In comparison to my dog and the absurd amount of goodies she gets, my cat is a lot simpler. First of all, she’s full grown, so there’s just less of a need for toys, not to mention cats destroy things at a much slower rate than dogs. Plus, the first thing that you learn when you have a cat is you can buy them all the nice play things in the world, but at the end of the day what they love most are empty boxes and loose bottle caps.
But with my cat’s anxiety and extremely neurotic behavior, there are a few tools that I’ve found really handy to make sure she’s well-taken care of.
This automatic feeder is a lifesaver. For years I was awoken bright and early every morning to a cat sitting on my chest, screaming for breakfast. Now, she gets fed promptly twice a day at the times I choose (7:30am and 6pm), and she no longer spends hours following me around the house begging for meals. Plus, it doesn’t matter if I get home late or even spend the night at a friend’s house – kitty will be fed right on time.
For the first two years after I adopted my dog, we struggled to keep her out of the cat litter box. She knew she wasn’t supposed to go in there, but left unsupervised, I’d inevitably find some litter stuck suspiciously to her nose. This kitty box is specifically designed to keep medium to large dogs out thanks to a double door, plus it has the added bonus of looking like a nice side table. I loved them so much, I actually bought two.
I’ve mentioned my cat’s neurotic over-grooming before, and while feliway diffusers didn’t totally cure her, I have to say they make a big difference. Just like a scent-less perfume, you plug the diffuser into the wall and it releases happy kitty pheramones that give your furball a sense of safety. Within 24 hours of plugging it in, my cat seemed noticeably happier and more relaxed. I think this would be especially helpful if you’re adding an extra family member or moving houses with your cat.
In addition to my cat’s over-grooming, she also began to develop obsessive litter box habits. Unfortunately this self-cleaning litter box is too large to fit in the cat furniture above, but it is amazing if you have a picky kitty who won’t use the box unless its immaculate. I also found that it helped wonderfully for dissuading curious pups from sniffy around.
Perhaps you’ve heard of Thundershirts for dogs before, but yes, they make them for cats, too. Thundershirts are essentially little vests for your pet that fit comfortably like a t-shirt while providing a sense of security. It’s a game-changer for animals that suffer from anxiety or separation issues like my cat, although I’ve heard they work far better on kitties who like to be held, since it provides a similar sensation.
In the best circumstance, my cat would be eating completely raw or even wet food. I found out, however, that extremely delicious food actually caused her to go more manic and demanding even hours before a meal. Plus, I need dry food since it’s compatible with the automatic feeder above. Nature’s Variety Instinct is grain/gluten free and nutritionally dense, making it one of the highest quality options if you prefer to stick with a kibble.
What’s a cat product that you (and your kitty) love?