Why Does My Cat Lick Me? Lingual Pleasures- VyWhy

Last updated on 2021-12-18 13:48:28


While it's hard to determine if cats feel complex emotions like love, a cat licking you is a sign of affection, to groom you or can be a sign of STRESS.

Like any morning ritual, I have a cat that lovingly crawls onto my chest and begins to lick any part of my face. Basically, any part of my bare skin that’s available.  I’m not sure why they do this, so I did some research and dug into this phenomenon to get an idea.

So, why does my cat lick me?  Cats lick humans as a display of affection, they trust you, to groom you, ask you for food or possibly to warn you of danger. It’s generally thought of as a positive behavior.  

Just so you know you’re not the boss of the house. Your cats own you and they show you by licking you.

Their tongues aren’t just for butt licking, spreading those pesky FEL-d4 allergens or creating hairballs of horror.

Cat mouth open showing tongue

They’re used for bonding and survival.

A Cat Tongue: Mini Claw Made of Sandpaper?

Anything dealing with a cat is always mysterious.  With grooming, their efficient little tongue is a versatile part of their body so staying clean can mean life or death.  

It’s instinctive. They’re so meticulous because they need to hide their smell from prey.

Plus how else would they get water into their bodies? A cats tongue is very important.

Ok, back to licking you.

Why does it hurt when a cat licks you?  It hurts when a cat licks you because of their sandpaper feeling tongue.  

No, their tongues aren’t made of sandpaper. Those small even shaped barbs or hooks are called Papillae.

Your cat’s tongue is covered in them.

They are made from keratin much like our fingernails, says Alexis Noel from Georgia Tech. 

He also states that those spines on your cat’s tongue point in the same direction.  The direction that takes anything they are licking head back towards their throat.  

Those tongues are able to detangle all sorts of knots and break (tease) it apart.

What Does It Mean When A Cat Licks You?

Your cat is returning the favor by licking you in the same way you give them affection with petting.  

The same way we give hugs, kittens will use licking to make a connection with us and to claim us as theirs.  

They were borning into being cleaned by licking from their mothers.

So, washing is caring.

While we all love to be “kissed” by our cats, licking can get tiresome and excessive.  

It’s best to understand this feline behavior so we can properly divert them when it happens.

Here are the most common reasons why your cat licks you:

  • They are taking ownership of you
  • Returning the favor from you petting them
  • You taste good – salty skin
  • They want attention
  • They are cleaning (washing) you
  • They’re giving affection
  • Stress or feel anxious
  • Relaxing – they feel calmer around their own scent

How To Stop Your Cat From Licking You?

If you want your cat to stop licking you, please don’t punish them, simply distract them or train them with repetition.  

Pay attention to their behavior when it’s about to start.

You can redirect the licking with a food dispensing toy, catnip filled toy or some cat grass that you have nearby.

If your cats are licking you too much, could be from insufficient nursing as a kitten.

They may have developed some kind of oral fixation as a result.  I’ve read that this is the culprit of many compulsive biters and lickers.

outdoor calico cat licking their paw

You could try getting another cat, giving them a stuffed animal or fuzzy type blanket.

Basically, redirect their actions.

If nothing works and your cats are persistent, then try getting up and walking away.  

Maybe your cat will associate licking you with leaving and disappearing. They’ll learn eventually that you are a lick free human.

Why do cats lick your face?

I think cats lick our faces for affection, grooming and to tell us something.  

It’s preening. Cats extremely fastidious by nature and preen to remove hair and dirt. They learn these behaviors from birth when momma is licking them to “life”.

So, while you’re laying down and it’s feeding time, I’m sure your call will either yell at you or climb up to lick your face.

Why does my cat lick my nose?  When your cat specifically licks your nose, they’re showing a sign of a strong bond. It’s a claim of ownership over you by transferring their scent. Nose licks from cats are like kisses between humans on the cheek or forehead.

Why does my cat lick my hand? My cats lick my hands when they want to be pet or they smell something on them that they like.  Especially green olives!

Why does my cat lick my feet?  Cats may lick or rub on your feet because your scent might most pungent there or it’s just easily accessible.  

Your cat might be attracted to shoes. I have 1 cat, Tanta, that loves to hide my toddler’s shoes all around the house.  

It’s mostly specific to my youngest and it’s the shoes she wears every day. Strange behavior but I take it as she misses her.

Why does my cat lick my hair?

Your cat licks your hair as a way of showing love or making you their territory by grooming.  

It’s a social behavior where they want to clean your “fur” and smother it with their scent. I’ve gotten this strange behavior a time or two, but it doesn’t last long as my hair is too long.

They start doing that flicking motion with their mouth and sometimes gag.  Works better on short haired humans making a nice sticky cowlick.

“Some cats may also just enjoy the taste of hair products or even the natural oils found in human hair.” If this starts to bother you… “You should not look at, talk to or touch a cat who is licking hair, unless you are comfortable having the behavior increase in frequency. If you want to stop the behavior in progress, get up and leave,” says Dr. Christensen Bell, DVM, of Veterinary Behavior Consultations of NYC

Just be sure your cat isn’t eating your hair or becoming sick after licking it.

Why does my cat lick me after I shower?  

Your cat could be licking you after a shower because you might smell different, they’re thirsty or they need you to be dry.  

While cats are fascinated with water, they don’t (not all) like to be wet. Since you are part of their pride and own you, you can’t be wet either.

They will lick you after a shower in an attempt to get you dry.  

Same goes with your scent. You washed them off you, so now they need to “reapply” their love on you again.

Whenever I got out of the shower, my Tanta girl would immediately begin to lick all the water drops from my legs.  

When I gently would nudge her away, she’d go for my feet!

Below is a video from CatsandPats where his kitty is licking his hair!


Why does my cat lick me after biting? Or bite me after licking?

Some cats may bite after licking or lick then bite us as a warning sign so that we stop petting or playing with them, a sign of affection or signs of grooming.  

We really need to get a clear picture here of what’s going on at the moment.

Your cat could mean one thing or it could be in their behavior:

  • Over stimulation – Your cat could be telling you they’re done with the playing. This bite might be a gentle way of saying enough and the lick is saying I still love you.
  • Love Bites – In this case, your cat is showing affection to you.  If your cat isn’t bothered by anything that’s happening, petting or sitting close, the message of love is being communicated here.
  • They want to play or be loved – Cats aren’t the best communicators.  

It’s hard to tell if they want to play or not. So, they need to come up with a way (non-verbal) to tell you.  My cat often whines, paws at me or simply stares at me until I go to her.

So, the combo of the bite-lick / lick-bite can be one of them.

If you want to read an interesting article on cat eyes (more specifically, the reasoning for your cat’s excess tears) – click here to read our article! 

Related Questions:

Why does my cat headbutt me?  A cat will headbutt (or bunting) you as a sign of affection or love.  Indoor cats and outdoor cats will headbutt and do face rubbing to mark each other as a family or with cats they know. 

What if my cat is licking too much?  Excessive cat licking.  These are known as “fur mowers”.  Your cat can be licking too much from having parasites, has a skin infection, being bored, stressed, having anxiety, they’ll have bald patches or could be a compulsive disorder.  

These reasons seem to be more prevalent with indoor cats because it’s less exciting and less exercise.

Cat licking concrete floor?  Your cat is licking the concrete for minerals that she is lacking in her body for possible anemia, including calcium and other minerals. 

Why do cats lick rocks?  Some cats may lick rock out of a craving for dirt or earthly matter (geophagia).  It’s instinctive due to a compensation for a deficiency they may have.

Why does my cat lick furniture?  When cats start licking items that aren’t food, like furniture or walls, they can be showing signs of a form of Pica. Pica is a behavior in cats eating things that aren’t food.  Definitely, see your vet for a consult about your cat’s current diet.




