New Ragdoll? Here's What to Buy
Updated: May 19
Prior to adopting a new Ragdoll kitten, customers often ask Ragdoll Princess which products we recommend and what they need to buy to prepare for their new kitten. If you don't know where to start, we've done the work for you by compiling a list of some of our favorite Ragdoll kitten products that we use and love, along with a few that we've had our eye on. We are always scouting out and trying the newest and cutest cat supplies. We'll keep this post up-to-date as we find and love new products that we think your Ragdoll will love.
You can find the products on Amazon by clicking on the images or pink links below.
Cat Towers, Scratchers and Beds
This Unicorn Cat Tree is close to the one that we have and love. Our Princesses love the three post options and the tunnel.
This Modern Cat Tower is very similar to two that we have and love. They do have sharp corners and less grip than carpet or faux fur cat trees and sometimes kittens are not the most careful, so we recommend adding corner protectors to the edges of this stylish tree. For another option, this is a beautiful higher-end Real Wood Modern Cat Tree that has no sharp surfaces. Here's a small Pink Cat Tower as well.
Cardboard Cat Scratchers are always a hit with our kittens, especially those that prefer to scratch horizontally. These also double as a bed since our kittens enjoy sleeping in their towers or on these.
This is one of the cutest cat beds that we've found. It also goes with our cattery theme. 😉
Kitten Food and Treats
Wellness Complete Health Kitten Food and Wellness Complete Health Kitten Pate is what we often feed our litters. We have tried a lot of kitten/cat foods and prefer high protein and high fat grain free kitten foods to ensure healthy development of our babies. We are currently feeding our cats Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain all life stages grain free food. Its nutritional analysis is higher protein and fat than most kitten food brands. We do rotate between other grain free kitten or all life stages food of equal quality to prevent our cats from becoming picky eaters.
Food and Water Dispensers
An Automatic Food and Water Bowl set like this one is what we would suggest using. We free feed all of our kittens to ensure healthy eating habits and relationships with food and suggest you do the same at least through 6 months to a year old. We also free feed our adults, and they all maintain healthy weights. This, of course, isn't an option for every adult cat if yours is prone to overeating.
We also strongly recommend getting your cat or kitten a Drinking Fountain like this one in case they prefer moving water. We have an older model of this one and our Ragdolls approve. It's important that your baby is always hydrated to avoid potential health issues.
The Butter Comb is a pricey, investment grooming tool, but smoothly glides through your Ragdoll's fur and keeps it looking shiny and healthy.
Self Cleaning Slicker Brush or a Regular Slicker Brush are lower cost grooming options that you should always have on hand and use on a daily basis. They keep potential tangles and matts at bay. A slicker-style brush also helps with fluffing your kitten/cat up while blow drying.
Nail Trimmers are essential to keep your kitten's nails trimmed. A surprising number of our customers don't know you should trim kitten and cat's nails, but you should continue this habit so that your kitten doesn't get overly long nails and caught on your furniture, clothing, or carpet (if you have it). We start trimming kitten's nails early on so that they are comfortable and familiar with the process which takes under a minute per kitten. Declawing our kittens is strictly prohibited.
Kitten Shampoo is another essential as you should continue to give your kitten occasional baths so that they remain comfortable with the process. You'll regret it if you don't and your adult cat gets into something they shouldn't. Pet Wipes can also be used to surface-clean your cat.
Interactive ball toys keep your kitten entertained. We have many in a variety of different colors. All our kittens and cats love playing with them. They also enjoy this Super Roller toy and are often found laying in it.
Cats love Kicker Toys like this one and helps your kitten continue positive playing habits by biting and kicking a toy. We also love this unicorn and this llama as well. This cactus and llama set is also adorable.
This SmartyKat Variety Pack is a fan favorite. Some of our kittens even learn to fetch those tube toys.
Our cats love playing in tunnels and this Rainbow Tunnel just might be the cutest one we've found.
