If you have a cat and are looking to rent an apartment, you may have a long search ahead of you. Many landlords will now allow their tenants to have any pets, except maybe fish or hamsters, and unless you are willing to get rid of your cat, you will have to keep looking for a pet-friendly apartment building.
Anyone who owns a cat knows that there can be a number of cat behavior problems, such as peeing everywhere but the litter box. This is never a good thing, but it is even worse when you live in an apartment.
For one thing, there will probably be a smell that your landlord will notice. And, you may end up having to pay for damages, such as for carpeting that has been peed on.
These are some of the reasons why many landlords do not allow their tenants to have pets. But, when you are lucky enough to find a landlord that does not have a problem with cats, you need to do all you can to prove that he or she was not wrong in allowing pets in the building. Not only will you be able to keep your cat, but you will also be making sure that future tenants will be allowed to have pets as well.
Make Sure Your Cat Is Litter Box Trained
If you live in an apartment and want to get a cat, make sure that it is litter box trained before you bring it home. The last thing you want is to have to try and train it yourself.
This is one of the responsibilities of the mother cat, and something that kittens should know by the time they are four or five weeks old. Just to be safe, make sure your kitten is six to eight weeks old before you bring it home, to avoid cat behavior problems later on.
Sometimes you do not have a choice but to bring home a kitten that is far too young to leave its mother. A friend of mine found a tiny kitten whose eyes were just barely open. Of course, she brought the kitten home and nursed it with an eye dropper until it was stronger. The, she had the joy of teaching it how to use the litter box.