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Raising a Kitten in a First Floor Flat (How? + Tips)

If you are in a first-floor flat you may be wondering if this is OK to raise a kitten there. And, if it is, what items will you need to keep it happy (Click here to see an example of what you will need, on Amazon #Ad).

Can you raise a kitten in a first floor flat?

If you’re wondering whether or not a first floor flat is big enough to raise a kitten in, the short answer is actually yes. In fact, in the very earliest days and weeks of raising your kitten, it will only need to stay in one room, and eventually, start exploring the rest of the flat.

What you will need to keep your kitten happy

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01. Litter box (My Best)
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5 stars
02. Cat Bed
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03. Cat Toy Ball
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4 stars

So, now you can. But, should you let your kitten sleep with you? Do you need permission to have it with you? Should you secure your balcony? Keep reading to get these answers, and so much more…

It might seem small, but to a little kitten, a flat is a whole world to explore! So don’t worry about your cat not being happy in a first floor flat.

How can you raise a kitten in a first floor flat?

In order to raise a kitten in a first floor flat, you’re first going to need a few things. Gather the following supplies and choose a room in your flat to put them in:

Put these things into your chosen room at first, and allow your cat to explore that room fully. Make sure to play with it and engage with it as much as you can in its early time in your flat, and only when it seems comfortable in the smaller room let it out into the rest of the flat.

Is it okay to put kittens in the bathroom at night?

It’s not normally considered good pet ownership to simply close your bathroom door while your animal is in there at night. However, with a small amount of effort, you can make your bathroom into a place that is great for your cat to sleep in.

To make your bathroom a proper cat bedroom, it’ll need a few things. Firstly, place your kitten’s food and water bowls as well as its litter box in the bathroom, so that if it is hungry or has any litter box needs it is not denied those essential things.

A comfortable bed

You will also need to give your kitten a bed (Click here to see the reviews, on Amazon #Ad) to sleep in in the bathroom if it is going to sleep in there. It will get cold simply sleeping right on the tile floor.

Some entertainment

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You’ll also need to put some entertainment where your kitten sleeps. This is because it will most likely be awake at some point during the night, and needs to be able to keep itself occupied.

The bathroom, after these additions are made, is a great place to house your new kitten (What if its not keeping itself clean? Click here). The firmly unmoving surfaces like the bathtub and sink are good for your cat to safely jump on, and the tile floor (could it dig at this? click here) is easy to clean up accidents while your kitten learns to use the litter box.

Should I let my new kitten sleep with me?

It is unwise to allow your kitten to sleep with you, especially in the earliest days and weeks of its life with you. There is a number of reasons for this. Firstly, it is dangerous for your kitten. Humans move during their sleep, and kittens are tiny.

You don’t want to accidentally hurt your kitten without realizing it at some point during the night. It is best to sleep separately because of this.

On the other hand, it can also be detrimental to your own health as well. New kittens oftentimes are carriers of disease, and some of these diseases can be given to humans. Try and resist the urge to sleep with your cute little kitten for the health of both you and the cat.

How much time do you need to spend with a new kitten?

At the very minimum, you should engage with and play with your kitten twice a day every day for thirty uninterrupted minutes each time. This will not only engage your cat mentally and physically but allow your kitten to get to know you, an important part of raising a pet.

Aside from this time, most of what you’ll be doing with your new kitten is supervision! They are rambunctious little critters, so it is important to keep an eye on them as they bounce around the flat.

Is it cruel to have a cat in an apartment?

You may be concerned that keeping your new kitten in an apartment might be cruel, as it is a small space for such an active animal that loves to explore and run around, especially in its formative first year.

However, it is not cruel to keep your kitten in an apartment (What happens if it escapes?) if you have prepared the apartment correctly to be a livable home for a pet. It should be a place designed to fulfill your kitten’s needs, both physical and non-physical.

As long as you have scratching posts, cat trees, cat toys, and other recreational items for your kitten to use, as well as an ability to allow your cat to explore your apartment safely without the threat of it being hurt or stuck, then your apartment is a fine place to raise your new kitten.

What items in your apartment should you keep away?

There are a number of common household items that might be dangerous for your kitten to be around.

Firstly, your kitten is a baby, and just like a human baby, it wants to teethe and chews on things. Pick up small items it could possibly choke on like coins, thumbtacks, pins, splinters, screws, nuts, bolts, bits of plastic, and anything else small enough for your kitten to get in its mouth.

You should also move cleaning chemicals and other harmful substances away from your cat. Kittens are a curious bunch, so having drain cleaner, window or glass cleaner, or any other cleaning substance near your energetic baby kitten is a recipe for disaster.

Do you need permission to keep the kitten in a first floor flat?

If you’re a renter and not an owner of your property, i.e. you have a landlord, you are required to disclose your pet ownership and get permission to keep a kitten in your flat.

This should be done before you purchase the kitten (Can their color change? Click here), as if you already have it and are denied permission, it will be detrimental for your kitten to be moved around a lot to new homes in its earliest weeks of life.

Should you secure the balcony in your flat?

Yes. Your kitten is going to be a tiny ball of chaotic energy when it first enters your life. When you aren’t on it, the balcony should be completely off-limits to your kitten.

A barrier or locked door is probably best. If you are on the balcony, strapping your kitten to something with a leash or harness can keep it safe from falling off the balcony. If your flat does have a balcony, you must be exceptionally mindful of not letting your cat get hurt by falling off.

How can you keep your kitten entertained?

The best way to keep your new kitten entertained is through toys and games. Kittens love engaging their brains and their bodies with all different kinds of toys (Click here to see the price, on Amazon #Ad) and obstacle courses.

However, it is not enough to simply leave your kitten or kittens in a room with toys. They will play alone, but it is crucial for their socialization, building of trust with you, and mental and physical development for you to play with them.

Lindsey Browlingdon