Two litter boxes are better than one especially if you have a 2 story home or large house.
The kind of litter box you use is entirely up to you. Most are made of a type of plastic for easy cleaning. You can pick from uncovered boxes, covered boxes; decorator designed boxes and automatic boxes. Prices range from a few dollars to several hundred.
If you are considering an automatic box and you have a multiple cat household that will be using it, keep in mind the noise factor. Automatic boxes work on a system that once the cat leaves the box, it will start to clean itself. However, if another cat decides to use it right after the first cat, the movement and noise might scare the wits out of the poor cat and it will not go back to the box again.
In many small apartments and homes finding an appropriate place for a litter box is a challenge. The box needs to be easily accessible for the cat to use and still not present an unsightly appearance mess for visitors.
I have found two sites that offer unusual litter boxes that can actually be considered decorator items,
has a rattan weave container that can actually work as an end table (if you were desperate.) It is a good looking piece and would fit in a guest room or any other place providing you can give kitty some privacy. It is not too expensive.
The other site is petsbestproducts.com
they manufacture beautiful large flowerpot looking boxes that holds a plant or a fake palm tree on top. It is fairly large and is really neat. It is a bit pricey, but really worth a “look see.”
Now that we have the serious business out of the way some of the other things you need to consider when getting ready for kitty are food and water dishes. Glass is the first choice, as glass will not absorb odor as plastic will. Cats eat by smell and not taste as a rule.
Did you know that humans have over 9,000 taste buds, cats have only 473 taste buds, that is why smell plays such an important part in a cat’s life.
A cat carrier is necessary to transport kitty to the vet and any other place you might have to take your pet. Most cats do not travel well and need to be confined in a small safe place. Carriers range in price from under ten dollars to as high a price you care to pay. Just make certain kitty has room to move around in it. Pet carriers can be found almost anywhere from grocery stores, discount stores, pet stores and of course, the Internet.
Every kitty needs toys, the more the merrier. Toys need not be expensive and you can really make your own. Something to use as a wand, some string and a few old feathers or a scrap of material tied to the end and you have a “toy.” Toys of this type are a great hit with the cats. They love to stalk and chase things and it gives you a chance to bond with your cat.
My Miss Tiger is 6 years old and she has a love affair going on with furry gray mouse that she has had since she was a kitten. As my cats are “indoor/outdoor” cats, I find “mousey” in some very strange places as she carries it around to play with.
Cats spend a great deal of time “napping” and therefore need a place to call their own for naps. A cut down card board box with a few clean towels inside would make a fine place to nap or you can buy kitty a bed. The market place seems to know kitty’s needs and you can find anything from inexpensive beds to beds that use power or batteries to keep kitty warm.
Indoor cats have a definite need for scratching posts. It is very important that you teach kitty to scratch on a post beginning on the first day of its arrival at your home. If you keep this in mind and you have several scratching posts around your home, you will more than likely escape the “cat scratched couch’ syndrome.
Kittens will take to a scratching post fairly easily. I found a really neat scratching ramp that is perfect for kittens and cats. It is called “SmartCat Scratching Ramp” and is sold on the Internet at
a kitten will have fun climbing on it. It is inexpensive and refills can be bought for it.
The neat thing about it is that it is flat and can be attached to a wall, put on the floor or leaned against a piece of furniture. You will need several and should kitty start a bad habit of scratching on the couch, you can place it in front of her favorite scratching place.
A vertical scratching post should be at least 30 inches tall and on a very sturdy base, you do not want the post to fall over and scare kitty. If it does, kitty will not use it again.
Scratching is a natural and necessary behavior for a cat. To learn more about scratching posts and cat behavior see
(there are no bad cats.)
As you adjust to the “world of the cat” and kitty adjusts to your world you will find that life will never be dull.
It is important that you realize that punishing your cat for a bad behavior will not accomplish anything. Your cat will not understand why you are yelling and screaming and definitely do not hit your cat. Physical punishment will only cause your cat to fear you and do the misdeed behind your back. A sharp “NO” works well and re-directing your cat into doing a more acceptable behavior is best.
Enjoy your cat, do not expect your cat to behave like a dog and do not expect your cat to listen to you (maybe once in awhile it will.)
Dogs have masters and cats have staff, so put on your apron and “smile.”