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Old 06-06-2009, 07:47 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 think its okay, when we had Panda he was happiest as an only cat. Elliot seems pretty happy being an only cat aswell.


3. Kitten or adult cat? Im going to be adopting from the shelter. which do you think its best?
i suppose it depends what your after. Its been 10 years since I had a kitten and I enjoy calm older cats.

4. What is a good kind of litter/box? ill be living in an apartment
Elliot has a covered over one (because otherwise he can't aim properly and misses the box) it cost about $40 but its worth its weight in gold, blocks the smell quite well aswell.

5. i dont want it to be bored..what kinds of toys and things should I buy?
Scracthing post is a must or you'll loose your furniture. Elliot has nearly no prey drive, which is weird, but most cats seem to enjoy chasy toys.

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

Depends on teh breed/cat. Panda was probably ideal for me. He was very independant, he was dead quiet unless he was asking for food. He would occasioanlly sit beside me but always on his terms. His mother was a purebred British Shorthair and she gave him his bossy, brit nature that I love.

Elliot is a siamese. He's so different. Its like having a baby. He lives for his people, he is so, so attached to us. Sometimes he gets very distressed if he can't find us. When he's indoors he likes to be in your lap or on your hip being carried like a baby. He's exhausting at times just because of how needy he is. Is he loving? Absolutly.

This is Elliot, we got him just after we lost Panda. He was 9 years old and left in a shelter because his owners were moving. They're loss, we're so lucky to have him.

He knows how to relax.


He's demanding...




And this photo because I think it makes him look like he's dancing and it cracks me up everytime.



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Old 06-06-2009, 08:00 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

Cats are fine on their own. I've grown up with cats, and often had two, and it was mostly hit and miss on whether they liked each other or not. My own cat was alone for a year and did fine, and never really took to the other cats when I moved here.

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

I'm totally with you there and I want a long haired cat again someday. We had a maine coon mix when I grew up (he had to be PTS a few months ago), and he needed frequent brushing or matted like crazy... once a day during shedding season at least, otherwise he was fine.

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

Whatever you want really. The advantage of older cats is that you can see right away if it will be a cuddler or not (most of my cats were, but some were more independent).

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

Definitely one with a top... My cat tends to lift her butt when she pees...

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

Any cat toy works, they're not picky.

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

Best reason to get an older cat. My current cat (the first cat that was really my own) is pretty independent but still very cuddly. I've had several cats and most were cuddly, but a couple were not... it really depends on the cat.

7. What is a high quality cat food?

I feed innova... for cats can food is better, but I give both

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?

They really sleep a lot, I wouldn't worry about it - they're great pets for that.

Honestly I love cats, I don't think I'll have more dogs but I can't see myself without a cat (or two).
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:17 PM
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It was the second year of college that I got my two cats. It's a lot of work as a student, but if you're dedicated and responsible (which I think you are ) it can be done. My cats traveled with me back and forth on school breaks. They adapted pretty well to the situation.

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

Some cats really do prefer to be alone and will do just fine. If you're adopting from a shelter I'm sure you'll find the personality you want. There are generally lots of cats to chose from.

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

I don't technically have a long haired cat, but I have a very fluffy cat and some days it makes me wanna pull my hair out, lol! Nothing shows better on your light furniture like black cat hair and it literally gets everywhere. Get your cat adjusted to brushing very early and you should be fine. Just as long as you don't mind a few hairs here and there.

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

An adult cat will give you a better idea of temperment and personality.

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

I have both hooded and open litter boxes. For some reason they like to poo in the hooded and pee in the open one......I have weird cats....

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

I bought tons of toys for my cats. The only ones they really liked were the wand toys with feathers at the end of the string. Otherwise, my siamese loves hairbands and my tuxedo loves boxes and paper. They both love the laser pointer.

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 tuxedo cuddles on her terms. Otherwise she wants you to leave her alone. My siamese is a cuddle machine. He'll let you hold him like a baby and loves to surprise me by jumping up on my shoulders....which is very uncomfortable when you're wearing a tank top.

