Hello, i've been thinking recently about getting a cat, but i stay in a second floor flat, and just want a few tips and ideas about keeping a house cat. I want to make sure that he/she has a good time, not just feels like its whole life is based in 3 rooms,
Hello, i've been thinking recently about getting a cat, but i stay in a second floor flat, and just want ... make sure that he/she has a good time, not just feels like its whole life is based in 3 rooms,

It's going to have a lot better life with you than in a cage at a shelter or being killed. Three rooms is fine for a cat; they like familiar territory and once neutered don't roam much anyway.

Give it lots of things to hide in or climb - the typical cat tree is always popular. Do not EVER have it declawed, they can't climb or do things that cats should be able to do even if it is sometimes inconvenient for the human slave. See if you can adopt one that came from a flat but where the human died. They're already used to that living arrangement.
Consider getting two. I know, you're concerned that it isn't enough room for one and now I'm suggesting that you get two, but two cats keep each other entertained and can groom and provide companionship for each other. They won't be lonely when the human(s) have to leave.

Some cats are better without another cat, but that is the exception. Ask at the shelter for cats that get along well with other cats; maybe you can even get two that have been living with each other.

A nice window seat that gets sun provides endless hours of entertainment for a cat. That really can't be beat. I can, and do, let my cats into the backyard (fenced in), but when they can't go out, you can often find them on the platform I built by the rear window overlooking the yard.
To extend the square footage (or meterage), consider something like katwalks (http://katwallks.com /). Here, look what this guy did:

http://www.brushyland.com/cats/catwalk.htm
Come on, those cats are waiting for you.
Cats measure space vertically, not in square footage like we do. Dgk had some great suggestions a cat tree and a window perch will add lots of "space" for the cats. Some larger boxes can provide extra playing and sleeping places.
Have some toys and rotate them every week or so. The cats will think they are getting "new" things. Play with them each night for mental stimulation and exercise.
Maybe you can adopt a pair of bonded adults from a shelter. You won't have to go through a kitten phase (and all the vet trips associated with that) and they can have each other for company when you're gone. It's also lots more fun to have two cats and watch them interact. :-)
Second floor flat? No problem at all. A cat or two that's been sitting in a cage waiting for you will be thrilled with your flat and very grateful to you for a home. Best of luck!
Barb
Hello, i've been thinking recently about getting a cat, but i stay in a second floor flat, and just want ... make sure that he/she has a good time, not just feels like its whole life is based in 3 rooms,

Get a kitten, so it won't be accustomed to going outside, and will be perfectly happy as an, "inside" cat. You can even train it to accept a leash, and take it for walks in the park.
Hello, i've been thinking recently about getting a cat, but i stay in a second floor flat, and just want ... make sure that he/she has a good time, not just feels like its whole life is based in 3 rooms,

Bless you, Edmundo. Others have given you great ideas. A window perch (they are cheap and attach with velcro, and cats love them) and an Alpine Scratcher (for some reason every cat I have had loves these) and a little pal are all good ideas. I had one cat for a long time, now have had two for about as long, and two is not much more work at all. They seem like less work because ewhen I know they are playing together, I can get more work done.
Window perch:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2754969

Alpine scratcher:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3684658

(the above is another brand, the point seems to be the slant.

Good luck and post some photos of your cat(s)!
Hello, i've been thinking recently about getting a cat, but i stay in a second floor flat, and just want ... make sure that he/she has a good time, not just feels like its whole life is based in 3 rooms,

The most important concern is whether you can cope with a cat's claws. If you cannot, then keeping a cat is not for you.
Hello, i've been thinking recently about getting a cat, but ... feels like its whole life is based in 3 rooms,

The most important concern is whether you can cope with a cat's claws. If you cannot, then keeping a cat is not for you.

I've never had any problem with them clawing things. They just love those cardboard scratching boards and the various other types that I've bought for them. One leather chair has some scratches on the surface but it's incidental, caused by when they jump off it, not just scratching at it.
The most important concern is whether you can cope with a cat's claws. If you cannot, then keeping a cat is not for you.

I've never had any problem with them clawing things. They just love those cardboard scratching boards and the various other types that I've bought for them.

Yes indeed. Every time I bring home a new $10 flat corrugated scratcher, the kind in the purple box you can find everywhere, they often find it before I get it out of the package and try to get it out. And they love the slanted scratcher, sturdiest one is the Alpine Scratcher. A big part of the fun is putting it front and center when I rub the catnip on and watching the little stoners react. Emotion: smile