20 Genius Products For Anyone Who Has a Cat
I've had a cat pretty much my entire life. My childhood cat even lived for 22 years, so having one around is something I'm used to. I recently adopted a new kitten, and it has been a very different experience for one reason: I don't live with my parents anymore. I have to admit, growing up and having a pet, my parents did pretty much all of the grunt work (which they'll never let me forget). Now adding a kitten to my own apartment has been a huge change for me as an adult.
Since we've adopted him, my boyfriend and I have had to purchase a number of things to adjust to our new life. We live in a small apartment and needed a few new things around the home to protect our furniture and keep things tidy. We've also tested and tried tons of food, toys, and other kitten necessities and discovered our favorite picks. From cat trees to an air purifier and even pet-friendly plants, these things have made our day-to-day so much easier. Whether you're adding a new cat to your home or looking to treat yours, you can shop my 20 favorites products ahead.
Bloomscape Potted Bird's Nest Fern
I found out I had a few plants that were not good for cats. In case my kitten decided to chew on them, I replaced one with this pet-friendly Bloomscape Potted Bird's Nest Fern ($35), and I love it. You can read my full review here.
Sticky Paws Pioneer Pet Cat Training Aid
My kitten, like most, loves scratching the side of my sofa. A coworker recommended I try the Sticky Paws Pioneer Pet Cat Training Aid ($9). It's basically tape you can put where they like to scratch, and it will teach them to stop.
Petstages Purr Pillow Calm Comfort Featuring Soothing Noisemaker
Kittens often have a hard time sleeping away from their mother and litter after adoption, and this Petstages Purr Pillow Calm Comfort Featuring Soothing Noisemaker ($12) helps calm them. The purr sensation makes them feel like they're not alone.
Simplehuman Slim Kitchen Step Trash Can
My kitten has already showed interest in digging through trash, so I invested in this Simplehuman Slim Kitchen Step Trash Can ($40). The trash can has a pet lock, so he can't get in it when we're not around. Plus, I love the sleek and minimal design.
Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator
This Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator ($20) is always a must with pets, just in case of accidents.
Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Around the time I adopted my kitten, I also bought a new living room rug. I wanted to make sure it stayed cleaner than ever, so I finally invested in my dream Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum Cleaner ($600, originally $700). The powerful engine can suck up pretty much anything, including cat fur and litter. It has been a savior to my rug and floors.