Are you renting? If so, make sure it is OK with your landlord before you get a cat. I’ve seen too many cats returned to rescue groups because “the landlord found out”.
Oh, and this has to be said in any advice-to-a-prospective-cat-owner thread- spay or neuter any cat you get. There are too many cats out there for the available homes right now- don’t make the problem worse. You wouldn’t like living with an intact female cat in heat (they yowl loudly and frequently) or an intact tomcat (they tend to spray). Spayed and neutered cats make so much better pets, especially as indoor cats (where any yowling or spraying will be done indoors).
I’d trade places with my indoor kitties in a minute. Let me stay home and sleep in the sun or play with one of the 6.02 * 10[sup]23[/sup] cat toys in this house, while they work, get groceries, and all that. If you apply the golden rule standard, that means I’m doing OK by them. If you can measure cat happiness by purring, they’re certainly happy.
I second this. Two cats are not much more work than one, and they are so much more fun. I don’t think they get less people-focused, either- if they do, either of the Neville kitties would be truly scary in the amount of attention they would demand if they were only cats.
There are alternatives if scooping the box daily is something you’d rather not do.
There are electric models, such as the Litter Maid, that run a rake through the litter regularly, and all you have to do is throw out a container of old litter and put in a new receptacle. With two cats having just that box, I had to replace the receptacle a couple of times a week. We did have some problems with the electronic parts breaking down, though.
There’s also this. You just have to roll it over on its back (having checked for cats inside first, of course), then roll it back upright, once a day. The dirty litter goes into a drawer that can pull out. We had to empty it once a week with two cats using just that one box. We loved this one, but I think the cats like the Litter Maid better (not all cats like covered litter boxes). Now the cats have both, and seem to be happy.
Some people even train their cats to use the toilet. I never tried that.
You’ll have to buy a clumping litter for either of those automatic litter boxes. Those are easy enough to find here (I don’t know about in the UK).
An important item: cats don’t like change, and when it comes to change in the litter box, they can express this by peeing or pooping on your pillow. Find a brand of litter they like and that you can get reasonably conveniently, and stick to it. Don’t buy something else if it’s on sale this week. Switch to something else only if a human or feline member of your household is having a real health problem from dust or something like that.
Cats don’t like change in their food, either. Find a good brand of food and stick with it. They don’t mind. Changing their food can lead to things like vomiting or diarrhea. Also, cats can and do refuse to eat a food they don’t like to the point of causing health problems that end up in expensive vet bills.
I’d have named him Foghorn Leghorn.