Cats that live indoors need to meet the needs and stimulation they would find on the street, so the choice of accessories and their correct placement is especially relevant and will help us avoid stress, overweight, and health problems. AND in general to improve their quality of life.
What does a cat need?
Feeder and drinker
We must provide our cat with a quiet place to eat. The chosen site should preferably be away from the litter tray. In addition, the containers must be easily washable and wide enough so that our cats can eat and drink without their whiskers rubbing the edge of the feeder.
Cats’ whiskers, also called vibrissae, are very sensitive and are bothered by rubbing. That is why many cats leave food on the edges or take it out of the feeder with their paw and then eat it.
They prefer that food and water are separated to avoid double feeders.
Preferably we will choose those made of ceramic or stainless steel before those made of plastic and, if our cat tends to drink little water, a fountain may be an ideal option.
Cats need scratching. This allows them to stretch, fix their nails and mark the territory by leaving their pheromones. If we do not provide them with a suitable place to their liking, they will do it where they like best (furniture, sofa)
There are scratchers of all types on the market, but the main thing is that these are in the main places at home. So if we leave the scratching post hidden in a room or behind a door so that it cannot be seen, we will only get our cat to end up using something that catches him more by hand.
In addition, they should be high enough so that our cats can stretch completely and be stable so that they do not move when they jump on them.
Our cats spend most of the day sleeping and have to have a resting place that they like. They tend to prefer places with a roof, where they feel safer, and if they are located in a high place, they can control everything much better.
As with the rest of the cat accessories, there are litter trays of all types. Deciding on one or the other depends on the tastes of our cat. Everyone usually prefers those that meet the following requirements:
- Uncovered litter tray
- Low-edged for easy entry and exit.
- There should be as many litter trays as cats in the house plus one. If we have two cats, the ideal is that we have three litter trays.
- Located away from feeders and drinkers.
- It is located in a quiet place without drafts.
The chosen litter will also influence, and our cat will have its preferences. For example, if we see that our cat urinates outside the litter box and has recently modified the tray or the litter, it may not like the novelty.
The carrier is a fundamental piece for our cat. We usually keep it in a closet or storage room until it is time to visit the vet, but that way, we only get their vision of the carrier to be very negative.
If we place it in an accessible place at home with a blanket inside, it can serve as a bed and, in addition, we will get our cat to get used to it by facilitating its use when we have to travel or take it to the dreaded veterinarian.
We recommend that the carrier meets a series of requirements:
- Make it removable. In this way, we facilitate removing him if he refuses to go out (for example, at the vet). We can open it and take it out easily. In addition, this will facilitate cleaning.
- Make it rigid and preferably plastic. These are much safer and also much easier to clean.
Things to keep in mind
We have seen the essential accessories when the kitten arrives home and summarize many characteristics that we must analyze when choosing them. Still, throughout the blog, you have complete information about them:
- Wet food
- I think
Choosing correctly will make the difference between our cat using what we buy or ignoring it and may even feel uncomfortable or stressed because its needs are not covered.
In addition, there are several recommendations that I would like to make if you are thinking of adopting a cat:
Better two cats
So if we adopt both of them simultaneously, perhaps from the same foster home or from the same litter, we save ourselves the later adaptation, and they will keep a lot of company and play together.
Number of cats
If there is more than one cat at home, the idea is to multiply the number of accessories by the number of cats there are and add one more in the case of the litter box. So, for example, if there are two cats, there are two beds, feeders, scratchers, fountains, and three litter boxes. This way, we will avoid conflicts due to a lack of resources.
Don’t spend a lot of money
We have seen some small guidelines, but each animal is different and will have its preferences or needs. For example, if the cat has not yet arrived home, my recommendation is that you invest little money in accessories and, when you see what it likes, you will be able to opt for quality options.
It is best to take a basic plastic uncovered tray, a clumping litter that does not release dust, place a box with a covered sleeping blanket, buy a stable and tall but not very large scraper, and some simple stainless steel feeders.
As we spend time with the cat and we adapt, we can see what it likes and does not like and invest in more specific accessories that it may like. Even so, do not rule out taking a surprise and preferring the box to the content.