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Hey guys!

My girlfriend and I are taking care of a beautiful black and white long haired cat this week. He's a cross breed, but he's half forest cat and used to being able to pop outside whenever he wants to. He can't do this here, since it's a fairly small (50 square meters) 4th floor appartement.

He seems to have taken it all surprisingly well, apart from the bus ride which he hated. We're in a quiet neighborhood in a quiet building so there's no typical "city noise" to bother him, and it's (luckily) a separate bedroom, separate kitchen layout so for now he has been happy just checking out the rooms, getting used to the smells and the things here. I think he also appreciates the fact that we're still moving in here, so we've got thousand boxes and lots of stuff lying around.

The balcony is off limits to him since he has no concept of what a balcony is and would most likely try to walk the railing etc. which is something we just won't risk.

He's already eating and drinking well, he immediately found his litter box and started using it, and since both my girlfriend and I are cat people, he has been getting a LOT of attention since he got here. I think he's fine, but a little bored. He doesn't find much joy in typical "cat toys" and we won't be buying any "cat stuff" like a scratching pole since he'll only be here for a week.

Any tips on how to keep a cat entertained indoors? Emotion: smile
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Hey veanova,

What makes you think he is bored? From what you've written I can assume that the cat should be feeling quite well given so much attention and love (and surrounded with so many boxes!!).

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I don't think he will find himself comfortable enough till you find a constant place of living. Moving is always stressy for pets as well as for people. So I'd suggest that you simply do all the things you've been doing, and when you find a "permanent" home (I hope this will happen), just give him all necessary for a happy living such as cat toys, a scratching pole, attention, etc. Up to a companion pet if it is okay for you!
Well like I said, we're only taking care of him for a week, then he's going back to his permanent home. We are the ones moving Emotion: smile

He seems to be settling in pretty well, he found a spot on the highest bookshelf where he can observe every move we make, and escape from the vacuum cleaner when he has to. It's funny, it's the first time I've ever seen a cat go UP instead of down (in, under, below something) when trying to escape something Emotion: smile

I don't think this is going to be a problem at all. Emotion: smile
veanovaIt's funny, it's the first time I've ever seen a cat go UP instead of down (in, under, below something) when trying to escape something Emotion: smile
Haha, every cat is so unique! Emotion: wink
I think he's quite content with exploring all the stuff at your current home. At least, this should be enough to entertain him during the week. Apparently, this is why he wasn't really interested in "cat" toys: they look boring compared to the boxes and other "mess"! Emotion: big smile

But I didn't get you... do you mean that you're not his real owners and in a week he'll go back to them?
ElwingBut I didn't get you... do you mean that you're not his real owners and in a week he'll go back to them?

Yes and no actually Emotion: smile He is one of those cats that belong to a place, not really an owner. The house is permanentely occupied by a student collective of four to five people, but the people always change, as student collectives do. My girlfriend used to live there, and so she has taken it upon herself to take care of him whenever the house is empty, which it is once every year or so, especially during the summer months when the students living there are away. This time we're taking care of him for a week.

Like I've said before, I'm not really a fan of keeping cats confined to small spaces like city appartements, but in this case we have no choice Emotion: smile

Note: I have no idea why this was double-posted. It shows up only once in the editor.
Ah so that's it! hehe.
It seems your girlfriend is in love with cats as much as you are. You're lucky to meet each other!
veanovaLike I've said before, I'm not really a fan of keeping cats confined to small spaces like city appartements, but in this case we have no choice Emotion: smile
Does it mean you won't have any cats if you live in a city apartment?

P.S. That double-texting was a bug we've fixed, so no worries! Emotion: wink
We are lucky indeed Emotion: smile

No, I wouldn't keep a cat in a city appartement with no access to the outdoors. I know that it's a very, very common thing to do, and I know more than a few happy "indoors cats", but I just couldn't. The right breed of cat, in the right appartement, with the right owner can be very successfull I'm sure. Still, cats are active and independent hunters, and I could personally never cage such a beautiful and free animal in a city appartement.

There is a reason why it's very, very hard to turn an outdoor cat into an indoor cat. They're just not ment to be confined in such a small space. I'm not saying city cat owners are cruel, because they're not. I do think it's a little selfish though. Think about it - the average male cat will mark up a territory that is somewhere between 150 and 250 square meters, and they will happily roam up to more than a kilometer away from it's home every day. Sure, they're adaptable and intelligent, but how can an animal with instincts like that truly be happy and satisfied in a 50, 40 or even 30 square meter city appartement?
Hey all, just wanted to add my two cents. If it's possible to give a cat some outdoor freedom, it's great. But in a city, there is too much danger, unfortunately: some mad drivers and other crazy people that do hate cats and can even kill them. I would gladly keep my cat outdoors if I lived in the countryside, but living in a city, I keep it indoors and I don't want to let it out...
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