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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 July 3, 2020

                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                      Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. To control your thoughts means to influence the way you live your life.

                      Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affects your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality)

                      I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive, and just a general waste of energy.

                      You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                      Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Be someone who can control your thoughts—become the master of your mind.

                      When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                      I currently have a few thoughts that are not of my choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                      Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                      Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in control of your thoughts.

                      If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                      Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create unhealthy and unproductive thoughts.

                      1. The Inner Critic

                      This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                      • Other people’s words—many times your parents
                      • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples’ expectations
                      • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media
                      • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                      The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance, and lack of self-love.

                      Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is youwhy else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                      2. The Worrier

                      This person lives in the future—in the world of “what ifs.”

                      The Worrier is motivated by fear, which is often irrational and has no basis. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                      3. The Reactor or Troublemaker

                      This is the one that triggers anger, frustration, and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                      This person can be set off by words or feelings and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                      The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control. He is run by past programming that no longer serves you—if it ever did.

                      4. The Sleep Depriver

                      This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                      The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                      • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                      • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                      • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity, and generalized anxiety
                      • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                      How can you control these squatters?

                      How to Master Your Mind

                      You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but you must pay attention to them so you can identify “who” is running the show—this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                      Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                      There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                      • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                      • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                      This second option is what is known as peace of mind.

                      The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go-to” thoughts in applicable situations.

                      Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                      1. For the Inner Critic

                      When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                      You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                      For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                      You can also have a dialogue with yourself to discredit the ‘voice’ that created the thought—if you know whose voice it is:

                      “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                      If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready.

                      This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                      • They rile up the Worrier.
                      • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                      • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                      • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                      • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                      Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                      Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                      2. For the Worrier

                      Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally, and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                      Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind, and creates anxiety in the body. This may make it more difficult for you to control your thoughts effectively.

                      You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                      • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tense

                      Use the above-stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time, you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                      If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                      Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                      “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                      Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense. Both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                      If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

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                      Now, take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like! Do it until you feel that you’re close to being in control of your thoughts.

                      Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                      For example: If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                      “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place.

                      Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                      Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                      “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                      Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                      3. For the Troublemaker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                      Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers. But until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                      The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain.

                      I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                      Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds—just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                      Breathe in through your nose:

                      • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                      • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                      • Focus on your belly rising.

                      Breathe out through your nose:

                      • Feel your lungs emptying.
                      • Focus on your belly falling.
                      • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                      Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize. Now, you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior, and you’ll be more in control of your thoughts.

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                      One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                      Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                      4. For the Sleep Depriver

                      (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher, and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                      I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                      Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                      1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                      2. Then I came up with a replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                      When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and thoughts, and I choose quiet.

                      From the first time I tried this method, I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                      For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (closed, of course). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                      If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                      You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                      • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon
                      • Shut down your thinking
                      • Calm your feelings
                      • Simply focus on the present moment

                      The Bottom Line

                      Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or destructive purposes.

                      You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable, and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                      Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. You can be in control of your thoughts. The choice is yours!

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