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Single cat in 750Sq Feet?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 

I am a single guy and love pets, so I'm somewhat concerned about the idea of having a cat in what "seems to be" a small space. Thus, I was wondering if anyone had an opinion on the idea of having a cat in an apartment of appx 750sq feet. It has nice high ceilings and is fairly open...

Would it make a difference if it was a fairly small breed, like a singapura? Would it be better to have a more active or less active breed in a space this size? Would it be all the more important to have plenty of toys for the cat to play with while I'm at work all day?

Any other suggestions relative to my problem would also be appreciated, I am a potential first time cat owner

Steve K
post #2 of 27
A cat or even two I would say would fit nicely....

Make sure to get things to climb on like scratching posts with perches

Welcome to TCS Steve
post #3 of 27
I don't want to rain on your parade, Steve but, I had a very bad experience as a first time cat owner in a teeny, tiny studio apt. in Chicago. I worked all day also and poor kitty was terribly bored and by himself all day. He started to dash outside the apt. everytime I opened up the door to the hallway. Then he started attacking my feet everytime I got up from the bed or chair. Then he started to attack my head from the back of the chair and all his claws were extended as he dug into my scalp. It got so bad I was actually starting to be afraid of him & eventually I re-homed him.

I would advise you NOT to get a kitten as they need lots of attention & playtime. I would opt for an older cat from a shelter, if anything. A new cat needs toys, a window seat and/or a ceiling high cat tree in front of or very close to a window.
post #4 of 27
Hey Steve!!

I have 2 cats in a one bedroom apartment that is smaller then yours! (720 Sq feet) And they are both happy!! Just provide someplace for your cat to sleep.

When I moved in Moo was already almost 2 but I got a tiny kitten a month after moving and she is wonderful! She keeps moo busy during the day and I would advise keeping your doors open so they can run...my cats run all around the apartment since i Have an open floor plan and I know moo is much happier here then being with me at my mom's house (no big dog to bother him)

I would provide alot of toys and what i did since my apartment doesnt have very big window sills is I moved a small dresser infront of the window (fits perfectly) and placed the 2 cat beds on it....that way they can look out the window from the comfort of their beds...I can't get them out of them sometimes!!
post #5 of 27
Welcome to TCS! You can use that vertical space, e.g., by getting one or two ceiling-high cat trees, making a "catwalk" out of shelving, adding window perches, and/or arranging furniture so that the cat can get on top of cabinets, the fridge, a bookcase, etc..

The size of the cat shouldn't make a difference. Persians are fairly large cats, but are known as couch potatoes, while Siamese are daintier, but very active. Check out the local shelters/rescues - they should be able to find the right "fit" for you. You might consider getting a pair to keep each other occupied.
post #6 of 27
I have a two bedroom, two bathroom condo with about 875 livable space (they don't count hallways) and two cats and we're all fine. As long as you provide a few levels for kitty to move around to, like cat trees, and maybe some nice perches near windows to look out, I think you'd be good (I'm assuming kitty will get pretty much full run of your place?)

Singapuras are pretty active, from what I've read - you may consider getting two kitties to keep each other company when you're at work. I would also suggest considering a somewhat older cat or cats to avoid the kitten crazies, especially if you're working outside the home full time, like me. I would also suggest looking hard at your schedule to make sure you would have time, even 10-15 minutes, morning and evening to brush and play with your baby, besides the normal petting, feeding, and cleaning you'll do. BTW, litter box duty isn't that bad - but I'd plan on scooping morning and evening. Yes, kitty will take up some time, but honestly, you'll feel so rewarded.

But, feel free to ask either your breeder or your shelter all of these questions as you begin your search. Or, I always suggest checking out potential vets before getting your kitty - you can certainly ask the vet the same sort of questions. BTW, your local library will probably have a few books re cats - cats for dummies was very useful to me when I became a first time meowmy a few years ago. Also, I swear every library has at least one or two staff or love cats - they'll be happy to help your research! And, my local Petsmart staff was very helpful regarding new pet needs, even giving me estimates of average vet costs that tend to be incurred annually. My Petsmart manager did keep telling me not to worry about buying a kitty bed - and she was right! Mine prefer my sofa and/or my queen bed to the kitty beds I eventually bought.
post #7 of 27
I would guess our apartment is about that size and our two kittens do very well. It's a basement, so we have low ceilings to boot. They don't seem to mind.

I would always recommend 2 cats if you can afford it so that they can keep each other company. I never really worry about them being lonely or bored when I'm at work because they have each other.

We have large windows with deep sills, and they have access to all 5 of them (well, they figured out ways to get there even if we didn't provide access).

Mine have issues with our apartment door. They always try to get out to the laundry/spare room when we open the door. However, they are terrified of outside and run back in the apartment as soon as they hear the outer door opening. I think it's moreso them wanting to explore unknown territory rather than them not having enough space inside the apartment. They still run into the closet everytime I open the door - just because it's someplace they don't always have access to.

