MIKITA & DAHLIA'S TIPS & FAVORITES

Over the years we've gained a lot of insight when it comes to nutrition and cat care. We get asked about our favorites so here they are!

*All items I discuss on this page, we have tried and like. Many we use daily. Some of the items I do receive a small commission, if you purchase through the direct links provided.*

COMFORT & FUNCTION

Cats are basically professional loungers. It's our job to make sure we provide them with comfy napping spots, safe transportation and enrichment.  

  1. Sleepypod:  The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed is a top notch. I searched for a new carrier for awhile and this one just fits the bill. The internal space is round and domed, which is natural for how a cat would sleep. It's also soft and plush. The top zips off so it can be used as a bed in home and away. Traveling can be stressful for cats but a roomy carrier/safe space can really help.  It's also crash tested, great for car travel. The top is mesh so they don't feel so confined. It all zips apart for easy cleaning and you can even buy a replacement lining if necessary. They've thought of everything. It's a bit of a splurge but something you'll have for years. It's worth the investment. Mikita has "Sky Blue".

  2. The Sunny Seat: I get asked all the time where I bought Mikita's window seat from. I got it on Amazon but I made a new cover and pillow for it to make it a little more cozy and attractive. The Sunny Seat is a total steal. It's inexpensive and for us, it's never fallen off the window. We occasionally wipe off the suctions per instructions. There are higher quality options out there that have a nicer looking design but if you want multiples or just something cheap and functional, this one is great.

  3. Litter-Robot: I always thought the Litter-Robot looked cool but once we actually got one, I don't know how we ever lived without it! It's nice not to have to scoop. If you don't mind the scooping chore, the LR might not be for you but I love that it cycles every single time he goes in so it's always clean. I think once we have two cats (one day), having the LR will be even more amazing. Awesome for single cat family homes, life changing for multi cat homes! (Use my link for $25 off)

  4. Contempocat Elevation II: I need to devote an entire blog post to this crazy piece of cat furniture.  It's awesome!  I think this would work in any home but it's especially great for small spaces because it utilizes vertical space without much of a footprint. It can also be put near a window and still allow light in. Oh, and you can rearrange the levels anytime you want. It's like the cat tree that keeps on changing!

  5. Cat Stroller: We upgraded to this stroller and love it! We like that the basket can be removed from the base and be used as a carrier or car seat. It's great quality and the stroller completely zips up so it keeps them extra safe!

  6. Scratch Lounge: This is the product that keeps on giving. We've had it for years and definitely need a new one. But we tilt it up or lay it down and Mikita just loves this thing! We add other toys to the mix and he has a blast! It's always been around but it recently became one of his favorites again.

  7. The Ultimate Scratching Post: Ok, so it's not the prettiest scratching post but its tall and Mikita loves getting up on his tippy toes to scratch to the top! The post is wide which is great for all around clawing, scratching, grabbing, climbing etc. It might be hard for your cat to get on top of the post at first but with a little help, it's totally possible. Mikita absolutely loves it so I'll put my design opinions aside.

FOOD

Mikita and Dahlia typically eat a fresh, raw, prepared diet. Anyone looking to switch, visit my transition guide!

  1. Darwin's Pet Food: Top Fave! We buy this directly from them, online and feed to Mikita and Dahlia most of the time. It's a fully formulated frozen RAW food for cats made with muscle meat, organs and bones. Available in 3 different proteins. Their packaging seals the food into 8 oz bricks which keeps it super fresh. Eat your heart out, carnivores!

  2. Hare-Today: This website has whole animal grinds, meat chunks, raw meaty bones and more. Everything comes in frozen. Lots of great food for cats here. We sometimes buy their ground rabbit as a full meal for Mikita and Dahlia. This provides extra variety since rabbit is harder to come by. Mikita and Dahlia love their venison chunks. This website is also great if you're looking to make your own food. They have tons of proteins and organs.  Everything is delivered to your door.

  3. Tucker's Raw: Sold at some boutique pet supply stores. I like their packaging as each puck is sealed for freshness.  It's a fully formulated frozen RAW food made with muscle meat, organs and bones! They add pumpkin to all their foods which is interesting. Pumpkin can be great for GI issues so if your cat has any, this might be a good one to try.

  4. Primal Pet Foods: They make fully formulated frozen RAW and FREEZE DRIED meals. They also make treats, bone broths and more. Mikita likes some of their products more than others. We've noticed that their raw nuggets tend to oxidize which changes the taste a little. Mikita and Dahlia want their meat as fresh as possible! Overall, they have a good product line, but I wish they'd package their raw food differently.

  5. Stella & Chewy's: We occasionally buy this brand when we want to provide a little extra variety. They really bend to the consumer which is good and bad. They offer a great variety, including frozen raw, freeze dried and human grade cooked diets. But it gets confusing because they sell a kibble/freeze-dried blend. This is a slippery slope. Their kibble/freeze-dried blend might be good for transitioning, but, if you're really trying to improve your cat or dog's diet, it's not a species appropriate choice. Like Primal, their raw nuggets tend to oxidize which changes the taste a little. Mikita and Dahlia want their meat as fresh as possible! Overall, they have a good product line, but I wish they'd package their raw food differently.

  6. Answer's Pet Food: This is a good quality RAW food with organically-raised meat. Defrost and serve! We've tried this before and like Primal and Stella's, it does oxidize a bit. I know several people who like this brand. It's definitely one of the good ones, but it isn't sealed as tightly as I'd like, to hold in all the raw freshness while it's stored in the feezer.

