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Need some help with getting an indoor cat

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Daisycat22 Sat 26-Apr-14 15:26:28

I am interested in getting a cat, I've grown up with cats/kittens and really miss having one around.

I live in a flat (no access to outside except a balcony that is not secure) so the cat will have to be indoors all the time and I only work part-time so will have plenty of time to entertain the cat etc.

My dilemma is do I get a normal moggy kitten, working with the theory that if they grow up not knowing outside they won't miss it, or, do I get a certain breed of cat (like a Ragdoll) which I have heard are suitable for indoor living?

Any advise or own experiences greatly appreciated.

cozietoesie Sat 26-Apr-14 16:16:57

If I were you, I'd do for a mature rescue cat and ask the rescue for advice on this one - they'll have had a chance to assess the cats in their care/know their history and will have a pretty good idea what would suit. They may even have cats who might have a special need (tripods/blind or deaf cats/older cats etc) who specifically need an indoor home.

If in doubt, have a look first at the rescues near you on this page. Quite a lot of them have websites linked so you can see some (probably not all) of the cats who are needing homes.

cozietoesie Sat 26-Apr-14 16:17:10


Fluffycloudland77 Sat 26-Apr-14 17:09:01

We tried to bring our first kittens up as house cats and it made them miserable so we let them out.

A rescue would have indoor by their own choice adults who won't go stir crazy and destroy the sofa out of frustration.

Daisycat22 Sat 26-Apr-14 20:25:31

Thanks for your replies.

I will look into older cats at my local rescue centers and go from there.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 26-Apr-14 20:28:24

That's great, kittens can be overrated. Cute to look at but hard work.

TheOneWithTheNicestSmile Sat 26-Apr-14 20:32:18

I have seen cats on rescue centre websites which have one of those feline diseases & have to be kept inside - the rescues pay for their ongoing medical treatment, but they can't be allowed out in case they transmit it to other cats (I think)

RandomMess Sat 26-Apr-14 20:34:27

Look at the pedigree cat sites, they nearly all have pages of older cats looking for homes many of whom will only have ever been house cats as they are ex breeding queens etc.

RandomMess Sat 26-Apr-14 20:37:48

Several ragdolls look for new indoor homes

msrisotto Sat 26-Apr-14 20:47:27

You could get a cat with feline HIV. They're not allowed outside for their own health as they have a poor immune system. Then you don't have to feel guilty about keeping it inside.

Theincidental Sat 26-Apr-14 20:50:29

I adopted two FIV positive cats from cats protection league ten years ago. They were both about 3 years old. They can't go outside unsupervised because of their conditions.

They are really no different to other well cats, but more prone to skin conditions, teeth issues and can live for fewer years.

Cpl also pay for all their vet bills if related to their condition.

Please consider an FIV cat. So many shelters have them put down when they can live happy lives for years. Cpl are a great exception.

Jellypudmum Sat 26-Apr-14 20:54:42

Having never had a dat before and not wanting the 'worry' of wondering where an outdoor cat was or was up to, I opted for a ragdoll girl. Best decision we ever made.

Daisycat22 Thu 01-May-14 20:22:50

I contacted quite a few rescue centres and most didn't have any indoor only cats (and a lot haven't replied!)

Anyway I went to see a beautiful young male black cat at a small rescue centre. He is adorable (a bit shy at first but soon came out of his shell) and I fell in love immediately! grin

So I'm picking up him up tomorrow to bring him home with me....I'm SO excited! grin

I wanted to get a hooded cat litter tray and just wanted to know if any of you use them and did your cats take to using them quite easily?

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 01-May-14 20:35:04

That's brilliant, what's his name?.

Daisycat22 Thu 01-May-14 21:34:46

His name is Sammy (but he doesn't answer to it)....he's such an adorable little thing. Can't wait to get him home, I'll post some pictures tomorrow

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 01-May-14 22:32:18

Ime cats don't mind covered trays. Have you got loads of toys for him & treats?

Daisycat22 Thu 01-May-14 23:16:18

I just popped in to the supermarket this evening and got him food but I'll be going to pets at home tomorrow to buy his litter tray, litter, bowls and plenty of toys grin

Also just ordered him a large cat activity centre from Zoo Plus.....he's going to be one spoiled little kittie!!

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 02-May-14 07:02:24

You'll make the rest of us look bad, ours only has a scratch post & a squeaky mouse grin

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