Indoor Cat Exercise Wheels (Cat Exercise Done the Fun Way ...

26-09-2018 · For more playful or energetic cats, 15 minutes of training may be all they need. Your average indoor cat will need more training for their new adventure. Every so often, reward the cat for getting on to the wheel to help support the idea that it’s fun. Studies of cat behaviors, after using an exercise wheel, have shown to become less anxious.

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Cats are built for movement.

On the flip side:

Getting them to move, let alone run, can be hard. (sounds like us humans.)

Let’s face it:

There isn’t much for our indoor kitties to do.

So when your cat decides to nap rather than humor you, nothing will change his mind.


Trying something new.

Enter The Cat Wheel: 

Well, they look like a giant hamster wheel but for cats.

They tend to be better engineered for your cat’s safety and won’t squeak in the middle of the night when kitty decides to go for a run.

Why would my cat want an exercise wheel?


Exercise wheels can help your cat with: 

  • Boredom
  • Health and staying fit
  • Fight obesity
  • Keeping active (even while you’re at work)
cat playing with toy white background cat veteran
Cat toys are fun but a cat exercise wheel is MEGA fun!

Let’s talk about this scenario…

Say you live in a busy town.

You think about letting your cats out, but you’re really worried…

From the busy street to the possibility of them being scared off by something, to not coming back.

It can be really hard to feel at ease and let your cat roam outside.

It’s a bit different if you decide to put a harness on your cat and take her for a walk (which I’m sure she would love!)

But letting your cat out without keeping track of where she is (and isn’t) allowed to go can be daunting.

So, you keep them inside.

And they seem happy (after all, there are so many ways to keep your indoor cat happy).

But over time you notice your cats getting bigger (ahem – fatter) and just all around less active.

Sound familiar?

Why Choose A Cat Wheel?

We’ve talked about some of the positives to having a cat exercise wheel in the bullet points above, but what are other reasons for investing in this “wheel of fun” for your cats?

Well, for one thing…

It may help get rid of all that extra energy they use dashing around like lunatics in the middle of the night while you’re trying to sleep. (My husband can attest to how much more sleep we would get if the cats weren’t bouncing up and down the stairs in the night). 

The other big reason I’m considering an exercise wheel for our cats (once we move into our new home) is that while we’re out of the house or on vacation, the cats have unlimited access to exercising.

Instead of just doing this all day: 

cat laying on carpet cat veteran

Cat Exercise Wheel FAQs

Let’s talk questions, because with something this new, strange and amazing – there’s bound to be some questions! 

Here we go…

⚙ Where can I get one?
What a great question!

You can purchase cat exercise wheels from a few different online retailers or specialized pet stores such as:

  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • CatWheel
  • Pet Planet (UK)

⚙ Are they expensive?

Depending on your needs (size, indoor/outdoor) they can be an investment – but that’s how you have to look at it. You’re investing into keeping your cat agile, healthy and happy.

To give you an idea, we’ve found wheels that range from about 0(USD) to about 00(USD). 

⚙ What sizes do they come in?
I bet the question you really wanted to ask is “how much of my living room will this take up?”

Well, cat exercise wheels come in a variety of sizes and styles.

Normally, cat wheels range from small (single cat wheels) to large (multiple cat or dog wheels) – but I was surprised to see just how much customizing you can do here.

You can buy wheels that are part of a tower and you can even have a custom-made wheel built!! 

⚙ Do they need to attach to the wall?
Don’t you worry!

Although there are wheels that fasten to a wall, there are also free-standing wheels!
(So tell your husband to rest easy, you don’t necessarily need the drill and you won’t exactly be fastening a giant hamster wheel into your living room wall.)

Incredible Indoor Exercise Wheels For Your Cats

Really, it depends what you’re looking for.

So we’re going to talk about the biggest wheel, the smallest/easiest for you wheel and the “top rated” wheel! 

Let’s get started…

The One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel

? Large Wheel
? Freestanding Wheel

You can easily view more reviews here.


  • it’s freestanding
  • very stylish design to fit well with indoor spaces


  • it’s rather large
  • really for indoor use only
  • might be difficult to put move locations (heavy)

The One Fast Cat is the top selling cat wheel on the market with over 20,000 sold.

A hubless design (without spokes) is safer for the cat to run in while four supporting roller blade wheels allow the wheel to move freely. With an EVA foam to cushion your cat’s steps, the 48-inch inner diameter of this wheel should be large enough for the cat to run comfortably without arching its spine.

These wheels can be expensive but require a high level of construction to make sure it is safe for your cat to use.

**The manufacturer recommends you don’t purchase the wheel unless you are willing to spend time training your cat to use it. 

Cat’s don’t really like being told what to do any more than humans do, but with a little practice – you can show your cat how much fun this is!

Large exercise wheels for cats like the One Fast Cat are more suited for indoor use only and its stylish design will complement the most home decor.

But if you want a giant cat exercise wheel, you are probably going to have to look for an outdoor one designed for large dogs.

Watch a video (review, set up and initial thoughts) of the One Fast Cat Wheel below:

Gopet Treadwheel

? Runner-up for Best Large Wheel
? Best Outdoor Wheel
(normally for dogs, but can be used for cats – see the specs here)


  • if you have more than one cat, they go use it together (and really, that’s so adorable that it’s priceless!)
  • it’s freestanding
  • it can be used for dogs, too


  • it’s best suited for outdoor use, not able to use inside (too large)
  • this takes up a lot of space 
  • a bit more expensive than other smaller models

Our second choice for the larger sized wheels would have to be something like the Gopet Treadwheel.

So why would you want an even bigger wheel that was actually built with dogs in mind?

Well, if you have room to spare (like outside) this provides lots of fun AND if you have two cats, getting a bigger wheel could even enable your cats to run together on the larger wheel.

At almost double the price of the One Fast Cat exercise wheel, this giant wheel requires some serious investment.

But don’t let that scare you!

You could do with getting all the neighborhood cats running in it and attaching to a generator–kitty power, anybody?

In your garden, this could prevent your cats from running or venturing too far, with all their exercise where you can safely watch them.

You can buy cat wheels from many of the usual online retailers, but searching the internet you will find suppliers that will custom build a cat exercise wheel for you.

Watch a video of two cats playing on a Gopet Treadwheel together (seriously cute)!

I found this other cat wheel call the Ziggydoo that’s for indoors and the cost is ok too: 

When I emailed the company about how loud this was, she assured me it wasn’t too loud. 

Here’s what she said:

Hi Toki

The G5 FerrisCatWheel is very smooth and quiet.

You’ll find many videos on both my facebook page and the ZiggyDoo facebook page

(pls note that the most recent video post is with an older G4 model wheel – the newer G5 model moves a lot less and is more quiet as well)




Also bear in mind that the sound of the wheel is related to the contents of the room it is position within. If the room is bare and empty – it will be louder than a room with carpet and furniture etc…

Let me know if you have any more questions – Nikita and I are always happy to help

Elizabeth Gujdan & Nikita

DIY Exercise Wheel Cat Solutions

If you want a small exercise wheel for a smaller space, you can build your own cat wheel. 

As long as you have some basic tools, you should be able to construct something for around . There are many designs you could try, even using an old bicycle wheel and mounting it to the wall (like this)! When designing a cat wheel, bear in mind the size you need, where you will put it in your home and how the cat will use it. 
Be aware that most homemade cat wheels will be louder than a pro designed one.
Watch the video below to see this DIY cat wheel in action! 

Training Your Cat to Use an Exercise Wheel

So, you’re interested in buying a cat exercise wheel…but how do you know if your cat will like it and how do you get your cat used to the idea?


