15 Essential Products for Beginner Cat Owners

Like all pets, cats require specific necessities in order to get the best care possible. But if you never had a cat before and now you are welcoming a new kitten or adding a cat to your fur family, it can be a daunting experience. Luckily, there is an array of cat products available to ensure you check everything off your cat-shopping list. Here are 15 products that will not only meet your cat’s needs but also make the process easier so you can enjoy your new feline addition to the fullest.

1. SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect

SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect is the next generation of the best-selling SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder, which monitors the eating behavior of pets. The smart feeder monitors how much and when your pet eats, sending real-time updates directly to your phone. The new product also features integrated scales, which enables you to provide accurate food portions to your pet at every meal.

2. ZIWI Peak New Zealand Rabbit & Lamb

ZIWI’s Peak New Zealand Rabbit & Lamb is a whole prey recipe for cats featuring 92% ethically sourced wild rabbit with free-range and grass-fed lamb, organs and bone. As an added nutritional boost, like most ZIWI Peak foods, these recipes feature a unique blend of superfoods — green cold-washed lamb tripe and New Zealand green mussels. Comes in the original 3-ounce and 6.5-ounce cans. All foods are complete and balanced, and suitable for dogs and cats of all breeds and all life stages.

3. Smart Bloom Pet Fountain

This innovative water fountain is motion-activated, which encourages cats and small dogs to take a drink whenever they enter the sensor area. You may also choose to have the fountain operate continuously or by periodic activation. As with the Stream Pet Fountain, the Smart Bloom Pet Fountain features a charcoal filter to clean and aerate the water.

4. Feline Frenzy Cat Toys

P.L.A.Y.’s new collection offers eight different sets of enticing plush toys featuring crinkly paper and built-in refillable pouches that are pre-stuffed with USDA Organic catnip from Oregon. Inspired by the company’s popular collection of plush dog toys, this fun assortment of cat toys features a variety of engaging shapes and textures.

5. Daily Health Nuggets

Daily Health Nuggets by Earth Animal help complete the daily diets of dogs and cats, whether it is dry kibble, canned food, home-cooking or raw-food diets. Avoiding the cooking process, the Nuggets give back vitamins, minerals and Omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids that have been destroyed by cooking. They are a one-of-a-kind, natural (and tasty!) science-based supplement that pets need and crave for optimal health.

6. Dr. Elsey’s Cat Litter

Dr. Elsey’s offers a variety of cat litter options, including Cat Attract, for felines that will not use the litter box: Senior, which helps prevent kidney failure and urinary tract infection in older cats; Kitten Attract, a training litter for young felines; and R&R Respiratory Relief, which helps control respiratory disease.

7. ScoopFree Ultra Top-Entry Self-Cleaning Litter Box

This litter box features a top-entry hood with a large, grated surface to reduce litter tracking. The litter box self-cleans for weeks and uses crystal litter and disposable litter trays for unbeatable odor control and convenience. It also features a digital health counter and adjustable rake timer.

8. PureBites Ocean Medley

Go ahead, turn the bag around and look at our ingredients. PureBites Ocean Medley is made with only three ingredients: 100 percent pure and natural human-grade sockeye salmon, wild tuna and shrimp. Cats love the taste of PureBites because our treats are freeze-dried raw to lock in the aroma, texture and freshness they crave.

9. Jackson Galaxy Cat Grooming Brushes

The Jackson Galaxy Soft Grip Cat Brush features rounded pins to prevent scratching cats’ skin. The Slicker Brush is made with angled pins to help keep cats’ coats soft and tangle-free. Lastly, the Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush allows more time for brushing and less time cleaning hair out of the brush, removing it with the touch of a button.

10. TropiClean Waterless Cat Shampoo

TropiClean’s easy-to-use foaming waterless cat shampoos keep cats fresh and clean; no rinsing required. TropiClean Dander Reducing Waterless Cat Shampoo and TropiClean Deep Cleaning Waterless Cat Shampoo are both enriched with a mild coconut cleanser to help provide a gentle yet effective clean. Perfect for between baths or for cats who dislike water.

11. Ware Laminated Cat Furniture

Ware laminated cat furniture mixes durability with on-trend home décor. The heat-pressed faux wood bases will withstand even the toughest scratcher, and they blend nicely in any home. Available in various styles and sizes.

12. Hamilton Cat Collar/Harness

Do the cat walk…with your cat. Hamilton Cat Collars and Harnesses make walking cats a breeze. Made with snag-proof premium nylon and including a breakaway feature to keep cats safe. They are offered in a variety of colors, including a reflective pattern to provide night safety.

13. ProDen PlaqueOff Powder Cat

Specially formulated to appeal to our feline friends, ProDen PlaqueOff Powder Cat contains all the benefits of ProDen PlaqueOff Powder, but with added brewer’s yeast. A completely natural product, it is easily added to food every day. It is rich in natural iodine and contains important vitamins and minerals, and is free from artificial colors, preservatives, gluten and sugar.

14. Calm Carrier

The Van Ness Calm Carrier with a patented “easy-load drawer” is a new innovation for cat travel. Designed so you and your cat can say goodbye to the fear, anxiety and stress associated with getting your cat into and out of a carrier. The patented sliding drawer makes all the difference.

15. Distinctly Himalayan


Dharma Dog Karma Cat beds are handcrafted with a unique blend of lanolin-rich wools that are healthy for cats and safe for the planet. With more than 40 styles and colors, our beds fuse comfort, durability and design with environmentally sustainable production and socially conscious business practices.