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Top Seven Essentials for Your Feral Cat

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Your cat is your lifelong companion and sees you through the bad and the good days in your life. Besides being loyal, your cat will also be part of those memorable and exciting moments in your life. That's why you want to make sure that furry friend is comfortable and happy.

But how?

Ensure you're stocked with the right necessities to take care of them and to ensure they can live their best life with you.

Wondering what you should have on hand?

Here are the top seven feral cat essentials to get you moving.

1. Cat Litter Box

That's right! Feral cats, just as much as indoor cats enjoy having their own litterbox. Given their instinct is to bury their urine and feces, most felines are happy to use a litter box. Besides, outdoor litterboxes will help promote a happy co-existence in your neighborhood for cats that may be using the neighbors garden or yard as a toilet.

With a stores full of litterbox options, ranging from closed and open litterboxes to automatic options and more, it's fundamental to know your cat's preferences. Cats are fussy creatures, so choose a type your cat will love – maybe similar to the one they may be already using. Additionally, if you have a multi-cat household, make sure that each cat has their own litterbox. Place the litter box in a quiet, private area, and don't forget to show your kitty its location.

2. Cat Feeding and Water Dishes

Your cat will need something to hold their water and food. Dishes and bowls work well, but you also want something easy to clean and difficult to tip over. Ceramic, glass, and metal offer sturdy solutions while plastic may prove to be a cause of contact allergy in some cats. Check the shape of the bowl as some narrow ones are known to cause pain and discomfort for older cats trying to eat from them. You may also consider adding feeding stations that offer a perfect solution for keeping your feline's food and water bowls clean and dry.

3.Grooming Supplies

  • Cat brushes
  • Flea combs
  • Nail clippers
  • Toothbrush
  • Cat-safe toothpaste
  • First aid kit

These are all essential supplies to have in your home.

4. Cat House with Accessories

While your kitty may relish the chance to be close to you, it is crucial to have a cozy space designated just for him/her. Ideally, get your cat a house that meets their needs. With many cat houses to choose from at UnderCover Pet Houses (even some lofted platforms where your cat can bask and survey their territory) you'll find their perfect fit. 

5. Cat Collar and Identification Tag, or a Microchip

Because they spend the majority of their time outdoors, feral cats require some form of identification for safety purposes. Cat identification can take a lot of different forms. There can be the breakaway collars with an identification tag or better yet, a microchip in case your cat gets lost.

6. Cat Toys

Toys and cats are inseparable. Each cat has its preferences, and toys that work for some cats may not work for others. Just know their favorite toys and put them away when your cat isn't actively playing with them, as some may present a hazard to other family pets. Cats also love to scratch surfaces, so make sure they have a scratching post. Furthermore, a sprinkling of catnip or other herbs on the scratching post will help stir up interest.

7. Cat Carrier

Useful for times when you need to transport your cat safely, a cat carrier is a necessity. In instances where you need to attend a regular vet appointment, a safe pet carrier is useful to provide transport back and forth. Cat carriers come in all shapes and sizes and it would be wise to consult with a vet to determine which is best for your feral companion.

Well, there you have it. Having the essentials listed above will help you keep your cat happy and healthy!

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