My mother always had cats as we grew up; her last one died about five years ago. Mum is a gentle, highly mobile and fit woman in her early eighties who nursed dad for years until his death a couple of years ago. Our various family cats (never more than two at a time!) lived years and loved her especially. She now lives in a lovely second floor flat she owns herself, and I'm near by. Last night she told me although she loves her flat and has no desire to move, she regrets not buying a ground floor flat as she is a bit lonely at times and would love a cat again. I went on to the local cats home website and they have a few cats who need indoor space only as they have some sort of special need and wouldn't be safe outside (one has a gammy leg for example, and one has no sense of direction and poor balance. These things in themselves would not bother my mum in the slightest.) My question is this - do you think this would work? I've never known of an indoor cat. Is it fair? Does cat litter smell bad? (Our cats were always able to go outside into the huge garden they had then). Do you think they would consider someone at her age adopting a cat? She is visually impaired but not blind and as I said, very fit and healthy, but I don't particularly want to take her down there and have them tell her she's too old. Nor do I want to go behind her back - this would be her decision, I'm just finding information for her. I could care for a cat when she's away which isn't very often and she is comfortably off so could easily afford vets' fees etc. Thanks in advance for any help.