Best Cat Products Review – With Expert & Consumer Opinoin
The Guide to Ensure Your Feline Friend’s Happiness
New products for cats are constantly being introduced, so it can be difficult to keep up with the best cat products available.
Are your longtime favorites still the best on the market, or is there something newer and better that you don’t know about? On the other hand, have you just discovered the joys of having a feline friend, and need a “first-time cat owner checklist” to make sure your new friend has everything he needs?
From food to cat doors, from cat trees to shampoos, I’ve rounded up a list of the best products for your cat.
The 22 Best Cat Products – Reviews
Here are 22 of the best products for your cats based both on my personal experience and reviews from other users.
1. Best Cat Food Product: Taste of the Wild Cat Food
Many owners who put out dry food for their cat have now realized the importance of going grain-free. They’ve found, though, that grain-free dry food is extremely expensive. Taste of the Wild is the solution; it has the same high-quality as the brand names you probably know, but costs much less.
There are two flavors, trout/salmon and venison/salmon, with the meat and fish supplemented with fruits, vegetables and other proteins to provide natural antioxidant protection as well as a well-balanced dry food – which should always be accompanied by lots of water or canned food (which Taste of the Wild also makes). And cats love it, especially the roasted venison and smoked salmon flavor.
2. Best Cat Litter Product: Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract Cat Litter
This is a very good all-natural clumping, scoopable cat litter. What elevates it to the “great” category is that it’s a godsend for cat owners whose pets are reluctant to use a litter box regularly or refuse to use it at all. There’s some sort of herbal mix in the litter (the company doesn’t say what it uses) that actually attracts problem cats to the box, and while that sounds like a lot of hocus-pocus, it really does work amazingly well.
Dr. Elsey’s is 99% dust-free, controls odors beautifully and has almost no scent. Available in 20- and 40-pound bags, it costs more than ordinary litter, but works miracles for problem cats and keeps the rest from straying (and spraying) away from the box.
3. Best Cat Toys Product: Catit Design Senses Play Circuit
How many times have you brought home a ball, toy mouse or
The central section of the Play Circuit has a curved track with an enclosed ball that the cat can hunt, chase and swat; the Food Maze encourages him to work for his treats by pushing them though the maze, and the Massage Center has many different textures and heights for rubbing and relaxation. More pieces can be added to the configuration (at an extra cost).
4. Best Cat Litter Box Product: Modko Flip Litter Box Kit
Litter trays are a snap for humans to deal
The 17-inch tall Modko Flip fits the bill for several reasons: it’s large and spacious so almost any cat will fit inside, the lid is hinged and flips back easily for scooping and cleaning, and it can be used partially or fully open if desired. Slight negatives: the Flip requires its own reusable tarp liners which must be changed every few months, and it’s certainly more expensive than a tray. It’s a great product, though.
5. Best Cat Tree/Towers Product: Go Pet Club Cat Tree
Contrary to popular belief, no cat tree will completely keep your pet away from your furniture. A good one, however, may become his new favorite spot to hang out – and he’ll love you for it. This Go Pet Club model has six flat surfaces covered in faux fur, including three full-sized perches and two condos, plus two ladders and six posts covered with sisal rope that are perfect for scratching.
You might need something a little bigger for truly fat cats, but this cat tree has a small footprint and is perfect for your normal-sized acrobat, at a very reasonable price. It’s also available in blue.
6. Best Cat Condo/House Product: Midwest Curious Cat Cube
Many cats absolutely refuse to sleep – or even hang out – where you want them to. In their minds, that decision is up to them, not you. The best way to get your independent cat to “choose” the living space you prefer for him is by giving him the Curious Cat Cube to explore. It’s a well-built 16 x 16 x 16 cube, covered in faux suede with a fleece bed cushion on top; that gives him an inside hideaway with a sheepskin bed and several cut-out windows, and a comfy, higher-level nesting or sleeping spot.
There are two dangling, jingling plush toys on the outside for when he wants to play, and the Curious Cat Cube even folds down flat for easy transport. This is a convenient and inexpensive way to convince your kitty that he’s chosen exactly where he wants to rest and nest.
7. Best Cat Harness Product: Come With Me Kitty Harness and Bungee Leash
Some owners – and their cats – would never go near a cat harness. But if anything is going to change their minds, the Come With Me Kitty Harness will be the one to do it. It’s designed for cat comfort and human control because the adjustable nylon harness gently and snugly holds the cat’s shoulders, and not his throat as with a dog leash and collar.
A sternum slide lets you adjust the harness just right, and the four-foot bungee cord stretches to six feet so there’s room for your cat to run a bit. You buy this product by girth size, not weight, and there are three sizes to choose from as well as seven colors. There’s definitely an adjustment period, but the majority of indoor cats end up loving it.
