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The Hubster and I took in the two cats (we named Ricky and Lucy) that were abandoned at the farmhouse that we just purchased this past spring. As a veterinarian, of course I wanted to make sure they were healthy, but feel special and spoiled too. Since then we have been hard at work to teach them that being spoiled is the best thing in the world!
I’ve come up with my top 10 ways to spoil your new cat that have worked for us (and they are Ricky and Lucy tested and approved!). I mean shouldn’t every cat be pampered with star treatment?
Top 10 Ways to Spoil Your New Cat:
- Kitty treats: This one is a no-brainer! The majority of spoiled cats LOVE kitty treats. Both Lucy and Ricky agree that kitty treats are a must during a pampering treatment. Just remember, not too many kitty treats!
- Toys, toys, toys! A great way to give your cat the royal treatment is to give them toys that they can play with by themselves or with you. Don’t take it personally if your cat doesn’t play with his new toy. Some cats will only play when they think no one else is watching, they are waaaay too cool!
- Fun exercises: Exercises that you can do with your cat to get them moving are great for their health as well as their playful mind. A laser light chase is always the most popular run around the house and act crazy exercise I recommend.
- Catnip: And speaking of acting crazy, kitties go crazy over catnip. They will roll in it, run through it, even eat it.
- Indoor cat grass: Sometimes a cat will long to eat grass. But if you have an indoor-only cat, that is hard to come by unless your awesome owner supplies you with your own patch of indoor cat grass!
- Kitty subscription services by mail: Yes! Humans get beauty subscription boxes by mail and now your cat can have his or her own subscription box sent to them each month! The boxes vary depending on the company but the majority stuff toys, treats, and cleaning supplies inside.
- Interactive kitty apps: Have an iPad?? This one is perfect for you! Visit your app store and search for interactive games for cats where you can find your cat chasing fish on your screen in no time!
- Dripping sink water: This one may sound a bit weird but many cats like playing in the sink with the water dribbling out slowly. Some will pat the soft water stream with their paws, others will go in head first!
- A new kind of cat litter: Every cat is different and will need to get adjusted to their new litter in a different way. With many cats it’s a good idea to introduce them to a brand new litter box along with their new litter so that your kitty gets used to the new smells and feel of the litter with a fresh slate. I like to try and do fun things like meals and snacks around the new litter box BEFORE I even introduce the new litter into the box and to the cat. Once your cat is accustomed to the new litter box, then add in your new litter (for me it’s Tidy Cats® Lightweight Litter, I’ll explain more below). For optimal results make sure that you fill your litter box with at least 3-4 inches of litter.
- Multiple litter boxes: Then comes the question of where to place your cat litter boxes. This may seem like a silly topic, but many litter box location problems present to the clinic as urinary issues (AKA peeing/marking in the house). As a veterinarian, I recommend to every pet owner to have 2 litter boxes full of clean litter for every 1 cat in the house. I also recommend those owners with multi-level homes to have those litter boxes spread evenly among the different levels of their home.
Thirdly, I ask my clients to really think like your cat and decide if these cat box locations are both easily accessible for your cat and hard for other pets or children to reach. These locations also need to be far away from things that could possibly scare your cat (ex. not next to the kitty-eating vacuum cleaner that your cat is terrified of).
To give you an idea, here’s a basic layout of my farm house and the locations that are optimal for our two cats:
For our two cats we have 2 litter boxes on the lower level, in the easily accessible (but sometimes loud) laundry room and in the quiet reading room. In the upper level we also have 2 boxes, both in separate and quiet parts of the house.
Even though our cats love spending time sunbathing outside, it’s important to provide them with happy little spots inside too. One of those spots should be the litter box, with high quality cat litter that both your cat and their human roommates can agree on. Tidy Cats® offers a large range of cat litters and has introduced Tidy Cats® Lightweight Litter, the same great Tidy Cats® strength and convenience I love with half the weight!
For me, it needs to be low-maintenance, high-quality, found at my local grocery store, and fresh-smelling, so my obvious choice was Tidy Cats® Lightweight with Glade at Kroger, with guaranteed TidyLock™ Protection that locks away the odors that can lead to Stank Face (ain’t no kitty got time for that!). So now I save time controlling those litter box odors, save money by purchasing the litter at Kroger, and save my back from lifting any of those heavy litters!
Now here’s the kicker, Purina is handing out Tidy Cats® coupons so that you can go to your local Kroger and save on your Lightweight litter and pamper your cat! There are several other Purina coupons available on the Kroger coupon page too, like $2 off Dog Chow Naturals dry dog food, $1 off Tidy Cats® Lightweight Litter, and $1 off Tidy Cats® Litter.
Don’t forget to pamper your new kitty today!