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14 Essentials Products for Every Cat Parent

Products Pet Parents Shouldn't Go Without

By Katie Morton. February 25, 2014 | See Comments

A Cat Laying On The Floor

When it comes to the lifelong commitment of taking care of a cat, there are a lot of supplies you're going to need. Here are 14 must-have products every pet parent should have in order to provide a happy healthy life for their feline.

Choosing all the supplies needed to raise your cat is challenging, especially for a first-time cat owner, so we’ve done the work for you. Whether you’ve got a kitten or you want your mature cat to have a happy and healthy adulthood, here are the 14 products every cat parent needs to have on hand.

1. Collar

This adjustable breakaway collar will keep your cat safe from snags, and comes in plenty of pretty colors.

2. ID tag

Rest easy knowing your beloved cat can be easily returned home while wearing this ID tag, which has plenty of room for your cat’s address and phone number to be printed clearly. The metallic tag measures 3/4'' high x 1 1/8'' wide.

3. Heartworm, flea & tick medications

To protect your precious kitty, check out our cat pharmacy to save money on the medications you need to keep your cat safe from pests.

4. Leash

For those times when you want to get your cat safely to the vet without escape, this durable nylon leash is perfect for guiding your cat into and out of a carrier.

5. Self-cleaning brush

A weekly kitty grooming session with this self-cleaning brush will prevent mats, reduce hairballs in longer-haired cats, and promote bonding with your cat.

6. Shampoo

Farnam Bio Guard Shampoo for Dogs and Cats leaves spot-on flea and/or tick treatments completely intact, keeping your cat both clean and protected from pests. This shampoo’s special formula is gentle enough for kittens, rinses easily, and will leave your cat’s coat clean and fresh.

7. Litter Box

Contain odor and avoid scooping with Van Ness' Enclosed Cat Pan. Fill with clumping litter, and lift the sifting screen, which will isolate the clumps.

8. Calming Mat

Your kitty will purr with happiness on this Cozy Calming Mat, which can be warmed in the microwave any time your cat wants warmth or comfort.

9. Dental Care

These Oral Hygiene Chews for Cats contain a natural antiseptic, plus have an abrasive texture to reduce plaque and loosen tartar. Here are 19 products that clean cats’ teeth.

10. Carrier

For your cat up to 22 pounds, consider this Sherpa Original Deluxe Bag which is well-ventilated, great for travel, and comes with a comfortable and washable faux lambskin liner.

11. Food and Water Bowls

Check out The Deluxe Fresh Flow® purifying cat fountain, which provides free-flowing filtered water to your cat throughout the day. The Cat Mate Meal Feeder ensures fresh food is automatically served at the right time, even if you’re taking an overnight trip.

12. Food

What about foods for your finicky feline? Here are tips to get even the pickiest cat to eat, and here are the foods to feed your cat if you suspect food allergies.

13. Snacks & Treats

Whether you need to use treats for training, or you just want to add a little excitement to your cat’s day, you might be wondering what treats are proven to be the tastiest and won’t hurt your cat’s health. These Halo Liv-a-Littles Wild Salmon Protein Treats for Dogs & Cats are freeze-dried, 100% wild salmon; your cat will just think they’re delicious.

14. Toys

For your playful cat, this LED Motion Activated Cat Ball has colorful lights that are turned on with a sensitive motion sensor to keep your cat entertained for hours. However, it’s important to end the game by allowing your cat to pounce and capture a physical object, such as a mouse toy or a balled up sock; it’s psychologically important to allow your cat the thrill of victory.

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