How to keep cats away from places you don't want it to go?

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First of all,I want to say that I am new cat owner (going to be ).Ima buy one next week :D.But there's a few places I don't want it to go near.Please read the whole post even though it's long :(.

I don't want it to exit the door and run away to "explore" whenever I open it to greet someone.I don't want it to run towards the door whenever the door bell rings either.Basically,I don't want it to even go near the door since many of my cousin's cat just run away.

I also don't want it to go to the balconies either.Mainly because it may try to jump on the cylinder shaped fences and hurt itself.I also don't want it to fall into the plants from there and hurt itself.

The geometry of all the balconies are like this-

infront is a wall that is 29 inches tall.Above that are cylindrical railings (like a fence for the plants)which are each 1 inch tall.There are 5 of them and between each one is a distance of 2.7 inch.On the right side of the wall (still infront ) there is a gate which is above a wall that is 15~ inch high.The gate has the same charecteristics as the cylindrical railing (it's basically the same but unlike the others that are fixed to the wall ,this one isn't.Thats why it can be opened (if pushed infront) and closed).Beyond all these railings there are nothing .These railings guard the plants.However ,behind the plants,there are even more railings that serve the purpose of a wall but they also allow sunlight to come through for the plants.These ones have a distance of 5 inch.There are 10 of these and above them there is an actual wall that connects to the ceiling.

On the right side there is both a wall and even more railings (to allow sunlight pass).The wall is on the back side and it connects to the gate that enters the balcony (not the one that is made of railings and is used to enter the plants' area).A bit forward of the actual walls (the ones in the right side) are railings that have a distance of 5 inch and they connect to the ceiling.

On the left side there is a small wall and above them are railings that have a 5 inch distance between .These ones also connect to the ceiling.However behind these ones there are transparent closed windows .

For better understanding,I'll post the images of the walls through imgur .And are balconies like this even dangerous for cats or am I just becoming over anxious?? And I tried putting a cat net on the balconies but it didn't work.

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Right side view-Left side view-Infront view-Infront view ( tried to include the ceiling)-Infront view (from outside the balcony)-

Logically I should just close the doors to the balconies but since my parents dry the clothes in the balconies,they need to check on them often ,and they aren't exactly so eager to understand these conditions.Apart from that,since it's summer now,they choose to keep the doors open for good ventilation.




How can I keep them away from these places??
 

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Most likely a cat will NOT run to the door like a dog when the bell rings, In the MANY acts I have had in over 50 years, they do the opposite, run and hide. They can come out later if they are outgoing to see guests, but that is rare. I don't think there is much worry there. On the balcony, I would get some black plastic deer/rabbit fencing, with those little 1/2 inch holes, and attach it to completely cover that back railing everywhere that it goes clear to the ceiling. It is very inexpensive. Attach it with a bunch of those plastic cable ties, they come in all kinds of lengths in any hardware store or stores like Walmart. That fencing is indestructible, and using enough ties is very strong. I'd say tie every 6 inches. I cut the ends off the ties so they look better. The black makes it almost invisible, and won't obstruct your view.
 

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Hello and welcome to TCS. And congrats on your upcoming cat adoption.

How old is the cat you're adopting? If it's a kitten, you'll definitely have to kitten proof the home, as kittens can get into and under everything! If it's an adult cat, it will be a bit easier, but please remember cats are curious animals, and will check out most anything.

About them running out the door, here's a TCS article that might be helpful:
How To Prevent Your Cat From Darting Out The Door – TheCatSite Articles

About the balconies, some sort of netting or fencing would be safest, if you're unable to keep the doors closed, or if you can't get screens for the doors.

Keep in mind cats can't be disciplined, so it's up to the humans to make their environment safe for them.

