I live on the ground floor of a small apartment block and for a while now I've thought about getting a cat. The management company of the complex wont allow me to install a cat flap ( a bit unfair I think) but fair enough. So my question is... can it be fair to keep a cat indoors all day whilst I'm at work. I know it might sound likea stupid question but I've never owned a pet before.
I never let my cat outside. It is always inside away from anything that can hurt him. There is nothing wrong with just having an indoor cat. Plus they stay cleaner that way. You do have to get a litter box and clean it.
I have had indoor/outdoor cats all my life. Lots of people never let their cats out, but I have found that if you personally take your cat outside to introduce it to the neighborhood it should be okay. I've never had a pet door because, as you will soon find out, cats are prolific predators and would bring in prey both dead and alive. You won't like chasing a bird or mouse around your house while your cat tries to catch it too! Just remember, don't allow a kitten out alone until she's at least 6 months old. And get to know your neighbors so they know she's your cat and won't feed her. Good luck, I know you'll love having a cat!
My cats have always been strictly indoor cats, they have never been outside nor care to be, I have kitty beds, and cat toys, and a big cat tree, they also have the bay window to sun themselves. They are very content, and sweet.
"My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpets or ruin our lives."
On average, indoor cats live 15 or more years, while outdoor cats live just 2 or 3 years. By keeping your cat indoors, it won't get hit by a car, eat poisoned food, get fleas or ticks, contract feline leukemia or AIDS, get shot by a BB gun, etc etc...
I recommend keeping cats indoors. Some cats are curious about the outdoors; others don't care. Gregarious cats are more likely to want to know what is going on on the other side of the door. Even the curious types can be mostly satisfied by a little outdoor time on a leash.