their routine is to play for a bit and then sleep a lot but when I'm in they get the run of the whole house and then they run up and down the stairs for hours. They don't play up so much when I'm there.

    It's quite interesting if I get a week off work for the first few days they will still follow their routine even if I'm in so I'll find them asleep on the cat tree all day. I'm like but I want to play and they look cross ;)

    My utility room as I said is now a cat room. As well as their litter trays it contains two cat trees and a scratch post. The bathroom contains their baskets. Also in the rest of the house for when they do play they have a cardboard scratcher in the living room, at the bottom of the stairs, at the top, in the spare room and in my bedroom and they also have a big scratch post at the top of the stairs. Then there's all the toys. And yes I have two cats but you'd probably have to be even more interactive with one because it doesn't have another cat to keep it entertained. You could try maybe rescuing an old cat that isn't active but you'd need to consider that often old cats become incontinent and could you deal with that in a studio flat.
     
  4. TatiLie

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    Oh, Jiskefet! I got me addicted to moderncat.net!! And because it's all your fault that I discovered this Dutch company, you must send me one! :D
     
  5. Jiskefet

    Jiskefet Slave to the Hairy Hikers

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    Oooohhhh, you shouldn't have shown me that cat tree....
    Now I want one, and they are so expensive.....
     
  6. TatiLie

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    I'm glad that the only thing I understood from the website is the price tag of €499. In no way I can discover more about the product or place an order! :D:D
     
  7. happycat12

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    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for all your useful comments! We actually borrowed our next door neighbours stuff for a cat (all of it... call me crazy!) and set it all up how it would be if we had a cat in the flat to see how much room we had. In short it was fine, with still lots of floor space. The flat has TONS of built in storage so there was plenty of room for everything. So now I have bought a 3m high huge activity tree and all the bits and pieces I need so am just awaiting the cat!! Very excited. Have looked extensively into what toys I will need to keep the cat mentally and physically stimulated and am even considering a harness to give the cat walks / play time in the communal gardens.

    Thanks again everyone!
     
  8. Misi

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    From watching the series, "My cat from hell", I've learnt that if you don't have much floor space, the thing to do is create more vertical space, pretty much as Jiskefet suggested. You could put shelves on the wall that could act as a kitty staircase and a walkway around the top of the room. If you're really clever, you could make it so kitty can circumnavigate the room without ever touching the floor ;). Add some cat trees into the mix, and I think you could do it. It helps that you own your flat, so it's up to you what you stick on the walls :)

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    Have you decided whether you'll go for rescue or pedigree yet?
     
  10. happycat12

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    Hi,

    We have decided to go for a pedigree. Sadly, there are no local cat rescues that allow indoor only cats - they only have these cats available sometimes with very specific requirements, and recues further away operate a system where you can only recue within 'x' miles of the centre. Also, with a pedigree we know more what temperament we will be getting, i.e. British shorthair, quiet, laid back, and breeders will only allow these cats to go to indoor homes anyway.

    If in the future we move somewhere larger we will be adding a rescue cat to our family!

    Very excited now!
     

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