What are the best tips for keeping a cat in your Gainesville apartment?

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As a student, you might find that a college cat gives a welcome break from rigorous academic life. Just try not to get jealous that they get to snooze 16 hours a day while you prep for that final. Still, ensuring that your Gainesville apartment is a happy environment for you and your cat requires careful planning, and Swamp Rentals is here to help.

College cats enjoying the Gainesville sunshine

Cat Proof Your UF Apartment

Your cat may have a knack for scratching, climbing and exploring everything in sight. If this is the case, there are plenty of ways to make sure your pet and living space are protected from one another. First, be mindful of your windows and balconies. Cats are natural climber

s and love to perch somewhere up high. If you're careful, an apartment with a patio or balcony can provide the perfect relaxation spot for a curious kitty. Still, to prevent accidents, be mindful of possible escape routes.

Claws require regular sharpening, and your pet may resort to clawing furniture without another option. Not good. To save your furnished apartment, invest in a good-quality scratching post. It will also make their claws less sharp, preventing them from getting stuck to fabric or accidentally scratching you or your guests.

One of the best things you can do to make having a cat in your apartment easier is to get a comfortable carrier. Even if you don't travel often, invest in a carrier that is easy to get your companion in and out of with the least amount of drama. Some students opt for a fabric carrier that doubles as a backpack to keep their cat safe and secure. You could have afire drill in your apartment, and you don't want to leave your furry friend in your apartment alone. Having a convenient carrier makes these situations less stressful for you and your pet.

Maximizing Space in Your University of Florida Apartment

Cats love to have their own nooks and hiding spaces. A great way to keep your pet happy in your apartment is to provide secure and quiet places for your cat to hide. This could be a dark space under your bed or a soft bed in your living room. Even a box of blankets is a great way to make the most out of your small apartment space and provide a nice snuggle spot for your cat.

Again, cats love to be up high, so try utilizing the vertical space in your apartment. Window perches are an excellent way to set up a secure spot for your cat to enjoy the view and sunlight. Plus, most window perches attach with suction cups, which means you can avoid putting holes in your apartment walls. Just like us, cats love basking on a sunny Gainesville day. 

The Litter…

Window Cat Bed for Gainesville Apartment

It's probably the worst part of having a cat, but it's possible to keep a litter box clean and odor-free in a small space. First, think hard about where you want the litter box to be. For odor control it's best to put it in a place with good airflow. Think near a window or in the bathroom with an exhaust fan. You'll probably want to avoid keeping the litter in a high-traffic area like the kitchen or living room.

Scooping the litter every day and deep cleaning the box once a week is the best way to keep your apartment smelling fresh. Most litter ranges between $20 and $30 a bag, which can add up if you're constantly cleaning. A great alternative to clay litter is pine pellets. These are normally used for horse bedding, but you can get a 40 lb beg for $6 at Tractor Supply. They absorb moisture, reduce odor, and are both eco and budget-friendly, so they're a great option for college students. Cats may track litter through the apartment, so keep a good vacuum and stay on top of your spring cleaning!

A cat should be a source of joy and companionship in your busy student life. With the right preparation and effort, you and your cat can thrive together in your Gainesville Apartment.If you're in the market for a new home for you and your furry friends or are considering adding a fluffy roommate, Swamp Rentals offers plenty of pet-friendly Gainesville apartments near campus.



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