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    Lots of people who live in apartments have cats that have never been in a garden in their lives and are perfectly happy. It's just that, here in Oz, the majority of people live in suburban settings with back yards. Keeping your cats indoors most certainly extends their expected life span.

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    My older came came home! after 7 days! I am so relieved - she will never set foot outside at night again.

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    Glad to hear that your cat came home

    We have two indoor cats as well. Our first one we kept inside originally because of his breed (ragdoll) and the second one is white as well. I have seen my aunty's white cats suffer from cancer so we decided that they would just stay inside. They have their climbing areas and special places inside. The ragdoll does make a run for it ocassionally but doesn't venture too far. The other cat, a DSH that I fell in love with at the vet adoption centre, rarely goes out. He has started going out on the back deck with the dog but comes straight back in with the dog.

    We like the birds in our area and like knowing where our cats are. Plus it cuts down on vet bills as they're less exposed to germs.

    btw - our dog, a maltese terrier, is mainly an inside dog as well. he goes outside for a bit in the morning and then during the day if he wants to (he just goes and sits next to the door) and then for a bit at night. We take him for walks but mostly play with him in the backyard or inside the house. He has loads of soft toys he likes to play with for hours on end. He likes playing with the cats too

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    We have two Bengals which are indoor cats. Glacia has managed to escape once, but came straight to the back door and yowled to come back in, thankfully. Gary has never been outside and enjoys sitting at the front door playing neighbourhood watch

    You just need a good, sturdy kitty litter box (I recommend one with a large hood if they are indoor cats - they get privacy and you don't have to look at poops all day), and if you have more than one indoor cat, get the largest box you can find and afford. Check the Deals Direct website for cat towers on sale - I've bought about 6 off there and positioned them around the house and the cats love them (they're a climbing breed so they really need them). They also leave the furniture alone because they have LOTS of scratchy posts.

    Cats do wonderfully indoors. Don't let anyone tell you differently

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    Thanks Tales...can you or anyone answer this question about litter trays for me.

    Should you use small scatterings of litter in the tray which means they are basically using it once or twice and then change it or do you guys really fill it up deep?

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    I think it really depends on the type of litter you use. I use Catsan ultra...it's a clumping litter and I fill the tray to about 4cm deep and clean up the poop and pee everyday. I change the litter once a week. There is tracking (where the cat walks the litter out that's stuck on her paws), but it's only right infront of the litter box, not through the house ect..so i just have a dustpan next to the litter tray and sweep it up.

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    My mother has an indoor cat only. He WAS an outdoor cat until he decided to pay with a brown snake and gotten bitten $1500 later he's still with her

    He got used to it very quickly.

    A good tip that mum uses when she goes out is to leave the radio on, he feels more comfortable having a voice in the house.

    He has the best life, Im coming back as her cat

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    I have 2 indoor cats.

    Keiyunie (Kaye) is a charcoal tabby. She is 2yrs old. She used to be an outside cat, until she was attacked by a stray, and had her coming in and out of the vet for 2 months. The vet explained because Kei is a tiny cat. (A little bigger then a kitten) Her size would only get her killed. She wouldn't have a fighting chance, and more likely to be killed in a car accident. Since then, much her to dismay, she has been an inside cat.

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref...&id=1189926916

    http://en.unitedcats.com/cat/Kei/pic/89665

    Talith (Tally or Fuzzy bunny) Is our Burmese cross. He has one brown eye one blue. He is also an indoor cat, mainly because he is white and has a pink nose, he is more likely to get skin cancer if he was outside.
    He is a big baby, seriously. I rekon he will be the one who will have a problem when a real baby enters the house.
    He is also a very big bully to his big sister, and gets very jealous if he isn't the one getting attention.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1189926916

    http://en.unitedcats.com/cat/photos/92327.jpg

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    Probably depends on the cat, Petlover, and how often you want to clean. Mine LOVE to dig, so I generally fill it fairly deep for them (5-6cm) and then give it a full clean once a week or so. They sometimes kick it out onto the floor in their digging frenzies, but as mumof4 said, it doesn't take much to sweep it up.

    I generally use a rocky gravel mix because it's very absorbant with both wetness and odours. A little bit dusty, but I let it settle before I put the lid back on. The only downside is you can't flush the turds (because they have rocks in them), though the rocks are fine for garden/composting apparently. If you want to be able to flush them, you might need to use an organic/flushable litter such as a newspaper base (like breeder's choice or that one Dr Harry recommends - I forget the name of it). Some of those litters can get a bit pongy tho, because they absorb wetness very quickly. The one I use more or less turns into powder and I just shake it into a bag for binning and spray & wipe the box. I give it some sun once every couple of weeks to kill the greeblies and she's right as rain.

    PS - those photos are gorgeous Mimmi

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    Quote Originally Posted by tales View Post

    PS - those photos are gorgeous Mimmi
    Yeah they are both big posers these 2.


 

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