Kittens are pretty awesome. So are cats too. Bringing a new one home is an exciting time but you need to make sure you have the right accessories to keep them content, happy, and well cared for. Here’s a bunch of great bits and pieces for your new kitten to enjoy. Remember though—cats are frequently a little pickier than dogs, so don’t be surprised if it takes time to convince the little devil that you bought them the right thing!
Bowls: Lorde Cat Bowls ($13)
Sure, you can buy some cat bowls that are dirt cheap but the Lorde Cat Bowls will look way better in your kitchen, plus they’re designed to make things easier for your cat. That’s because they’re angled in a specific way so that your cat can get to the food or water easily without the risk of whisker fatigue or a dirty face. The dirty face thing isn’t just a superficial consideration either; many cats are sensitive to cheap plastics and metals—they can have reactions to the material and get a sort of kitty acne (that they then furiously scratch at). This bowl is made of non-porous melamine and should help avoid that whole mess (and resulting expensive vet visit). On top of being non-allergenic, the non-slip legs mean they won’t be chasing the bowl around the floor either.
Remember to keep the food and water bowl separate and a short distance away from each other. Cats prefer things to be laid out like this as they prefer their “prey” and water source separated.
Scratching Post: SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post ($42)
Cats love to scratch and you, obviously, would rather they didn’t scratch up your furniture, your rugs or your legs. Buy the SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post and you won’t have to worry about replacing it for a number of years. We checked it out earlier in the year and it really is a pretty amazing feat of construction.
Made from durable fibrous sisal, it feels perfect on your cat’s claws while also being tough and long lasting—even in a multi-cat household you should expect to get years out it. It’s super easy to assemble too, plus there’s no risk of it toppling over thanks to a wide and heavy base.
Alternate Scratching Tree: AmazonBasics Cat Activity Tree with Scratching Posts ($36)