  7. Small Batch: This is a good quality RAW food with organically-raised meat. Defrost and serve! They have rabbit which is harder to come by. Again, their individual medallion style food in bags allows for some oxidation to occur. I'd love to see them seal their food a little differently. But they do use great ingredients and a lot of people like it.

  8. Honest Kitchen: This is a human grade DEHYDRATED food. Great for transitioning, traveling or in a pinch. It has more carbs than I like to give on a regular basis but the meat ingredients are great quality. We used this to transition Mikita to raw. He loved it. I'd buy it for occasional use again.

  9. Caru: This is a FULLY COOKED, human grade cat food. It's similar to a canned food consistency but uses high quality ingredients from the human food supply which is rare. Mikita doesn't typically eat cooked food but I'd feed this to him if for some reason we couldn't feed raw.

  10. Locally made cat food: This is a hard find, but some butcher shops and small boutique shops are starting to make their own foods. The west coast seems to have some great local options. Keep your eye out!

  11. Homemade: We have yet to make homemade raw food but we have chopped up chicken hearts, gizzards and liver which we've occasionally mixed into some meals. We regularly give them snacks like raw chicken gizzards, hearts and venison cubes. On occasion we'll give them a chicken neck to gnaw apart. Yum!

  12. Variety: This isn't a brand, it's a reminder to feed a VARIETY OF FOODS! Don't stick with the same food or same protein. No matter what you feed your cat or dog, make sure they're introduced to different proteins. Their body will be strong and happy! 

TOYS

We love variety! From interactive, to self entertaining, to super simple, variety is key. We often put  them away so that bringing them back out creates excitement!

  1. Sheer Fun For Cats: This is such an unusual, cool toy. So creative and simple and Mikita LOVES it! It's a great toy accompaniment. He likes to get lost in the texture, bite the crinkle edge and hide underneath. We love that we can get in on the fun too as we toss toys in, hang it on a tunnel or just lay on the floor and play! Check out our video on Instagram! And our other video!

  2. Kurfman Treasures: They have felt catnip toys! Mikita doesn't typically care about catnip but he goes crazy for these toys! The catnip is organic and more potent. Also, I think he loves sinking his claws into the felt and bopping them around. Here's Mikita with his Pop Tart!

  3. Cat Tunnel: We've had a few of these but this one is great because it's a little more attractive. It's also fantastic because it has a crinkle sounds which he loves!  When we bring it out, he immediately starts running through! We love hanging the "Sheer Fun" on the end for extra crazy kitty fun!

  4. Cat Amazing: This is a really fun box with holes and places to put treats. There are levels so they can gain skills on how to search and fish the treats out of the box. Mikita got better at it as he used it more which is always exciting as a cat parent. It's so fun seeing them learn!

  5. Wand toys: These are great in general. We like to slowly inch it away as he's hiding in his cat tunnel. He'll wait, sometimes minutes, and then run and pounce! He loves being interactive with us and the wand. This is a great item to hide under #1 on the list, Sheer Fun! 

  6. Realistic mice toys: Mikita loves those little mice toys. Some of them are made of fabric, some made of rabbit fur. He bops them around and makes sure they roll under our couch.

  7. Butterfly Spinner Toy: Several brands make these but this is the one we have. Mikita LOVES it! It does tend to tip as he plays with it but we just pick it back up. He will chase it, stalk it, let it bump into him over and over... He has so much fun with this and it wears him out!

TREATS

Treats are HUGE in our house. They're also healthy!

  1. Single ingredient! The best types of treats I can recommend are typically single ingredient, human grade treats. Homemade is also an option! Freeze dried is usually our go-to. We haven't found a brand that has the same amazing quality as Barker's Kitchen. They closed their brand, unfortunately. I haven't found anything as good since, but here are other brands we now use.

  2. Pure Bites: This brand has a line of freeze dried treats. I'd like them to use more muscle and less liver but at least they're single ingredient. They have a line of different proteins. 

  3. Primal's Freeze Dried Turkey Liver Munchies: The first treats Mikita went nuts over were the Liver Munchies. They aren't as high quality as Barker's but they're still a better option than most.

SHINY COAT

Mikita and Dahlia are super soft, shiny and doesn't shed a lot. Here's why!

  1. High moisture diet: This makes a dull coat shiny. Mikita rarely drinks water. He gets it from his food. Cats aren't as naturally inclined to drink from a water bowl like dogs are, so canned food is better than kibble. A fresh, raw, balanced diet is even better for a healthy coat.

  2. Fresh, raw diet: This minimally processed diet has high quality digestible protein making it the most nutritious for their entire body. Shiny, minimally shedding fur is a perk of feeding raw. Mikita and Dahlia eat a commercially prepared fresh, raw diet mostly from Darwin's .

  3. Coconut oil:  Sometimes we'll put 1/4-1/2 tsp or so into a meal. We do this a few times a week. It's great for hairballs, the brain, a healthy coat and more. 

DISCLAIMER: I am not a veterinarian or a certified pet nutritionist. My information is based off of experience and my own personal research. I am not liable for any choices you make for your pet. My experience is meant to serve as an anecdotal resource.  As always, consult your veterinarian, preferably integrative or holistic to treat and diagnose any issues your pet may be experiencing. I cannot diagnose or treat any ailments.

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