I apologize in advance if this is the wrong forum - it seemed like the best place to post it.
I'm moving into a single apartment at the end of the month - I've had enough of roommates. But because of my limited budget, the apartment is tiny. It's enough for me, but it's only 30 square meters - one room with a tiny kitchen and bathroom. I've wanted to adopt a cat for a long time, and now I finally can - my apartment allows pets, even though because of that it costs a little more than other apartments of the same size I visited, and it's a price I'll pay gladly.
But here's the thing - the apartment is very very small, and has no garden, and while I plan to add vertical space using shelves, and attach a shelve to the large window, I can't help but wonder if despite of that, it will be cruel to raise a cat in it. I know that logically, it's still better than living in a cage or being euthanized, but I don't want my prospective cat to suffer.
I plan on taking an older cat, not a kitten, and choose one that has more of a mellow character; I also thought of trying to see if she will get used to a harness and then maybe I can take her outside once or twice a day. But I will probably be gone most of the day because of work, and I'm worried the cat will get bored and unhappy very quickly (at first I thought of taking two so they'll keep each other company but that's out of the question).
Bottom line is - I really really want a cat, but I don't want to be selfish and get one if it's going to suffer. What do you guys think?