This article is for anybody thinking of adding an extra cat or two but might be a little nervous if their accommodations can handle it.
So how do you live with 3 cats in a studio apartment? In a quick summary, living with multiple cats in an apartment is a combination of having a set schedule of food, play, and sleep to keep them busy. It is also habitually guiding your cats to have high energy when you want them to have high energy and be relaxed when you need to work and sleep. It’s a compromise between having a balance of cat spaces and human spaces.
Trust me. My place is probably smaller than yours. So if you really want another cat, then you can definitely find a way to make it happen! Hopefully, this article will give you the confidence to try and adopt another cat to add to your family! There are just too many that need a home! Especially here in Korea, where street cats are all too common.
A little about me: I am Canadian but live and work here in Seoul, Korea. For most foreigners working in South Korea and Asia, in general, we live in super-small apartment spaces in Korea called office-tels (pretty much a studio apartment).
How to Live in an Studio Apartment With More Than One Cat
Ever since I started living in office-tels, I’ve become very aware of what I need and don’t need in my apartment. And now that I have cats that I love and take care of, I’ve become ultra-aware and always make sure that things I keep in my apartment bring value and are used daily.
People always think 3 cats in this type of space is too much, but if you’re creative and willing to think about how you/your pets use the space, it can be very stimulating and rewarding!
Useful Cat Furniture and Things to Avoid To Live With Cats in a Studio Apartment
Before I purchase anything in my apartment, such as furniture for my place, I always think about how the cats will react. Some furniture might enrich the area and provide a place for play, and some might cause the cats to feel trapped and nervous.
Many people will notice that I don’t have a typical cat tower. That’s simply because I felt that the only thing the average cat tower provided was another place to sleep and as a mediocre scratching post. The thing is, in a multi-cat home, average cat towers aren’t going to cut it.
Typical cat towers take up too much floor space and are generally not great at the things they provide for our cats (that is, a scratching and playing space). Instead, choosing a high-quality scratching post and a more specialized cat tower (see the recommended section) is more effective/efficient for smaller spaces.
Like many cat owners, I want to do more for my cats and nail in some cat perches, but unfortunately for many people in rented apartments, to do modifications or any drilling/nailing is generally asking for trouble. So to catify my apartment, I used a lot of suction cup perches and hammocks.
Litterbox Management is Important When Living With Cats in a Studio Apartment
When living with cats in a studio apartment, litterbox management is crucial. This is because there are a lot of different aspects when it comes to the litter box. This includes:
- Deciding on the number of litter boxes to use.
- Managing the smells and odors from the litter box.
- Controlling and stopping litter tracking.
I’ve boiled it down to a science for anyone that wants a complete solutions guide for litter box concerns in apartments.
There’s a general rule out there that you should have the same number of litter boxes as you do cats plus one. This is crazy in a studio apartment. I discovered that if your cats have a good relationship with each other, they can easily share litter boxes.
In my previous, even smaller apartment – I used one litterbox for all 3 cats. The room was so small, but all the cats were able to use it without a problem. I obviously had to clean the litter box quite often. But it was a small sacrifice for saving space!
Set Schedule for Food and Play When Living With Cats in a Studio Apartment
Food and mealtimes play a large part in managing my cats’ energy levels. I want them to be energetic when I’m active and calm when I’m resting or asleep. Therefore, I plan my cat’s meals around my lifestyle.
I feed my cats 3 times a day, and they all eat together. Morning, evening (when I get home from work), and right before bed are their meal-times. I avoid free-feeding my cats because:
- I want to control their food portions. My Russian Blue (Ash) loves to overeat. So it’s an important tool to control their weight.
- Cats are highly food motivated. They build a lot of their positive associations during meal and snacktimes.
- Food controls their energy levels. If your cat is too energetic or the opposite – it’s possible they have an energy problem.
So if you are feeding them 3 times a day daily, you’ll be able to create a stronger bond with your pets, and the added benefit is that they’re more likely to get along because they’re all eating together and associating each other with the good ‘feeling’ of eating.
Scheduled playtime is equally important when living with cats in a studio apartment because:
- It tires out your cats. Tired out cats give butlers time to relax, work, or sleep.
- Satisfies cats instinctually. Cats need to play and simulate hunting activities to develop into well-rounded cats.
- Another weight management tool and keeps them healthy physically.
Other Helpful Tips & Guides
Here are some other points to consider when living with cats in a small living space such as an apartment (clicking through the links will bring you to my in-depth guides to help you further!):
- It’s possible for cats to get bored. Creating a play regimen that’s both adequate in length and method is important for our cats to be well-rounded and adapted to their environment
- Think about the ways they use scent in their environment. A cat’s sense of smell and their perception of it – is very important for cats to feel confident and secure in their environment.
- Know when to ignore your cat. Sometimes not all situations or calls by your cat is meant to have a response. If you give into your cat, then it’s likely that they’ve trained you and not the other way around. This is crucial at night time so that you can have some actual sleep!
- For more about the things I learned when living with cats apartment, read here!
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