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Looking for a cat!

Hi all, I'm looking to adopt a cat.

I work full time so cannot have a kitten, but I would like a fairly young cat that will hopefully be with me for a long time. I am experienced with looking after cats as my family has always owned one, at one point we had two and I would actually be open to two.

I live in an apartment which is a good size with front and back terraces however it is very high up so I am concerned about the cat climbing onto the wall and falling. For this reason should I get an indoor cat?

I have never had a cat in apartment before so this is the only part of keeping cat that I do not know about, I want one that will be happy in an apartment.

Does anyone recommend where I can go to find my pet, or have any advice about making sure the cat does not fall?

I can't get a cat net unfortunately.

Thanks!
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Re: Looking for a cat!

You should get a cat that has so far lived indoors.
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Re: Looking for a cat!

Check the various spa's around the country. Here's the Vaud one.

https://www.svpa.ch/

and Fribourg's:

https://www.spafribourg.ch/
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Old 28.08.2019, 16:22
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Re: Looking for a cat!

Cats are rarely as stupid or vindictive as humans; unlikely but not totaly impossible your cat will fall of the ledge
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Hi all, I'm looking to adopt a cat.

I work full time so cannot have a kitten, but I would like a fairly young cat that will hopefully be with me for a long time. I am experienced with looking after cats as my family has always owned one, at one point we had two and I would actually be open to two.

I live in an apartment which is a good size with front and back terraces however it is very high up so I am concerned about the cat climbing onto the wall and falling. For this reason should I get an indoor cat?

I have never had a cat in apartment before so this is the only part of keeping cat that I do not know about, I want one that will be happy in an apartment.

Does anyone recommend where I can go to find my pet, or have any advice about making sure the cat does not fall?

I can't get a cat net unfortunately.

Thanks!
You might like cats. But I find keeping a cat locked up all day is simply cruelty.And very sad! Sorry. Get a house where you have a place for it to go out. Preferably not in the city. Or get a dog.
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Or get a dog.
Because dogs do like to be indoor the whole day while OP is working full-time?

Enough cats who can't care about not coming outside.
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Because dogs do like to be indoor the whole day while OP is working full-time?

Enough cats who can't care about not coming outside.
Oh. Have you asked a cat how he feels?

I think owning an “indoor cat” who never spends any time outdoors is cruel. How can a cat possibly have the same quality of life and mental stimulation spending its entire life inside? I know people’s responses will be “oh it’s not safe for the cat to go outdoors” , I still don’t think it’s ok for the cat to be confined inside 24/7. At least invest in a cattery or some kind of secure outdoor enclosure, or train it to walk on a lead - Or just don’t own a cat in the first place! Keeping a dog inside for its entire life would be considered cruel - why is it acceptable to do to cats? If your cat gets loose and runs away, can you really blame it after being virtually imprisoned?

Cat's are great. Mine was 15 years old ( not a house cat ) when he died. If he could not go out for even one day he would make our lives hell.
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Re: Looking for a cat!

If you are going to have a cat as an indoor cat then you really need to have two of them so that they are company for each other during the day when you are out at work.

You can buy netting to put around balconies to stop cats from jumping but you may need approval from the building management before putting one of those up.
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Re: Looking for a cat!

I don't disagree with you actually, the cats I used to have went outdoors every day. I do have a terrace that runs all around my apartment I am just worried about the cat falling from it, as mentioned I'm several floors up but saying this, I notice a neighbour on the same floor has a cat that goes out onto the terrace and is still alive, so perhaps yes they aren't as stupid as we are.

I can't move to a house unfortunately but know for sure that I can look after the cat/s well so..if anyone know of one/two up for adoption I am all ears!
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Check the various spa's around the country. Here's the Vaud one.

https://www.svpa.ch/

and Fribourg's:

https://www.spafribourg.ch/
Thank you Medea, I have emailed SVPA
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Thank you Medea, I have emailed SVPA
Not sure whether cats like spa's. But it might keep him fit and ward off the " indoor " depression that they are prone to.

Not putting up some sort of net would be pretty irresponsible

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I don't disagree with you actually, the cats I used to have went outdoors every day. I do have a terrace that runs all around my apartment I am just worried about the cat falling from it, as mentioned I'm several floors up but saying this, I notice a neighbour on the same floor has a cat that goes out onto the terrace and is still alive, so perhaps yes they aren't as stupid as we are.

I can't move to a house unfortunately but know for sure that I can look after the cat/s well so..if anyone know of one/two up for adoption I am all ears!
I think the main problems will be a) not many indoor cats available. The refuges likely won't let you have one designated as outdoors if you don't have that option available to them. b) You working all day. Who's going to be looking after/entertaining the cat while you're at work? Even though you're not looking for a kitten, cats need time to settle in and adapt to their new home. You can't just drop them in a new environment and then leave them alone for 6-8 hours.

Also agree that not netting the balcony is pretty irresponsible (and likely SPA would refuse any adoption because of that).
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Also agree that not netting the balcony is pretty irresponsible (and likely SPA would refuse any adoption because of that).
I'm almost certain about that, it mentions specifically in their adds that they want a house with netted balcony and/or option to roam freely.
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Re: Looking for a cat!

While most rescues prefer cats to go outside, there are indeed inside cats for adoption - you just have to look a bit farther.

Would you consider a cat with a handicap? Often these cats prefer/need to be inside cats. Handicapcats is a group promoting these lovelies, and collates a list of cats in need of homes. The cats themselves will be at various rescues:

https://www.handicapcats.ch

You can also look on the commercial site TierOnline, which has a search function to filter for inside cats. Under 'Haltung' choose 'Wohnung'. As a commercial site, albeit a serious one with stricter posting guidelines than others, due diligence.

https://www.tieronline.ch/tiersuche

Other rescues will have inside cats now and again, just keep an eye out. It might be best to keep as wide a geographic area as possible in your search. Here is a (not wholly inclusive) list of Tierheim by canton in Switzerland:

http://tierheime.ch/tierheime/index.html

You might look for a bonded pair, two cats who have come into rescue together. That spares you the introduction work - and since pairs are sometimes harder to rehome you'd be doing a very good thing.

While there are some 'Einzelgänger' out there, the general preference is for inside cats to live with a companion.

But do look into making your balcony secure - that is often a 'must have' for many rescues. If you are having trouble figuring out how to do so, perhaps post a pic of your balcony, the EF Cat People likely will have suggestions for you.

Good luck with the search.
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https://www.handicapcats.ch
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