Whether you have had cats your whole life or are adopting or fostering a new cat or kitten for the first time, you’re sure to find something on this list you need! I have had cats my whole life, and am a bit of an Amazon shopping addict, so I have tried TONS of cat products. These are my favorites for each category.
If you have dogs, make sure to check out my list of favorite dog products here!
Cat Food & Treats
Cat Food Dry
I let our cat free feed on dry food: ORIJEN Guardian 8 Free Run Chicken, Wild Caught Salmon & Rabbit Adult Grain-Free Dry Cat Food.
Cat Food Wet
Every morning, I give our cat a can of wet food. Since cats are notorious for not drinking enough, I make sure he gets his liquids by feeding him one wet can a day. Of course, he probably doesn’t need it. One of his favorite pastimes is splashing around in the dog’s water bowl after he’s sat there and drank his fill (like he’s one of the dog pack!) Nulo Adult & Kitten Grain Free Canned Wet Cat Food is my pick.
For treats, I like Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken Formula Crunchy Grain-Free Cat Treats.
As with my dogs, I use stainless steel food and water bowls so I can put them in the dishwasher on a regular basis to get them clean and sanitized.
I have a food mat underneath all food and water bowls. These too can be thrown in the dishwasher for periodic cleaning.
Cat Food Storage
I like this 2 Gallon Glass Storage Container for my cat food. It’s just the right size. And it’s dishwasher safe, so you can wash it before you put food in it the first time.
Cat Litter & Accessories
I’ve tried all different kinds of litter – including pellets and different materials – but my favorite is still this traditional cat litter, but the lightweight kind (because who likes to lug around a 40 pound box of litter?): Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal AbsorbX Lightweight Quick Absorbing Scented Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter.
I like this top entry litter box because I have WAY less litter all over the room. With short boxes, the cat was flinging litter everywhere. With the snap on lids, litter was still sneaking out through the seams. I’m not paying for a self-cleaning litter box, so I don’t have feedback on those (maybe one day!) So, in short, this is my favorite! Our cat likes it too. With the top entry, I don’t have nearly much litter outside of the box – just whatever he tracks on his feet.
Big Litter Scoop
When I was going through the adventures of trying all different kids of litter, I bought this big litter scoop as most regular scoops would not work for pelleted litter. So if you have pelleted litter, use this scoop!
Regular Kitty Litter Scoop
If you have traditional litter, I recommend this litter scoop. It’s a good size and very sturdy.
I keep these litter (dog waste) bags next to my litter box to make cleaning the litter easy. Put everything in a bag, tie it up, and to the garbage it goes.
Speaking of tracking litter outside of the box, I have this litter mat that goes underneath the litter box. I periodically clean it out. It’s great for getting that extra litter off his paws (and not all over our house!)
Cat Wand with Feathers
Please do yourself a favor and get your camera ready to hit “record” the first time you play with these feather wands with your cat. Absolutely hilarious. Our cat gets so into it, that we have to force him to take a break from playing before his heart explodes. Guaranteed for a good time.
Cat Toy Balls on Tracks
For alone-time play, this classic cat toy with balls on a track can’t be beat. Our cat will sit next to it, play for a while, lay down next to it, keep playing… He’s a huge fan.
Cat Fish Toys with Catnip
And of course, the fish plushies for some more play. Our cat has a blast with these. He’ll tackle one, roll on his back, then beat the tar out of them with his back feet while sinking his fangs into them. Quite vicious.
When our cat is not sitting in an Amazon box, he love to curl up in this luxurious fluffy bed. If they made it in my size, I would want to curl up in here too. We have the larger version for one of our dogs.
Anytime I work from home, our cat wants to be one with me. This gets in the way of my computer work, so I got a sling. He loves it! Purrs like crazy, then falls asleep. I stand up while working, but this would also work if you are sitting down and have a cat that wants to be held.
Grooming & Accessories
Cat Nail Clippers
Ah, the dreaded clippers. Our cat doesn’t mind since we clipped his nails from the moment we got him as a kitten. Set a reminder to do it regularly (every two weeks), and they will get into the habit of it. These little clippers make the job easy. They fit in your hand nicely, and are just the right size for trimming those tiny claws.
To help with all the hair in the house, I like a grooming glove for regular shedding assistant. It’s like you’re petting them, so they like it – win/win.
Always have a cat carrier handy for vet trips or emergencies. I like this top loading carrier (with the front load option as well.) Nothing fancy, but does the job.
We have an indoor cat, so when he wants to go out with the dogs, we use this cat harness so he can safely explore the yard. They have various sizes, so you can get one for a kitten or a giant cat.
What Your House Needs
With three dogs and a cat in the house, we have hair everywhere. Thankfully, we now have an iRobot Roomba i7+ set to run every day. It does a great job of picking up hair (we have wood floors and one thin rug) and even empties itself! It is connected to an app which tells us when it needs to be emptied or if it has problems. It also docks itself to recharge when it’s done cleaning each day.
For other times we need to get the pet hair up (floor, sofas, etc.), we love to use our Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner. Boy, does it suck! In a good way.
I have a small air purifier in the dog/cat room to help out with litter/pet odors. I like this one because it has a space on the top where you can add essential oils (which I do periodically.)
Make sure to also get an Enviroscent plug-in to keep the air smelling nice. It is non-toxic and doesn’t have respiratory sensitizers, so it’s pet-friendly.
Locking Cat Door
I have this cat door in our house – in our dog/cat room, specifically. You can set it up so that the cat can always go in, but not out. So he can never accidentally be locked out of the dog/cat room (where his litter box is), but I can lock him in there if needed (if I want to open up the exterior doors and don’t want him to run out, for example.)
I also installed one in our garage door. That way, if he ever did escape from the house, he always has a way back in (but not back out as I have it set up to one-way entry, no exit) – crossing my fingers he will never need it.
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