8. Best Cat Flea Treatment Product: Frontline Plus for Cats & Kittens
There are two “major brands” of flea treatments for cats, Advantage and Frontline. Advantage has changed its formulation recently and some problems have been reported, so we now recommend Frontline Plus. A dose that lasts for 30 days acts fast and provides long-lasting protection against fleas (as well as flea eggs and larvae), plus ticks and chewing lice, in just a few days. The active ingredient in Frontline Plus is firponil, the same one recommended by vets worldwide, and it’s much more effective than sprays, lotions or other products.
9. Best Cat Treats Product: Temptations Classic Cat Treat Variety Pack
Any first-time cat owner guide will tell you that the way to your cat’s heart is with cat treats. That’s somewhat of an exaggeration; scratching in the right spots is even more effective. But treats certainly help and the Temptations Classic Variety Pack will make your cat happy by providing good-tasting nutrition with only two calories per treat, while also reducing tartar buildup on his teeth. There are eight great flavors in the pack (including tuna, seafood chicken and catnip) with crunchy outsides and creamy insides. That’s why they’re the best seller in America: cats adore them.
10. Best Cat Carrier Product: KritterWorld Soft Sided Pet Carrier
Pet Magasin makes this lightweight carrier that’s the perfect size for cats, despite the fact that they label it primarily for dogs. The airline-approved carry bag is quite sturdy despite weighing only about two pounds, and its firm floor and padded interior mean your cat will travel in comfort. The dimensions are 20.5″ X 11.1″ X 11.5″, giving you enough room for even a
4.5 kg to 7.5 kg companion. The carrier is waterproof, easily washable and sleek-looking, with a regular handle and removable shoulder strap included. If you’re worried whether it will hold up, the manufacturer warranties it for two years, so they’re comfortable with the strength of this carrier. You should be, too.
11. Best Cat Scratching Post Product: Pioneer Pet SmartCat The Ultimate Scratching Post
This is an unusually-shaped scratching post, looking more like a miniature Greek pillar than a rug-covered cylinder. That’s a very good thing for two reasons: the 32” high post has a large, firm 16 x 16 base (so it won’t tip over) and a large landing platform on top (for acrobatic cats), and the square shape gives your cat a firmer grip if he wants to spread his paws and wrap his body around the post. The entire body is made from the fibrous woven sisal that cats love to scratch, and the post takes no more than a minute to assemble – a breath of fresh air.
12. Best Cat Window Perch Product: Kitty Cot Original World’s Best Cat Perch
Many companies make window perches for cats, but none can beat “the original.” The Kitty Cot is strong, able to hold cats weighing up to 25 pounds. It’s sturdy, constructed from rugged ¾” PVC pipe and matching fittings, rugged but comfortable weather-resistant fabric, and 1/8” stainless steel support cables. It’s large, 26 inches wide by 14 inches long.
And most surprisingly, even though it attaches to your window with suction cups it won’t come down unless you want it to; the cups are huge, patented by Kitty Cot, and they work extremely well. This model is approved by the American Humane Society, and it’s easy to understand why.
13. Best Cat Water Fountain Product: PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Cat and Dog Water Fountain
Cats need to drink a lot of water every day and even more than normal if they’re eating dry food. As you undoubtedly know, they’re also stubborn and many will refuse to drink from a bowl. The best way to keep cats away from the toilet bowl or a dripping water faucet is by giving them something to drink from with a continuous water flow, which is why a pet fountain should be on your cat supplies list. The PetSafe is the best choice, with a large 168 ounce capacity and big reservoir, a replaceable carbon filter to keep the water fresh and odor-free, and adjustable flow control. It’s made from BPA-free plastic that’s easy to clean, and for all of those features, the price is definitely right.
14. Best Cat Urine Remover Product: urineOFF Cat & Kitten Stain and Odor Remover
This isn’t really one of those things to buy for a cat. It’s one of those things to buy for the house where cats live – you certainly hope you’ll never need it, but chances are that you will, sooner or later. This is the same bio-enzymatic product that vets and trainers use in their facilities, so there’s a good reason it works so well in the home to permanently remove cat stains and the stubborn odors often left behind.
Urine Off comes in a one-gallon jug and will work on floors, furniture, walls and even carpets; in fact, it comes with a special carpet injector cap (that also works great on upholstery) and has been approved as safe by the Carpet Rug Institute. You obviously hope you never need it, but we both know you eventually will.
15. Best Cat Brush Product: CELEMOON Ultra-Soft Silicone Washable Cat Grooming Shedding Massage/Bath Brush
Some cats love being brushed but many others won’t tolerate it. In either case, you’ll find that your kitty will love the Celemoon silicone brush as much as you do. Forget those painful stiff metal or plastic brushes, or the soft ones that cats tolerate but don’t do much good; the 16 elastic silicone “fingers” on the Celemoon are the secret to its success. This brush removes more loose hair than you ever thought possible, all while your cat sits purring quietly with his eyes closed. What else could you ask from a grooming brush? Oh, that it’s easy to clean? This one is, with soap and water.
