Food: Remember that cats require taurine, an essential amino acid, for heart and eye health. Be sure to check the food label.
Litterbox and Litter – Number of litterboxes, location, cleanliness, and type of litter is key to your cat adopting good litterbox habits. Rule of thumb: Provide at least 1 box per cat. Locate the litterbox in an easy-to-find location that is quiet. Scoop the litterbox at least once/day, and wash regularly. Use a litter material that your cat likes. And remember that not all cats will feel comfortable in a hooded litterbox. If your cat isn’t using its litterbox, bring it to the veterinarian as he/she may have a medical condition.
Scratching Post or Pad – Cats like to scratch, which helps remove old outer nail sheaths. Provide your cat with a sturdy scratching post at least 3 feet high, covered with a rough material. Scratching pads are also an option. Most cats will not scratch furniture if provided a proper place to scratch. If you consider declawing, learn more about it first and find a veterinarian that uses a laser which is more humane.
Houseplants and Cats – Many cats can’t resist chewing on plants. Many plants are toxic irritants, and cause inflammation of the skin, mouth, and stomach. Other plants may have a systemic toxic effect and damage a cat’s organs. Learn which plants are okay to keep around and which plants are not.
Cat Carrier – Ideal for safely transporting your cat to the veterinarian for annual exams and vaccines.