So I just moved into an apartment in New York for the summer. Obviously being a young adult, I couldn’t afford one of those expensive places, so I am living in a place that isn’t exactly luxurious.
Okay but lets cut to the chase. I have a problem with mice. It is really freaking me out too. My roomate recently adopted a dog for a little while as a part of some kind of foster owner program, but the dog is gone now.
I was thinking, maybe I could get a cat with the same program? Not only would I be doing a good thing, but I also like cats, and I would hopefully be taking care of my rodent problem. So these are all of the good reasons to do this.
Also there are reasons I don’t want to deal with my mouse problem in another way. First, I don’t want to go digging around in the area where they live because it is gross, and I don’t even want to imagine it. Secondly, having a cat around that I know kills mice would make me feel alot better about the situation. Also I hear that having a cat around is an effective deterrent. Finally, we have already sealed up all of our food, and the problem now is that they have discovered the trash can.
So I realize that there are ways of dealing with them. Traps, closing off all of the holes, etc. But then i’d never know for sure that they would be gone. But if I got a cat, then I would have some idea that I have a furry predator to protect me…
One serious problem is that our apartment is very small. And there wouldn’t be a lot of room. Secondly, if it didn’t work out, the cat wouldn’t stay very long to begin with. If I liked it, I could adopt it myself. For those that don’t know, when we fostered a dog, we kept if for a couple of weeks. Someone came and took it after that.
Finally, this is the serious problem. I have a pretty big problem with litterboxes. The thing is that my roomate doesn’t like cats, and she wouldn’t want it in her room. The common room is so small, and probably not a good cantidate. So the last place would probably be my room, I’m sure. The main problem I have always had, however is that I had the smell of the actual cat-liter itself. I have no problem cleaning it every day, but do they make litter that doesn’t have that pungent cat-litter smell? I would rather have it smell of poo poo for the short amount of time before I discover it than smell of some kind of coverup the rest of the day.
So I guess my questions are these. Is there a good cat-litter that I could keep in my small room that wouldn’t smell bad even when there was nothing in it? And secondly, would a cat be a good solution to the mice problem?