Essential Products for Indoor Cats

If you’re interested in getting indoor cats, my advice is to drop by the pet store and buy some basics before going to the shelter, even if you think you’ll just look at the cats. Why? Because odds are good that you will fall in love with at least one of those cute little faces and voila! You will have a cat, but no gear.

Take it from me, I know from experience! I thought I was mostly prepared when I adopted my cat, Cody, but I wasn’t even close. Before going to the shelter in my hometown, I had quickly picked up a travel crate, which really wasn’t big enough, and a gimmicky litter box that I returned as soon as I’d had a chance to read some reviews. So there I was, scurrying to purchase cat food and a plain litter box while someone else took care of my new kitty.

My goal is to save you – and your new cat – from that headache! Following is a list of recommended starter items to make this process go much more smoothly!


I’d advise buying a mix of foods and flavors, including both canned and dry varieties. Cats can be finicky in general but never is this more true than during the first few stressful days of adjusting to a new environment.

When shopping, keep in mind that grain-free canned food is advised for optimal feline health. This stems from its balance of nutrients which is more similar to a cat’s maine coon kittens for sale near me natural diet. This will help provide your cat with the protein and water he needs.

It’s best to stick with good quality cat food with high levels of protein. You’ll want to look for 30-40 percent protein in dry food and 10 percent in canned.

Stay away from foods which contain corn (sometimes listed as “maize”), wheat, soy, and rice, particularly if these are indicated as the first ingredients. Cats do not need to eat grains!

As to flavors, lean more toward poultry-based foods like chicken and turkey instead of fish or seafood-based foods. The latter should be given on a limited basis, at most once or twice per week.

Suggested Canned Food:

Freshpet Select
Nature’s Variety Instinct
Simply Nourish by PetSmart*
Wellness (grain free), especially the chicken formula

Suggested Hard Food:

Nature’s Balance Ultra Premium Dry
Nature’s Variety Instinct
Wellness CORE
*Cody’s favorites

Although the above-mentioned varieties can be more expensive than grocery store brands, your cat won’t eat as much due to the lack of fillers and grains. I happened to have some cat food that had rice in it; my cat easily consumed double the amount of that food as compared to a Wellness grain-free product.


You could wait on these and begin using your own, however if you opt to purchase them now, go for bowls which are heavy or rubber-edged to protect against slipping. Stainless-steel is preferred. Plastic and porcelain dishes can scratch, causing crevices where germs can accumulate.

Bowls with a slight contour or slope on the inside are best for canned food, which tends to get stuck in the edges of the dish as a cat eats.

Litter Box

A traditional, large, uncovered litter box with high sides is encouraged, compared to a hooded cat litter box which will trap odors. These litter boxes are inexpensive, widely available, and are a good place to start.

If you’re looking to get a kitten, check that one of the edges is low enough for a kitten to step across. If you plan on getting a full-grown cat, ensure that the box is large enough for the cat to maneuver without stepping in his business. Think “clean paws.”

Rubbermaid carries a fantastic cat litter box with high sides along with a ‘scooped out’ entryway which even older kittens would be able to use.

If you are considering getting multiple indoor cats, purchase no less than one box per cat to start out. Understand that the rule of thumb is one box for each cat plus one.