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Hi everyone! I'm a 24-year-old male who is interested in getting an indoor cat for the apartment. I live alone, and I work full-time during the week. I'm not sure if this would present a huge problem or not in terms of my not being home at times.

Also, do short-haired cats have less issues with hairballs than long-haired cats?
post #2 of 12
Hi, and welcome to TCS!
post #3 of 12
Hey, welcome. My wife and I both work and even shut our kitten out of the bedroom when we sleep (so we can actually sleep, instead of being attacked!). We've stayed home a day or two during the week to get some housework done, but our fear of the kitten being lonely proved unfounded -- he just slept all day.

And sure enough, when we come home now, even if we're later than usual he's still stretching and yawning when we come home.

As for hair, it depends mostly on the type of coats they have. My wife's parents have a 15 yr old orange tabby (short hair) and a 4 year old black cat (long hair). The short hair orange guy sheds like mad -- you can't even get near him without getting fur on you. The longhair guy doesn't shed a bit.

Most cats will shed much less if they're fed high quality food, but if shedding really bugs you, you can brush them (which helps a great deal) or look for pedigreed cats that come from a breed known for shedding less. For instance, traditional Balinese cats don't have an undercoat so they only shed a fraction of what a, say, Persian would. Of course, they're not as floofy either.
post #4 of 12
Hello & Welcome to the Cat Site!

Since you work full time - an adult cat would be ideal for your situation.
When you do decide to adopt, make sure your cat has stuff to do while you are away. Start off with buying a scratching post, maybe a catnip toy, & some other fun toys. You may want to make an area for your cat with soft blankets & items of that nature...just to make your cat feel relaxed at home

Best Wishes! Good Luck with adopting a cat
post #5 of 12
Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

You are so wise to do your research before getting your kitty. You may consider getting two, so that they can keep each other company while you're out. Our indoor girl was so much happier when her brother came to keep her company
post #6 of 12
Hi, and welcome to TCS! It's wonderful that you're doing research before getting a cat. I'm not sure about the shedding thing, all my guys are short haired. I second the suggestion about thinking about getting two cats instead of one, if you can, since you're gone all day. That way they'll have each other for company when you're gone, and you won't be coming home every night to a cat that's demanding because he's been bored all day.
post #7 of 12
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately, there is a one-cat limit in my apartment building.
post #9 of 12
Hello and Welcome...good luck on getting a cat...you will just love having one!
post #10 of 12
Welcome to TCS!
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Hi, welcome to TCS!
So glad you've joined us!
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Hi and welcome to TCS! We are so glad you have joined us!

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