This TCS article is mostly about kitten, but can apply to adult cats as well, and mentions netting off balconies.
Kitten Proofing Your Home: 13 Practical Tips – TheCatSite Articles
 
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Most likely a cat will NOT run to the door like a dog when the bell rings, In the MANY acts I have had in over 50 years, they do the opposite, run and hide. They can come out later if they are outgoing to see guests, but that is rare. I don't think there is much worry there. On the balcony, I would get some black plastic deer/rabbit fencing, with those little 1/2 inch holes, and attach it to completely cover that back railing everywhere that it goes clear to the ceiling. It is very inexpensive. Attach it with a bunch of those plastic cable ties, they come in all kinds of lengths in any hardware store or stores like Walmart. That fencing is indestructible, and using enough ties is very strong. I'd say tie every 6 inches. I cut the ends off the ties so they look better. The black makes it almost invisible, and won't obstruct your view.
Umm,but when I searched on the internet,it showed that if you tie it too strong the cat will try to climb it.But if you do it loosely ,the cat won't try since they hate climbing on moving objects.But my question is,if it is tied loosely,the cat can just put it's paw beneath it and then lift it up.Or is can just dash into it, breaking into it.But I can't say for certain since I haven't use one.

And I can't attach one from the outside of building or from behind the railings which are behind the flowers .It is because the plants have grown so much now that they have gone out of the railings that act as the walls (meaning that they have now gone out of the building structure).The best choice would be to attach it in front of the plants' fences since that also makes it impossible for the cat to access the plants.It also makes it impossible for it to walk on the railings and potentially hurt itself.But if I do that,my parents won't be able to water the plants and dry the clothes.They would need to open the net everytime they need to do it.And I'm scared that the cat may get into the net while my parents are watering or putting the clothes on the wires to dry them.And what if they leap onto the railings then? Well,I do plan on requesting them to check the balcony before opening the net .But still,I'm sure that they won't check everytime and soon they'll get annoyed by needing to open the net so many times...

.Or should I just buy a fish ?? '-' T-T T/\T
 
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Hello and welcome to TCS. And congrats on your upcoming cat adoption.

How old is the cat you're adopting? If it's a kitten, you'll definitely have to kitten proof the home, as kittens can get into and under everything! If it's an adult cat, it will be a bit easier, but please remember cats are curious animals, and will check out most anything.

About them running out the door, here's a TCS article that might be helpful:
How To Prevent Your Cat From Darting Out The Door – TheCatSite Articles

About the balconies, some sort of netting or fencing would be safest, if you're unable to keep the doors closed, or if you can't get screens for the doors.

Keep in mind cats can't be disciplined, so it's up to the humans to make their environment safe for them.

This TCS article is mostly about kitten, but can apply to adult cats as well, and mentions netting off balconies.
Kitten Proofing Your Home: 13 Practical Tips – TheCatSite Articles
Thanks.But,my parents need to water the plants everyday so I'm pretty sure they won't accept the fact that they will need to open and close the net everyday.Is there any other options however?
 

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It sounds like maybe your family has not had a cat before. If that's the case, here's a few TCS articles written with new cat parents in mind, that maybe you and your parents should read, so that you all understand the responsibilities of caring for a cat.

15 Things You Should Know Before Adopting A Cat – TheCatSite Articles
Bringing Home A New Cat – The Complete Guide – TheCatSite Articles
First-time Cat Owner’s Guide – TheCatSite Articles

I know you were joking about getting a fish instead, but honestly, if your parents won't be willing to make changes in their routine in order to keep your cat safe, this might not be the right time to bring a kitty home.
 
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It sounds like maybe your family has not had a cat before. If that's the case, here's a few TCS articles written with new cat parents in mind, that maybe you and your parents should read, so that you all understand the responsibilities of caring for a cat.

15 Things You Should Know Before Adopting A Cat – TheCatSite Articles
Bringing Home A New Cat – The Complete Guide – TheCatSite Articles
First-time Cat Owner’s Guide – TheCatSite Articles

I know you were joking about getting a fish instead, but honestly, if your parents won't be willing to make changes in their routine in order to keep your cat safe, this might not be the right time to bring a kitty home.
The thing is ,my parents hate the idea of cats.But me and my sister (especially me) want a cat.And for the past few days,I've read most of the articles about cats.But the only thing that I think I won't be able to handle will be the balcony one.And my parents will not mind any scratching (but I'll still train it to use a scratch post) or a few poop here and there (but still,I won't let the kitten out of my room until a few months.Thats because it would be really hard for me to clean for the whole house.Basically,my plan is to teach the kitten how to use the potty in my room (which 230 f^ and will be equipped with alot of toys).

