Do you live in an apartment? Kitties can be purrfect pets for people who live in smaller spaces. Fluffy will sleep most of the time, and doesn’t really need much room. However, there are things to keep in mind. A Roanoke, VA vet lists some key ones below.
Don’t have a lot of room? Consider hanging a scratching pad on your wall, rather than keeping it on the floor.
Litterboxes are definitely not the best part of having a kitty: they may be convenient, but they aren’t exactly nice to look at. Consider getting a piece of furniture that was designed to hold a litterbox. These come in many styles, and tend to be both sturdy and attractive.
Fluffy may spend a chunk of her day snoozing, but she does still need good stimulation. Offer her a good window seat with a good view, preferably one that includes birds and squirrels. Make sure your screens and windows close securely! If you have blinds, you may want to keep them rolled up and getting another window covering. Cats are prone to going through blinds to get to windows. Just make sure your feline buddy can’t get tangled up in the cord.
Fluffy will still need to see her doctor regularly. Make sure to keep your furball up to date on vaccinations and parasite control.
Many kitties like having some vertical space. If you don’t have room for a cat tower, consider installing cat shelves for your furry buddy.
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Setting out some pet-safe plants will not only make your place look cozy, it will also help with smells. Boston ferns and Spider plants are both good options, but there are many more. The ASPCA has a good list here.
Does your feline friend stay home alone while you’re out? Turn a TV or radio on for her, and leave a light on if you’ll be gone after dark.
There’s also the odor of a litterbox to deal with. Keeping Fluffy’s powder room clean is the most important thing here, but there are also small things you can do to help. Put a desk-sized air purifier near the litterbox. (Pet-safe plants can help here, too.)
Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local Roanoke, VA pet hospital, today!