We are getting ready for a kitten. It’s our first family pet and it’s been a few years in the planning.
So this weekend, my daughter (who is totally kitten crazy) and I went to a pet supplies warehouse to buy some “basics”.
I discovered a whole new world that showed me there is no such thing as “basics” when it comes to pets.
First stop was a bed. Just something nice and warm for a new little kitten to feel snug and safe. When I was young, new kittens slept in a cardboard box with a blanket.
But today’s kittens/cats sleep in igloos, don’t you know?
Not too shabby. And these cat igloos cost a lot of money. So we had to hunt around to find a non-cat igloo because the warehouse had racks and racks of these things! They came in caramel, buff, chocolate, toast, leopard print, plum, burgundy, smoke, and tiger print. Any colour you could imagine to blend in with your home decor.
We did find a nice bed that was just a round piece of warm material that could be machine washed.
Now it was time for a kitty litter tray (the actual choosing of the type of kitty litter was to come!).
Again, do you want blue, green, white or plum? Do you want high walled trays or corner trays? Do you want to spend $40 or up to $60? And do you want a non-slip kitty litter mat to go with it?
I just wanted something that looked like the In Tray on my desk at work. They did have them, but they were way,way, way up on the top of the shelf. But what colour do we choose?
I hate to say it, but I really gave this a lot of thought! My daughter was adamant she wanted yellow. I told her it reminded me of wee. She said it reminded her of sunshine. So we went for sunshine.
Don’t get me started on how you choose the best kitty litter. I am now an expert and can regale you for you hours on the benefits of clumping and absorbancy. But I’ll leave that for another day.
Going down the checklist, we came to toys.
Do you buy plastic balls?
Or plastic balls with bells in them? Plastic balls with bells in them and feathers attached?
Plastic balls with bells in them, feathers attached and infused with catnip?
Or something that looks like a mouse?
Does the mouse move or squeak?
Is it made from organic materials, or are you subjecting your kitten to a harsh mass-produced plastic variety?
Do you buy a scratching post? Do you buy on that is over $300 and reaches your ceiling, resplendent with multi levels and a cubby house? Or do you go for the small post with some pom poms on it?
Never mind what you choose, they are all ugly.
We didn’t buy one – but I know we will one day. It’s inevitable.
And that’s the scary thing. While I scoffed at the overwhelming amount of choice, I was totally sucked in and I know I will return again and again for a little something special.
Because I really did take a lot of time deciding on an attractive bowl and placemat that were beautifully colour coordinated. It was quite pathetic.
So, Lilly, when you do finally arrive from the cat shelter, you know you will be loved – and spoilt rotten by your retail obsessed mother!