5 Essentail Cat Products (According to Bill)

Post Published on January 30, 2013 | Last Updated on April 8, 2021 by Jenny

Bill and I have been living together for around 5 years (I think).  Bill did not grow up with cats – but my Rags was diagnosed with cancer shortly after Bill and I met.  So he dealt with a very old kitty who went into remission from lymphoma and then eventually got Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) and who we gave sub Q fluids to every night to two juvenile delinquents (Charlie and Trigg).  Needless to say, in those 5 years he has had a lot of exposure to the whole spectrum of a cat’s life.  Not to mention, he has helped with countless product reviews and brainstorming for Floppycats.  So it is probably safe to say that he has had more exposure to cat products than other boyfriends living with a girlfriend that has cats.

So, I asked him, “Hey, if you were going to adopt a cat and you had no cats, what are 5 essential cat products (not including litter and food) you would buy straight away?”

Here were his answers:

  1. Litter Lifter – Ok, so maybe he didn’t say “Litter Lifter”, it was more like, “That litter scoop!” – but I know he is referring to the Litter Lifter as it is the only one in our house.  And he knows the value of a good litter scoop after dealing with a CRF cat. Litter-Lifter Kitty Litter Scoop for Cats Assorted Color
  2. Neko Flies - Small Kittenator with Rod - Interchangeable Toy Neko Flies – When we switched Charlie and Trigg from a dry/wet food diet to completely wet, Bill read how to do it and helped execute the entire thing.  One of the things he learned in the process was it was important for your kitties to be hungry to make the transition and one of the ways to make them hungry was to tire them out from exercise.  While he knew the benefit of Neko Flies from a humor and joy perspective, he had a whole new appreciation for their ability to help kitties exercise.
  3. AlphaPooch Cuddler Rectangular Bolster Dog Bed, Celery Toile Fabric with Coco Fleece, Medium Cat Bed – He didn’t mention a specific one.  So I asked him if he would go for the AlphaPooch Cuddler Bed or the AlphaPooch Siesta Bowl and he said, “Yeah, probably.”  In other words, a soft bed seemed to be ideal.
  4. The Original Scratch Lounge - Worlds Best Cat Scratcher - (Includes Catnip)The Scratch Lounge – Recently acquired, Bill has seen how much Trigg likes it – lays in it, sits in it, scratches on it…and how Charlie scratches on it.  And he said, “You definitely need a scratcher.”
  5. NVR MIss litter boxHigh Litter Box – He didn’t specify, but I am sure he meant the NVR Miss Litterbox as he has been a big part in that review process- hauling them to the lake for Thanksgiving and then hauling them back, cleaning them, etc.


What are your answers?  What are 5 essential things you would recommend to someone getting their first cat.  I also realize “a cat carrier” didn’t come to his mind or a brush…

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9 thoughts on “5 Essentail Cat Products (According to Bill)

  1. My3kids says:

    Sadly that high-sided litter box did not work for my female chocolate bengal who is an “elevator pee-er.” The box is really designed for large cats as she would simply walk in at an angle and still manage to shoot out the door. We’re now trying this box:

    Catit Jumbo Hooded Cat Litter Pan – Warm Gray

    We’re still in the introduction phase so not all of the doors are installed on the four boxes in the house but I am hopeful.

    • Jenny says:

      Bummer – did you contact NVR Miss and let them know? They have a solution for double stacking them that might work.

      Please do let me know how the Hagen one works for you!

  2. Diane says:

    I would say if you have multiple cats, you need a tall cat tower/tree. We waited until we saw an Armkat one on sale on amazon (we have a prime account). Now that we have it, I would say even without the sale, it is worth every penny. Ours goes floor to ceiling (either 68″ or 72″ I forget) and all the cats use it every day. Oliver climbs up using his nails on the sisal rope, Harley and Jewel just jump from level to level. The tower gives the cats a place to go verticaly to get away from each other when they want to sleep or just want to get away from another cat.

  3. Bonnie says:

    I definitely agree about the Litter Lifter — and i will be checking out the litter boxes — i have some high ones because my cats have to out-pee each other but that one looks great!!!

  4. Teresa says:

    Think Bill hit it on the head straight on!!! These are my absolute personal favorites as well and I would add the Petstages scratch and cuddle. Have gone through 2 of these since getting my Ragdolls a year ago. They love, love, love that thing except that now it is too small. Have written to Petstages on their FB page begging them to make a bigger one, but so far nothing. They still try to squeeze their bigger selves into it though!!!

    • Jenny says:

      Yes, good call on the Petstages cat bowl, as I like to call it. Yes, Trigg squeezes himself on it as well. Brawny Cat is coming out with a XL Sleeky Lounge – my cats love the regular one. I bet your kitties would love the big one. It’s not a bowl shape, but still pretty great. If you’re looking for a bowl shape – Sleepypod’s Crater Dot fits the mold. There is also a ceramic cat bed that Kate at Hauspanther featured a few weeks back.

  5. Jessica says:

    Missed one – an interactive cat toy! 🙂
    My kitten is currently in love with the smartcat peek-a-prize box – simple enough for him to figure out, and lots of treats inside.

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