Despite their somewhat aloof nature, anyone who has ever owned a cat knows what wonderful pets they can be. These popular pets are well provided for by a diverse range of products designed to meet their every need, and below, we’ve put together a guide to the items all cat owners could greatly benefit from owning.
If your cat is an indoor cat, they will need a place to go to the bathroom. Litter boxes are the solution to this problem. There are many different types of litter boxes on the market. Some litter boxes are basic containers for cat litter, and others are disguised containers with odor control.
Food and water
Cats are a reasonably unique species, as they are what is known as “obligate carnivores” – which essentially means they need to eat meat to survive. As a result, most cat foods are specifically designed to meet this need, and there’s a huge variety of options to choose from. Cats can be fussy eaters, but with a little experimentation, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a dish that your cat delves into happily and with great zest.
Your cat will also need to have access to fresh water at all times, so you will need to purchase a dedicated bowl or pet fountain to meet this requirement.
Cats are natural hunters and tend to require frequent stimulation of that hunting instinct in order to prevent boredom and restlessness. Due to this, a range of cat toys is an essential for any feline. It’s helpful to aim for a mix of toys that require your involvement (such as dangler toys) as well as toys that cats can play with solo (such as rubber balls) – this variety ensures they can always be entertained, even if you’re out of the house.
Collars are not essential for cats, but they are worth considering if you let your cat wander outdoors alone. Wherever possible, opt for a breakaway collar, and consider adding a bell in order to warn any wildlife of your cat’s approach – even well-fed cats retain a hunting instinct!
Cats are famous for being fastidious about cleanliness, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give them a helping hand every once in a while. The biggest grooming issue most cat owners face is shedding, which is best managed with regular grooming sessions using a brush or mitt. In addition, it’s important to invest in cat shampoo; while cats don’t need bathing as part of regular care, mud and dirt can accumulate on their paws, which needs to be removed with a product designed specifically for feline use.
Cats have a tendency to turn anything into a bed; a windowsill, cardboard boxes, or their owner’s shoulder will all suffice. However, investing in a bed just for the cat is still well worth doing, as it provides them with their own “space”, and helps to prevent fur accumulating on your furniture. There are dozens of different types of cat beds available, but it’s particularly useful to look for beds with removable covers – these make washing the bed so much simpler.
Cats need to scratch; it’s an instinct that allows them to deposit their scent, and helps keep their claws at a manageable length. To protect your furniture, invest in a scratching post or mat; catnip-infused options are a particularly good choice that can ensure your cat makes use of the product on a regular basis.
We hope you found this rundown of the essential products for cat owners useful, and are able to use it as a guideline to help ensure your feline friend has everything they could possibly need!