And I wasn't joking about the fish.My parents even said that they would clean the tank each month,buy more fish if the old ones die all by themselves.But for the cat,they won't spend a single pence (but that will probably change if I make a puppy face ).

And its not about my parents either,it's about our maids who clean the house.They live with us and are pretty nice but I don't know if they will be so willing to close and open the net everytime to hang the clothes,etc. since I won't be with them to tell them why they didn't do it.But however,if someone is there to monitor them,they will surely do it (like if my parents tell them to clean the poop,but unlikely that will likely happen).

So,like I said ,even if my parents tell them to check the room everytime they hang the clothes,they will surely someday or other slack off.And an accident may happen.Or am I being too paranoid? Well,this is my first time having a pet that isn't a bird or fish.And should I buy 2 cats or 1??
 

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You're not being paranoid at all, you're trying to look at every possibility that could occur and attempt to find a way to prevent it from happening.

One thing you probably don't need to worry about is the cat having accidents around the house. It can happen, of course, but generally cats are very clean animals, and learn to use their litter box very quickly. Even kittens.

Whether to get 2 cats or one is difficult to answer. Two would keep each other company. However, it would be double the watching for your family and maids to ensure they didn't get into trouble. And, of course, increase the expenses for food, litter supplies, and any medical issues. Keep in mind that right off the start, you'll have to get the kitten shots and possibly dewormed, and eventually spayed or neutered.

I know you've mentioned "kitten" but possibly an older cat would be a better fit. Here's one more TCS article for you to read:
A Kitten Or An Older Cat – Which Should You Adopt? – TheCatSite Articles

I do feel that knowing your parents "hate the idea of cats" is worrisome. When I was a teen, my Dad was against us getting another cat. He finally agreed, and being that he already loved cats, it all worked out, and we had the cat for almost 20 years. But I'm not sure that will happen with your parents, although lots of people who didn't think they liked cats, have become huge cat people, so it is possible.

I do hope it works out for you, and you're able to eventually bring a cat into your home. But don't rush. There's always going to be cats that need homes, so make sure the timing is right
 
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You're not being paranoid at all, you're trying to look at every possibility that could occur and attempt to find a way to prevent it from happening.

One thing you probably don't need to worry about is the cat having accidents around the house. It can happen, of course, but generally cats are very clean animals, and learn to use their litter box very quickly. Even kittens.

Whether to get 2 cats or one is difficult to answer. Two would keep each other company. However, it would be double the watching for your family and maids to ensure they didn't get into trouble. And, of course, increase the expenses for food, litter supplies, and any medical issues. Keep in mind that right off the start, you'll have to get the kitten shots and possibly dewormed, and eventually spayed or neutered.

I know you've mentioned "kitten" but possibly an older cat would be a better fit. Here's one more TCS article for you to read:
A Kitten Or An Older Cat – Which Should You Adopt? – TheCatSite Articles

I do feel that knowing your parents "hate the idea of cats" is worrisome. When I was a teen, my Dad was against us getting another cat. He finally agreed, and being that he already loved cats, it all worked out, and we had the cat for almost 20 years. But I'm not sure that will happen with your parents, although lots of people who didn't think they liked cats, have become huge cat people, so it is possible.

I do hope it works out for you, and you're able to eventually bring a cat into your home. But don't rush. There's always going to be cats that need homes, so make sure the timing is right
I'm a bit unsure about cats tho...I did a bit of research and it showed that kitties can bond,learn tricks and how to potty,etc much quicker than cats.And it also showed that once cats get a habit of spraying or scratching they may continue to do so even after getting neutered.And if my family finds urine on the walls,they'll kick the cat(mainly because of religious reasons).But getting a older cat also means that it won't jump around the fences much...


And the thing is ,most sellers don't sell cats.And I know that is very rude but,they keep about 10-20 cats in 1 BIRD cage.The sight is honestly painful,all the cats, without a space to walk,putting their paws aginst the cage bars and mewing.Literally ,they can't even WALK.And I don't think those damn sellers even have an idea of the cats' behaviors and stuff.