16. Best Cat Beds Product: K&H Thermo-Kitty Heated Cat Bed
Stop me if this sounds familiar: you bring home what you think is the ultimate bed for your cat – and he just stares at it, sniffs it, and stalks away, never to return. That probably won’t happen with the K&H Thermo-Kitty, an unusual-looking cat bed that’s truly one of a kind. It’s shaped like a food bowl with sides that are six inches high and made from soft ortho-foam pillow material with fleece inside. But the real secret is the dual-thermostat four-watt heater that keeps the bed’s surface at 10-15 degrees above room temperature until your cat climbs in, after which it adjusts to his body temperature. You won’t have trouble getting your pet into this bed, but you may have difficult convincing him to come out.
17. Best Cat Nail Clippers Product: Simply Pets Online Cat Nail Clippers
You’re already saying “I’ve tried clipping my cat’s nails, and I’m never going to go through that again!” Maybe you were just using the wrong type of clippers (like the scary guillotine ones), or your cat could tell that you weren’t comfortable using them. You’ll get quick, sharp and efficient cuts with the KittyNails scissor-style clippers; they’re professional grade with stainless steel blades that remain sharp, their design makes them easy and comfortable to use, and you won’t have problems holding them firmly thanks to their rubber-coated handles. If your cat is going to put up with nail clipping at home, this is the tool to use.
18. Best Cat Collar Product: Cat Collars. Embroidered Cat ID Collars
Even if you have an indoor cat, there’s always a chance that he’ll escape and get lost. If that ever happens you should make it as easy as possible for him to be returned, and these collars are a lot easier than depending on Good Samaritans tracking you down via ID chips. Made from no-snag nylon with a breakaway safety release buckle (which protects your cat if the collar gets snagged), GoTags are custom-embroidered with your cat’s name and your phone number, and adjust to comfortably fit your pet. The collar comes in five colors and you can choose from 15 different text colors. It’s a great safety measure for well under twenty bucks.
19. Best Cat Shampoo Product: Oster Oatmeal Naturals 4-in-1 Cat Shampoo
You probably spend a great deal of time choosing the shampoo you use on your hair. Shouldn’t you do the same for your best friend? Oster Oatmeal Naturals shampoo is 100% alcohol-, dye- and parabens-free, pH balanced and made from all-natural biodegradable ingredients, including (of course) oatmeal which protects and soothes your cat’s fur.
With more active ingredients than most competitors, this Oster shampoo conditions, moisturizes and deodorizes as well as doing a great job removing dirt, leaving a clean-smelling, pleasant vanilla fragrance behind. Oatmeal Naturals are completely made in America and suitable for all breeds.
20. Best Cat Dewormer Product: Bayer Drontal Broad Spectrum Dewormer
Ick – worms. It’s one of the problems cat owners dread, but Bayer Drontal makes treatment simple as long as you’re able to pill your pet. There are four tablets per box and that should be all you need, since this treatment usually works with just one dose. Your cat should be given one tablet for each four pounds of weight, and within 24 hours worms will be gone for good. Unlike most dewormers, Bayer Drontal works on every type of common problem including tape worms and round worms and the “ick” should be gone quickly, with pills left over for another use at another time, if necessary.
21. Best Cat Door Product: Ideal Pet Products Cat Flap Door with 4 Way Lock
Cat doors are notoriously unreliable. Some are flimsy, some are difficult to keep closed and some will easily give way under assault from larger dogs. The Ideal Lockable Cat Flap, however, doesn’t have any of those drawbacks. Yes, you’ll need to cut a hole in your door or mount this flap onto a piece of wood that fits into a window, so there’s some simple installation work required.
But it’s made from weather-resistant, clear and unbreakable synthetic material, it has an inner telescoping frame to protect the door and fit properly, and it stays closed when it should. It will also stand up to bullying from dogs. The flap is 6½ inches square and Ideal says it’s designed for cats up to 12 pounds, but you’ll find a 15 pound cat should be able to use it without an issue.
22. Best Luxury Cat Product to Pamper Your Cat: PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge
Shaped somewhat like an elongated figure-8 and made piece-by-piece from recycled cardboard and non-toxic glue, this 34-inch long, curved lounge and cat scratcher has an unusual ability to attract cats; the catnip built into it probably helps. They love stretching out on top of it and/or sharpening their claws on it, and despite the somewhat unimpressive-sounding construction materials it will last for many months or even years. This thing doesn’t sound like much, but cats can’t stay away.
Every responsible cat owner wants to be sure his pet is treated well; every cat lover wants to make sure his pet is treated like royalty. This list of the best cat products on the market for 2017 will ensure that your cat will be happy, healthy – and grateful enough to express his love for you in return.