  • Don’t be too upset if your cat doesn’t jump in the wheel and start running as soon as you unbox it.
  • Not all cats will adapt to using these wheels. 
  • Some may take several weeks to build up their confidence before using it.
High energy cats, like a Bengal, will take to using the wheel faster than a more sedentary or older cat. 

Training your cat to use the exercise wheel can take patience. 
Try rewarding your cat with treats.

You could even try using a laser pointer and try to get your cat to chase it on the wheel.
Here’s a quick how-to on training your cat(s) to love their new wheel of fun!
  1. Start by luring your cat to the wheel using a treat and reward them when they get on or off the wheel.
  2. Try repeating, for about 15 minutes, until your cat is comfortable getting into the wheel.
  3. Holding the treat a little higher up the wheel will encourage your cat to take a few steps.
  4. Keep rewarding your cat as it takes more steps. Continue to increase the number of steps for each reward.
  5. For more playful or energetic cats, 15 minutes of training may be all they need.
Your average indoor cat will need more training for their new adventure. 
Every so often, reward the cat for getting on to the wheel to help support the idea that it’s fun.
Studies of cat behaviors, after using an exercise wheel, have shown to become less anxious. 
Also, they can lose weight, increase their muscle tone, and strength.
orange cat in empty house cat veteran
Your cat won’t be bored while they are home alone!
If you’re worried that your cat is not getting enough exercise there are many other options. 
Depending on the age, weight, and temperament of your cat you could set up a:
Try to engage with your cat for at least 15 minutes a day and encourage it to play. 
Appeal to the natural hunter instincts they have and use wind up or remote controlled mice it can chase.
Making sure your cat gets more exercise isn’t a chore, it can be as much fun for you as it is them. 
With a little commitment every day, you’ll find you and your cat leading a healthier and happy life with a cat exercise wheel!
The Catio Outdoor Enclosure For Your Cat (Designs, …

28-10-2018 · You want your cat to enjoy the cool breeze of the outdoors - but you don't want to let her roam? Let's talk about CATIOS! It's a PATIO for your CAT.

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Does your cat sit for hours gazing out the window?

Mine does.

If your cat does the same, it’s a reminder that underneath all their domestication, cats are still wild animals.

They want to experience being outside. So, why not build them a place to do it.

What’s A Catio?

A catio is a “cat patio” or cat enclosure that allows your cat to be safe and enjoy the feeling of being outdoors.

Most of the time this is a safe, enclosed, outdoor space that allows your cat to enjoy the breeze, sunshine, and sounds of the outdoors all while safe.

Catios are the latest craze in the feline world! 

There may be a few different reasons why you would set up a catio for your cats: 

  • You live in a dangerous area – where it’s not safe for your cat to be outside, but you still want them to experience the outdoors
  • Your cat may have been lost before, and you feel uneasy about letting them out without supervision 
  • You have inside-only cats right now but are interested in doing so in a safe way where you can keep watch on them
  • You want to spoil your cat, giving them the absolute luxury of lounging in their very own back-yard oasis
outdoor cat enclosure catio
“Creative Commons Catio Complete #2” by eileenmak is licensed under CC BY 2.0“

A catio can give your cat their very own window to the world.

There are many companies that now manufacture enclosures which can be attached or mounted to your window, giving your cat a taste of the outdoor life.

Cat patios can be attached to any window, ground level or higher.

Here are a few of the most popular ideas for a catio space:

  • Multi-storey enclosures (expanding upwards, could be on your back porch leading up to a window of your home for easy access)
  • Cat window catios (attaching a window box to your window to allow your cat to step outside)
  • Playpen-type catios (similar to a playpen for a child, this would be mobile and most likely a smaller confined space for your cat to laze in the sun)
  • Full back-yard type catios (including real nature in your catio, building around trees and bushes, etc)

There are some really nice cat enclosures and cat runs listed below, as well as some really awesome (and easy!) DIY ideas at the bottom of this post! 

Let’s take a look at some options that allow your cat to satisfy their curiosity of the outdoors while giving you the peace of mind that they’re safe.

kitten playing with flower in ground
What is this!?

Window Mounted Cat Enclosures

For people living in smaller houses or second/third floor apartments, a window mounted enclosure is perfect for giving your cat a panoramic view of the world around it.

Your cat can take in the outside world without facing any of the potential dangers.

Not only are there some amazing window boxes you can purchase, but there are also some really easy DIY ideas to create a window box yourself!

Outside Window Cat Boxes

The type of window box you will need depends largely on the size of your window and whether it opens side-to-side or up and down.

Window boxes are designed to be lightweight yet sturdy and can be painted or stained to match the surrounding environment, you don’t want to upset the local neighbors or residents association, do you?

Another useful feature in many commercially available cat window boxes is a Plexiglas front which enables the enclosure to be used all year round.

The Plexiglas also provides protection from UV rays to prevent the risk of skin cancer in your cats.

Larger window boxes usually feature some sort of entry method that uses vinyl strips to restrict airflow back into the home, but others may have a specialized cat-flap door which attaches to your house or the window.

Online specialists who make window boxes include:

● Cats With An Attitude
● Habitat Haven

These companies are only listed as resources, we do not endorse them, but we love them! We just want to provide you with the most information possible.
Check them out at your convenience!

Personally, I really like Cats With An Attitude (CWAA), because they offer a range of outside window boxes, and are given the adorable name “Kitty Peeper.”

The following YouTube video looks at some of their more popular models…


A DIY Window Cat Box

If you can’t find a cat window box that meets all your cat’s needs, you could always try building your own.  Although there are many companies which sell cat enclosure outdoor kits, a window box enclosure can be quite easy to make from scratch.

This way you can install extra shelves, built in cat scratch posts, use some cedar wood planks or flooring, and add other comfort features to keep your cat amused.

The video below is a good a starting place when building your own cat window box!

You can find more interesting DIY Catio box ideas here: 

Cat Window Patio.

If you live in a house with a larger backyard, a cat window patio can be a larger structure attached to your window.  You can expand up to another level of your home, or down to the ground to allow your cat to have access to grass and plants. 

Unlike the window boxes, patios have more area for your cat to play in!

The size of a cat patio ranges…

You could have a multi-story enclosure attached to your window with climbing posts and ladders for more fun and exercise for the cat.

Or it could be something even bigger, like a covered play-pen that starts at the window but extends into the garden using tunnels and passageways.

The only limits are your imagination, the space available, and your budget.

By attaching a simple entry like the Window Pet Door from Ideal Pet Products, almost any cat enclosure can become a window attached patio.

With a door like this, there will be no need to carry your poor kitty out of the house and put her in the playpen anymore, she can simply choose when she wants to go outside herself.

With the window box idea, you can go really simple (such as just a box outside your window) OR you can do something a little bigger (okay, a lot bigger) like THIS. 

This is a window box that leads to an entire outdoor cat enclosure in the backyard – how fun!!!!

The Best Un-Attached Catio Enclosures

If you have a spacious backyard or are looking for something that doesn’t attach to your home (and is maybe even mobile) – look no further. 

Here’s a list of some of the best catios and cat enclosures to create a true backyard oasis for your kitties. 

Prevue Pet Products Premium/Deluxe Cat Home.

Our Rating: ?????  (5/5)

The Prevue Pet Products Premium/Deluxe Cat Home is one of my favorite catios – and it doesn’t break the bank!

Made from a rust-resistant heavy-duty aluminum, it’s a cage-like multi-level design with a paw-friendly construction for even the smallest of kittens.

It comes with two hammocks, lockable shelves, and is large enough to hold several cats with ease.

With a mobile design, it could even be used indoors and out.