And I can teach the kitten what to do,and give it all the time it needs for the 1st 2 months since I'll be having my summer vacation.After that I'll be giving it about 30 minutes everyday.But by then,i plan to let it to access the whole house (except the living room.The house is 2600 f^)

And I think that I can trust the maids. But even if I tell the maids to check the balcony everytime they open the net,even if they find the kitten or cat,how will they take it out??
 
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You're not being paranoid at all, you're trying to look at every possibility that could occur and attempt to find a way to prevent it from happening.

One thing you probably don't need to worry about is the cat having accidents around the house. It can happen, of course, but generally cats are very clean animals, and learn to use their litter box very quickly. Even kittens.

Whether to get 2 cats or one is difficult to answer. Two would keep each other company. However, it would be double the watching for your family and maids to ensure they didn't get into trouble. And, of course, increase the expenses for food, litter supplies, and any medical issues. Keep in mind that right off the start, you'll have to get the kitten shots and possibly dewormed, and eventually spayed or neutered.

I know you've mentioned "kitten" but possibly an older cat would be a better fit. Here's one more TCS article for you to read:
A Kitten Or An Older Cat – Which Should You Adopt? – TheCatSite Articles

I do feel that knowing your parents "hate the idea of cats" is worrisome. When I was a teen, my Dad was against us getting another cat. He finally agreed, and being that he already loved cats, it all worked out, and we had the cat for almost 20 years. But I'm not sure that will happen with your parents, although lots of people who didn't think they liked cats, have become huge cat people, so it is possible.

I do hope it works out for you, and you're able to eventually bring a cat into your home. But don't rush. There's always going to be cats that need homes, so make sure the timing is right
I just thought of something that MIGHT work.So,I know I didn't say this but my balcony is filled with railings and hardly any walls.So,if I put a net,I'll need to put it right after 5 inches in the balcony.But the setback is that my balcony is used the most for drying the clothes and If I put a net,it will be very difficult to dry the clothes.

But my parents' balcony doesn't have much railings so there the nets can be put after 10-13 inches.And if the wires are completely used to their max space,quite a good amount of clothes can be dried.But I'm still afraid that that will not be enough space.

That's when my sister's balcony comes in.its VERY small about 10 inches.But a big advantage is that it has no soiled plants guarded by railings .And it doesn't have any railings at all! And what's more is that it's completely netted (from the outside) to prevent bees from coming in (since it's in the middle of my parents' and my balcony).It has about 2 wires but I'll try to change that.

And if I pressure her like ,"Look,you also insisted that you wanted a cat.And how come now you're saying that you won't take any responsibilities??? But ok,ill do everything since I understand that you have a lot of studies.But at least help me a little by hanging a few more wires in your balcony!!! And for the safety of the cat,I won't be hanging any clothes in my balcony .So,I'll try to compensate by requestping mom and Dad to instead use their balconies to the full potential....and you'll need to use your balcony too for hanging the clothes..."

But still,I'll need to water the plants and to do that ,the net needs to be opened.And since there's still the possibility that the maids will slack off,I will make sure to check the balcony and water the plants myself.

And the last inquiry of mine is that,should I attach the net loosely or tightly?? In the internet ,I found that someone did thir ones tightly and the cat started climbing the net.But then when they did it loosely,the cat stopped.They said that that's because cats hate climbing on loose things (since they move and aren't stable).

But my question is,if it's too loose, won't the cat just lift it up with it's paw,Or am I supposed to tie it loosely,but not so loosely that the cat can completely lift it up.And what height should by net be??? I checked on Faraz (a shopping site in our country) and the best one I could find was a 2x3 m or a 2x15 m(but that one might be a scam).And,in my parents' balcony,there's a rocking chair about 2.5 feet.What if the cat jumps on it and then leaps on the net??
 

