If you’re a cat lover living in a small space, you know the struggle of finding ways to keep your furry friend happy without sacrificing precious square footage. This post is all about design ideas for cats in small apartments.
Whether you’re living in an apartment or a tiny home, there are many design techniques that can help you create a comfortable and stimulating environment for your feline companion.
In this blog post, we will explore some creative design ideas that are perfect for small spaces and will keep you and your cat well organized, comfy and cozy.
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Is It Okay To Have A Cat In A Small Apartment?
The short answer is yes. If you adopted a kitty cat from a rescue, a small apartment could now be a mansion to that feline in a cage. So don’t worry; there are plenty of ways to keep your furry friends happy in tiny spaces. It just takes a little bit of extra thinking.
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Grab your notepad and be ready to jot some stuff down, because here are a handful of ideas for cats in small apartments!
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Ideas For Cats In Small Apartments
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|Vertical space utilization
|Wall-mounted shelves for climbing and perching
|Tall cat trees with multiple levels and scratching posts
|Cat wall climbing systems with various platforms
|Window perches or hammocks for bird-watching
|Hanging toys or feather wands for interactive play
|Cat-friendly shelves integrated into bookshelves or wall units
|Ottoman or storage benches with hidden cat beds or hiding spots
|Cat tunnels or hideaways that can be folded or collapsed for storage
|Cat hammocks attached to the underside of chairs or tables
|Interactive toys and puzzles
|Automated laser pointers or interactive electronic toys
|Interactive puzzle feeders for food or treats
|Motion-activated toys that trigger movement or sound
|Catnip-filled plush toys or balls for independent play
|Vertical scratching options
|Vertical sisal scratching posts or mats attached to walls
|Tall scratching poles with different textures or materials
|Cardboard scratching surfaces mounted on walls or
|Cat scratching pads or loungers that can be hung on doors
|Wall-mounted scratching panels or boards
|Safe and comfortable resting areas
|Cat beds with integrated hiding spots or elevated platforms
|Cozy and compact cat caves or igloos
|Soft and washable window sill cushions or perches
|Radiator beds or hammocks for warmth during winter
|Cat-friendly window seats or shelves for lounging
|Vertical play opportunities
|Cat tunnels or tubes attached to walls or ceilings
|Hanging ropes or bungee cords for climbing or swinging
|Wall-mounted interactive toys with dangling objects
|Perches or platforms near windows for vertical play
|Feather toys or fishing pole toys hung from above
These ideas can help provide cats in small apartments with ample opportunities for play, exercise, and relaxation while optimizing the use of limited space. Remember to prioritize safety and ensure that any climbing apparatus or
1. Take advantage of vertical space!
If you live in a house or an apartment with limited square footage, it is easy to get overwhelmed when considering bringing an animal into the mix. One easy way to overcome this stress is to take advantage of any vertical space your new home offers.
One thing people need to understand about cats is that they are instinctually drawn to higher places. Cats love to be in an area that allows them to survey the land below them to keep an eye out for any possible threats and potential food sources. (Although the food sources part is mostly for cats still living in the wild.)
This is why I am such a fan of cat wall
An absolute favorite here at Kritter Kommunity is Tuft and Paw’s Vista cat shelf. I love it because it is the perfect size for a cat to lie comfortably and relax on the wall.
Lined with beautiful grey fur, this cat shelf provides hours of observation time for an indoor cat.
2. Ideas for Cats in Small Apartments: Unique Litter Box Designs
There is one thing that is almost entirely unavoidable when owning a cat, and that is having to have a litter box. Litter boxes can be stinky, take up a lot of space, and can be pretty ugly in most cases. All of these things can make people living in small spaces not want a cat, and if you’re one of those people, don’t be discouraged! There are so many other options out there!
Additional information on cat litter and litter boxes.
For starters, there are litter boxes that can be bought that are designed to look like fake potted plants. Your cat just walks into what looks like the pot of the plant to take care of business and walks right out, keeping the smell locked in while also not looking like a place an animal would go to relieve themselves.
There are also plenty of DIYs out there that show you how to create storage containers into cat litter boxes so you don’t have to worry about the smell getting all over your small apartment. Some of these DIYs can also double as
No matter what you decide to go with, try to make your cat’s new litter box multifunctional by not only giving him a place to go that is hidden but by also giving him a place to perch on top of.
3. Ideas for Cats in Small Apartments: Cat scratchers
If you have been seriously considering getting a cat as a pet, you know that having cat scratchers is very important. Cats love to keep their claws in tip-top shape, and they do so by scratching on things. No one wants the
My cat’s favorite scratchers are here:
Cat scratchers on the market seem to be made with the
Some cat scratchers have been designed to fit around the corners of
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4. Cat Toys
No matter what kind of pet you have, you want to keep them spoiled and entertained.
Well, if your cat is a fan of the toys on wands, you can hang them up on cat towers and walls so they aren’t laying all over the floor. Another option is to get a small basket to keep the toys in while they aren’t being played with. Keep this basket off in the corner or under a shelf; possibly even in the space, you have on your tv stand.
It is also very important to set time out of your schedule each day to play with your cat. Remember, a tired cat is highly unlikely to go after and make a mess of things he shouldn’t.
