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Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Nt105, Sep 15, 2020.


  1. Nt105

    Nt105 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi there, I'm thinking of getting a kitten. I live in a third-floor flat with a communal garden that I'd like the cat to be able to use. My building is small, but sort of like the one in this picture, so access to the flat is via communal balconies, but with an outdoor staircase, and no door at the bottom between stairs and garden. Sorry, it's a bit complicated to explain! What I'd like to know is, can a cat learn to find its way home up three flights of stairs, or is that expecting too much? I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing. Thank you! N

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  2. ewelsh

    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    Hello and welcome:)

    Personally I think the odds are slim of training your cat to do all that, they are a Law unto themselves.

    Have you thought of having an indoor cat? Many are doing this nowadays with very contented cats! So many threats and risks to cats outside the home nowadays!
     
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    Nt105 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks @ewelsh I did also think it was unlikely, but wanted the cat to have the chance to be outside. Maybe I'll have to consider a house cat instead!
     
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    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    Honestly this forum alone has so many indoor cats, all spoilt rotten and very contented.

    If you go down this route, think about the breed of cat, some cats like British Short haired are very easy going and like being indoors! Check out @LeArthur boy Arthur, he is ridiculously chilled. Some cats like my Lottie a black moggie was born to live and hunt outside. Her character was very obvious at 6 weeks old. I think character and breed can help you.
     
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    Just keep the kitten inside. Ensure you have plenty of places for her to climb and perch and scratch. Screens on the windows should be secure. If allowed, cat proof the balcony, or get a little run to put out there so she can get some air safely.
     
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    I would also recommend an indoor cat. I would look for a breed like Persian or British Shorthair, which are very laid back and chilled out. They love to play but indoors is fine for them, they don't need too much space and they love to entertain themselves with toys and made up games. They are like cats on mute! And they are hilarious to watch and play with, you will fall in love with them very quickly. You can either find one through a specialist rescue which would be good if you want an adult cat, or from a registered breeder if looking for a kitten. But if it will be at home alone during much of the day, I would recommend an adult indoor cat. Or two kittens so they have company!
     
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