We're going to be new kitty parents in the coming week, and I fear my anxiety about being ready for her arrival has overridden my anxiety about whether to adopt a kitty. May I impose on all of you Kitty Veterans to share your sage advice/consumer recommendation on the following:
1. The "deterrent" sprays (e.g., Bitter Apple) that are supposed to be applied to furniture to prevent scratching and chewing. Do these work? Any particular brands/types you'd suggest?
2. Scratching posts. I cannot fully accept one of those massive cat castles (frankly, I'd be jealous of kitty!), but I do want to provide new kitty a full range of acceptable scratching options. How tall/long a post is tall enough? What about those scratching pads that hang from door knobs? Any particular materials better than others?
3. Where to shop. I am so far disappointed in the PetCo in our neighborhood. We also tried another pet supply shop, and I came away with the message that dogs matter a lot more than cats in the marketplace. Suggestions for online shopping or in-person shopping (Boston area)?
Thanks all so much. You have influenced changes in my insurance, changes in our home menu, and now maybe changes in the way we welcome our new kitty into our home.