Below are products that I regularly recommend to my clients. To be completely transparent, I am an affiliate for Amazon, so I do get paid when you purchase these supplies using the below links (if they are from Amazon; I am not an affiliate of any of the other companies listed here). HOWEVER, I’ve been recommending these resources long before becoming an affiliate because I know they work, either from experience with my own cats, or through feedback from my clients. If you have any questions about these products, please let me know!
Interactive Toys • Recommended Books and Readings • Food Puzzles and Feeders • Cleaning Supplies and Resources • Natural and Holistic Remedies • Deterrents (Scratching/Counter-Surfing) • Other Recommendations and Resources
Good toys are a MUST when you have cats. I HIGHLY recommend wand toys – specifically Da Bird – and various lures (which you can easily modify to use with Da Bird) to mimic your cats’ natural prey items: birds, mice, snakes, and insects (among other things). See my article about the various types of cat toys and the prey sequence HERE. Below are the wand toys and lures that I’ve been recommending to my clients for years:
Neko Flies Kattipede (my cats’ favorite – again, you can easily modify this to fit on the Da Bird rod; there are many other Neko Flies lures, too!)
Worm Toy Lures (easily clips on to Da Bird for bug and/or snake play)
Cat Charmer Interactive Wand Toy (this is great for playing snake/string games)
Cat Dancer Lure Toy (this is a simple toy that mimics bugs – cats love it)
Engaser USB-Rechargeable Laser Pointer (comes in purple or white; mimics bugs, and no more dead laser pointers!)
Recommended Books and Readings
Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (And You!) by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin
Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin
Beyond Squeaky Toys by Nicole Nicassio-Hiskey & Cinthia Alia Mitchell
Trick Training for Cats: Smart Fun with the Clicker by Christine Hauschild
Karen Pryor Clik Stik (ok, it’s not a book, but it’s my favorite clicker because it comes with a telescoping target)
Brain Games for Cats by Claire Arrowsmith
Cat vs. Cat: Keeping Peace when You Have More than One Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett
Food Puzzles and Feeders
Trixie Tunnel Feeder (good starter food puzzle, works great with kibble)
Trixie 5-in-1 Activity Center (great for both dry treats/kibble, and wet food in the shallow square structures)
Trixie Mad Scientist (a little more difficult, good for treats)
Cleaning Supplies and Resources
MisterMax P-Bath 1-pint Pre-Treatment for fabrics and carpet
Fizzion CO2-based pet stain cleaner (I don’t recommend this on soft surfaces, but it’s great for hard surface cleaning).
Zero Odor Pet Stain Remover and Molecular Odor Eliminator (I don’t use Zero odor to clean fabrics or carpet because it has detergents in it, but I will lightly mist above the stain once it has been treated with an enzyme cleaner like Anti Icky Poo. This way, the odor is neutralized while the enzyme cleaner is working, and it doesn’t kill the beneficial enzymes.)
If you are in need of carpet or upholstery cleaning and are located in Southwest Washington, I highly recommend Nate from Integrity Cleaning. We use him to clean our own carpets, and many of my clients are satisfied customers! He knows all about cat urine stains and how to treat them. Contact Nate at 360-503-7200 or visit his website for more information or to book an appointment.
Natural and Holistic Remedies
Jackson Galaxy’s line of Holistic Solutions for cats – there are many different formulas; check them out HERE.
Deterrents (Scratching, Counter-Surfing)
Other Recommendations and Resources
Energizer automatic night-light (set of two) – these are great near litterboxes!
Catit “Vesper” furniture line – includes modern and stylish cat trees, cubbies, and scratchers.
Kittyo WiFi Remote pet cam, laser toy, and treat dispenser – even takes pictures and video; controlled through your smart phone! Read about my Kittyo in an article I wrote about tech-inspired cat gifts (and use the code marci@fbs to get $10 off).