Reviews for this cat enclosure are through the roof, with most claiming it’s the perfect little cat pen. 

TRIXIE Pet Products Outdoor Cat Run.

Our Rating: ???? (4/5)

The Trixie Pet Products Outdoor Cat Run is a more premium option for allowing your cat to enjoy the outside world.

With weather treated fir wood, it provides an extra retreat for cats who may be less adventurous or just want some shelter.

Although it features wooden hatches enabling you to mount it freely in the garden, these could be easily modified to fit a cat-flap style attachment like the Window Pet Door from Ideal Pet products that we looked at earlier.

According to reviews, the only problem with this catio is the instructions…  with quite a few reviews saying that the instructions aren’t very easy to follow.

However, finding a Youtube video that details a setup and installation of this product is an easy fix for that:

Reviewers are raving about the quality and price point for this little catio!

Nala and Company Portable Pet Enclosure.

Our Rating: ??? (3/5)

The Nala and Company Portable Pet Enclosure is a portable outdoor cat enclosure like this one from enables you to take your cat with you when you visit friends or travel.

Easy to assemble, it is a wonderful pop-up tent. (We all know how much cats love tents!)

This tent is a cost-effective way of bringing your cat with you wherever you go.  It’s also pretty useful for after vet visits when your drowsy cat wants to wander about but shouldn’t.

While this enclosure isn’t large enough for play, it’s perfect for travel and lazing about!

According to reviews, people love this pet enclosure for more of a “relaxing” kind of situation for your cat (laying around on your porch or something to take with you if you’re traveling with your cat). 

Topeakmart 4-Tier Foldable Cat Home Cage

Our Rating: ????  (4/5)

This Topeakmart 4 Tier Foldable Cat Home caught my eye – and I just had to tell you about it. 

 I almost didn’t add it to this list, because it is quite literally a smaller version of the very first catio idea we mentioned (The Prevue Pet Products Premium/Deluxe Cat Home) but it really is worth mentioning!!!

With 4 doors, 3 metal ladders and lots of space to add hammocks or comfy blankets, this is ideal for the beginner catio owner.

Mounted on wheels for easy mobility, you can plant this anywhere in your yard (or roll it around to different locations each morning to give your cats a fresh new view!)

What I liked most about this one is the price point:

It’s quite a bit cheaper than the other cat enclosure options on this list, but still offers quite a lot of room for your cats to explore and laze around!

DIY Cat Patio Enclosures

Building your own catio is where you can let your imagination run away with you.

You can do something small, or you can do something extravagant, like Serena’s garden getaway video.

This video below shows a catio made from an IKEA shelf:

This is absolutely swoon-worthy – what a lucky kitty. 

Why not build your cat something all the other kitties will be jealous of?

You can buy many outdoor enclosure kits or modules, but it is much more fun to design your own and can be more cost-effective.

(Not to mention you can completely customize it to your cat’s liking!!)

A good resource to help in the design and construction of your luxury catio can be found here.

Below are some other great ideas on how to create your very own little outdoor space for your kitties: 

  • DIY Catio With Netting 
    This is made with something similar to cat netting, more information on netting at the bottom of this page!
  • DIY Catio with Wiring 
    This is made with something similar to a chicken wire – a bit more sturdy than the netting. When doing something like this, we suggest adding carpet, as your cat could potentially hurt themselves on the sharp ends of the wiring. 
  • DIY Catio on A Budget (under 0)
    This kind of budget catio is great for beginners or people who aren’t really sure if their cat would even like the outdoor time, this is a great way to introduce them to the outdoors without buying a cat enclosure or spending a lot of money making one. 

cat sitting on perch in green nature

Related Questions…

Let’s talk about this some more!

I’ve followed up with some of Google’s most frequently asked questions on the topic of catios/cat enclosures. 

? What is a Catio for cats? 

A Catio can be anything from a window box to a complete back-yard enclosure but the most important thing about a catio is that it is an enclosed space for your cat.

The idea behind a catio is to allow your cat safe and supervised access to the outdoors. 

? What is cat netting? 

Cat netting is a net material specifically used in creating cat tents, catios and other cat enclosures.

Creating your catio with cat netting helps ensure your cat cannot escape from the area, it’s completely safe for them (they can’t get hurt by it, as some wire material may cut them) and it’s very durable. 

? What is a cat fence? Should I use cat netting or cat fencing for my catio?

Cat fencing is another material specifically designed with your cat in mind – because this type of fencing has a kind of pivoted arched top (patented to cat fencing) that won’t allow your cat to hop over the fence and escape. 

To decide which material you want to use in your cat enclosure, you need to ask yourself a few questions…

  • Where will my catio be? If you have a catio that is attached to your home, you may want to go for something a little stronger, like cat fencing. 
  • Will my cat attempt to escape? If you trust your cat will not attempt to escape, using something softer like the cat netting may be a better idea. 
  • Is my cat prone to scratching, clawing things? If so, you may want to go with cat fencing. Cat netting is durable, but it’s still netting and could eventually be clawed out of. 

Whichever type of catio you decide on for your feline friend, they will be excited to safely play and laze about in the outside world!

Hide and Seek: Cats Tents For Your Outdoor Or Indoor Explorer

17-10-2018 · Indoor cat tents can also be a nice addition to the decor of your home (some of them are really cute!) Cozy little cat tents are easy to clean, some even being machine washable or heated! Made specifically for indoor use (and some specifically for certain areas of your home) – they will look good wherever you place them. For you outdoor only peeps:

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If your cats are anything like mine, all you need is an empty cardboard box to keep them entertained.

Why do cats love to be inside things like cardboard boxes or bags?

Because they’re hunters and love to stalk!

Check out these quick pick variations below:

Cats, more than dogs, enjoy their own private spaces like:

  • an empty suitcase
  • an old wooden box
  • the inside of a cupboard

They do this to hide, relax, hunt, or even sleep.

They can find a spot anywhere, but why not make that spot a “made for a cat” tent.

While some cats may be stoked to hide in cardboard boxes, they’re pretty unsightly and annoying to keep around in your living room.

calico cat in a cardboard box

Cat Tents For Outdoors And Indoors: An Aesthetic Alternative!

I’ll be honest, I thought there would be more options for this kind of thing.

There are similar types to the few I’ve gone over below, but many don’t have oodles of reviews.

I’m sure its important for you to know how these stand the tests put by other buyers.

Seeing that my cat Bubs tends to hide, scares easily and has strongman abilities, I worry he’ll escape through the mesh if it’s too flimsy.

I don’t know if these are durable, but there are enough that have been used with some high enough rated reviews that I’d feel comfortable trying them out.

I wouldn’t put these in a place that gets a lot of commotion but you can put one in a quiet spot in your yard.

Maybe more durable and higher quality tents would be made if we, as cat lovers, would put more of demand out for these options on current ones.

We just want a safe place for our cats to enjoy the sun and fresh air.

Let’s get into the weeds about a few differences between putting these things outside, inside or both.

For you indoor only peeps:

  • Indoor cat tents can be the comfy and quiet place your cat goes to hide and sleep (a great way to keep your indoor cat happy!)
  • Indoor cat tents can also be a nice addition to the decor of your home (some of them are really cute!)
  • Cozy little cat tents are easy to clean, some even being machine washable or heated!
  • Made specifically for indoor use (and some specifically for certain areas of your home) – they will look good wherever you place them.

For you outdoor only peeps:

  • Outdoor cat tents can keep your cat safe on the balcony or as a backyard haven.
  • An outdoor cat tent is also less expensive than purpose-built enclosures
  • They can be moved for convenience.

In fact:

I have one in the corner of my garden to provide protection from the cold and wet weather for some of the neighborhood feral cats.

