BigKittyLove, I think in your other thread you mentioned the Mobile Adoption set-up was a little intimidating? It sure can be!
Here's our situation. Gary and I live in an RV. It is 8 feet wide and 40 feet long. We have five cats with just two litterboxes. This is NOT ideal!!!!!!!!! There should always be at least one litterbox for cat. We make up for the restricted space here by scooping VERY frequently - at least four times a day (unless we both have to go to the office, and then it's just twice a day). We took out the "dining room" and put in a 5' 8" cat tree, a cat castle that's about 3 1/2 feet tall, and currently what we call a "log" - a large tube with a side opening on legs and a base (covered in carpet). We have sacrificed every surface (except the kitchen counter and Gary's table for his laptop next to his chair) with cat stuff - sheepskins, beds, tents, etc. We bought forming tubes from Home Depot (the kind you pour cement into to make pillars for piers or whatever) and layered them on one side of the bed, so they have three levels of stuff to race through. My "bedside table" is a cat condo with three levels - I use the top, they use the three inside levels. We purchased an open-ended book shelf for Gary's side of the bed - that gives them three levels over there. We emptied out two of the overhead compartments - one in the living room and one in the bedroom - for them to jump up into and hang out in. Vertical space is VERY important to cats, especially if there is more than one. We put up window perches in the living room windows - and birdfeeders that attach to the windows via suction cups (GREAT cat "TV"!!!!).
We rotate toys out frequently, and we make sure to play interactively with each of them (as individually as possible) for at least 10 minutes a day. They love being brushed, and we brush them every day.
I'm allergic to cats, and I vacccum at least twice a week and I use one of those masking tape lint rollers on their beds, the open portion of the couch and Gary's chair daily (and the cats!)
Having two (or three) cats increases the amount of work by about two minutes per litterbox, five minutes of brushing per cat, and 10 - 15 minutes of play per cat. The cost is the additional food - and vet visits.
Bottom-line - I love having multiple cats. I don't feel guilty when we have to head into the city and we're gone for 14 hours. For us - there was NO WAY we could have more than one. Then there was NO WAY we could have more than two. Then there was ABSOLUTELY no way we could have more than three. Four? Forget about it! But a dying feral that was wasting away not eating had bonded to hubby, so we had no choice but to bring him home. We did adopt out several fosters along the way. One of foster just needed too much medical attention - and then she was living here, part of the family. So the fifth kitty (Flowerbelle) just kind of slipped her way into the family.
They have each other to play. They LOVE playing "hunt and hide," cuddling together, play fighting - or batting that ball in the round thing game back and forth to each other. They pile up on each other to watch their "cat TV" (the window). They groom each other. The fourth kitty in here isn't too into the other cats. When someone gets too near, he bats them in the head to let them know, and they move along!
I would NOT recommend this to everyone. The point of the story is - it isn't the size of the space that matters so much as the quality of space and time.
And... if you want just one kitty, there are very many single kitties out there that are perfectly happy. Cats do spend a lot of the daylight hours sleeping.
Just know that if you adopt kittens as opposed to older cats, there's a lot of work the first few months. You will be completely
sleep deprived! BUT - the offset to that is that they are SO DARN CUTE you probably won't mind being half-asleep at work for the next few months.
They are high-maintenance.
We were very lucky - all of ours took to scratching on the cat trees, sisal posts and rubber/sisal scratch pads right away. Just make sure you're armed with various types of "appropriate" scratching stuff for her/him/them. Most cats like vertical - our Tuxedo loves horizontal, so we have two scratch pads - one sisal side up, one with the rubber side up, and one of the sisal scratching things you're supposed to hang on a doorknob lying on the floor inbetween the cat tree and the cat castle. Until you know what the kitty(ies)/cat like best (and they'll probably like two or three), best to have a wide variety of options.
There are a lot of wonderful things about older kitties though - perhaps you should start another thread - kittens or older kitties? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!