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First-Time Cat Owner 11 Essentials

So, you’ve finally decided to add a cat to the family. Congratulations! Our feline friends make excellent roommates—they’re great listeners, exceptionally tidy and rarely hog the remote.

That said, cats do require some special supplies, preparations and long-term considerations. Before you bring home your new BFF, check out these expert tips for first-time cat owners.

1. Cat Food Bowl

When choosing a food bowl, do not choose a dog bowl or human bowl. 

You should choose the cat food bowl which is easy for your cat to eat from, non-toxic and easy to clean.

Water may be offered in a bowl or you can just invest in a water fountain that encourages your feline to drink more.

2. Cat Food

Now that you have cat bowls, where’s the food at?

Homemade, freeze-dried raw, canned dry or wet food— the possibilities are endless. As with litter, ask your breeder or the shelter what they feed their cats and buy the same brand.

You just can switch over to a different brand once she has settled.

Also, consider getting her a treat. Choose healthy treats and feed her sparingly. 

If your cat seems anxious or unhappy at mealtimes, and if she’s leaving a lot of mess around the food bowl, try a new way to offer her meals.

DO NOT FEED YOUR CAT MILKThe truth is that most cats are lactose intolerant so giving them cow's milk can actually cause significant health issues.

3. Cat Litterbox

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This is probably the most important thing in your feline’s life.

Most cats are not that fussy about their litterbox, however, some will definitely become a headache, so you will need to get the right box.

It is best that you have 2 litterboxes, particularly if you have a large home. Make sure that the litterbox is also large, even if you are adopting a kitten. IT will not take him long to outgrow small litterbox.

Also, make sure that you get a cat litter mat. Surely, you do not want the litter all over your floor, don’t you?

4. Cat Litter

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A good litterbox is not enough. You also need the right type of litter too and there are so many options out there! 

Ask the shelter or breeder what brand of litter they use and get the same for your kitty. You can always transition her to your preferred brand later.

5. Cat Carrier

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You simply can’t leave a breeder or a shelter with a cat or kitten unless you have a good cat carrier. Safety should always be first and cats can only be transferred safely with a secured cat carrier.

6. Scratching Post

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Cats are notorious for scratching things. And unless you want that “thing” to be your sofa or tables, you need to offer her a scratching post— and preferably more than one.

Buy sturdy and large scratching post that will not wobble when your kitty leans against to scratch and stretch. Otherwise, he will just turn on something more stable— like that comfy couch out there.

7. Cat Toys

Play is important. It provides exercise for both body and mind as well as stimulating your feline’s hunting skills. Without stimulations, your kitty could get stressed, bored and sick.

In general, there are Top3 cat toys in 2021.

Top1 is Floppy Fish™ Cat Kicker Toy which wiggles just like a real fish. 

Top2 is Chirping Ball™ Cat Toy which makes realistic animal sounds!

Top3 is Fidget Spinner Cat Toy which is perfect for interactive play.

8. Cat Bed

Cat bed can really be advantageous for both the cat the human. Aside from the human getting enough uninterrupted sleep, your cat can also get enough sleep in their own comfortable bed without having to be bothered by anything else. 

Cats love beds with high sides to have a private and comfy nap.  

9. Dental Care Items

Bushing your kitty’s teeth can be a problem. It is best to train your cat to get used of teeth brushing from a young age. Young or old, getting your feline buddy used to regular brushing needs to be a gentle and gradual process, so you need to be patient.

Use dental care items that are formulated and designed for cats, like Cat Teeth Toy Matatabi Sticks or  Interactive Cat Dental Toy.

10. Grooming Tools

Cats are commonly known for their self-licking self-grooming behavior. And a domestic short hair kitty should be just fine without grooming assistance.

However, regular grooming can actually help reduce the amount of car hair around your house as well as offering a quality time to bond with your feline.

Some cat self groomers are good to have some around the house.

11. Cat Hair Remover

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You have probably tried all types of cat hair and lint removal products… from sticky roller tapes, to products that cannot be used over and over again. 

With the World's Best Cat Hair Remover, you'll never need another gadget! No adhesive or sticky tape, 100% reusable, no power source required, clean and convenient pet hair remover.

By simply moving the pet hair roller back and forth, you immediately track and pick up cat hairs embedded deeply in sofas, couches, beds, carpets, blankets, comforters and more.