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Cats make terrific pets, but if your home is somewhat lacking in square footage and you don’t have a garden, you’ll need to think carefully before getting one of these animals. Certain breeds of cat are better suited to small spaces and, regardless of the particular moggy you decide to welcome into your property, you’ll have to make sure it has access to the comforts a pet should have, such as suitable cat beds, toys and other resources.
Choosing a breed
It’s tempting to assume that petite breeds of cat are more appropriate for small spaces. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. Some of the more diminutive breeds are in fact the most active. Instead of basing your decision on the size of the animals, it’s best to focus on their personalities.
Ragdolls, for instance can be ideal for compact homes. These beautiful, big cats are among the most laidback of the domestic breeds and are also not particularly active. As long as you have time to groom them regularly to keep their coats in good condition, these animals may be perfect for you.
Another excellent breed of cat for smaller properties is the British shorthair. These creatures are also large, but they lack the curiosity and energy of many other types of cat. They’re often happy to relax indoors, so they make great house cats.
Making your pet feel at home
Whichever breed of feline companion you select, you’ll need to make sure it feels at home. Your pet will need a comfortable place to rest and sleep, and its bed should be located in quiet, dry, draught-free location.
Ideally your cat should also have access to hiding places. These animals tend to feel safest high up, so it’s best if they can climb on top of furniture such as shelves and cupboards. Your four-legged friend will also need a litter tray and food and water bowls, and it should have constant access to water to avoid dehydration.
In addition, it’s important to provide your cat with scratching posts and it will need plenty of toys as well. Indoor pets are at risk of becoming obese if you don’t encourage them to exercise.
As long as you choose the right sort of cat and provide it with the necessary resources, you should enjoy many happy years as its owner.