It’s said that when it comes to pets, you’re either a dog person or a cat person (why you can’t be both we’re not too sure) and if you’re a cat lover then you’ll know how lovely it can be to come home to a pretty kitty who will greet you with a loud purr and a fluffy hug. If you are thinking of bringing home a new cat or kitten, then be prepared with our list of cat essentials to welcome your feline friend to their new home.
Cat Carrier – You’ll need to get your cat home safely, and you might not be able to do that if you have a cat clawing around in the back seat, trying to clamber onto you. A nice, quiet enclosed space in a cat carrier will help to keep them calm and safe. The cat lovers over at Your Cat magazine voted this Pet Cargo Cabrio carrier as the best cat carrier, and it is remarkably easy to get your cat inside, ready for the journey. We recommend popping a nice cosy blanket inside that they can snuggle up on.
Cat Flap – If you’d rather not get woken up by a yowling cat at 3am because they want to go on a nocturnal adventure, then you can install a cat flap. There are plenty to choose from, but we think that one of the best is this 4-way locking cat flap which allows you to control where your cat can go. You can keep them indoors, keep them out, let them go both ways, or let them come in/go out but not go back the other way.
Cat Bed – Everyone knows that cats love to sleep, so if you want your cat to have a well earned nap then why not opt for a radiator bed? Not only will they be super comfy and warm in the winter months, but they are also raised off the ground, which means that you’re less likely to trip over your feline friend who has taken to sleeping wherever they feel like it!
Litter Tray – Unfortunately, there will be times when your cat will be inside and need to use the loo! Be prepared and find a nice secluded corner for your litter tray. Keep smells and unsightly mess to a minimum with a hooded cat litter tray, like this corner one which will keep your cats mess out of sight and out of the way.
Cat Toys – Cats love to play and it’s a good way to bond with your fluffy friend too. A scratch pad is essential for a new cat; not only is it fun for them to scratch on, but it also saves them tearing up the furniture and carpets (although we can’t guarantee they won’t still do this!). Cats of all ages will love this Cat Senses Play Circuit which lets your cat chase whizzing balls around a circuit, but without them disappearing under the sofa!
Finally, pet insurance is an essential that many of us forget about, until we’re faced with a big bill! So it’s worth taking a look at our pet insurance services before you bring home your new family member.