Tips for Living with a Cat in Your Apartment

Is the apartment experience new for you and your cat? Or are you a long-time apartment resident but a first time cat owner? If you’ve answered “yes” to either of these questions, you may need some help making sure you and your kitty are both comfortable and happy in your new apartment. To help you out, we’ve put together this list of helpful tips for living with a cat in your apartment!

Tip #1: Keep Your Cat Entertained

If you’ve never owned a cat before, then you may be surprised by their sleep patterns. Cats sleep a lot. In fact, it’s not unusual for cats to sleep approximately 15 hours a day. And most of that sleep takes place during the day.

This behavior is instilled in their DNA. Before cats were domesticated, they were predators who hunted during the nighttime and early in the morning.

While they may be indoors, cats still practice this behavior. That’s why they often get a 2:00 A.M. case of the “zoomies”.

Although your cat is domesticated, the urge to hunt is still present. Without an outlet to chase, ponce and capture prey, your kitty will be bored.

Keep your kitty happy and active with lots of cat toys and accessories. Wand toys are a fun way to play with your kitty. They’ll enjoy chasing and capturing that elusive toy at the end of the string.

When you’re not at home, keep your cat entertained with a track toy they can bat and attack at their leisure.

If cats are bored they can sometimes take out their frustration on your furniture. Prevent them from shredding your couch and tables by placing scratching posts near your furniture. These accessories not only protect your furniture, they help keep your cat’s nails trimmed and healthy (and let them enjoy a good stretch, too).

Lastly, cats love laying in the sunshine and watching the neighborhood. Providing a cat tree or two near your windows allows them to soak up the sun beams – and keep an eye on all those birds and squirrels!

Tip #2: Make Sure Your Cat Has Enough Litter Boxes

One of the coolest benefits of owning a cat is not having to walk them every time they have to do their business. Cats are independent and can take care of those matters themselves, thank you very much!

All they need is a nice, clean place to take care of their private business. Placing two litter boxes in your apartment gives your cat options and helps prevent accidents.

Just be sure to scoop out the boxes every day and thoroughly clean them once a month.

Tip #3: Secure Your Cabinets And Doors

Cats are curious creatures by nature. Their curiosity goes into overdrive whenever they spot an open door or a new space they can crawl into and explore.

Unfortunately, this sense of curiosity can get kitties in trouble. Open doors can lead to lost cats. And open cabinets means kitties can access things that are not cat-friendly.

To prevent your cat from running away, be sure to keep your doors (especially your patio or balcony door) and windows securely shut.

You can also keep your kitty safe by storing your cleaning supplies or any products that are dangerous to your cat’s health in cabinets with doors. Keeping your supply of kibble behind your cabinet door is a good idea, too!

If your cat is clever enough to open those cabinet doors (which does happen – especially if they know there’s food there), you can use cabinet locks to stop them.

Tip #4: Choose A Floor Plan With Lots Of Space

As we mentioned above, cats often get the “zoomies”!

All of that sleeping and napping means cats have a lot of stored up energy. To release this energy, they run around at full speed to tire themselves out again.

You can help your cat out by choosing an apartment with a spacious floor plan. This gives them lots of room to run, play and explore. If your apartment has a second floor, that’s even better!

Having enough floor space not only helps them with the “zoomies”, it also prevents cats from getting bored especially when you’re not at home.

Tip #5: Make Your New Home At Our Cat-Friendly Apartments in Lancaster, PA

If you’re searching for cat-friendly apartments in Lancaster, look no further than The Lofts at Worthington! In addition to welcoming cats to our community, our apartments feature lofted floor plans that provide plenty of room for you and your furry roommate. You’ll love the various in-unit and community amenities, while your kitty will enjoy sunning herself in front of the large windows. Plus, each apartment features an in-unit washer and dryer to help keep your clothes clean during the shedding season! Are you and your cat ready to call The Lofts at Worthington your new home? If so, contact us today to schedule a tour of our cat-friendly apartments in Lancaster!

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