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I'm a bit unsure about cats tho...I did a bit of research and it showed that kitties can bond,learn tricks and how to potty,etc much quicker than cats.And it also showed that once cats get a habit of spraying or scratching they may continue to do so even after getting neutered.And if my family finds urine on the walls,they'll kick the cat(mainly because of religious reasons).But getting a older cat also means that it won't jump around the fences much...


And the thing is ,most sellers don't sell cats.And I know that is very rude but,they keep about 10-20 cats in 1 BIRD cage.The sight is honestly painful,all the cats, without a space to walk,putting their paws aginst the cage bars and mewing.Literally ,they can't even WALK.And I don't think those damn sellers even have an idea of the cats' behaviors and stuff.

And I can teach the kitten what to do,and give it all the time it needs for the 1st 2 months since I'll be having my summer vacation.After that I'll be giving it about 30 minutes everyday.But by then,i plan to let it to access the whole house (except the living room.The house is 2600 f^)

And I think that I can trust the maids. But even if I tell the maids to check the balcony everytime they open the net,even if they find the kitten or cat,how will they take it out??
Hi there! I can’t answer all of your questions regarding the logistics of the balcony, etc., but I agree with Rubysmama that an adult cat might be better for your living situation. Kittens are much higher energy, and are more likely than adult cats to into things they shouldn’t. I don’t think that bonding should be a problem with an adult cat; I have friends who have adopted kittens, and friends who have adopted adult cats. No one had trouble bonding, except for one person, and they adopted their cat as a kitten. Now, I’m not saying that you should adopt a senior cat; I don’t recommend that for first-time cat owners, due to running into potential health issues. A 1-4 year old cat may be a good match for you. At that age, they are still have plenty of energy, but less of those “kitten antics”. Another advantage of adopting an adult cat is that you know already what it’s personality will be, and it will already know how to use the litter box and scratching posts. If you have your heart set on a kitten, I understand, of course.

Are there animal shelters where you are? It would be better to adopt a cat (or kitten) from a shelter than buy one from a seller, who, from what I understand from your posts, keep the cats in truly horrible conditions. I’m sorry if it sounds harsh, but if you buy a cat from one of those people, you would just be supporting those practices. And you would likely end up with a cat or kitten with more behavioral and health issues due to the poor conditions they were kept in. I would strongly advise you, therefore, to look for a cat or kitten from a shelter or ethical breeder. You may also keep an eye on social media, as people often post when their cat had kittens and they are looking for good homes. If you do get a kitten, be sure that it is at least 3 months old. Kittens who spend more time with their mother are going to be better adjusted.

Sorry I couldn’t answer all of your questions; but I hope this at least helps somewhat as you search for your new cat or kitten.
 

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I just thought of something that MIGHT work.So,I know I didn't say this but my balcony is filled with railings and hardly any walls.So,if I put a net,I'll need to put it right after 5 inches in the balcony.But the setback is that my balcony is used the most for drying the clothes and If I put a net,it will be very difficult to dry the clothes.

But my parents' balcony doesn't have much railings so there the nets can be put after 10-13 inches.And if the wires are completely used to their max space,quite a good amount of clothes can be dried.But I'm still afraid that that will not be enough space.

That's when my sister's balcony comes in.its VERY small about 10 inches.But a big advantage is that it has no soiled plants guarded by railings .And it doesn't have any railings at all! And what's more is that it's completely netted (from the outside) to prevent bees from coming in (since it's in the middle of my parents' and my balcony).It has about 2 wires but I'll try to change that.

And if I pressure her like ,"Look,you also insisted that you wanted a cat.And how come now you're saying that you won't take any responsibilities??? But ok,ill do everything since I understand that you have a lot of studies.But at least help me a little by hanging a few more wires in your balcony!!! And for the safety of the cat,I won't be hanging any clothes in my balcony .So,I'll try to compensate by requestping mom and Dad to instead use their balconies to the full potential....and you'll need to use your balcony too for hanging the clothes..."

But still,I'll need to water the plants and to do that ,the net needs to be opened.And since there's still the possibility that the maids will slack off,I will make sure to check the balcony and water the plants myself.

