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10 Must Get Accessories Your Beloved Cat Will Thank You For

10 Must Get Accessories Your Beloved Cat Will Thank You For

Being a pet owner gives you a unique sense of purpose and connection with your animals. Everyone wants to pet smart when it comes to looking after their animal’s well-being and happiness but most can’t help worrying and wondering if they are doing the right things to keep their beloved pet healthy and happy.

If you’re a cat owner, you may worry about whether you’re feeding them the right food or if they’re safe at night wandering around the streets. But you can relieve the worry by becoming more pet smart and understanding better your cat’s needs and wants to improve behaviour and bring up a well-rounded feline friend.

I know, this anxiety isn’t just confined to cat owners – dog owners know all too well the anxiety too, so for pup owners, check out our other article on dog accessories: 10+ Must-Haves to Pet Smart and Make Your Furry Friend Happy

This comprehensive list of must-have accessories for your cat will help relieve anxious or unwanted behaviour making your cat a happy pet.

1. Texsens Innovative Traveler Bubble Backpack Pet Carriers for Cats

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    Leaving the house is inevitable but when our pet suffers from separation anxiety or you just don’t want to leave them for long periods, this could be the solution. Take your kitty with you in this specially designed backpack made with breathable mesh, soft interior and a semi-sphere that allows your cat to enjoy the scenery on your adventures together.

    Texsens Innovative Traveler Bubble Backpack Pet Carriers for Cats and Dogs, $59.99

    2. Petnet SmartFeeder – Automatic Pet Feeder for Cats

      Knowing what to feed our cat and how much is crucial to our pet’s well-being. You can take all the anxiety away by using this clever feeder links up to your smartphone and creating reassurance in your own mind that your cat is getting all the nutrition it needs.

      It helps you with the best feeding times, what ingredients go into your cat’s food and advises how much to feed them. It even sets up an automatic delivery service of pet food right to your door giving you peace of mind.

      Petnet SmartFeeder – Automatic Pet Feeder for Cats, $164.99

      3. Cat Cave Bed

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        Having a happy and relaxed cat is all an owner could want. Creating a cat cave where your feline friend can go to get some peace and quiet is essential to both your daily routines. This cat cave bed is handcrafted from 100% all-natural wool by artisans in Nepal which means it’ll keep your cat warm in winter and cool in the summer. Flatten it out to create a comfortable mat or just keep it as a hideaway, either way it keeps durable and repels dirt so is easy to clean.

        Cat Cave Bed, $68.88

        4. Catipilla Modular Cat Climbing Frame

          Allowing your cat to come and go is vital for your cat’s happiness but installing a cat flap can be unsightly. This unique alternative is a climbing frame that can be placed both inside and outside the house. It allows your cat to be able to access the home via higher-up windows or safely get down from roofs. Alternatively you can have it inside for a fun, interactive way for kitty to play and climb.

          Catipilla Modular Cat Climbing Frame, Starting from £110

          5. 4CLAWS Wall Mounted Scratching Post

            Scratching posts are a must-have for any cat owner. But having an unsightly one in the middle of the room can be a nuisance. This wall-mountable version lies flat against the wall keeping it out of the way while satisfying your cat’s urge to scratch away! Made out of sturdy dense material, this post is easy to assemble and will keep your cat happy for hours.

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            4CLAWS Wall Mounted Scratching Post, $28.99

            6. Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box

              Cleanliness and hygiene is a must for any pet owner not only for your cat’s health but the build-up of smell after a couple of days in your home. This self-cleaning litter box can help you with cleaning duties while ensuring your cat is eliminating in a clean environment. It uses less clumping litter than traditional litter boxes meaning it only needs to be cleaned every 2 weeks.

              Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box, $82.99

              7. Cat Shell by Oppo

                This smart cap contraption doubles up as a bed and a handy hideaway if you choose to get two shells. It’s minimalist design means it will look good in any room of the house while your cat can have his well-deserved nap. It’s made from recycled pulp materials so not only is it environmentally friendly but it’s easy to clean making less work for you.

                Cat Shell by Oppo, $58

                8. Cat’s Trapeze Double Tiered Suspended Cat Climber/Lounge

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                  Give your cat the puurfect resting place with this suspending hammock. The great thing about this is you can stuff them with old cushions, blankets or clothes to create a comfy place for your cat to relax and chill out. It’s sturdy material is machine washable making it easy for you to clean.

                  Cat’s Trapeze Double Tiered Suspended Cat Climber/Lounge

                  9. Drinkwell 360 Fountain for Pets

                    Making sure our cat gets enough water is essential for their health. This fountain is designed to entice your cat to drink with its 5 changeable free-falling streams. It also has a carbon filter system that eliminates bad smells and fur from the water keeping it fresh and clean. Being dishwasher safe, this will be even easy for you to clean too.

                    Drinkwell 360 Fountain for Pets, $30.29

                    10. The Kitty Pass Interior Cat Door Hidden Litter Box Pet Door

                      This is a novel way to let your cat move from room to room together with a safety element. With its cute design and rounded edges it lessens the risk of your cat snagging its tail or getting caught up in a closing flap. The opening measures 7 1/2″ in width and 6 1/2″ in height making it perfect for all sized cats. It comes in a glossy white but why not paint it to suit your own unique decor? Something both you and your cat can enjoy.

                      The Kitty Pass Interior Cat Door Hidden Litter Box Pet Door, $41.96

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                      Last Updated on June 20, 2019

                      Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                      Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                      There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                      More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                      Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                      You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                      During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                      Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                      Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                      The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                      This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                      Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                      The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                      This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                      This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                      Conclusion

                      While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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