There's nothing like the sound of purring when you wake up in the morning. Apartment cats are on the rise, with more and more people opting to go for these cute friends that aren't attention (nor time) consuming like dogs. That said, it's also a fact that more people than ever are now living in urban areas, opting for apartments rather than houses. Living with a cat in a small apartment can be tough for both of you, at least unless you take some steps to make it more comfortable.
In this guide, we'll cover some of the basic rules of living in a small apartment with a cat, so if you have one (or are looking to adopt one) - read on!
If your apartment is small like mine, you'll probably want to save some space anywhere you can. These hammocks can be bought almost anywhere and in any décor you want. Place them under a chair or a coffee table and your cat will have a beautiful spot all for herself. If you're on a budget, you can make your own cat hammock by using cloth and straps and tying them together below a chair. It should be really comfortable, depending on the size of the chair (and your cat).
Cats Love Windows
The first thing I usually hear in the morning is my cat growling at the pigeons outside. There's no mistaking, even though they love the indoors, they also love looking through the window. It's some sort of an engagement for them, as my cat does it regularly and always at the same hours.
What you can do is help them sit (or lie) on the window by creating window seats. It's yet another space that you most probably don't use, so a window seat won't only be a gift for your cat, but you'll also save some space. And once you see your cat sunbathing or birdwatching - you'll know you did the right thing to make your cat happy.
A Cat Tree
I know, I know, it sounds huge. But hear me out, this isn't about a regular tree. It's actually about another space-saving toy for your cat that she's just going to love! It's actually a vertical climber of sorts which you can attach to any door and yet again save a ton of space. Not only are regular climbers expensive, but they also take up a lot of space. I always wanted to get one for my cat but it could never fit in my apartment. This one - it takes no space at all and you get the best out of both worlds.
This is one of those spots where cats shouldn't be yet you just can't keep them out. Cats love spending time in a high place from where they can keep an eye on everything. This is especially true if you have more than one cat, as one will almost always want to climb somewhere to get away from the other one.
If you have a bookshelf, you can clear out a few books and create some room for your furry friend. Just make sure that it's climbable, or things are going to fall down.
Alright, this one's really important. Not only does cat litter smell bad, but cats also leave a lot of hair behind. And if you're living in a small apartment, the amount of hair that gathers everywhere can go through the roof. Try to do a quick clean once per day to keep everything clean, as you'll both be feeling way more comfortable in a clean space. Cat litter, on the other hand, must be one of the biggest cons of having a cat. But still - you have to clean it and you have to do it often, or your apartment's going to smell. Bad.
In a small apartment, you need to be aware that you have to share everything with your cat. There shouldn't be a place where she can't go, as a tiny apartment is already a stretch for an animal. If at any point you try to teach your cat that she can't go somewhere - that's exactly where she's going to go for the next few days. They just don't take no for an answer.
Seriously, when I was moving to my current apartment, I packed my stuff in boomerang boxes and went on to watch TV to kill some time until the movers arrive. The next thing I know, the kitty's gone! I searched everywhere until I finally found her in one of the boxes - lying on top of a framed photograph. It looked extremely uncomfortable, but it was alright for her.
Living with a cat takes some time to get used to, especially if you're sharing a small flat. But you should know that cats are extremely good at adapting, so after a week or so you'll see her starting to claim space as her own. With these simple tips we've highlighted you'll be able to create a more fitting environment for both you and your cat.