5 Must-Haves for a Happy Cat (and Owner)

[ 1 ] November 19, 2010 |

Last week, we talked about the best dog toys for your pup. This week, it’s time to focus on the felines!

Cats are wonderful creatures, as any cat-person would tell you. However, as cute and cuddly as they are, their attitudes can be finicky, and they can wreak havoc on your home. Keep yourself and your cat happy and healthy with these 5 must-have cat care products. And you won’t break the budget when you get them using our PetSmart coupons. Redeem them today and get 15% off all orders over $60! (Expires 11/30/2010.)

The Right Food
Science Diet Dental Care, $12.99

Choosing the right foods can be a complicated matter. Talk to your vet, and get the food that best suits your pet. If she’s constantly leaving hairball presents around the home, get a hairball control food. My vet recently mentioned that my cat, Boots, would do best with a dental care food with bigger kibble to control gingivitis. And don’t think that more expensive means better. I learned that the hard way – with a $400 dental vet bill. It’s all about what your cat needs.

The Right Litter
SwheatScoop Natural Wheat Litter, $10.29

Not only is there a variety in food, but there are just as many varieties of litter. Single or multi-cat, clumping, non-clumping and small spaces litter will fit almost any need. Have a greener ideal? Check out environmentally-friendly options like wheat clumps, sawdust or woodchips that are biodegradable or flushable.

Scratcher
Whisker City Kitty Condo, $49.99

A cat scratcher is a must in any home, especially if you value your furniture at all. Scratching is a natural habit of cats as a way of shedding the claw sheath. Any scratching post will do and is very inexpensive to get. You can make your own, but if you lack the handyman gene, cat scratchers like this cozy cat furniture work wonders. Your curtains will thank you.

Grooming Tools
Miracle Coat Grooming Comb, $10.99
For the most part, our feline friends are pretty good at keeping themselves looking clean and tidy, but some furry critters need a little help. I guess not all kittens are born feline fashionistas. A few general cat care tips include using a cat brush for general detangling, a but if your cat is prone to dandruff, try a comb instead. Once a day will work wonders, and your cat will looooove it.

Best Cat Toys
Bergan Star Chaser Turbo Scratcher, $16.99

Most cats go crazy for toys. Unless your cat is like mine (she’s scared of everything, so toys are a no-no), it’s nice to give your cat something to watch, chase or swat at. Catnip makes them go crazy, but it’s best to use it in small doses. Large doses can actually make them sick and cause vomiting, but a little is okay. Pretty much anything brightly colored that can be moved and thrown around will do. There are also some products that combine toys with scratching posts, hitting 2 birds with 1 stone.

Cats are lovable creatures that, although finicky, can become fast friends. All you need is a few simple things and you and your cat can live in peace. Most of the time.

Do you have a food, tool or toy that your cat absolutely loves? Share below!

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About Lindy: Lindy started writing at age 8, when she completed her first story entitled Clio the Talking Cat. Fast-forward a few years into the future, and she’s happily moved on to writing celebrity shopping and frugal posts. Lindy lives with her cat (who doesn’t talk), enjoys lazy weekends at the cottage and old episodes of The Golden Girls. View author profile.

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  1. Shayna says:

    How did I not comment on this post?

    Two MUST-HAVE cat items are:

    1) Da Bird toy…I’ve never seen a cat who didn’t love it, and it gets even the laziest cats (aka mine) going.

    2) FURminator brush…you won’t believe how much undercoat this brush pulls out. It’s pricey ($40-50) but SO worth it.

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