The committed indoor/high rise dwellers enjoying some evening air at their garden in the sky....
My Mama has been bombarded with questions by people who are fascinated by our (Brad and I) very clean and well groomed appearances. Hmmm...she actually adheres to a set of rules that translates to Hygiene! Hygiene! Hygiene! Also, she's helped by the fact that we belong to that special species that actually self-groom.
There is no such thing as "one answer solves all" when it comes to handling cats. Sorry to say that we are a "hard" lot...so much so that some people actually hate cats. Well, not hard as in "stubborn" but as in we like to do things in the tradition of "it's either our way or the highway". Get it? har har har *evil laughs*
Anyway, here are some tips that my Mama finds useful. www.PETS911.com is a very useful website that you can refer to for tips, she added.
1. Be honest. Let the landlord know you have a cat(s). (You don't have to do this if you're not renting.)
2. Do your research to find cat-friendly rental options. Keeping the family together is important!
3. Clean up. Practice good cat hygiene before and after moving into your new apartment – clean out your litter box regularly. Keeping odours out of hallways and out of your apartment will keep your neighbors and landlord happy. And, it’s healthier for you and your cat.
This is the look of our litter box when it's not cleaned. Mama cleans ours twice a day.
Having a timed air freshener/perfumer in the litter box area is very handy too.
4. Mind the claws. Does your cat scratch? Provide a scratching post for your cat instead of the door frames. It’s cheaper than losing your security deposit.
Our scratching pole! Well used and well loved.
Mama sprays this on any new furniture or gadget she bought.
5. Preview your new pad. Prior to moving in, be sure to do a “pre-move-in damage inspection” and have your landlord sign off on this as well. This way, you won’t be charged for pre-existing conditions. Better yet, your landlord will probably fix them prior to your moving in date. Best to opt for an unfurnished place rather than fully furnished. At least, any damages will be on your own stuff.
6. Money talks. Be prepared to pay a little higher security deposit and/or monthly rent if you have a cat. Not all landlords will require this, but some may. It’s better to be prepared for it than not to have it.
Oh yes...money talks. So, be prepared to sacrifice for your cats.
7. Get it in writing. Ask what the landlord considers to be “pet damages” and make sure what is agreed upon is in writing. Be sure to follow any pet guidelines in the apartment complex. This way, you will know what you can be charged …and what you can’t be charged … when you move out.
8. Oh behave! Get behavioral training for your cat if you know they have some issues (e.g. spraying). These behaviors may be corrected before you move…and may even have a medical basis behind them.
Honestly, spaying/de-sexing/neutering solve many problems.
9. Stay healthy. Be sure your cat is current on all required vaccinations. This benefits your cat as well as other pets in the apartment complex. While at the vet, ask about the benefits of having your cat microchipped.
Microchipping is so easy to do. We didn't feel a thing. Honest!
10. Play tag. Please put a collar and identification tag on your cat. For added security, consider a microchip. Even indoor cats can’t resist an open door or window all the time. Plus, when moving, there are greater opportunities to escape or become skittish. A collar and tag will get your cat back to you much faster. Many cats without collars are thought to be feral and not turned in to SPCA. So, please protect your best friend.
Some fancy schmanzy tags available Down Under.
The important information displayed at the back of the tag.
And, last but not least. When you're having a party:
Switch this on for a couple of hours before the guests arrive.