What can I say?

I’m a sucker for kitties!

When I was researching for this piece, I was astounded by the variety of tents available.

Below are some of my favorite, which hopefully will be useful to you when you throw out the cardboard box and upgrade to a tent!

cat eyes peaking above tent cat veteran
Indoor Cat Tents: Hideaways for Your Seclusive Feline

These will look cute in your living room or tucked away in your cat’s favorite laundry room cubby…

I was so surprised at how nice looking some of them were and how easy to set up most of them are. Not a fan of how some are a bit too thin though.

?‍? ABO Gear Happy Habitat

By far, one of the most popular cat tents is the ABO Gear Happy Habitat for Indoor Cats.

It’s really easy to assemble, it literally pops into play-mode (within seconds).

It’s just as easy to dismantle, taking only seconds to fold back into the travel case.

This makes it ultra-portable and suitable for travel. 

This cat tent gets massive bonus points for ease of use – check it out in the clip below!

As a large black mesh dome-style tent, it provides up to 30 square feet of indoor or outdoor fun and safety for your cat.

It’s also large enough for multiple cats if you should be so lucky!

If you want to use it outside, there are stakes that can attach it to the ground.

It is very sturdy, although larger/stronger cats may cause it to wobble.

If your cat has destructive tendencies, be sure to keep an eye on them because they could claw their way out of the mesh if they were determined enough (especially if a squirrel was taunting them!)

If your cats are strictly indoor, this tent can be an ideal way of letting them play safely in the garden while you sunbathe…

It’s large enough to put a couple of cat toys in as well. (I use it indoors when I’m mopping or vacuuming, that way I’m not being attacked by my cat the entire time.)

Something to note…

Using this tent with a tunnel system is a GREAT idea.

Check out the review below and see how your cats can tunnel their way outside into the tent:

?‍? SmartyKat Pet Cat Tent Bed

These are super adorable – the cat teepee from SmartyKat.

This is one of the cutest cat tents I’ve ever seen, and your cat will love it just as much.

Plus, your cat will be trendy those teepees at popular music festivals.

Who needs Coachella, when you can have Cat-chella?

This teepee is much smaller than the ABO tent and is designed more so as a bed for your cat to play in.

It’s easy to assemble like the ABO tent, but it can take some practice to maneuver the poles into the correct position when you first set it up.

It also comes with a carrying case, which makes it portable for outdoor camping trips (as long as you don’t mind having it outside).

There are convenient flaps on the front entrance that tie onto the sides, allowing for your cat to enter and leave the tent.

It’s an easily cleanable tent made out of cotton and it even comes with a pillow.


It’s not really suitable for use in your garden, but for people looking for a smaller indoor tent, it’s definitely one of the cutest you’ll ever find.

In fact…

This look is so popular that there are a lot of DIY tents that are styled like it!

Here is one I thought was super cute and looks easy to make (NO sewing involved):

Cat Tents For Outside: Field Trips Within The Boundaries Of A Tent

We’ve talked about portable cat enclosures before, but let’s dive into some of these fantastic outdoor cat tents (there’s even a heated cat tent… but we’ll get to that in a bit!)

That way, cats have an easy time of entering and exiting their play area.

Also, they allow your kitty an escape route in the worst case scenario:

A predator invading in their chill space.

Whether or not you have one or two entrances, you can attach a cat tunnel to make it a larger play area for your cat

It’s great if you have a hard time getting them in or out, so two doors solve that problem!

Let’s break down some options!

?‍? Petego Umbra Portable & Outdoor Use Cat Tent

One cat tent designed for the outdoors (but totally suitable for indoor play too) which features two entrances is the Petego Umbra Portable Pet Tent

Similar to the ABO tent we looked at earlier, this model from Roraima is 30 square feet, which is large enough for several cats and their toys but also features two entrances.

You can easily attach this to a car, window, or door flap in your house.

The black mesh provides ventilation and visibility for your cat while coming with a waterproof rain fly that will provide protection from rain and UV rays.

Although it’s very similar to the ABO tent, many users have found it’s not quite as easy to assemble or fold back into the bag…

The spring in the poles tends to be overly tight.

But if you want the flexibility of another entrance and might leave this tent more permanently fixed this could be the ideal choice.


Be warned…

This next tent is luxurious!

?‍? K&H A-Frame Heated Tent Bed

K&H Pet Products Outdoor Tent comes with features that no other tent has, like weather-proofed material and a heated pad.

This is the kind of tent I have outdoors for stray cats because I’m way too soft (so I keep getting told).

You can see an unboxing and set up of this cat tent below: 

My pampered cat won’t even consider going outside in the winter months, not when he has a nice warm house.

But if he did venture out, I’d feel a lot better if there was one of these A-frame tents for him to take shelter in.

With waterproofing fabric and an overhang roof design, it helps keep cats both warm and dry.

And there’s room for up to four small cats. There’s even two entrances/exits, so cats can’t be trapped by predators.

The heated style of this tent features a 40-watt soft outdoor heated bed, which doesn’t heat until something lies on it.

I know this was my main concern when I was looking into this (if it’s constantly heated, it could be a hazard).

In the video above, he mentions that when you turn it on, it doesn’t feel like electric heat from a heating pad would, it feels more just like body heat…

And this is the key to making this type of cat tent popular. 

We don’t want our cats to be laying on what feels like a heating pad all evening, because that’s not good for them and poses certain risks but we don’t want them to be chilly either! 

Something else I love about this tent (that surprised me)?

This tent is easy to assemble!!!

With hook and loop style fasteners, no tools are required for assembly.

The outside of the tent can be spot cleaned with a damp cloth or sponge, and the cover of the mattress can be machine washed for easy care.

If your cat doesn’t love you too much already, they certainly will if you treat them to a heated tent.

The friendly strays in the neighborhood will definitely appreciate this too.

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DIY Cat Tents: SO Adorable You Wish You Could Fit In It

Here at Cat Veteran, we encourage using your creativity to create custom spaces for your cats.

Cats will love any tent, and they’re not too expensive to buy, but if you want to create your own tent, it’s very easy. It could even be a project you start to provide some shelter for your neighborhood strays in those cold winter months.

You will be a regular kitty Saint!

Want more ideas for DIY cat tents?

Click here for details on building a cat tent with just coat hangers, an old t-shirt, and cardboard.

For tons more cute cat tents, check out this link!

Click the image below for a “No Sew” cat tent:

diy cat tent

Related Questions For Your Felines:

How do you make a cat tent out of a shirt and hanger? 

You can make a cat tent with a t-shirt and hanger using:

  • 1 old t-shirt
  • 15-inch x 15-inch piece of cardboard
  • 2 wire coat hangers
  • 4 safety pins
  • masking tape
  • pliers

Why do cats love to hide? 

Cats like to get into drawers, boxes, and tents because there, they feel warm, safe and secure.

Hiding places should also be available in your cat’s environment because, when given the chance what they feel is a dangerous situation, cats will usually always choose to hide rather than fight. 

Do cats need darkness to sleep? 

One reason to get a cat tent is to put a nice little bed in there for your cats to sleep on.

But do cats need an enclosed/dark space to sleep? 

Not necessarily!

Cats can sleep in darkness or sunlight but usually prefer enclosed space where they know they won’t be disturbed (enter the cat tent!)

Your cat will be sure to love any tent you get for them.  

If you’ve tried something like this, or considered getting one, let me know your thoughts in the comments!

What To Do With Stray Cats In Your Yard? (GOT ALLEY CATS)

25-10-2017 · How To Tell If A Cat Is Owned. You should begin by taking pictures and posting flyers asking if any of the cats are owned. If any of the cat (s) will let you, you can put a breakaway choke safe collar on the cat with a note asking if the cat is owned, and for the owner to give you a call. In the flyer and the note, it’s only fair to warn any ...