7. What is a high quality cat food?

Mine do pretty well on the feline version of Taste of the Wild

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?

Cats are pretty good about finding their own entertainment when you're busy. Just leave out some of their favorite toys and maybe leave the blinds up so they can watch things outside and sunbathe.

Good Luck!

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Old 06-06-2009, 08:41 PM
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totally off the wall suggestion but you are in one of the main exotic pet states
bobcat, caracal or lynx
i know the bob when bottle raised tends to bond well and even exhibits dog like protective tendancies & social character. additionally when well fed they can get to 40# (and even bigger) and will seriously intimidate strangers.
No, no, I think that's an excellent suggestion for a college student! Not off the wall at all. I was going to suggest she get a cougar, but a bobcat is a much better idea! Sorry, everyone, I couldn't help myself.
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:58 PM
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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.
Many cats can be as affectionate and as needy as dogs. Maybe you need some time with no pet.. rather than getting another one when you have one waiting for you at home.

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and kenya loves cats and is nice to them , so having a canine and feline wont be a problem
Your dog may love cats. Who is to say the cat you get especially an adult from a shelter may be happy with your dog?
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Old 06-06-2009, 09:13 PM
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My opinions below.

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 think it depends on the individual cats. Adobe is much happier now that we have a foster cat (we haven't broken the news to him yet, lol). Growing up our cats were very social and we also had two or three at least.

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

Brushing everyday.

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

Adult please. The kittens go first because they are the cutest.

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

Enclosed is the best way to go.

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

Balls or anything to chase, scratch pads, things with strings hanging down, a cat tree is a must.

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

Yes, and yes.

7. What is a high quality cat food?

Raw.

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?

Never had a problem with cats scratching up my furniture (ever in my whole life) so I'm no help there. And if you'll be away during the day, kitty will just sleep as they are mostly nocturnal. Lucky you.
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:58 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

We have one cat and she seems to get lonely if no one is in the room with her at first *meowing at the door* But if Izzy is in her kennel (In the same room as the cat) or we're around she's content. If you go for a kitten, I'd say two. If you're going adult, 1 should be fine.

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

If you have a lazy cat, try to get it used to brushing, otherwise they should clean themselves.

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

Adult of course because you're definitely saving a life moreso than adopting a widely wanted kitten.

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

We've got a little dome shaped one with a carbon filter, it's awesome!

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

If you have any smaller dog toys, they'd work fine. Things with string-like appendages are popular, our kitten loves her squid toy.

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

Or course! Jade has to be in our laps if we're in the room. Any cat I've ever raised fully indoors has always been affectionate.

7. What is a high quality cat food?

If raw isn't an option, I'd say grain-free is a must. Since Taste of the Wild is what I feed my dog, I feed it to my cat too! (There is a feline version of course)

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?

Cats that don't get enough people time will eat furniture (Justin's mom's cat is) but as long as you can be home and awake with your car 6 hours or so a day I'd say you'll be fine and it will entertain itself between exploring, toys, and sleeping.
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Old 06-06-2009, 11:15 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've never had just one cat. I think most of our cats would be fine as single pets, but they also don't mind their companions. If that makes any sense I do catch Del and Cora sleeping together once in awhile, though

2. I want a long haired cat.. its just something ive always wanted lol what kind of grooming is necesary?
Depends on the type of long hair. Del has a Ragdoll type coat..I rarely have to brush her (just armpits once in awhile). Abner is a Persian, so we have to monitor his coat for brushing needs. He likes to play in the shower..so he tends to get brushed more often otherwise the wet areas will mat

3. Kitten or adult cat? Im going to be adopting from the shelter. which do you think its best?
Personal preference. I'm not personally a fan of kittens..I'd much rather get my cats as adults. (Abner and Del were both adult adoptees)

4. What is a good kind of litter/box? ill be living in an apartment
Again, personal preference. Open boxes can have litter kicked out (but not all cats do this) and some cats do not like covered boxes. Ours are fine with them, so the boxes are all covered. Frequent scooping prevents odors, so it really comes down to your and the cat's preference.