Cat Carriers, Backpacks, and Harnesses
A Rolling Cat Carrier is great for travel and vet visits, especially as your Ragdoll kitten becomes a large cat. We use rolling cat carriers very similar to this one.
Cat Backpacks like this beautiful holographic one that we've had and loved for years is great for adventures and Ragdoll socialization. It's also a nice size, airy, and holds up to a 20 pound cat. If you want a more robust-looking and less girly backpack, here is an Expandable Cat Backpack.
If you plan to walk your cat outside, a Harness and Leash set should be used to train your kitten early on. In regard to collars, we think they are very cute accessories but don't actually use them on our Ragdolls. We have temporarily put some on that look more like jewelry for photoshoots and that's about it. We like to let our Ragdoll's beautiful manes sit naturally. Many, many of our customers use adorable collars, so here are a couple adorable break-away collars that we've found. Rainbow bling break-away collar and this blue bow tie break-away collar.
Large Litter Box with High Sides because kittens often do well with simple litter boxes. We prefer large litter boxes with high sides for Ragdolls as your new kitten will become a bigger cat.
The Litter Robot is a product we recommend. While it took us a while to cave and try a Litter Robot, we ended up buying two in the last year and both Ragdoll Princess and our Princesses approve of the box. All of our Princesses use and enjoy them, and we appreciate the significant decrease in scooping. It is a very expensive litter box, but we found them to be worth the cost, especially as we are a multi-cat household. There is a minimum weight limit for the Litter Robot, so ensure your kitten or cat weighs enough to use this prior to setting it up for them.
We've tried a lot of litter for new kittens and have been consistently using the following two litters over the years.
Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract or Kitten Attract Litter (wasn't available on Amazon at the time of this post) is soft and has an attractant to keep up with your kitten's good litter box habits. It is a clay-based litter and clumps very well for those who are looking for a low dust clumping cat litter.
Yesterday's News Kitten Litter is what we use to litter train our kittens as clay litter or any kind of clumping litter is dangerous for kittens under 8 weeks old. Kittens will eat literally anything, so we have to be very careful. If you want your kitten to use a dust-free litter, we do recommend this.
Dr. Elsey's Litter Attractant is great to add to the litter of your preference while your new kitten gets used to its new surroundings, although your kitten will already be litter box trained prior to going home.
Litter Disposal and Scoop
If you have an existing cat that you'll be integrating your kitten with, or you want to comfort your new kitten as he or she adjusts to your environment, we use and recommend Feliway plugs ins. These diffusers release pheromones to calm your cat or kitten down and makes them feel happy and relaxed which in turns should result in positive behaviors. You can also purchase Feliway refills. We have used Comfortzone as well which is a similar product and a great value.
We like checking in our cats, even when away for a few hours. If you're like us and want to always to keep an eye on your kitten or cat, we recommend Arlo Cameras and Petcubes. Arlo cameras are great for monitoring wirelessly, and Petcubes are great for monitoring and dispensing treats. They both have two-way audio, so you can talk to your cat. We use the Arlo cameras to monitor our adult Ragdoll's and inside our nests to monitor neonatal kittens.
Robot Vacuums and Stick Vacuums
If you don't already have good vacuums to clean up pet fur, litter, and food, we recommend this pretty, low-cost iLife Gold and White Robot Vacuum. We've used these for years and as you can see on our social media, our Ragdolls often like to play with them too. It does have a mopping pad, but it's very surface level, and we don't use it for that. We have purchased the much more expensive and sophisticated Roomba's before but haven't found one that we'd particularly recommend for cleaning up litter and fur.
We use the Dyson Animal Vacuums and the Samsung Cordless vacuums to remove all pet dust, litter, and fur from our floors in-between the robot vacuum use. These also allow for a more thorough vacuuming.
We hope this post makes preparing and shopping for your new Ragdoll kitten or cat a breeze!
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