One of the few upsides of the pandemic (if you’re a half-glass-full kind of person) is that people have been able to spend vast amounts of time with their pets, whom many treat much like children. This goes hand-in-hand with an increase in online purchases and, as it happens, pet parents tend to spend much of their money on their “children.”
There are a number of items that you should buy, especially if you are a first time cat parent.
A three-story cat tower or tree: cats are natural climbers and are inclined to watch their surroundings from a high vantage point. A three-tier cat toy is best for kittens as an outlet for their energy and a fun way to pass the time, especially when you are away. A string on a stick is a handy toy which awakens their inner hunter and because you need to shake it for it to work, strengthens the bond between you and your cat. These felines go ga-ga for catnip, so a cat-nip stuffed toy is a no-brainer.
A de-shedding glove is an easy way to brush your cat and avoid hairballs littering your home. A Chom Chom roller also does the trick, as it collects lint and shedded hair in a compartment you can empty out. Although kittens and cats are disposed to wet food, grain-free, high-protein kibble might just be more to their liking. You can store this in an airtight rolling container. Feed them this kibble with a set of raised bowls, which are ergonomically designed so your cats have an easier time eating.
Part of the work that having a cat entails is cleaning up their litter boxes, so a litter-trapping honeycomb mat is godsend. Keep their litter sand in an extra-large litter box with a lid that opens for easy cleaning. In it you can place dust-free clumping litter which absorbs liquid well and removes odors.
Sometimes cats like to escape so getting them a custom collar engraved with your cat’s name and your phone number is a good idea. If you are quite attached to your cat, you may opt to buy a sling in which to carry your cat while keeping your arms free. Alternatively, you can tote them anywhere you go in a collapsible carrier with soft mesh sides. A cat bed is also a good idea as cats love soft surfaces.
Your cat will thank you and maybe even show its affection, which all cat parents know is a rare occurrence.
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