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I live on an Air Force base and we have a couple of feral and stray cats come visit our back door most nights and early mornings. Nothing too bothersome until my little girls started leaving food for them without us knowing. We dug into how we could decrease the number of strays coming around and help our indoor cats from freaking out each night.

So, what do you do with stray cats in your yard? 

The first thing to do is figure out if they’re:

  1. Owned wandering or lost cats
  2. Abandoned strays or
  3. Feral cats

How To Tell If A Cat Is Owned

You should begin by taking pictures and posting flyers asking if any of the cats are owned.

If any of the cat(s) will let you, you can put a breakaway choke safe collar on the cat with a note asking if the cat is owned, and for the owner to give you a call.

In the flyer and the note, it’s only fair to warn any owner that, if they don’t call, you will look for a home for the cat(s).

If an owner does get in contact with you, let them know that their cats have been in your yard and that you are worried about their safety.

Be friendly and open, not accusatory, because sometimes people get defensive when it comes to animal issues.

Don’t say things like:

  • “Your cat is in my yard and I want you to do something about it.”
    • Instead, express that you are on the same side as the owner, not accusing them.  Explain that you are concerned about the cat, and bring up any dangers you think are an issue – loose dogs, busy roads, other animals, as examples.

Statistically, the average lifespan of a cat is broken down into three sections:

  1. Indoor cat
  2. Outdoor/Indoor Cat
  3. Indoor Only Cat

The average outdoor only cat lives about two years, the average inside/outside cat lives about eight years, and the average inside only cat lives about fifteen years.

Stray Cats Gathering

Many people feel that cats live a better life if they can go outside and play, but with some thoughtful additions to their home, they can live a better and much longer life indoors.

If they have a cat tree to climb, and some toys that work with their instincts and keep their interest up, then they will be happy – and long lived – cats.

Work with owners on a compromise that makes everyone happy.

What If No One Gets In Touch With Me?

  • If no one claims the cat(s), but they are friendly strays, put up found flyers and run a free found ad in your local newspaper.
  • If any of the cat(s) are tame, take them to a vet and get them scanned for a microchip to see if they have an owner that can be located.
  • If you get no response to your advertisements, clip or print out a copy of the ad and flyer, jot down the dates they ran, and begin to look for a home for the cat(s) (or adopt them yourself).
  • If you can prove you looked for an owner for a reasonable amount of time (legally it varies, but 14 to 30 days is usually required) and no one claimed the animal, then it is considered a stray.

If you are interested in microchipping your own kitten/cat, you can read more here.

Where Do You Take Stray Cats?

You could turn the cat over to animal control, but most government run animal shelters have a 95 % euthanasia rate.

[Who to call to pick up stray cats? Find out your states information here.]

Call them to ask what their policies are, and ask about their success rate.

Some states only require them to keep a stray for three days before euthanizing them – and the facility doesn’t even have to be open those days!

These agencies do their best, but the problem in most areas is just that out of hand.

Unless you live in an area that does a great job of finding homes, adopting the cat yourself or finding it a home on your own is the kindest thing to do.

If the cat(s) are friendly, take pictures and post them to online classified sites and make flyers to put up at local veterinarian’s offices.

Pack Of Stray Cats

Write a description of his personality and, with persistence and patience, you can find him a good forever home.

What To Do About Feral Cats?

If the cat(s) hanging around are feral, your options are different.

Once you establish that they are not owned and are feral, talk to your neighbors about formulating a neighborhood plan.

Check with your local animal control about very low cost spay/neuter options for feral cats.

Check out the website of Alley Cat Allies (alleycat.org) to see if there are any local Feral Friends volunteers to help you. They have many great resources on their website.

Many people think the only thing to do with feral cats is trap them and turn them in to animal control.  This policy of trap and euthanize usually won’t fix the problem.

If there are cats hanging around, there is a food source.  

If you get rid of some cats, more will just move in.

Trap Neuter Release Program

The best plan is to do something called TNR, which stands for Trap Neuter Release.  This means that you work on trapping them, getting them spayed or neutered, and release them back to your area.

Trapping A Feral Cat For Neutering

Most feral spaying and neutering programs will tip the feral cat’s ear – trim the top of one ear in a straight line as a visual indicator that this cat is fixed and not reproducing.

If you can educate your neighbors about TNR (again, Alley Cat Allies has great resources for this) and get all the feral cats in your neighborhood fixed, you will stem the growth of the cat population, and the released cats will keep more cats from moving in to their territory.

Many of the behavioral issues people complain about regarding strays – such as fighting and urine marking – will be eliminated and you will have free neighborhood rodent control.

TNR is really the only policy that works.

If the cats are feral and absolutely cannot stay in the area, the third choice is to contact your local feed store or horse associations.

Many people with horses and livestock are very happy to have barn cats to keep the rodent population down in their barns.

Once you find a group willing to give homes to feral’s, you could trap them and get them to a vet for spaying and neutering, and then the barn owners could pick them up from the veterinarian’s office, set them up in a safe enclosed area for a couple of week so they can settle in, and then release them to the area.

You want to look for responsible owners who will provide water, a safe place to sleep, and some dry food daily (especially in bad weather).  In return, the cats will stay in the area and provide expert rodent control.

the electronic microchipped cat

It may seem overwhelming, but it isn’t – it can grow to be, though, if no one steps in to address the issue and improve the situation.

Assess the situation, get your neighbors involved, choose the best plan, and work together to give these cats a chance at longer, healthier lives.

My neighbor and I worked together to get a handle on feral cats in our area, spaying/neutering and releasing the feral’s, finding homes for the friendly strays and feral’s who were young enough to be tamed.

Together, we took care of all the cats – and became really good friends in the process.  

Stray cats in your yard may seem like a problem, but they are an opportunity for you to step up and make your little corner of the world a better place for everyone.

The World of Cat Tunnels (and why your cat wants one!)

Best Large Cat Tunnel: Rainbow Pop Cubes and Cat Tunnel. This is more than just a cat tunnel – it’s a cat cube tunnel fun play palace! Combining two of the things cats love (playing and small spaces to lay in) – this cube and tunnel set has everything your cat could need for hours of fun! Our cats need regular play for a wide variety of ...

As the saying goes, “all work and no play make Jack a dull boy.”

But if Jack’s a cat, that lack of play can cause a lot more problems than just making him simply ‘dull’.

We try to find ways to make our cats happy, especially if they are left alone while we’re at work or running errands and having toys, tunnels and games for your cat to have regular playtime is important!

At a glance, our favorite tunnel types for our 4 cats is the Feline Ruff 4 Way Cat Tunnels(check out the dimension over at Amazon) You’ll like these because they are extra long and extra large for those biggin’ snuggly kitties.

If this is too much tunnel for you then you can easily get the 3 way, which also has shorter tunnel length.

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Cat tunnel play takes serious concentration… I must focus.

First Question: So, What is the Best Cat Tunnel?

This is, of course, based on the preference of you and your cat but we have a few suggestions for the number one tunnel system out there. 

Best Basic Cat Tunnel: SmartyKat Hideout Tunnel

I love this tunnel because it’s basic but large, so there is tons of room to play!

Something to keep in mind with this tunnel is its size – you may need a bigger play area (but it also maximizes the fun!)

Best Play Tunnel: Purrfect Feline Crinkle Cat Toy Tunnel

If pouncing, a heart-pounding play is your goal – this is the tunnel for your kitties! With crinkle noises and cat toys dangling from each entrance – this FOUR WAY cat tunnel will have your cats running, leaping, playing and pouncing all day! 

