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Just like you, we love shopping for our pooches and cats!
Our Cats page provides lots of useful information about the necessary equipment you need for your pet with tips and checklists and recommended stockists.
It’s worth taking time to read our ‘Your New Kitten Guide’ which provides information and tips about preparing for a new kitten arrival, about breeders and vets. Also, includes helpful information about collecting your new pet, foods, toys, with checklists.
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Your Shopping Checklist
As a first-time pet owner, you may feel overwhelmed by all the choices your new kitten or cat may enjoy. A simple essential checklist provides everything you need to start your life together.
- Your essential Checklist
- Collar and name tag
- Water bowl
- Food bowl
- Litter tray and litter Scoop
- Scratchpad or post
- Comb and brush
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What Are Scratch Pads And Posts?
Scratch pads and posts are an essential piece of kit for the kitten and cat that is housebound. There are nearly three million or so cats residing in homes that do not go outside and owning a scratch post is a must unless you are happy for your furnishings to be damaged by the frequent need of cats to sharpen their claws on the nearest available item which can include beautiful sofas and rugs.
Your FAQ’s answered about scratch posts
What is the purpose of a scratchpad or post? Cat owners find that cats are prone to scratch anything that can be scratched around the home, including furnishings due to their instincts. It helps them remove old material from their claws and importantly, they mark their territory.
How do scratch pads and posts help? Scratching helps tone shoulders and back muscles as well as their paws. The cat stretches standing on its back legs whilst scratching. This is important for indoor cats that may not get as much exercise as outdoor cats.
Who invented the scratch post? This has been extremely hard to find out, no one to date is owning up! Pads arrived after the post design.
What sizes do they come in? Scratching posts come in many shapes and sizes, even to human height. The most important point when buying one for the first time is to check the designated area in your home where you can situate this and work out what size will fit the best. If you have more than one cat, consider getting a larger size to accommodate.
What are they made out? The first scratching post was a rope covered post set on a base. Today, features can include a multitude of different gauge twisted yarns and add-ons such as height tiers, fixed toys and swing balls.
What styles are they made in? In recent years there’s been a great surge in the design of great looking stylish posts that can fit into period, contemporary, art deco and modern homes. They come in a wide range of colours and styles and importantly height.
Why are there very tall scratch posts? According to cat behaviour experts, this dates back to their origins as hunters where sitting up elevated they could see what was below and protect themselves from a high vantage point.
How long will a scratch post last? There are several considerations. Some cats scratch more than others, large cats need taller posts and therefore these being larger having more fabric may last longer. Outside cats are likely to take the opportunity to scratch outdoors, anywhere they like, and on different surfaces. It’s also important to consider the quality of the scratch post, the thickness of the rope, sisal and twine used as these are major factors to length of life.
How many cats may be using it? Cats can share scratch posts if they get along together. Cats that don’t get along with each other tend to scratch more. It’s useful to have two posts in these circumstances, perhaps located in different rooms.
What is a scratch pad? A pad is a flat piece of scratching material covered over a firm surface that can be left on the floor or attached at the appropriate cat height in the home.
How many other scratching items you have around the home? It’s a good idea to minimise the amount of scratching materials you have around the home so that your cat can focus on their scratch post. Don’t lock a cat in a room with valuable furnishings and expect them not to scratch them
How short do you keep your cats nails? The longer the more likely they scratch. Cats normally see to their own nails and keep them in order, biting them back. They scratch with their front claws to remove old debris and keep these shorter.
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The Vesper High Base is a tall observation deck for your cat if they like heights or to get away from your dog now and again. The slim scratching poles encourage extensive scratching in an elongated posture while the cubed den provides a cosy space for a nap. The memory foam inside the soft cushions moulds exactly to the body shape of your cat, providing your beloved feline with extra comfort, this really is supreme comfort. Height 122 cm. Available now from a selection at Not in The Dog House.
Made from a quality seagrass, the Rosewood Natural Seagrass Feather is a scratching post that cats adore. Stylish looking and sturdy, this post takes scratching to a whole new level and is perfectly made to attract your cat away from your expensive furniture without taking up too much room in your home.
There’s even a dangly feather plume, which cats find much more exciting (and tasty) than plush toys or rattle balls. Sold from a selection at Monster Pets. Height 49 cm #Ad
This cactus shaped Scratch Post will bring endless hours of scratching enjoyment for your pet.
Made from an extra durable manila rope set on a circular wood base designed by Lotte. Sold from a selection at Not In The Dog House.
