I am so ridiculously excited about this! But I've decided that I'm finally ready to adopt a cat to our household. I want to make sure I cover all my bases though and it's been a while since I've had a cat (and last time I didn't have kids!) so I have some concerns and questions.
First, here's my plan: I'll get a big break from school in December so I think we'll try and bring our new kitty home right before then so we can be home with it as much as possible in the beginning. I have a 7 year old and a 4 year old. My boy can be very gentle but he's also, well, a rough-and-tumble little boy. We do want a kitten vs. an adult, and the shelter here has a lot of older kittens (5-8 months) so I think that's the age group we'll choose from. We rent and are only allowed one pet, so adopting a pair is out of the question, as heartbreaking as that is, as many of the kittens there are with siblings.
I'd love input on a few issues I'm worried about:
-indoor only vs. outdoor sometimes?
-cat hair in my food... cat hair everywhere! (I know that's partially unavoidable, but the idea does bother me a bit)
-declaw the cat?
-male vs. female... we kind of want a boy, but I have heard that sometimes they "spray" even after being neutered and no amount of training/deterring changes that.
-*and the big one*... the litterbox and its smell: we live in a tiny tiny tiny house with NO extra closet/storage/garage/basement space for this. So no matter where it ends up, it will be in a main living area. And with how small our whole house is I am freaking out about the place smelling like one giant litterbox. I hate walking into someone's house that smells like that, (even big houses) and they live with it so they don't even notice it, and the whole time I'm there I want to throw up.
-is there anything else I should be thinking about?
TIA for all your help!