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Old 08-26-2016, 08:03 AM
 
Location: St. Cloud
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I'm moving into an apartment by myself and would like a kitten or cat, but don't know if my work schedule would work for it. I'd feel terrible if it turns out to be a bad idea.

I work from around 7:30am to 4pm, add or take a few hours or minutes, Monday through Friday. I'd be home most of the day when back but I'd still feel bad if I really should or should not leave an animal alone for that amount of time. I figured with a cat it'll be cool since it's a cat, and they're pretty independent animals. But I don't know and would like to ask the current/past owners first.
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Old 08-26-2016, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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When I lived alone in an apartment I adopted one kitten and had similar work hours as yours. However, if I were to do it over again I would have adopted two kittens or cats. There were many times my young Tucker had lots of energy and needed to play, and some days it was tiring. Two cats could play together to release that energy.

Cats can be independent but they still need mental and physical stimulation--especially kittens.

Even if you have a one-bedroom apartment, two cats would still work out fine. Just add a tall cat tree, a window perch, and plenty of toys.
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Old 08-26-2016, 08:13 AM
 
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Your schedule should be fine but I too would recommend getting two kittens or cats. They will keep each other company. There are often bonded adult cats that are looking for a home together.
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Old 08-26-2016, 08:29 AM
 
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Two older cats that are already bonded. They would be calmer, sleep through most of the day while you are gone and less likely to get into trouble (double trouble if they are kittens! ).

Moreover, most older cats prefer a quiet home. Your home sounds like a good match. They are also less likely to be adopted so you are truly saving their lives.
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Old 08-26-2016, 08:41 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Adopting older "hard to place" cats gets you +10 karma over and above the points for rescuing. I got a pair of "tuxedo cats" that cried when they were separated at the Humane society. The people there almost cried themselves when I agreed to take them as a set. They paid me back a million times, one sleeping in the crook of each arm with their chin on my biceps. (I'm officially a cat heater.)

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Old 08-26-2016, 08:42 AM
 
Location: southwest TN
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I would not recommend young kittens. And agree completely with a bonded pair. Check out the rescues near you. I know you can find what you are looking for, if not near you, the rescues here have kitties, spayed/neutered and vetted.

Transport can be arranged.

You can also check on Petfinder
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:20 AM
 
Location: St. Cloud
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I'd actually want a pair. But getting the idea of older cats and a pair, so I'm taking your advice!

There's a shelter out here with older cats and I go frequently. I figure it'll be a great place to start! There's so many cats there and they're so freaking cute. I end up wanting to take home one or two. Hoping I find a pretty playful fur baby.
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I'd actually want a pair. But getting the idea of older cats and a pair, so I'm taking your advice!

There's a shelter out here with older cats and I go frequently. I figure it'll be a great place to start! There's so many cats there and they're so freaking cute. I end up wanting to take home one or two. Hoping I find a pretty playful fur baby.
Oh hooray!
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:47 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Indoor only cats NEED company. Cats are social animals, like (some) humans. If they have a friend who never goes away they'll be happier than if they're alone. My 14 yo 8 pound tomcat sleeps next to my 3 yo 28 pound tom cat, just because he likes the youngster.
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:56 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I like a cat too.
I like a cat because a funny animal.
I think you can leave a cat alone but with its food too.
I think so.
You can leave a cat alone. You can leave a human alone. Neither is usually the optimal situation. In prisons they use solitary confinement as punishment. (A bit over-the-top, true, but loneliness is sad.)
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