Stockists details at the bottom of the page
2 Cat Post
This is a big scratcher, designed to give your cat the full work out. The strong sail-shaped post has been lovingly wrapped in two kinds of natural fibres which are ideal for keeping claws sharp, without the snagging you get with carpet. The jute and sisal have been entwined with catnip, which is the perfect attraction for those who’ve never seen a scratching post before. There’s a dangly feather plume, which cats find more exciting to play with. Sold from a selection by Monster Pets. Height 52 cm
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Kitten And Cat Water Fountain
Kittens and cats need fresh plentiful water ready and available all day even when you may not be at home, out working. Suitable dishes and bowls are available from major pet stockists and you can read more about food and drinks for your pet in our Food Guide.
Water fountains provide a fresh supply of water during the day being continually oxygenated and can encourage your pet to drink more. Most are driven by mains supply and do not need turning off. It is harder for the pump if it is turned on and off continuously and should not require being turned off unless there is not enough water in the fountain for the allotted set time.
Not drinking enough water can lead to your pets becoming dehydrated which further leads to other medical conditions. They are particularly useful during the summer months ensuring there’s a constant supply of fresh cool water available in the home.
There are surprisingly a large range of shapes and sized water fountains, generally manufactured in three types of resins, plastic, ceramic and steel. Kittens, smaller cats and small dogs importantly need a fountain that is not too high for them to reach. Prices do vary according to how sophisticated the design is and the resin manufactured from.
Water fountains are perfect if your busy, out-and-about a lot knowing your pet has a plentiful supply, particularly in hot weather. There’s a number of different styles available and listed below are a few pointers on what to look out for.
8 Best Tips Buying Pet Water Fountains
- Robust enough that can’t be nudged across a floor by a dog interfering if in a joint pet household.
- Look for dishwasher safe tops that can be hygienically cleaned.
- A large water-to-air surface that helps to maximise oxygenation.
- Holds at least 2 litres of water. Larger pets may require more.
- Small energy-efficient pump.
- Easy to disassemble and clean.
- A shallow water area to help cats and kitten be whisker free of the water.
- Filters to help catch unnecessary debris occurring.
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What Cat Bed Is Best?
- Whether its a cave, mat igloo, snoozer, rest bed, sofa style, couch or tepee there’s something to suit every cat or kitten and style of home. Our pets have never been so spoilt for choice.
- Cats like to sleep the majority of the day, around 15 hours or so and like curling up where it’s warm and snug, so it’s important to provide them with that environment when buying their bed.
- Cats like to feel safe and secure, and if your cat particularly likes to hide then an ‘igloo’ or ‘cave’ bed may be the answer keeping them snug and warm as well.
- There’s a wide selection of colours and sizes available and most kitten and cat beds fit puppies and small dogs but remember to measure your pet from nose to half tail for approximate length before you buy. Some beds come in a selection of sizes.
- There’s no need to resort to standard coloured beds with so many stockists offering beautiful styles that will grace any room of your home. Look out for cat beds crafted in a mixture of different fabrics, cleverly combining scratching materials such as rope sisal trims that cats simple adore sharpening their claw nails on instead of your sofa! If you prefer, then buying a scratch post is a good idea.
- Measure the area available in your home before purchasing any pet bed or equipment ensuring your purchase will fit!
- You are additionally helped with Klarna or Paypal payment programmes offered by some of the contemporary retailers where you may want to purchase multiple items.
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Home Cat Entry Flaps
SureFlap Range Of Microchip Cat Flaps
Sureflap is the trusted name when it comes to cat flaps. This flap identifies your cat using their unique identification microchip, unlocking only for your pet when they enter the home, preventing intruder cats from gaining access.
Cat entry flaps are perfect for those cats given the option of inside and outside lives. Sureflap provides perfect solutions as to how and when you want to let your cat have access with sophisticated timed and cat id entry stopping neighbourhood cats from visiting your home and preventing your cat once back at home from exiting again depending on the controls and device purchased. Flaps avilable from good stockists such as Monster Pet Supplies (featured below).
- The cat flap works by reading your cat’s existing identification microchip (no collar required),
For non-micro chipped pets, you can use the SureFlap collar tag.
Selective entry – any animal can exit. The microchip reader is located on the outside of the cat flap only
- Stores up to 32 pet identities in memory. Remembers all registered cats even when the batteries are removed
- The low battery indicator light flashes red when the batteries start running low giving you plenty of time to change them
- 2 colours available
- A short video is available to watch
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Routine Kitten And Cat Treatments
It’s important to keep up routine treatments for a healthy and happy pet. Insurance companies expect pet owners to keep their pets healthy and can dismiss insurance claims if a disease may be caused by the failure to do so. Routine treatments vary according to the age and breed, and vets will help to suggest necessary treatments required. Routine treatments can be purchased from major pet stockists including Monster Pet Supplies, specialist flea treatments for cats and dogs from itch pet (featured below).
- Flea & Tick
- Digestion & Stomach
- Skin & Coat
- Ear & Eye
- Joints & Mobility needs
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