How large must my apartment be to have a cat? I mean for the cat to be comfy, not simply survive. Metric please.

How large must my apartment be to have a cat? I mean for the cat to be comfy, not simply survive. Metric please.

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  1. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    Define "apartment", are we talking one of those one room cuckpods, or like a real apartment that has a living room, kitchen/kitchen area and like 2 bedrooms? Because the latter would be fine for an indoor cat provided it's got some windows.

    • 7 months ago
      Anonymous

      1 bedroom, relatively large living room, and a kitchen which isn't huge but isn't just a stove and a sink

      • 7 months ago
        Anonymous

        Leash train the cat and you'll be fine.
        Have lots of vertical places for the cat to jump and climb, and provide play for ~30 minutes before food times and you'll be fine.
        One or both, but with neither you will have an understimulated cat.
        How long will the cat be alone? Better to have two cats than one if for long periods, and two cats are less than twice the cost.

        The BIGGEST problem, wont be for you, but for others that come over - the smell. Even one cat with a good litterbox will have a small apartment smell like a litterbox. And the only non-carpeted places to put it are likely going to be a too-small bathroom, or the kitchen.
        That's why you see the meme of freaky cat people having a litterbox next to their food - because they live in a small apartment and dont have a better place to put it.

        • 7 months ago
          Anonymous

          We don't really use carpets here so that whole thing won't be a problem. If there's no way to avoid it smelling strongly, then I'll probably wait until my living situation is a bit better. Thanks, hadn't really considered this, figured it was mostly due to schizos not emptying the litter box

          • 7 months ago
            Anonymous

            >figured it was mostly due to schizos not emptying the litter box
            It is, in a sense, but the smell of cat poop and cat pee can saturate the air real quick. So if you arent hitting it the moment it lands, and you dont have a few rooms between the box and living spaces, the living space will smell. Clean it and scent the air and it goes quick (or you get nose blind, which is how schizos dont clean it for weeks).

            I will say I never had one of those hidden or inside cabinet boxes, so maybe that separation helps a lot. When I lived in small apartments I bit the bullet and shoved the box in the bathroom, then just "flushed" it every time I had to flush my toilet.

            A litter genie - bought or an airtight container repurposed - should be a priority as well.

  2. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think at least 35m^2
    The most important is to have places where the cat can climb and play.

  3. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    Its really about what you put in your available space.
    Give the cat loads of hidey holes, and some vertical spaces they can make their own, a perch by a window with a view. Make sure they're enriched and entertained with or without you.

  4. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    90 square meters with toys and outside time.

  5. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    Probably like 10 square yards of apartment. I think that's like 16 cows by 12 cows or something, sorry not good with the metric system. You want probably 1/32 of a football field.

  6. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    the fact is cats simply aren't meant to exist outside of their natural habitats in middle eastern and north african cities

  7. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    Did I hear you want a furry and cuddly pet in an apartment?

    • 7 months ago
      Anonymous

      Too much personality for that short of a lifespan.

      • 7 months ago
        Anonymous

        Standing here
        I realize
        Rats should have a life expectancy just like me
        But who's to judge
        The right from wrong
        When our guard is down
        I think we'll both agree

        That living breeds suffering
        But in the end it has to be this way

        I've carved my own path
        You followed your tooth
        But maybe we're both the same
        The world has turned
        And so many I have inhumed
        But nobody is to blame

        Yet staring across this barren wasted land
        I feel new life will be born
        Beneath the blood stained sand

        Beneath the blood stained sand

        • 7 months ago
          Anonymous

          With a dog or cat, prohibiting accident or illness you've got 10-20 years with them. Which is just enough time to make me forget how horrible I felt when the last one died.
          I don't think I could handle getting attached to one knowing you've got 2-4 years on average. I'm too much of a pussy about my pets to handle that.

          • 7 months ago
            Anonymous

            I am exactly the same, anon. I can't bear to lose frens anymore. That's why I only have plants today.

