Accessories and Supplies for Cat
A lot of people are going to want to go out and buy everything which is understandable, but you have to be realistic in what you need, too. Let’s break the essentials down and focus on each one and how to get them for your sweet kitten.
A Place To Hide
Kittens love to hide for a variety of reasons, so make sure that you give him a few options to choose from. Cat tunnels are great, for instance. Another easy one is the cat carrier/crate that you’re going to be bringing him home in. While you want to be able to see him all of the time, you need to make sure that he feels safe and protected, and hiding spots are great for that.
Here is a good kitten tunnel you can find here.
Soft blankets such as microfleece or other silky smooth baby blanket options are going to be really important to have, so consider this seriously when you’re out shopping. The print doesn’t matter, of course, just make sure that you get lots of soft blankets that he’ll love to lie on when he’s in need of a nap. Putting one in his crate is a great idea, too, as it will encourage him to enjoy his crate and being inside of it.
A Few Bed Options
Kittens love to sleep everywhere, as you’ll find out, but try to put a few cuddle options in your home so that you can make sure that he has good spots to sleep. Kittens will snuggle up to sleep, so being warm and protected is a big deal. You’ll be able to find a variety of options out there to help.
This is the type of bed I use
A Scratching Post
This is going to be really important especially if you have other pieces of furniture in the room that you don’t want to be destroyed. Your kitten is going to want to run around and scratch things – as it is in their nature – so give him the right spot to do it with scratching posts. This is great for encouraging great behavior at an early stage, and it’ll save you from having to worry about any kind of serious damage to your furniture.
A Cat Castle
If you know what I’m talking about, these are absolute gold to have. You can find a variety of options, and your kitten will absolutely love to have a cat castle of some kind that he will use for his entire life. This is great, too, if you want to give him room to climb and look out the window and explore vertically as well as horizontally. This is definitely a great idea to consider for long-term enjoyment.
A Variety Of Toys
Toys are the best part about filling the room, but it can often be overwhelming. Make sure you put some effort into looking through all of the options.
Some of the ones I find best to consider for enjoyment (and lack of destruction) are rubber, foam, and plastic balls, plastic springs, toy mice, and jingle balls. These will keep their attention and give them lots of variety, too.
Food And Water Bowls
Obviously, your kitten needs to eat and drink, so get properly sized cat bowls that will do well in your space. A great option (especially if you have carpet) is to put all of the bowls into a plastic winter boot tray. This will keep all mess contained in one area, and you’ll be thankful the first time your little fur ball of energy topples into the water dish and knocks the whole thing over!
A Litter Box
Your kitten will need a litter box to use as and when they feel the need to do so. You can choose from a covered one, an open one, or a fancy one that scoops the litter for you. When in doubt (if you get overwhelmed), go for a low open one, as your kitten needs to be able to get in it on his own when he is young
How to do it all on a budget
It doesn’t take an accountant to do all of the reading and determine that it’s going to cost a lot. It totally is, and I haven’t even touched the food and vet bills that we’re going to talk about in a while. If you’re looking to do it all without breaking the bank – and understandably – than there are a series of “life hacks” that you can look into both online and in some tips that I’ll share here from my own experience. Firstly, ask for donations (You are not asking for money so relax) from friends and family.
Most people have old towels, blankets and even cat toys that they can donate, and some may have extra pet beds as well that they’d love to share with you.
Take everyone up on anything you can get and then triage it later when you see what you’ve got (like Halloween candy) to work with. That being said, make sure you wash any linens or toys that you get from donated places to make sure that they are fresh and clean for your kitten!
Other than donations, you can do a lot of researching and hunting online to find the right things to help you out on your search for filling your kitten’s new bedroom. One example of upcycling (repurposing something old as something new) would be a DIY cat castle such as (https://dadand.com/diy-cat-tower/).
One look at this and you may be frantically trying to run away, but calm down. This is just one advanced option. If you want something that is easy and much less handyman-like, then here is another list of options that will help you explore your creative side and really enjoy the hunt (https://iheartcats.com/10-cool-diy-cat-trees/).
My personal favorite DIY cat tree would be this one (http://jacksongalaxy.com/blog/2012/08/07/catification-build-your-own-custom-cat-tree-using-re-purposed-dresser-drawers) because you can really make it into anything that you want it to be and even change it up on a regular basis. You can also look at DIY for cat beds too if you want to keep away from some of the commercial options in terms of the “cookie cutter” cat beds.
A few great ones can be found here (http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/pets/advice/g1238/cat-beds/?slide=1) to help you on your way to getting the right idea.
So, as you can see, there’s no end to what you’re going to be able to do when it comes to the DIY world to reduce your costs, and you’ll be able to have a lot of fun making it all your own.