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Old 06-06-2009, 03:18 PM
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Default Cat people.. i have some questions about felines

ive always kind of overlooked cats as pets.but recently I met a very friendly cuddly playful one.. and since im moving into an apartment that allows 1 cat. the more I think about it, the more i think that id like a low maintenance feline friend to hang out with me when im stuck in my room studying

1. Is it OK to only have 1 cat..will it get lonely without any other kitty friends? kittens are on sale at the shelter for $35 for 2

2. I want a long haired cat.. its just something ive always wanted lol what kind of grooming is necesary?

3. Kitten or adult cat? Im going to be adopting from the shelter. which do you think its best?

4. What is a good kind of litter/box? ill be living in an apartment

5. i dont want it to be bored..what kinds of toys and things should I buy?

6. People with cats..do they like you? do they cuddle with you? my cats just kind of hang around.. but maybe thats because they are indoor/outdoor and weren't really raised with us. I want a loving pet

7. What is a high quality cat food?

8. i will be a student.. so i wont be home 24/7. but since im prevet I am gonna be spending a lot of time in my room studying. but for when im not home.. what are some things I should have to keep kitty entertained? and keep her/him from scratching up my furniture?


so answer some questions, tell me about your cat, post pictures.. w/e!
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Old 06-06-2009, 03:49 PM
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Well, take note that I don't like cats in general. There's only been two cats that I can tolerate (and they're polar opposites in the personality department) but I do own three of the buggers so:

1. Is it OK to only have 1 cat..will it get lonely without any other kitty friends? kittens are on sale at the shelter for $35 for 2

No idea. I don't think they're like a horse. Personally, of my three cats, I'm pretty sure that two of them would rather live by themselves.

2. I want a long haired cat.. its just something ive always wanted lol what kind of grooming is necesary?


The only long hair cat I have is a calico, and she will not let you near her with a brush. She does a good job grooming herself, though, so I'd say it depends on the cat.

3. Kitten or adult cat? Im going to be adopting from the shelter. which do you think its best?

Well kittens are of course cute and you get to watch them 'grow up', but it's the same situation with dogs. You know the cute, young ones will get adopted where as the older ones might not be so fortunate.

4. What is a good kind of litter/box? ill be living in an apartment

We have an automatic cleaning litterbox thing. That seems to work well. Expensive, but handy.

5. i dont want it to be bored..what kinds of toys and things should I buy?

No idea. My cat finds playing with my feet to be a perfectly acceptable exercise (just wish she would pull in her **** claws!)

6. People with cats..do they like you? do they cuddle with you? my cats just kind of hang around.. but maybe thats because they are indoor/outdoor and weren't really raised with us. I want a loving pet

Well the tabby cat hates me, loves my mom. Will cuddle the hell out of my mom. The calico is indifferent to me, will sometimes crawl into my lap. Loves my dad's lap though. And the tortoise pattern cat will have nothing to do with anyone. She'll hang out on the foot stool of the recliner, but that's more for a tactical advantage over the other cats than any affection for the occupant of the chair.

7. What is a high quality cat food?

I've no idea.

8. i will be a student.. so i wont be home 24/7. but since im prevet I am gonna be spending a lot of time in my room studying. but for when im not home.. what are some things I should have to keep kitty entertained? and keep her/him from scratching up my furniture?


Uhm...I dunno. We always let ours outdoors and they entertain themselves.
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Old 06-06-2009, 04:02 PM
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[QUOTE=Fransheska101;1402894]ive always kind of overlooked cats as pets.but recently I met a very friendly cuddly playful one.. and since im moving into an apartment that allows 1 cat. the more I think about it, the more i think that id like a low maintenance feline friend to hang out with me when im stuck in my room studying

1. Is it OK to only have 1 cat..will it get lonely without any other kitty friends? kittens are on sale at the shelter for $35 for 2

There are many people that own only one cat. Before we kept our hand raised foster kitten, Dustin had only 1 indoor cat. She was fine and found ways to amuse herself. Since we've kept the new kitten, it was a VERY big adjustment for her. She growled a lot, she hissed, she hated him. But soon enough, with time, they became friends and now they tackle each other, play, and keep each other busy. I'm just a multi- type person. I couldn't fathom just one pet.

