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Cat Essentials: 6 Products You Should Get for Your New Cat

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Cats are wonderful pets that provide their owners with many benefits, such as companionship and entertainment. Like any other pet, cats require special attention to ensure that they feel secure, wanted, and well-cared for in their new home.

Here are six products to buy your new cat before bringing them home.

1) Nutritious Food

A nutritious diet promotes general health and well-being by supporting normal growth, development, and aging, maintaining healthy body weight, and reducing the risk of chronic disease.

Cats are carnivores, so their diet should be high in protein, fat and low in carbohydrates. Many veterinarians recommend a dry food diet because cats don't have much ability to taste and are easily tricked into eating food they don't like.

Dry cat food is also great for their dental health and is more cost-effective. However, if you want to give your cat wet food as a treat or supplement its diet with some homemade cooked meals, there is no reason why you shouldn't. Make sure that any wet foods are 100 percent meat and fish with no added salt or sugar.

Pro Tip: Feed your cat appropriately for their age and avoid overfeeding.

2) Food Bowls & Water Fountain

A good cat bowl should be large enough for your kitty to have room to move its whiskers around, but it shouldn't be too deep that food gets trapped inside it. Food bowls also need to be sturdy because cats like to scratch their bowls while eating. Go for ceramic bowls with a rubber ring base that prevents sliding across the floor when your cat digs in.

You can also buy a water fountain to keep by your cat's food dish. These feature an up-and-down spout that mimics natural drinking patterns. Just make sure you clean them regularly.

3) Toys

It's great to get your cat one toy—but a basketful is even better. Most cats prefer toys with movement (like balls on strings or a laser pointer) because it mimics their natural prey and helps exercise. Toys provide cat enrichment and ensure you spend more quality time with your cat, which means they'll avoid getting into trouble!

Don't be afraid to stock up on all of your pet's favorite toys. There are a wide variety of cat toys on the market, but they generally fall into two categories: active and passive.

4) Litterboxes

Every cat owner knows how stinky litter boxes can be, especially if they aren't cleaned frequently. Go for high-quality litter brands that absorb odors and clumps firmly into solid waste, making scooping fast and easy. Your cat will like it just as they enjoy a new, clean environment!

Try a self-cleaning litter box for even easier cleanup. Having cleaning products on hand is also a good idea.

5) Scratching Post

Scratching is a natural and healthy way for cats to relieve stress. A scratching post is a low-cost, multipurpose investment that provides entertainment and protects expensive furniture from being destroyed by your feline friend.

Scratching posts also come in different textures, so you can find one that fits your cat's unique personality and meets their needs. It's also crucial to match scratching posts to your cat's size so that their sharp claws can obtain some leverage. Importantly, kitten posts should be smaller than adult cat posts.

6) Cat House

A cat house is an excellent way to keep your cat warm and safe, particularly during cold months. Additionally, a cat home gives your feline companion some much-needed privacy when they need it. Even if you have an indoor cat, having a spot to relax when they're alone at home all day can be beneficial.

Place one in your garden or another outdoor place where your cat can easily get it. Before making a purchase, as with any other, it's vital to do some research. The cost will vary depending on the type of material you select and the level of detail you desire. Plastic choices are less expensive, whereas cedar-wooden options are more expensive but durable and worth the money.

Bottom Line

There are tons of excellent goods available to make your life easier when caring for your cat, and some that make your cat's life easier and more comfortable! Purchase products that address your cat's needs, just like you would for yourself.

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