As someone else said, it doesn't seem to matter to the cat how much space they have - it's all about the vertical space. Mine tend to explore up, more than around. However, even when they decide it's time to run around like crazy cats, they have more than enough space in our very furnished living room.
post #8 of 27
umm.... i have 5, in 927 square feet! i do have 1 really tall tree [almost to the ceiling] as well as a couple of shorter ones - mine seem happy!
post #9 of 27
I have three cats and I live in a travel trailer.
As long as a cat has room to play and room to hide or climb if it wants to be left alone, you have enough room.
post #10 of 27
When I first got my two boys, we lived in a 600 sq. ft. apartment, and that was plenty of room for them to run around and play and be quite happy. The hardest part was probably just finding a decent place for the litterbox to go.

I second the tip to get two - they will keep each other happy and entertained when you're not around. One cat alone can go stir crazy by itself! Two really isn't that much more expensive to care for than one, excepting only vet bills.
post #11 of 27
We have had a couple of truckers on this site with even less space and they had cats with them. Besides Arlyn, we have LDG who lives with hubby and several cats in a motor home and Katiemae1277 who lives in a mobile home, several cats and a dog!

It can be done.
post #12 of 27
The suggestion was made to get two cats, but I have another suggestion. If you're worried about lack of space and wish to only get one cat, and adopt, consider looking for a cat that's great with people but doesn't get along with other cats so well. Cats like this may get passed over in shelters by those looking for a companion to a cat they may already have.
post #13 of 27
Is it really 750 square feet? That's a pretty good sized apartment... and huge for a studio. The one-bedroom apartments where I live are smaller than that, and still quite roomy. So no worries.
post #14 of 27
I have two happy cats in 725 sq.ft.
post #15 of 27
We've had 3 in much less than that. As long as you provide vertical space as others have suggested, you should be fine. Even when we couldn't afford cat forts, we used our shelves and dressers and stacked storage rubbermaids to provide ledges for the cats. At one point we had a 6 ft bookshelf, next to a 4 ft one so they could go all the way up top and look over the room.

Now we have 3 again, but in 960 sq ft. As other posters have mentioned, the hardest part of small places is figuring out litter box location.
post #16 of 27
I say it can be done....consider adding cat furniture to add vertical space. However - please adopt a calmer adult cat. Kittens have soooo much energy & can get into a lot of trouble if bored. While adult cats are often looked over. Probably 80% of the cat population of adoptables at the shelter here where I volunteer is 2-5 years old.
post #17 of 27
Originally Posted by littleraven7726 View Post
Now we have 3 again, but in 960 sq ft. As other posters have mentioned, the hardest part of small places is figuring out litter box location.
I have two litter boxes in my tiny apartment and I am going to suggested don't be afraid to be creative when it comes to placement!! Visitors to my apartment can always find one of my two boxes (one is in the bathroom) but are stumped where i put the other (wedged between two bookcases in the part of the dining room I never use) and the cats LOVE that box (I put it on its own mat so the litter wont track though the place and it saves the carpet)

Also someone mentioned that aside from the vet bill it really doesn't cost that much more to take care of 2 cats...I will have to agree with that! BUT once you find a vet you like you might want to ask if you can bring in the cats together. I do and he usually only charges me for ONE office visit instead of two seperate for each cat.
post #18 of 27
I know it's already an avalanche of "that's plenty of space", but I just looked up my apartment's square footage: I've got 665 sq feet, and that's plenty of space for my two cats. I don't have a cat tree, I just have an old chair with a large space on the back by the window, and I allow them to climb all over what little furniture I have.

If you take the advice to get two cats, the most important thing to have in a small apartment is a door between two livable spaces so you can keep them separate during introductions. Really, as long as you've got a bathroom with a door, that should be enough.
post #19 of 27
plenty plenty plenty!!!!! I don't think my apartment is even that big - small 1 bedroom.... I can easily adopt one more (or 2), but I'll be moving to LA soon, and want to get it only when I am settled...
post #20 of 27
Ella, our Katrina cat, lived for most of three years in a cage. Is that good? No. But she was healthy and reasonably happy.

On the other hand, once we brought her home to foster, my wife said there was no way she was going back in that cage.
post #21 of 27
I second all the suggestions to use vertical space. Cats like that anyway. Older cat - yes. Shelter cat - yes!!!! Two, if they get along - yes. Or a one-cat-only cat who will be your best bud - yes. And as Mike Blanche said, better than a teensy cage, trust me!
post #22 of 27
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the feedback! Most responses were positive to the idea, so I think I'm going to roll with it and take the next step. Taking advantage of the vertical space was also a great suggestion from a number of people, and in my case that is particularly easy (16 foot high ceilings, loft).

