Bumping up this thread again...we're selling our condo and we have two cats. They're both friendly, but Luna's very shy and will just make herself invisible. Albus loves people, so he'll be right by the front door. Sometimes he gets curious, though, and tries to go out in the hallway. He's not really trying to get away, so he doesn't move very quick. If he does get out, he'll be easy to catch....if they notice. That's the problem- I've closed the door behind me without noticing he ran past me (in my defense, I was carrying a couple bags of laundry!) If one of our neighbors leaves the front door of the building open, he'll go right outside.
Our house goes live on the market on Monday. We're short selling, so it's not totally imperative that every molecule of litter be off the carpet and the place smell like roses (though we will try our best to keep it as mess-free as possible); keeping my cats safe in the house is the bigger priority. We asked our realtor to require several hours of warning before it gets shown, but I'm still trying to figure out what to do when we're not there. We don't really have another place we can send them and we want to sell the place quickly, so for the time being, we want to make it as available as possible.
One possibility would be to keep them in a cage if we know there's going to be a showing while we're at work...do you think something like this is big enough for two cats for possibly 8 hours:
We'd have a litterbox, food and water in there. We'll probably put it near a window so they can see out. They get along with each other, so that's not the issue...I'm just worried that it's still too small. Is it better than risking Albus getting out?
Edited to add: I found that cage on Craigslist for $90, so I'm not too concerned about the cost. We'd just donate it to the shelter I volunteer at when we're done with it.