And the last inquiry of mine is that,should I attach the net loosely or tightly?? In the internet ,I found that someone did thir ones tightly and the cat started climbing the net.But then when they did it loosely,the cat stopped.They said that that's because cats hate climbing on loose things (since they move and aren't stable).

But my question is,if it's too loose, won't the cat just lift it up with it's paw,Or am I supposed to tie it loosely,but not so loosely that the cat can completely lift it up.And what height should by net be??? I checked on Faraz (a shopping site in our country) and the best one I could find was a 2x3 m or a 2x15 m(but that one might be a scam).And,in my parents' balcony,there's a rocking chair about 2.5 feet.What if the cat jumps on it and then leaps on the net??
And I do want to add that a kitten is highly more likely to climb the netting than an adult cat. I also am wondering if an adult, more mellow cat would be a better fit. The folks at the shelter would be able to listen to your concerns and find a suitable companion for you. 😻
 

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From all you say, I would advise you and every member of your family, as well as maids, to become educated about cats' needs and proper, loving cat care. And because I was born and raised with cats and love all cats, I would advise against adopting a cat in your present circumstances. The environment has too many risks, and I would STRONGLY advise AGAINST a cat being in any environment where there are people who do not love cats, who cannot/will not/do not properly care for them, and do not want them. Cats are probably more sensitive than people. They are mammals like us, highly intelligent and with many needs and feelings. It is not fair to any cat to be in a hostile environment. Maybe you can get your own, safe place eventually and adopt one or more cats then.
And the people that keep cats in bird cages need to be reported. That is cruel and criminal.
 

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From all you say, I would advise you and every member of your family, as well as maids, to become educated about cats' needs and proper, loving cat care. And because I was born and raised with cats and love all cats, I would advise against adopting a cat in your present circumstances. The environment has too many risks, and I would STRONGLY advise AGAINST a cat being in any environment where there are people who do not love cats, who cannot/will not/do not properly care for them, and do not want them. Cats are probably more sensitive than people. They are mammals like us, highly intelligent and with many needs and feelings. It is not fair to any cat to be in a hostile environment. Maybe you can get your own, safe place eventually and adopt one or more cats then.
And the people that keep cats in bird cages need to be reported. That is cruel and criminal.
I have a feeling Cat Lover 225 resides in a country where animal rights aren’t a priority. And yes, reconsidering a cat sounds reasonable at this point. I feel badly for her and her circumstances But the cat has to come 1st and that sounds like it is going to be a strain.
 

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I have a feeling Cat Lover 225 resides in a country where animal rights aren’t a priority. And yes, reconsidering a cat sounds reasonable at this point.
My feeling, too, on both sentences, Xena44 Xena44 and I am very admiring of the fact that he wants to adopt a cat or cats! but it just may not be best for the CAT(s), which is always my #1 priority and why I posted as I did.
 

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My feeling, too, on both sentences, Xena44 Xena44 and I am very admiring of the fact that he wants to adopt a cat or cats! but it just may not be best for the CAT(s), which is always my #1 priority and why I posted as I did.
I hear you and I get you. Totally.
 
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And I do want to add that a kitten is highly more likely to climb the netting than an adult cat. I also am wondering if an adult, more mellow cat would be a better fit. The folks at the shelter would be able to listen to your concerns and find a suitable companion for you. 😻
True,but I think that the breeder may be a safer choice tho.From the pics I found at Google about a shelter that is the best in our country,it showed that the animals live in a huge area.And the fact that these cats are often touched by the volunteer makes it even riskier.True,that they will be wearing a mask,but the germ can also be transmitted to the cat through hand contact.On the other hand,the cats the breeder sells are hardly touched.I know I'm being extremely selfish,but I don't want any chances of my family getting covid.Especially because of my 70 yr old granma and my maternal grandpa who died about 6 months ago (due to covid)
 
