Moving into a small home, worried that she’ll be unhappy

LittleK

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I need to move soon, but there’s a shortage of places and I’m having trouble finding something I feel like my cat will be happy with. Up until 4 months ago she (2yo) was an apartment kitty, with access to a balcony to lay in the sun and watch birds in nearby trees. But we’ve been at my parents with a big garden for a few months and she LOVES it. I feel so cruel to take that away from her, putting her back in an apartment (all I can afford). But even worse, I’m having trouble even finding anywhere that she could sit on a balcony and see trees. Just mostly closed-sided concrete balconies where all you really see is flat sky, even from windows.

I’m struggling with feeling like such a bad person for making a choice that will make her sad. I want to move, but keep hoping something better will turn up. It’s been a few months. Can anyone relate?
 

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I think there are things you can do to be creative! They have “cat solariums” on Etsy. You could put a series of shelves or ramps high up on the walls, for exploration. (Cats like to be high up). Perhaps a “jungle” makes of houseplants, and a LIVE GOLDFISH. A tunnel of cardboard boxes. I don’t think you should feel guilty: you sound like a great mom, who gives her kitty at least 2 squares a day, a litter box and protection from the harshness too many feral cats suffer. As long as the love is there the rest will follow.
 

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your overthinking it she will be content together with you plus a nice perch in a sunny window will do just as good as any balcony
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Cats adapt to their living space so don't worry. As long as they have all the basics they need and you, they're fine :grouphug:

Vertical space is more important to horizontal space. Have a tall cat tree near the window so your cat can look out. A window perch works well, too.

 
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