5. i dont want it to be bored..what kinds of toys and things should I buy?
My cats dont' really play, but the crinkly toys are always a favorite. I also found a little soft leather mouse that was a huge hit until my Yorkie stole it for his own

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
Depends on the cat. All of our cats are social, but some in different ways. Nicki likes love on her own terms, as does Cora. (though the latter is more of an "I will lay near you, but please don't cart me around) Del is happy with any love..I think I could tuck her under my arm and she'd go limp and happily truck around with me the rest of the day. She often lays upside down in my lap with her feet in the air and sleeps while she gets belly rubs. And Abner likes to be in the middle of things and get head rubbins. He's also a talkative little lad. Getting an adult cat will give you a pretty good idea of personality.
7. What is a high quality cat food?
I feed a grain free dry food and everyone looks lovely. Canned is best, but two of my cats refuse to eat it and a third just picks..would never eat enough to sustain themselves. None of mine will eat raw

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?
I've never done anything in particular to entertain my cats when I am gone, and they've never had anyone home the majority of the time. Maybe I have boring cats..I'm pretty sure they just nap when I'm gone

and my cats are very companion-like. Maybe the idea of them as antisocial comes from those more familiar with feral type cats who aren't into humans. Even our most persnickity cat likes affection.




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I have 2 Maine Coons. One I have to comb/brush more often; the other I don't have to very much because the hair is a little shorter. They are very affectionate.
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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
Cats are fine alone or in groups. I have one that prefers to be alone. I have one that doesn't care either way. I have a couple that really love at least one of their fur siblings.
2. I want a long haired cat.. its just something ive always wanted lol what kind of grooming is necesary?
I have two Maine coon mixes and four ragdolls.... Mostly, these guys take care of themselves. Every once in a blue moon I have to chase down someone with a dingleberry or remove a matt. So very rarely though. Maui matts the worst and Maddie is most prone to having things get caught in her fur.
3. Kitten or adult cat? Im going to be adopting from the shelter. which do you think its best?
Either. I've done both. Xander was two when I got gim. Maddie and Marzi were six months. Orion was about four months. Depends on the temperament of the cat and how much crazy kitty climbing around and racing you want to put up with.
4. What is a good kind of litter/box? ill be living in an apartment
I have four extra large covered boxes... van ness I think is the brand. I took the swing doors off because either I do or the cats do. I just have them on boring clumping clay litter..... I'd like to have them on something biodegradable.... but I have to get my life in order first.
5. i dont want it to be bored..what kinds of toys and things should I buy?
Again, depends on the cat. Xander prefers marbles and things with feathers. Maddie and Marzi love the laser pointer. Orion is fine with just about anything and will even commandeer my son's toys.... legos, cards, stuffed animals larger than himself which he then carries around the house and growls over. Amaya adores this foam ball and carries it everywhere.
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
Orion follows me around like a dog. I can't do anything without a fluffy white shadow following me EVERYWHERE. I defurr my workpants at my desk every morning because trying to keep him off me is IMPOSSIBLE. Marzi has his moments.... lately he is wallowing in self pity half the time and adoring me while I try to sleep the other half by rubbing his face on my face.... less fun when you are sleepy than usual. Maddie greets me at the door every day when I come home. Makana comes and sits with me in the bathroom. Maui is picky about when he'll come see me. Xander demands attention by jumping in my lap after staring at me. I'd say they like me. None of mine are super cuddly. Maui can be when he wants. Mostly though... they want to sit by me. I have had up to five cats on my bed with me and my boyfriend before though..
7. What is a high quality cat food?
I feed taste of the wild for dry 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?
two words: scratch post. Mine have a five foot one.... that I had made for me.... they run for in LAUNCH at it and climb all over it. it's awesome.

so answer some questions, tell me about your cat, post pictures.. w/e!
So yeah.... hope that helps
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