Top 8 Must-Have Cat Items

Whether you’re getting ready to bring home a new kitten or you’re looking to revamp your current collection of cat stuff, we’ve got the list of must-have cat products.

A Comfy Bed

Your cat may likely sleep on your own bed, however, it’s still a good idea to provide kitty with her own special, cozy place for napping. The bed should be comfortable, easily washable and spacious enough for an adult cat to curl up comfortably, but not so vast that she’ll feel exposed and vulnerable.

Scratching Posts

Your cat is going to scratch, whether you approve or not. Start your relationship off right by investing in a scratching post. It can be as simple or fancy as you like. If your budget is limited, start with a cardboard scratcher with toys, such as our Cat Scratcher.

Cat Carrier

This is a must. Don’t ever try to transport a cat without one. A simple cardboard carrier (available from your vet) is fine for bringing a new cat or kitten home, but you’ll need to replace this eventually with a high-quality carrier with secure latch and a screened opening the cat can look through.


Cats love to play; make sure you provide your cat with a variety of safe toys. To avoid the danger of your cat choking on a toy, do not give him toys with small parts that can be torn off, such as bells, feathers, or pom-poms. Examine each toy to make sure it’s safe for your cat before giving it to him.

Grooming Tools

Grooming time is a fine time for bonding with your cat or new kitten. Look for a fine-toothed comb and a rubber-backed pin brush. A nail clipper designed for cats is a plus. If you start clipping your kitten’s nails early, it will make the task much easier when she is grown.

Food and Water Bowls

Although your new cat can be fed on any ceramic (non-lead-glazed) or stainless steel bowls you have in your kitchen, you may feel better with providing her with her very own dishes. Automatic food and water servers are especially nice if the humans will be gone for long periods during the day, e.g., to a job or school. Most cats love the pure, fresh taste of running water, and automatic water dispensers ensure a constant supply of clean water.

Cat Tunnel

This cat tunnel is quite possibly the cat toy that my cats have shown a consistent and unwavering interest in. The endless opportunities for ambushing other cats and passers-by’s legs (and motes of dust, and imaginary enemy forces) from within its shadowy recesses.
Whatever the reason, this thing is an Olympic heavy-lifter of cat amusement!

Cat Tree

If you have space, you can also feed your cat’s instinct to climb. This Cat Tree provides plenty of space for your cat to scratch, as well as several levels to climb, frolic and nap. The sturdy design means it will offer years of climbing and lazing opportunity for your pet.

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