We're moving soon and have found a flat that we're close to signing the contracts on where the landlord is willing for us to have a cat. If it all goes through we'll be getting an adult cat from Battersea. What do we need to buy and where is the best place to buy from? So far we're thinking:
Transport cage Litter tray Scratching post (which will probably be ignored in favour of the sofa) Cat toys Food and water bowls
I'm thinking a cat bed would just be ignored in favour of climbing all over us while we're trying to sleep, the sofa, the laptop, whatever point on the carpet the sun is hitting. Should we get one anyway?
Also, neither of us has owned a cat as an adult (we both had them as kids - DP for longer) so we have no idea how much it costs to feed them (is it a whole tin or half a tin a day?), insure them and how much vet bills will cost. How does microchipping work? Is it just the one off cost or is there a yearly charge or just a charge if you change any details etc?
It's no big deal. They'll mainly be looking at access to the road and whether you've got the sort of windows that a cat is likely to leap out of, and if she will advise on what to do about them. Don't go overboard on the cleaning/tidying. When i do home visits I always worry if the place looks like a show home as I worry they'll be the sort of people who will freak out if the cat scratches something or they won't be able to cope with having a litter tray. It's far better to have a 'relaxed' sort of home. But really the visit is about whether you should have an indoor or an outdoor cat and if there will be any unruly children/dogs etc to contend with, and that's about it.
We've had our home visit and the nice lady thinks we should have a flat cat. The only problem she had other than the outside area was our living room window being dangerous if we opened it but we have an openable skylight anyway.
We're doing the big move at the weekend so should have everything unpacked and be ready to pick a cat by Saturday week. I've already ordered the essentials and have taken the advice on Dreamies and chick crumb.
That's great. And I think a flat cat sounds like a very sensible idea. You must be very excited and broody now then
And there are things you can do about problem windows (If they're not bays) - such as make a hinged wood frame and cover in chicken wire and put it over your window. It doesn't look very pretty but it does the job and can easily be removed when you leave.
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I wish I'd known about easy fundraising yesterday - I spent a small fortune at pet planet! Thanks for the tip about the chicken wire. DP isn't too keen on the idea but he might change his mind if we get too hot in the summer.
I agree that we need two cats but DP has vetoed it for now because he thinks it would be easier to start with one even though I'll be the one who ends up doing all of the practical stuff.
There's anxiety for you. Don't worry - if your cat isn't already waiting at Battersea, there are dozens of shelters all over the South East who would be crawling through rough scrub to get at you and invite you to meet their residents !
I'm so excited! I've spent the day tidying the living room and have put the litter tray in one corner and food dishes and a scratching post in another. The Battersea website has two indoor cats listed, both of whom are described as affectionate - one is even described as loving cuddles and laps and has the same name as my childhood cat! It's really looking like we'll have a cat this time tomorrow!
I've got a couple more questions now. We got a covered litter tray - I'm guessing it would be best to leave the top off it for a while until they get used to it? Also, would it be better to drive or take the train? I've only got a two seater car so the carrier would have to go in the passenger footwell where we wouldn't really be able to interact with the cat. On the train we'd be able to reassure the cat and the ride would be smoother but it might be more overwhelming. The journey would be about the same length either way.