If you have finally taken the dive from “casual cat lover” to “I can’t quite remember how many cats I own but I think it’s somewhere north of four,” welcome, you’re among friends. Anyone who lives with multiple cats knows that it requires a lot to keep things running smoothly. Cats need a ton of attention, even though they pretend they don’t. If you want to appease your cat overlords, these are the items you absolutely need for a multicat household, from a giant cat tree to a good litter box and more.
Let’s start this off on the right foot: your cats need a place to hang out other than your couch and bed. Give them their own space, and one that has plenty of room for more than one fluffy friend. This 72" cat tree is massive, and has three high perches for optimal bird viewing, as well as a few dens that cans can treat as their “hidey holes” when they want to be left alone.
If you have more than one cat, feeding them can be a process. Some cats need their own bowl. While other cats like to eat from every bowl in the house. If having designated bowls isn’t really working out for your brood, you can get your group the Catit Food Tree. It’s an interactive feeder, which is great for curious cats that need to get a little more activity in their daily routine.
Now, you can give you cats a pack of fake mice to play with and they’ll probably enjoy it. But those toys aren’t really designed for multiple cats to play together. If your cats like to hunt and jump, they will love playing with their siblings in this tunnel and cubes set. There is honestly nothing funnier than watching one cat stalk the tunnel while the other is inside, only to launch themselves on top of it to “catch” them.
You need a good cat brush (or two) when living in a multi-cat household. If your cat has a hard time shedding their undercoat, because they are too lazy to groom it all out, no worries. The reader-favorite FURminator will do the trick, plus it comes with a handy FURejector tool, to help you clean the brush off effortlessly mid-grooming.
Now, those of us with multiple cats know they don’t always live in peaceful harmony. There are a lot of dynamics when it comes to having more than one cat in your house. If you’re introducing a new cat to your home, getting a Feliway MultiCat Diffuser will emit some calming scents that can help relieve the tension. This can also work if your already co-existing cats begin to have more scuffles than usual. Though, you should always consult your pet’s doctor if there is a huge shift in their interactions that you feel is very hostile.
As I’ve said in at least every other cat article I write, cats are messy. If you have more than one cat using the litter box, you want to try and eliminate as much mess as you can. A top-entry litter box can cut down on that spray of litter your cat seems to get everywhere after doing their business. For a multicat household, you obviously need more than one box. Always consult with your vet, but a general rule of thumb is one box per cat, plus an extra “just in case.”
Sometimes accidents happen outside of the box. Or sometimes, your cats get pissed at you and pee on your bed to let you know. This can happen in single-cat households, but obviously it is worse if you have multiple cats peeing all over the place. You don’t need to toss out your bed or couch, just get a giant jug of Nature’s Miracle Urine Destroyer, which cleaning expert Jolie Kerr wholeheartedly recommends for just this purpose.
Upholstery brushes allow you to better clean carpet, upholstery, and other non-launderable fabric-covered items like car floor mats and seats, when used in concert with a product like Bac-Out, by working the solution into the fibers. Agitation helps to lift dirt and grime, and can also all
If your cats are addicted to treats, you need to switch them over to the healthy kind. Greenies are great for their teeth, unlike some other brands of treats that are higher in calories. You’re probably overfeeding them at treat time, so you might as well do it with a healthier option.