Best DIY Cat Tunnel Idea: Modern Transparent DIY Cat Tunnel 

We may have already talked about this one in this post, but being made from transparent wrapping plastic, this tunnel is both easy for you and fun for your cats.

I love that it’s completely clear and see-through – meaning your cats have a full view of their world around them while inside the tube. This makes it really fun for “hunting” their favorite toys on the other side of the tube! 

Best Outdoor Cat Tunnel: ABO Gear Kitty Compound

Again, one we have already talked about in this post but we just can’t say enough good things about it. The reviews speak for themselves and this outdoor cat compound is perfect for your cat’s outdoor adventures. 

Best Small Cat Tunnel: Ethical Pet Sleep Zone Cuddle Cave

What cat doesn’t love laying in a plushy, comfortable spot? And what cat doesn’t like tunnels!?
Here we have the best of both – a comfy plush cat tunnel that is the size of a cat bed! 

Great for apartments, living rooms or small spaces! 

Best Large Cat Tunnel: Rainbow Pop Cubes and Cat Tunnel 

This is more than just a cat tunnel – it’s a cat cube tunnel fun play palace!

Combining two of the things cats love (playing and small spaces to lay in) – this cube and tunnel set has everything your cat could need for hours of fun! 

Our cats need regular play for a wide variety of reasons…

Here are a few ways playtime is beneficial for your cat:

  • relieves the boredom that can lead to destructive vices (like scratching up the sofa.)
  • relieves natural aggressive tendencies that would otherwise come out in less pleasant ways (like attacking their kitty brother or sister.)
  • lowers blood pressure
  • prevents obesity
  • makes every feline a happier and healthier kitty

And what playtime is complete with some paw-some cat tunnels!! 

This video below shows the 3-way tunnel and how to collapse it:

Playing with your kitty is also a great way to bond with your feline roommate while also relieving stress and tension for us.

But aside from the:

…many of us aren’t sure what else a cat enjoys playing with. So, what is another great toy that your cat will love and actually regularly use?

Let’s dive into the world of cat tunnels!!

Cat Tunnels: Toys for Kitties of All Ages, Shapes & Sizes

When you think of things that cats love, what comes to mind?

Most cats love comfortable areas with:

Most cats love to play and explore and genuinely enjoy an opportunity to try something new, on their own terms, of course.

So it comes as no surprise that most cats adore tunnels…

Because of this:

There are many, many options on the market with a huge variety of types, colors, sizes, uses and so much more. 

You can even use these to transition to a cat ladder!

Determining which play tunnel is right for your cat is best approached by thinking of your cat’s specific needs, and what you (the human) want to accomplish with their new toy.

Until recently, space was a huge issue for us (as in, we had none!) so we often opted for collapsable cat tunnels that didn’t take up much space


Now that we’re moving into a bigger house and will have much more room for the cats to play, we’re looking for more sturdy, fun, and extended cat tunnels.

The kind of tunnel also depends very much on your cat(s) personalities, too!

Each cat has their own unique personality, so you may end up buying a few different tunnels for a few different cats in your home… (the more the merrier, right?!)

Some cats seemingly:

  • live to cause trouble (especially at night).
  • others only wish to have their ears rubbed.
  • or be hand fed filet mignon all day long.

Some cats are absolute pranksters, and love to jump out are “frighten” their humans, where others are happiest passing the day sleeping among the numerous pillows on our bed.

It’s because of the wide variety of kitty personalities that there need to be such a wide variety of cat toys and tunnels for our pampered pets.

It’s easy to think of cat tunnels being a toy for only the feline wild-child who love to jump, chase, pounce and rattle crinkly things into the wee hours of the night.

Cat behaviorist Pam Johnson-Bennett highly recommends cat tunnels for not only the playful puss, but for the shy and insecure ones, as well. [1]

If your feline friend regularly hides under the bed and prefers to remain as unobtrusive as possible, they may have confidence and fear issues that prevent them from coming out in the open.  [2]

Having tunnels that come part of the way out into the interior of a room gives them the opportunity to explore without feeling too exposed.

Soon, your kitties will be playing and having as much fun as these cats in the video below!

The more time they spend away from the walls and other hiding zones, these fearful felines will realize they are safe in their habitat and will become increasingly more secure in their surroundings.

It won’t happen overnight, but tunnels allow frightened felines to dip their toes into uncharted territory one step at a time.

Eventually, they will reach the end of the tunnel, and one day, you may see tiny toes peeking out as they take their first steps into the great unknown.

Given ample time, these frightened kitties will build confidence that will make them much happier pusses in the long run.

It also gives cats a chance to get comfortable and have fun with each other (as you can see in the video above). 

So, now that we know that all cats can benefit from tubular playtime, let’s get down to business determining which kitty tunnel is right for your feline friend.

Second Question: Indoor OR Outdoor Cat Tunnel?

When searching for where to start with your search, you can ask yourself:

  •  Where you will set it up?

After you’ve determined where you need to determine which one.

When looking online, the options seem nearly infinite.

So let’s try to narrow this down.

cat in outdoor cat tunnel cat veteran

Outdoor Cat Tunnels: 

If your kitty has a taste for the great outdoors but you’re worried about predators and other outdoor health concerns, then a fully-enclosed predator-proof tunnel is a great way to get your kitty some safe outside time.

Outdoor tunnels give your cat a great way to have a taste of the outdoors but still be safe. But always supervise your cats while outside with these types of tents… they might be able to get out or use their nails to claw their way out.

This outdoor kitty compound from ABO Gear received great reviews for its easy assembly and sturdy frame and mesh.

So, let’s talk about outdoor cat tunnels for a minute:

  • Outdoor cat tunnels can be great if you already have a catio set up, or if your cat is an indoor/outdoor cat
  • One of the most important things you want to consider the area and ask some questions (will it rain a lot here, how do I protect the cat tunnel from damage, is it easily accessible to my cats, etc). 
  • And, if this is your first outdoor cat enclosure, you may want to try a less expensive option to start to make sure your puss really wants that outdoor experience.

Some companies, like Catbitats, offer a wide range of custom mad tunnels and outdoor catwalks built of strong wire mesh that can be put together in a wide variety of options.

From catwalks to catios, Catbitats (think cat habitat) is designed for safe outdoor respite time for otherwise indoor dwelling kitties.

For less adventurous cats or those kitties content to just snooze in the grass, there are smaller and less expensive options available (such as the indoor cat tunnels from above), as well as options for cats that live in condos and apartments.

All of these are designed with options like kitty doors, so your cat can come and go as they please.

Many of them have shelter from inclement weather, as well as other options like hammocks, feed and water stations.

Although there are cheaper options out there for outdoor tunnels, general feedback from purchasers is they don’t last long and have a tendency to fall apart easily.

As this is not as sturdy as an enclosure made with wire, supervised pet play only is strongly encouraged with these types of models.

How to make an outdoor cat tunnel?

For those of you that are handy with hammer and nail, there are YouTube videos and other instructions on how to build your own outdoor cat tunnels and enclosures.

Below is a great video by “Self Sufficient Me” that details how to build a cat run and enclosure including a pet door and what materials they used:

If you are capable of quality construction, building a DIY outdoor kitty habitat can save you lots of money. (We’ll talk more about this later!)

But if you are like me and are more likely to hit my thumb with a hammer rather than the nail, it might be best to leave the construction to the professionals.

The last thing you want is for Fluffy to get hurt by an incorrectly constructed cat condo.

Indoor Cat Tunnels: 

If your cat is terrified of the great outdoors, then an indoor model will suit their needs perfectly.

Interior-use tunnels come in a huge assortment of materials, colors and textures.