2. I want a long haired cat.. its just something ive always wanted lol what kind of grooming is necesary?

My sister has a medium/long haired Main Coon mix. She's looking kind of scruffy at the moment, but she doesn't brush her more than once every other week. Her coat isn't the type to get matted, however there are some long haired cats that need weekly grooming. Those are truly a pain in my butt! Wonderful cats, I just see cats as a low-maintenance pet and want them that way! :P

3. Kitten or adult cat? Im going to be adopting from the shelter. which do you think its best?

Please, please.. if you have it in your heart, adopt an adult. I know even kittens can have a hard time finding a home, but their chances are still better than the adults. And especially if you may consider having two cats, sometimes cats come in with a buddy that they wouldn't handle being separated from very well. (Also, there is the option of adopting a cat that is already declawed. The damage has been done, you didn't do it to the cat, and it takes the worries out of the clawing issue)

4. What is a good kind of litter/box? ill be living in an apartment

I use covered. Just my preference.

5. i dont want it to be bored..what kinds of toys and things should I buy?

I give up on buying many toys. Most of the time, milk jug rings, paper wads, shoe laces, etc etc are their favorite toys. Forget any expensive toy I may buy them. I'd just get a few to see what they may like at first, and also provide it with many 'homemade' toys as well.

6. People with cats..do they like you? do they cuddle with you? my cats just kind of hang around.. but maybe thats because they are indoor/outdoor and weren't really raised with us. I want a loving pet

Aramae, the cat that was originally an only cat, isn't a cuddler. She doesn't want to be snuggled or pet much. V, the foster kitten we know own and raised since he was 2 days old, is a cuddly one. He loves human interaction and we call him our "cat dog". He plays fetch!! loves to play fetch, 'talks' to us occasionally, and has to always folllow Dustin around.

7. What is a high quality cat food?
I have to be honest, our cats don't get high quality. Just note that if you adopt a male, males are more prone to being blocked, and my vet personally recommends feeding can food or supplementing with canned food to help maybe prevent it. If the brand is high quality for dogs, it is high quality for cats is the rule of thumb.


8. i will be a student.. so i wont be home 24/7. but since im prevet I am gonna be spending a lot of time in my room studying. but for when im not home.. what are some things I should have to keep kitty entertained? and keep her/him from scratching up my furniture?
My sister hangs string with a toy attacked from the ceiling fan, V has a cat tree he LOVES to go hog wild on (he's NOT declawed, never had a problem with him clawing anything but his cat tree - just takes training, like you would a dog), and many cats simply sleep while you are away. With V in the initial trainign process, we did treat him very much like a dog. When they were tiny they were kept in a carrier, so he was no stranger to a crate. When we were not home to watch him to prevent or correct him from scratching innapropriate things, he was kept in the carrier(large enough for a small tray/litterbox) - crate trained, just like a dog.
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Old 06-06-2009, 04:07 PM
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I can appreciate cats , but can't compare them to a dog . Whole different mind set . I don't see them as a " companion " . I do admire those who love cats .
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Old 06-06-2009, 04:08 PM
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I thought you were taking Kenya with you?
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Old 06-06-2009, 04:24 PM
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I thought you were taking Kenya with you?
Me and my family struck a deal..
Im going to do a year alone.. and then If i STILL feel that i have the time to be with kenya and keep her happy. then I take her.

The problem is, shes used to having a backyard, shes never been in the house alone (big family) and other dog friends. not moving isn't an option, so i want to be ABSOLUTELY SURE I can keep her happy if/when I bring her. So now I have a year to figure everything out, get used to my soroundings, work out a schedule. and then we're gonna send her over.

and kenya loves cats and is nice to them , so having a canine and feline wont be a problem
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Old 06-06-2009, 04:09 PM
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1. Is it OK to only have 1 cat..will it get lonely without any other kitty friends? kittens are on sale at the shelter for $35 for 2

I never found my cat to be lonely, and I had him for about 12 years before we rescued mom's kitten (I found her on the highway when she was a really tiny baby), who's now like a year and a half old. Socks was happy and content by himself, and still is kind of a loner. I really think it depends on the individual cat. Lola, mom's cat, LOVES Socks, but gets annoyed by her easily, LOL.

2. I want a long haired cat.. its just something ive always wanted lol what kind of grooming is necesary?

Not sure about long-haired cats, mine, and mom's kitty, are both shorthairs.

3. Kitten or adult cat? Im going to be adopting from the shelter. which do you think its best?

If you are adopting from the shelter, I'd REALLY urge you to adopt an adult. Kittens are always adopted first because everyone wants a cute kitten. Adult cats sometimes sit in shelters a very long time, because many people never want an adult cat, and they are easily overlooked. But many adults are still just as playful and cuddly as a kitten is.

