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The Cat Supplies You Need to Take Care of Your Kitty

When it comes to caring for your cat, there are a lot of questions you have to answer. One of the most common: should you feed your feline dry food or wet food? Most cat owners prefer one to the other. Dry food is usually the less-expensive and more-convenient option. On the other hand, wet food is believed to be more palatable to cats, so if your kitty is a picky eater this may work better. What's more, wet food can help cats develop stronger bones and muscles, as well as help keep them hydrated because of the high moisture content. No matter your preference, it's always good to have some cat treats on hand to reward your feline friend. Catnip and Cat Grass are classics that are sure to make your kitty purr. Catnip is an herb that stimulates their five senses, which is why some cats go crazy for it; they're just responding to a sensory overload (and don't worry, it has no addictive properties)!

On the other end of the spectrum, cat owners also need to consider what type of cat litter to buy, and there are more options out there today than ever before. Most of us are familiar with traditional cat litter, a mixture of granulated clay that absorbs urine and helps minimize waste odor. If you choose to go this route, remember you need to scoop your cat's litter box about once a day, and completely change out the litter every week. Another popular litter option is clumpable litter, which is highly absorbent but can harden into easily-scoopable clumps. Certain clumpable products also boast "less-trackable formulas," so there won't be a mess around the litter box. Cat owners also have to decide whether to go the scented or unscented route. Though humans might prefer scented litter, it can be a turnoff to some cats. Finally, there are many kinds of biodegradable litter out there—made of natural products like walnut shells, pine, and corn.

Do cats really need toys? It's true, most felines are calm creatures who will spend most of their day lounging in sun beams, but that doesn't mean they won't enjoy some play time. And playing is important physical activity for cats, as it helps them maintain their strength and agility, which will keep them happy and healthy in the long term. While many cats love playing with many everyday household objects, like ribbon or crumpled pieces of paper, cute cat toys are hard to resist. Kitties love toys with bells that stimulate their ears as well as their bodies. Another fun option is a "fishing pole," a toy with a fun charm on the end that your cat will love to chase. This toy requires human participation: You hold the fishing rod and tease your cat with it. It's a great option for cat owners looking to spend some quality fun time with their pet.