Products Recommended by Uniquely Cats
Here are some products we recommend that can be purchased more easily or less expensively on Amazon than through our hospital. Some we use here at Uniquely Cats Veterinary Center. If you know of a great product that we should consider adding to this list, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you use our links to buy, we may get a commission.)
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Calming Things Down
Feline Pheromones: Starter Kits and Diffuser Refills
We use feline pheromones here at Uniquely Cats Veterinary Center to help your kitty feel less anxious during the vet visit. Whether you have one cat or many cats, feline pheromones can help decrease stress levels for your kitty. If you have multiple cats, consider the multi-cat version that creates a state of calmness and comfort and helps alleviate tension and conflict between cats.
Feliway Spray contains a naturally calming synthetic pheromone product that exerts a soothing effect on cats. The feline facial pheromone analog in Feliway Spray is a “happy message,” the same message cats spread when they mark territory as familiar by rubbing their face against corners, furniture or people. The facial pheromone analog induces a sense of comfort and security in cats.
Reduce your stress and save the couch! It’s normal behavior for cats to scratch. We just don’t always like where they choose to scratch. We like this product because it attracts cats to their scratching posts, and away from the precious antiques!
Feline Calming Pheromone Collar
Jackson Galaxy Solutions
Stress Stopper Solution
Jackson Galaxy Stress Stopper Solution is intended for short duration stresses such as vet visits, parties, storms, fireworks, vacuuming, vacations, repair people visits and more.
Safe Space for Cats Solution
Jackson Galaxy Safe Space for Cats Solution is intended to reduce territorial stress created by any situation in which a cat may perceive its territory as threatened. Reduction in territorial stress can help in the management of urine marking and inter-cat aggression.
Jackson Galaxy Peacemaker Solution is intended to reduce or eliminate aggression, tension and jealousy between pets. It may be used in both cats and “the other species,” and can help keep peace in multi-animal families.
Jackson Galaxy Bully Solution is intended for use in multi-animal households that contain one “bully” personality. Examples of bullying behavior include stalking, unprovoked swatting or hissing at housemates. Bully Solution reminds the Big Cheese that things are fine without needing to patrol everyone else, and that it is not necessary to dominate in order to live harmoniously.
Scaredy Cat Solution
Jackson Galaxy Scaredy Cat Solution is intended for “Closet Cats” who run or cower from touch. It is often useful for the cat who is being intimidated by the Bully cat, while simultaneously using Bully Solution on the Bully cat.
“Treats” and Things
Slim Cat Toy
Fill it with healthy treats (see below) and watch your cat go! We like this toy because it gets your kitty moving and then is rewarded with yummy treats.
Cat-Man-Doo Freeze Dried
Cat-Man-Doo Dried Bonito Flakes are a favorite treat of cats everywhere. This is a single-ingredient, bio-appropriate treat that be given alone, or mixed into food when needed to encourage eating more. Cat-Man-Doo Bonito Flakes are flushed with food-grade nitrogen prior to packing; this keeps the flakes fresh and flavorful over time. The flakes are available in large size for giving as treats, and also crushed in a sprinkle jar for easy addition to food.
Automatic Cat Feeder
The PetSafe Eatwell 5-meal Automatic Pet Feeder is a good example of an inexpensive, easily programmable automatic feeder for cats. This type of feeder is useful for short trips, for cats who need midnight feedings, and many other applications. We suggest setting it on top of a layer of icepacks when filling it with canned food. It is dishwasher safe and requires 4 D-cell batteries.
Fortiflora for Cats
Fortiflora is a probiotic product for cats. It tastes great (it’s often referred to as “kitty crack”) and comes in convenient packets that can be sprinkled on your cat’s food.
Lysine 500 mg Capsules
L-Lysine is used in feline medicine as a treatment aid for cats with chronic recurrent herpes virus flareups. It is thought to interfere with herpes virus replication, and while scientific evidence is somewhat lacking, Lysine has the advantages of being available over the counter, being inexpensive and having no side-effects. In addition, the powder contained inside the capsules can be easily mixed with wet food, and appears to increase the palatability of food for cats. Be sure to purchase capsules, not tablets!
Feline Travel Accessories
We prefer soft-sided carriers that have multiple entries (top, ends). Access in and out for kitty is much easier than with hard-sided carriers.
Soft-sided carriers are very helpful for cats who are excessively fearful or reactive in the hospital environment, and who do not respond well to other forms of stress relief. We can utilize the soft-sided carrier to give injectable sedation without needing to traumatize the frightened feline further by unnecessary handling and restraint. This is much more peaceful for the kitty, and is safer for feline guardians and for our team members.
Mobile Cat Bed and Cat Carrier
The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed is a delightful and beautifully designed accessory for any cat guardian. It is a safe car seat, a generously proportioned carrier, and the top zips off to become a stylish and comfy cat bed at home. This design, intended for everyday use, helps cats love their carrier, and not run away in fear when the old plastic carrier comes out of storage. It’s great for travel — the kitty on the go can sleep in her own bed! Cleaning is a snap: the exterior can be wiped down, the foam bedding is wrapped in a water-repellent cover, and the Ultra Plush lining is removable and machine-washable. Available accessories include a warmer kit (that can even be plugged into a cigarette lighter!) and a car safety tether. The Sleepypod Air and Sleepypod Atom models are available for air travel.
Tools of the Trade
Multi-Function Digital Pet Scale
Stop guessing whether kitty lost weight or not. This is an accurate, easy to use scale for keeping track of kitty’s weight. You can also use it to weigh a lot of other things.
Resco Professional Cat Nail Clippers
Resco Professional Cat Nail Clippers are of quality stainless steel construction and come with a lifetime warranty. We’ve tried just about every nail clipper on the market, and this is the one we use here at Uniquely Cats. It cuts cleanly and easily without splintering, even with those thick, tough “old kitty” nails!
CET Cat Toothbrush
(with Small Toothpaste)
The C.E.T. Cat Toothbrush is specially designed for the feline mouth. The brush is soft and gentle, and is shaped and angled specifically to get those hard to reach back teeth. The Cat Toothbrush comes with a 12 gm trial packet of C.E.T. Poultry-flavored toothpaste.
CET Oral Hygiene Kit for Cats
(2 brush types, Lg toothpaste)
Out of the Box
Nature’s Miracle Stain and Odor Remover
We’ve used Nature’s Miracle with success in our homes to get the urine smell out. Although we haven’t had any problems, please test on a small spot first before spraying all over…you just never know.
Urine-Off Urine Finder
Mini LED Light
To use this product it must be dark. Ignore all the small bright specks on the carpet or whatever you are looking at…that is just dust and/or lint. Look for the bigger bright spots or spray pattern. Bring small pieces of paper or something like that to mark the spots so you can see them once you turn the lights back on to clean.