I'm getting a cat soon! How do I prepare my UCF apartment?

Despite the bad reputation cats have across the internet for being cold, aloof, and uncaring, taking care of a cat in apartments near UCF can be one of life's biggest joys. While cats can sometimes act standoffish or shy, they also have the capacity to be incredibly loving, and there's nothing like waking up to the sound of your cat's purr to let you know.

But you can't suddenly become a cat person without any preparation. You may not have to walk your cat, but they still require a fair amount of maintenance to be happy and healthy. If you're planning on bringing your cat to UCF apartments or are interested in getting a cat while you stay there, these are your must-haves for feline ownership to make sure that your fur baby doesn't throw a hissy fit.

Making UCF Apartments Cat-Friendly

While cats don't require a backyard to run around in, they still need a good amount of space to live and play. It's not recommended that you own a cat if you're staying in a dorm room, an Orlando one bedroom apartment, or another apartment of a similar size. Such tight quarters will make a cat restless, and it will be difficult to avoid the smell of their litter box. More space is better. If you are living in an apartment with multiple bedrooms, consider asking your roommates to leave their doors open so that your cat can expand its territory and explore during the day. Supervised playtime on the porch or balcony can also be a good method of enrichment for your cat if you have a harness for them to wear.

Set a Schedule

If you've ever been woken up in the morning by your cat meowing for breakfast, you already know that cats enjoy having a routine. When their routine is broken, it can end in catastrophe. Try to feed your cat their breakfast and dinner at the same time each day. The knowledge that they have a consistent, reliable food source will make your cat feel safe and secure, even while you're away in classes at the University of Central Florida. If you think you're going to miss mealtime, ask a friend or roommate to make sure your cat gets their meal at their expected hour.

Having a schedule doesn't just extend to mealtimes. Cats will also look to you for when to get up in the morning, when to go to sleep, and when to play. Of course, they'll be driven by their own wants and needs, but as their caretaker, you're the coolest cat around. Your alarm in the morning lets them know that it's time to get moving, and your evening habits signal when it's time to settle in for the night. If your cat isn't falling into this schedule, maybe they're running around in the middle of the night waking you up, try more hands-on playtime with them during the day. This will tire them out so that at night, they're ready to rest.

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