Cats and the condo and the silver spoon...
June 28, 2010 7:01 AM Subscribe
Three rambunctious cats in a condo. Laminate floors. How can I not annoy my neighbours?
posted by cgg to Pets & Animals (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I just moved into a new (rented) condo with my three cats. It's the first time we've had people living below us (or non-deaf people next to us), and I'm on the verge of an ulcer because I really, really do not want to be the noisy neighbor that gets evicted. (I cannot piss off the strata here. Trust me.)
Maybe I'm super sensitive, but I practically freak out whenever they jump down from anywhere. I took down the 8 foot cat tree, and put a chair next to the cat condo so there's an intermediate step down, but even jumping off things like the couch and bed make a thud. They scratch in their litter box (alot, more than necessary), and to me it sounds so loud I'm sure the entire building care hear it (I know they can't obviously, but...). They scratch the floor when they're finished eating. And when they start chasing each other around, especially at 4:30 in the morning, jumping on and off the boxes/bed/dresser... oh god.
Seriously - I'm getting an ulcer, and I've only been here two days. I think it's a solid concrete building, but I'm not 100% sure. So far the only noises I've heard from my neighbours have been the occasional drop of something, vacuuming, and the plumbing. But for all I know they're all as quiet as a mouse otherwise.
So, how can I deaden the noise? On the floors, around their litter box, etc? I don't care if I hear it - i just want it to not escape my space. I've already clipped their nails, and I'm going to ikea to buy a metric ton of runners and rugs today, but what else is there? Any ingenious ideas I haven't thought of yet? Cheap is better, but I'm willing to spend some money, within reason, if it'll work. Any cat-noises that I'm forgetting about that I should deal with? They do meow occasionally, but it's no louder than the TV. Added difficulty - Because I'm renting, I can't make any permanent changes.
(In case it's not obvious, getting rid of the cats and/or moving ARE NOT options here.)