4. What is a good kind of litter/box? ill be living in an apartment

I've never had a special litterbox, I always just used the plain square ones with kitty litter. There are those fancy self-cleaning ones though, I think they're called the Litter Maid, or something like that.

5. i dont want it to be bored..what kinds of toys and things should I buy?

A lot of cats love just about any cat toy. String and feathers on a pole, balls with bells, catnip toys, you name it.

6. People with cats..do they like you? do they cuddle with you? my cats just kind of hang around.. but maybe thats because they are indoor/outdoor and weren't really raised with us. I want a loving pet

My cat has been indoor/outdoor his entire life, and he's going on like 15. And he's still just as loving and cuddly as any cat you'd meet. Wants to sit in my lap, get a head scratch, a belly rub, and give kisses.

7. What is a high quality cat food?

If you want to go with the high quality cat foods, Wellness makes a good one. Innova also makes a cat food, as does EVO. Mom used Wellness on her cat for quite a while and he liked it.

8. i will be a student.. so i wont be home 24/7. but since im prevet I am gonna be spending a lot of time in my room studying. but for when im not home.. what are some things I should have to keep kitty entertained? and keep her/him from scratching up my furniture?

A stratching post is your best friend. But try to find one that says it has catnip in it. Some do, and this will make the cat accept and use it more probably. Some cats get bored with regular scratching posts. Also, leave some toys out for him to keep himself entertained, and he should do fine.

And just because I wanna, here's a pic of my boy Socks:



And mom's cat Lola:

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And mom's cat Lola:

Whew....Lola looks fierce!
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Oh...I'd also add, to anyone considering getting a cat...

Indoor cats are far more likely to survive to a ripe old age than indoor/outdoor or outdoor cats.

I can't tell you how many cats I've seen with head trauma after being run over. You'd never want your cat to go through that. Everyone with an outdoor cat thinks their cat is smart enough to avoid cars...but I can tell you (with graphic detail) it has nothing to do with being smart. It happens and it is absolutely tragic.

I have seem enough protruding eyeballs, missing jaws and swollen brains to last me a lifetime. Growing up, our cats were ALWAYS outdoor. I thought that was just the default for cats. After working at the hospital...no. Cats are safer indoors. If you never let them out, they never know. Keep them entertained inside, get a second cat if you think they are truly really bored and pining for stimulation, but don't let them outdoors.

I've seen so, so many grieving pet owners saying "We always thought she knew to stay out of traffic..." over their brain dead, hit-by-car cat...no one thinks it'll happen to their cat, but it happens all. the. time.

Also, keep in mind that a lot people won't even stop if they hit a cat because they're too afraid that what they see will be really traumatic to them. It's really the minority of people who will bring a hit-by-car cat to a hospital. Your cat may disappear and, unbeknownst to you, it spent it's last 12 hours alive dragging itself down the road with an eyeball sticking out, bleeding out in its brain.

Sorry for the scare tatics. I just think it's that important.
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Oh...I'd also add, to anyone considering getting a cat...

Indoor cats are far more likely to survive to a ripe old age than indoor/outdoor or outdoor cats.

I can't tell you how many cats I've seen with head trauma after being run over. You'd never want your cat to go through that. Everyone with an outdoor cat thinks their cat is smart enough to avoid cars...but I can tell you (with graphic detail) it has nothing to do with being smart. It happens and it is absolutely tragic.

I have seem enough protruding eyeballs, missing jaws and swollen brains to last me a lifetime. Growing up, our cats were ALWAYS outdoor. I thought that was just the default for cats. After working at the hospital...no. Cats are safer indoors. If you never let them out, they never know. Keep them entertained inside, get a second cat if you think they are truly really bored and pining for stimulation, but don't let them outdoors.

I've seen so, so many grieving pet owners saying "We always thought she knew to stay out of traffic..." over their brain dead, hit-by-car cat...no one thinks it'll happen to their cat, but it happens all. the. time.

Also, keep in mind that a lot people won't even stop if they hit a cat because they're too afraid that what they see will be really traumatic to them. It's really the minority of people who will bring a hit-by-car cat to a hospital. Your cat may disappear and, unbeknownst to you, it spent it's last 12 hours alive dragging itself down the road with an eyeball sticking out, bleeding out in its brain.

Sorry for the scare tatics. I just think it's that important.
The new kitty will be ONLY indoors. because of all that and because I dont know the area, ill be in an apartment, etc..

the only reason the cats we have now are indoors/outdoors are because they just were feral cats when we moved in, they got friendly enough that we took them to be spayed/neutered, now they come in and out but definetly aren't people friendly. they just deal with us lol
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