One way I like to get Finnegan exercise and release some energy is using the famous Da Bird toy. He loves to chase it!
Even MORE than the Da Bird toy, he has been loving this
I have no idea why he likes it so much, but it is has absolute favorite wand to right now. For bunny kicks, he likes plump YEOWWW toys. The catnip is one of the best cat attracting that I have found.
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5. Design Ideas for Cats in Small Apartments: Colors
Design ideas for cats in small apartments can be challenging, but with the right preparation, it can be done successfully.
One useful tip is to choose
CAT NEON LIGHT
For cat lovers, this means considering light-colored litter boxes, cat towers, and toys. By incorporating light colors into the design, you can create a cozy and comfortable environment for your furry friend to play and relax in, without sacrificing your own living space. So, if you’re struggling to design a nice living space in a small apartment, consider using light colors to open up the space and create a welcoming atmosphere.
There are plenty of ideas for cats in small apartments for you to borrow from. These are just a handful!
6. Fake Plants
But why stop at just one fake plant? Get creative and combine your love of cats and plants by searching for a cat tower that doubles as a fake plant.
So, if you’re tired of sacrificing your love of plants for the sake of your cat, consider incorporating some large fake plants into your home decor. Your cat will thank you for the added enrichment, and you’ll enjoy a beautiful new addition to your space.
Using a cat tree is the perfect way to achieve combining a plant with a cat friendly piece of
7. Combine Needs
It’s no secret to cat lovers that cats enjoy having plenty of places to sneak off to and hide while also needing to scratch at things. The scratching, while sometimes annoying, is necessary to keep their nails sharp and healthy. But what do you do if you want to provide everything your cat needs if you live in a small space?
First thing’s first, you don’t want to have too many pieces of
In some pet stores across the world and even online, you can find cat beds that are in the shape of teepees.
These are not only functional but also attractive, especially for people trying to make the most of their small living spaces. Some of these stores may even sell these cat bed teepees with cat scratchers attached to them on the sides, and if they don’t, then get to DIYing!
If you don’t like the look of the cat bed teepees, it is also fairly easy to take an old box and customize that to whatever you need. Just get to thinking what exactly your cat is needing in his environment, and craft it!
8. Get Creative
We get it, you want your living space to be functional and beautiful. Cat scratchers just don’t look right with your decor and you’re starting to get worried about how you’re going to keep your cat from going after your
Well, to put it very simply, there is no way around having a designated place for your cat to relieve its scratching urges.
However, there are some fun and unique looking scratchers designed to keep cat lovers and their pets happy at the same time! It may take some diving into internet searches, but there are some sunflowers, cactus, wall art, and many other fun designs for cat scratchers that can easily be included in your home decor theme!
9. Take Your Time
Since you are living in a small space, your cat may likely get bored at some point in his life. Because this is the case, you’re going to want to be very mindful when choosing the textiles and materials of any
When people are in a smaller space, it is much easier to pick out and notice flaws. If your cat has been clawing at your
That being said, keep in mind to pick out very simple and smooth fabrics, and be sure to invest in quality! More things to avoid are going to be wooden and wicker
Your cat is going to have a hard time damaging any metal or chrome
10. Hide Bowls and Bags
Many pet owners choose to have a designated space for their furry friends to eat every day, and that is perfectly fine! However, if you are living in a smaller apartment and are looking for ways to conserve space while also owning a cat, one easy way to clear up some space is by storing food bowls and food when they’re not in use.
Try to keep your cat’s bag of food hidden in a cabinet or a pantry/closet so that it is out of sight. Another thing you could do to keep clutter off the floor is to keep your cat’s food bowl hidden inside the bag of food when it is not eating.
This, unfortunately, is not a tip that can apply to water bowls as your cat is going to need access to water all day, but even just keeping the food bags out of the way makes for a much cleaner-looking living space.
Design Ideas for Cats in Small Places Concluding Thoughts
To sum up, designing a living space for a cat in a small apartment can be challenging, but it’s definitely possible with some creativity. Here are some ideas to make the most of small spaces for your feline friend:
- Provide vertical space with cat trees and shelves that can also serve as scratching posts
- Create a designated cat room or corner with a cozy bed, toys, and a litter box solution that works for small spaces
- Incorporate cat-friendly design elements like wall perches and play walls that keep your cat entertained
- Consider a catio (outdoor cat enclosure) that can be installed on a balcony or patio for fresh air and exercise
- Opt for multi-functional
furniturethat can also serve as a cat bed or hiding spot
Remember to keep your cat’s safety and comfort in mind when designing their living space. And don’t forget to provide plenty of love and attention to keep them happy and content in their small home.
I hope these tips will help you in your journey and showed you that a cat in small places can be very doable! Your cat can be happy while also keeping your living space comfortable and stylish.
This post is all about design ideas for cats in small apartments.
Lisa Illman is the Founder of Kritter Kommunity, LLC. She has a tuxedo adult cat and has had him since he was a baby kitten. Before her cat Finnegan, Lisa had had two FIV-positive cats for over a decade. They inspired Lisa to invent a cat enclosure and a portable catio so they could safely sit outside and enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Lisa had a Poodle and a parakeet growing up. She currently loves to pet-sit for her neighbors’ dogs and cats.
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