  8. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    >How large must my apartment be to have a cat? I mean for the cat to be comfy, not simply survive.
    Cats are not meant to live in apartments, like all felines they prefer to roam over large territories. If you're going to keep a domestic cat in an apartment, even one 'bred' for it, you are going to stifle its natural instincts.

    • 7 months ago
      Anonymous

      Listen to
      Everyone knows that you have to take the dog out, but strangely people pretend to forget that you have to take the cat out.

    • 7 months ago
      Anonymous

      Listen to
      Everyone knows that you have to take the dog out, but strangely people pretend to forget that you have to take the cat out.

      https://i.imgur.com/73BM3bS.jpg

      Did I hear you want a furry and cuddly pet in an apartment?

      Alright, thanks. I will buy a house ASAP then because I really want a cat.

      • 7 months ago
        Anonymous

        >buy a house ASAP
        With a garden, please
        Not only for the cat, but also for you too
        You know : take the dog out, take the cat out and take the human out also
        Gardens are great

    • 7 months ago
      Anonymous

      Take it out for a walk, moron.

      https://i.imgur.com/udYH7iX.png

      How large must my apartment be to have a cat? I mean for the cat to be comfy, not simply survive. Metric please.

      Depends on how that space is used. If you have some 1500 sq ft apartment that you have absolutely crammed with stuff then it's not going to be shit for the cat. If you dedicate shelves and posts and other shit for the cat, then even a 700 sq ft studio may suffice.

      • 7 months ago
        Anonymous

        I don't think you understand the meaning of the word 'roam'.

        • 7 months ago
          Anonymous

          I saw a documentary where they put trackers on house cats, these homies don't roam they walk 100m up the road, around the house, and back inside.

          • 7 months ago
            Anonymous

            >I saw a documentary where they put trackers on house cats, these homies don't roam they walk 100m up the road, around the house, and back inside.
            I saw a similar (or perhaps the same) documentary:
            You're right, house cats raised in an urban environment typically roam ~100m from home. What you may not know is farm cats raised in rural environments will typically roam 2-3km from home.

            • 7 months ago
              Anonymous

              Frick farms and rural idiots. Anything associated with reactionary chud ruralism must be destroyed. Viva de Ciudad.

            • 7 months ago
              Anonymous

              Rural free roaming cats have a ~5 year average lifespan.
              Almost every cat I owned growing up got eaten by something. My first cat, a pure white kitten I named "ball" (because I wasn't yet 3) got eaten by a tom who was trying to induce heat in his mother. Clown got eaten by a hawk, Rocket, Peach, Talon, Rusty, Fred, and Tilly all got eaten by coyotes, and Sarah got stepped on by a horse, and those are just the cats that were "mine", not every cat in our barn cat colony (most died gruesome deaths too, the sample of ones I named and felt possession of as a kit is pretty representative, though my cats never died of general misadventure like my sister's cat Ghost falling into the stock tank and then freezing to a gate after climbing out and dying of exposure overnight, leaving a lifelike tabby-cicle for us to find during morning animal chores), and I hadn't kept track of the ones that my Mom brought home after I left, but by fall of 2021, she had one oldster (like 11, lmao) that she kept in the house and no more barn cats. Of course, that couldn't stand, so she brought home a pair of kittens, and one died (got eaten by something) so she got a second pair, and then one got eaten by something so she got a third pair, and now she's down to two cats because coyotes or birds have eaten three of her remaining outdoor cats since June and so she brought in the last of the barn cats (which isn't even a year old) to live in her house, and of course the year old barn cat and the 11 year old former barn cat hate each other intensely and she's gotta keep 5 litter boxes for 2 cats because they shit in the sink if there's fewer than that, they've ruined her drapes fighting, and her carpet now has blood stains all over the place.
              But she's tired of cats disappearing into the gullets of the local predators, so she's not letting them out any more.

              Awful pets, I wish I didn't love them.

    • 7 months ago
      Anonymous

      Alright let your cat live naturally, but remember it is also naturally a prey animal.

      • 7 months ago
        Anonymous

        >You must stay indoors all day
        >You may only go outside for a set period of time for 'exercise'
        >When doing so you must stay close to home
        I bet you loved the covid lockdowns.

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