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Title: a cat
Post by: HappySong. on December 20, 2019, 08:20:40 pm
We live in an older home in town that is not very well sealed up, but we keep it toaster than the outside (hence the mice).  Since we have 2 kids, both mobile, I'm very cautious about what is put down on toddler level will be strictly indoors.  We don't want a cat that is too old, nor too young.  I'm planning on calling the shelter to see what they have and to see if I can arrange a visit so I get a cat that is good w/ kids.  I don't want to have to return a cat b/c of a personality dispute.  What sort of things do I really need for a happy cat?  Any suggestions are appreciated.  I'm not 100% sold on getting a cat, but I am leaning heavily towards it (I think it depends on if I can find a place to put the litter where it won't become arts and crafts for the kids and if I can sell my dog loving DH).
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I'm really just researching right now, but need suggestions.  Thanks!
Title: Re: a cat
Post by: Fleurina on December 21, 2019, 01:33:50 am
Shelters usually have a good idea their cats' foibles, if they get along with children etc,  so maybe just go along and have a chat. A cat chat!  Can't advise on the DH though. eBay? 
Good luck  -- I've had cats in the past and always enjoyed them.  Love their independent air.
Title: Re: a cat
Post by: Andra on December 21, 2019, 05:47:12 pm
I think if we had gotten a kitty tree or really tall scratching post when my kitties were young it may have saved some shredded carpet.
It might also be worth considering two instead of one. My first pair were littermates and they mostly kept each other occupied. But if you are trying to convince a spouse, that may not fly.
Good luck!
Title: Re: a cat
Post by: NanD on December 24, 2019, 12:42:59 pm
A cat tree is good. Most cats like to get somewhere high where they can "escape" to. I have one in my dining room next to the patio door. One of my neighbors had hers in her loft, also next to a window.

I have two cats who have never been outside & they are perfectly happy, so don't feel you need to let them outdoors.

Definately a scratching post. You'll need to test which kind they like. One of my cats likes a sisal wrapped post and also a mat that's some sort of ropelike surface. The other cat prefers a tall carpet wrapped post. A former cat liked those rope wrapped flat boards that lie on the floor. My current two won't use them.

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Title: Re: a cat
Post by: Amyshojai on February 27, 2020, 07:23:40 am
I know this is an older thread so you may already have your kitty. But just as a rule of paw--today, we strongly recommend lots of environmental enrichment to keep cats happy, engaged, stress-free (reduces behavior and health issues). That means cat trees, puzzle feeding toys, birdbaths or feeders outside windows for "cat tv" entertainment, fun smells like catnip treats, and so forth.