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From all you say, I would advise you and every member of your family, as well as maids, to become educated about cats' needs and proper, loving cat care. And because I was born and raised with cats and love all cats, I would advise against adopting a cat in your present circumstances. The environment has too many risks, and I would STRONGLY advise AGAINST a cat being in any environment where there are people who do not love cats, who cannot/will not/do not properly care for them, and do not want them. Cats are probably more sensitive than people. They are mammals like us, highly intelligent and with many needs and feelings. It is not fair to any cat to be in a hostile environment. Maybe you can get your own, safe place eventually and adopt one or more cats then.
And the people that keep cats in bird cages need to be reported. That is cruel and criminal.
Umm,I know this sounds extremely selfish but in a country where you literally see 5 beggars every road,other animals are the last thing that comes to mind.To give you a bit more context,the city in which I live in is among the top 5 in the most densely populated cities in the world .And to make matters worse,first British ruled this country and then another tyrant.And it has only been a few decades since we became independent but now the politics is totally corrupted.And now in a populated city like this,the covid has been spreading like wildfire.And because of the lockdown the poor people are starving in the roads .

But no,that doesn't mean that animals should be treated like this.But ,still,it's just that,how can people rebel against this when they don't have food and a place to stay themselves ?Im sorry if I sound too selfish too bear.
 
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From all you say, I would advise you and every member of your family, as well as maids, to become educated about cats' needs and proper, loving cat care. And because I was born and raised with cats and love all cats, I would advise against adopting a cat in your present circumstances. The environment has too many risks, and I would STRONGLY advise AGAINST a cat being in any environment where there are people who do not love cats, who cannot/will not/do not properly care for them, and do not want them. Cats are probably more sensitive than people. They are mammals like us, highly intelligent and with many needs and feelings. It is not fair to any cat to be in a hostile environment. Maybe you can get your own, safe place eventually and adopt one or more cats then.
And the people that keep cats in bird cages need to be reported. That is cruel and criminal.
But I really want a cat 🥺🥺🥺.And now that the balcony issue is almost solved (I still had the question if I should tie the net tightly or loosely) I don't think the environment will be dangerous of it...And, yes,ill try my best to change my parents' mindset.And I don't think it's gonna have a point to educate the maids because of reasons I'd rather not tell.But the simplest reason is that they will be staying here temporarily (they'll leave when there parents' want them to get married) and they are illiterate.
 
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Hi there! I can’t answer all of your questions regarding the logistics of the balcony, etc., but I agree with Rubysmama that an adult cat might be better for your living situation. Kittens are much higher energy, and are more likely than adult cats to into things they shouldn’t. I don’t think that bonding should be a problem with an adult cat; I have friends who have adopted kittens, and friends who have adopted adult cats. No one had trouble bonding, except for one person, and they adopted their cat as a kitten. Now, I’m not saying that you should adopt a senior cat; I don’t recommend that for first-time cat owners, due to running into potential health issues. A 1-4 year old cat may be a good match for you. At that age, they are still have plenty of energy, but less of those “kitten antics”. Another advantage of adopting an adult cat is that you know already what it’s personality will be, and it will already know how to use the litter box and scratching posts. If you have your heart set on a kitten, I understand, of course.

Are there animal shelters where you are? It would be better to adopt a cat (or kitten) from a shelter than buy one from a seller, who, from what I understand from your posts, keep the cats in truly horrible conditions. I’m sorry if it sounds harsh, but if you buy a cat from one of those people, you would just be supporting those practices. And you would likely end up with a cat or kitten with more behavioral and health issues due to the poor conditions they were kept in. I would strongly advise you, therefore, to look for a cat or kitten from a shelter or ethical breeder. You may also keep an eye on social media, as people often post when their cat had kittens and they are looking for good homes. If you do get a kitten, be sure that it is at least 3 months old. Kittens who spend more time with their mother are going to be better adjusted.

Sorry I couldn’t answer all of your questions; but I hope this at least helps somewhat as you search for your new cat or kitten.
I do understand that If I buy from a seller the cat will not be potty trained or know how to use a scratch post.However,the cats at the shelter also have a decent chance to not know how to use the potty or the litter box since in our country animals safety regulations are very reluctant.To understand our condition further please read the comment I made to tarasgirl06 tarasgirl06 And other than that there are also various reasons why I'm so hesitant to get it from there.Please read the comment I wrote to Xena44 Xena44 to understand them.And please forgive me if I'm being too selfish
 
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