Now I have to decide on the breed, whether to get an adult or a kitten, whether to get one or two... decisions decisions =\\
post #23 of 27
If I were you, I'd get a friendly cat who doesn't like other cats from a shelter or local rescue. Petfinder is particularly useful. You can read about cats individual personalities, and you can then call the local shelters and rescues and talk to them directly about whether they have a cat that will work well as an only cat in an apartment with a human who goes to work.

If I were you, I would not worry about breed: bred cats cost more money, and, unless there is something about a particular breed that you are looking for, a plain 'old domestic cat is just as likely to make you happy. Rescuing an adult from a shelter is doing a good thing for the cat and for you.

With adult cats, you can know much more about the cat's eventual personality, and you don't have to live through kitten crazies. My first cat was an adult from a shelter, and it is a remarkably easy way to enter the world of owning cats.
post #24 of 27
Hey Steve, I'll just echo what everyone else is saying - it's plenty of space! The husband and I have a 700 sq ft apartment, and we don't let the cat in the bedroom (allergies/asthma issues). So she probably has 500 sq feet and is happy as a clam. I had considered getting 2 cats and was worried about space, so I asked one of the volunteers at the humane society. She pointed to the small cages the kitties were in and said, is it bigger then that? Then they'll be ok.

As for what kind, etc etc etc, if you're not dead set on getting a pure bred, might I humbly suggest visiting your local animal shelter/humane society? Spend time with a variety of kitties, and eventually one will adopt you.
post #25 of 27
I'd have to agree with some of the other posters... I think you may want to limit yourself to an adult cat (or 2). Kittens can be extreme...in every way. I raised a couple of kittens two summers ago and it took constant supervision and was very taxing (in terms of energy and finances). In addition to the work in training and vet bills, kittens are very hyper IME, so if you're out all day then come home, he/she will want to go crazy and play for hours (possibly keeping you awake). Also, they get into a ton of stuff...it's basically like babyproofing your house..but for a baby that can climb! In addition to that, it is somewhat hard to tell a kitten's final personality (how social, outgoing, or affectionate and/or how active). I had to confine my kittens to a single bedroom until they were about 12 weeks old, then they had the whole house.

There are many adult cats in shelters to choose from and, if you do decided that you are interested in a particular breed, many breeders adopt out / retire their breeding cats at about 2-3 years old... So you get an adult (with a known personality) that is purebred and for about a 1/3 - 1/4 the cost of a kitten. Although I have not owned a purebred yet, I plan to go the adopted retired breeder route when it's time to add another cat to my family. If you are considering a specific breed, be sure to check out their personality and energy level as each breed can vary quite a bit.

In addition to shelters and breeders, also check out independent small rescue groups. Many of these "foster" their cats in private homes, so they can tell you much more about the cats personality, habits, etc. than a cat that is in the shelter.

In addition to the above, acquiring a healthy cat is one of the best steps you can take to make your first cat owning experience a good one... Check for signs of illness like runny eyes, nose, etc. squinty eyes, signs of an unclean rearend or ungroomed fur, etc. Also wheezing. Ask what veterinary care the cat has recieved and make sure you take it to a vet very soon after purchase / adoption. It might be overkill, but I'd say that if you go to a shelter, breeder, or rescue and there is more than one sick cat there (particularly with eye issues or coughing) don't adopt from them... Upper respiratory illnesses can be very contagious in cats and you don't want to adopt a seemingly healthy kitten or cat just to have it come down with something days after you get it.

Good luck!
post #26 of 27
All kinds of good advice here, Steve, from cat owners and people who do rescue work. Try not to fall for a "pretty face" ie markings. I tell prospective adopters that all the time. Personality trumps markings, breed, etc. And taking an adult cat from a rescue or a shelter is really a blessing. You would be doing such a good deed.

Cats can live 15-20 years so a 1 or two year old cat is not old at all. To me, even a five year old cat is not old. But then I have a soft spot for the abandonned and/or surrended adults who have lost homes through no fault of their own. And it is very likely that if you go this route, the cat will pick YOU!
post #27 of 27
Hi Steve,

You sound like you'll be a wonderful pet owner, and this is the place to come for pet advice.

My advice to you is similar to everyone else. If you are living alone and have a job a kitten will be much more difficult and get into a lot more trouble then an older cat (however if you are hell bent on getting that 'little bundle of joy' it is managable)

My own experience has always been with adopting older cats (6+) and it has been INCREDIBLY rewarding.

My cats still play, are amazingly friendly, my siamese I adopted at 7 years old and I have bonded with him more then I've bonded with any other pet I've ever had, even ones I've had from baby stages. However.... when I go out during the day, or need to go away on buisness for a day or two.... they sleep on the couch and I am convinced don't move a muscle! never get into any trouble and never demand attention when I get home! It's really the perfect scenario for a lot of people....

Keep us posted and goodluck on your search for a feline companion!
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