From the crinkly plastic tubes to plush fabric lined cylinders, I can almost guarantee there is an option for even the finickiest feline!

black cat waiting hunting cat cat veteran

Before determining which one to get, look at the space in your home where you want to locate the play tunnel.

Here are some things about indoor cat tunnels to consider:

  • So, indoor cat tunnels are great – but will likely end up in storage if you don’t actually have the space for it. 
  • You want to think about adding cat tunnels into your living room in ways that will least inconvenience you (such as creating DIY cat tunnels with furniture or buying furniture made with you and your cats in mind.)
  • However – you also want to place the cat tunnel in an area that your cat will actually feel comfortable using it, so keep that in mind, too! 

If it’s in a dedicated kitty play room, or a large area, you may want to splurge on a longer option, or maybe even get a few different types for different activities.

If you are tight on space, you may want to look at options that are easily collapsible so you can remove them when not in use or if you are having guests.

Third Question: What Size Cat Tunnel Do I Need!?

Also, this is a good time to look at the size of the kitties that will be using the play tunnel.

Take our Cat Veteran leader, Toki, for instance:

2 of her cats, Bubs, who is easily 16 pounds, Coo Coos who is a mini-kitty and weighs in at 9 pounds…

If she were to buy a tunnel based on Coo Coo’s size, Bubs wouldn’t be able to fit his head into it.

In this case, she would need to buy a tunnel based on Bubs’s size if the goal was for both kitties to be able to play in the tunnels.

Luckily, they do make tunnels for the “huskier” puss, so even our larger kitty friends don’t have to miss out on the fun!

On the flip side, Bubs and Coo Coo don’t always get along.

Having an option where the little girl can hide out and know Bubs can’t bother her has made her a much happier cat as she feels much safer in her little hiding zones.

As she is also one for plush fabrics, she loves the feel of fleece, and also loves the crinkly noises of plastic and paper bags.

With all that in mind, the Kitty Cat Tunnel by Easyology (video below!) is the perfect tunnel for her specific needs.


Fourth Question: Can I DIY This!?

Oh yes, yes you can!!! I alluded to this about with the outdoor tunnels.

For the DIYers out there, the indoor cat tunnel is much easier to build than an outdoor one.

Something as simple as cutting holes in a cardboard box or taping together a bunch of paper bags and reinforcing them to keep them perpetually open is an extremely easy and inexpensive way to use household items as cat toys.

Below is a super simple way to make a tunnel:

Sure, they won’t last nearly as long as fabric or nylon tunnels, but when they are that inexpensive, you don’t mind if you have to construct a new one when the old one has seen its final use.

You can also use this stuff to make some cat stairs!

Here are a few ideas!

DIY Cat Tunnel with a Sweater!! (Level: super duper easy!)

The idea behind this one in simple – turn one of your old sweaters into a cat tunnel  using just a few products!

The inside of the tunnel can be constructed of foam or cardboard:

Totally Transparent Tunnel
(Level: medium difficulty, maximum payoff!)

This tunnel excites your cat in a variety of different ways, as the tunnel is clear and lets your cat see obstacles, toys or “prey” through the walls – it also makes a sound when she pounces through it! 

Click through to this video and scroll down to the description box to see how this see through wrapping plastic tunnel was made!

From-Here-to-There Functional Tunnel System

(Level: Super difficult but also super awesome!)

Tunnels aren’t just for playing – some are functional!

If you have space, time, patience, wire and wood – you can make something like this!


Fifth (and final) Question: Should I Get a Cat Tunnel for My Cats?

Our take on it?


Not only will this be endless fun for your cat, but you can make cat tunnels interactive (for you and your cat, or for your cats to play together with each other).

As we’ve covered, there are different tunnels to fit all cats and all house spaces; super wide tunnels for the kitty who is a bit bigger, and collapsable ones for the living room that seems to be shrinking – you can (and should) find the cat tunnel that suits you and your cat’s needs!

Cat tunnels really are the ultimate all purpose toy.

White Cat cat veteran

From playtime to nap-time, a way to enjoy the adventures of the great outdoors or to slowly accustom a shy cat to a new home, cat tunnels are an enrichment tool that all cats can enjoy.

With all the tunneling options available, there is no reason for

Jack to be dull, bored or cranky, as there really is a tunnel for cat and every purpose under the sun.


[1] Cat Behaviour Associates – How to Use Cat Tunnels

[2] Cat Behaviour Associates – About

How Do You Get Rid of Cat Acne? (Treatments, Causes

24-02-2019 · Unlike humans, cat acne is almost always isolated to a single area on the skin, and it generally isn’t recognizable at first glance. Cats affected by acne almost always experience it in the same area of the body: Below the chin. This area of skin is typically more exposed to bacteria because of its lack of long, thick fur.

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Feline acne may be an unpleasant reality, but the good news is that there are many ways to get rid of cat acne. If you’re a concerned cat mom like me, you may be curious about finding out how you can help your feline stay blemish-free.

When I first discovered that cats can suffer from acne, I was so astonished that I did a ton of research to find out all the details of the matter.

Especially after one of my cats got it from a flea!

how to treat cat chin acne
image credit: Must Love Cats

So you’ve noticed that your furry feline has some unsightly blemishes. Yikes!

How do you get rid of and treat cat acne? Clean the affected area by applying a warm, damp washcloth. Additional home remedies include topical applications stemming from cucumber pulp, tea bags or witch hazel. Medicated wipes and shampoos containing benzoyl peroxide may help, too. More extreme cases may require veterinarian attention and antibiotics.

While it can be comforting to know that there are some things you can do to help clear up your cat’s acne, there are also some very dangerous practices that you should never try at home.

While the causes of this occurrence aren’t surprising, feline acne is not always recognizable at first glance, so it’s helpful to become familiar with its characteristics so you can spot it right away on your feline.

This is important because severe cases can transform into a more dangerous threat for your cat.

What to Do For Cat Acne

When faced with feline acne, the first reaction of most cat owners is:

How do I get rid of it?!

Similar to skin blemishes in people, feline acne can be unattractive and physically bothersome, and most measures are an attempt to manage the condition rather than cure it indefinitely.

If you notice that your cat has an acne issue, there are a few steps you can take to try and resolve the problem.

Clean The Area Of Your Cats Chin

First, the most basic action you can take as a pet owner is to try and clean the affected area with a gentle approach.

Use a warm, damp washcloth and apply it to the affected area, holding it there for about 30 seconds.

Then, gently wipe the area.

This method accomplishes two things:

  • It cleans the area, getting rid of grime and bacteria.
  • The warmth of the washcloth encourages pores to open up, which can help expel additional bacteria buildup and relieve pressure from the blackheads.

There are also a number of DIY soothing treatments that you can create at home.

While these applications are not always clinically proven to help, general knowledge that has passed on throughout the pet community suggests that these treatments may help relieve cat acne.

  • Cucumber pulp
  • The application of green or black tea bags
  • Diluted witch hazel

These are some of the most common DIY treatments for cat acne.

The general theory that backs up these do-it-yourself ointments is that these substances are known to dry out the skin, simultaneously expelling bacteria buildup.

When the affected area is dried out, acne is less likely to advance.

Some medicated wipes or shampoos found at pet stores are essentially over-the-counter versions of these treatments.

A more aggressive approach to clearing up cat acne is to use a medication formulated with benzoyl peroxide.

For more severe cases:

how to get rid of a severe case of cat chin acne
image credit: Must Love Cats

Whether contained as a topical ointment or shampoo, benzoyl peroxide medications designed to target feline acne can generally be obtained with a veterinarian prescription.

Benzoyl peroxide fights acne by oxygenizing the skin, which causes the reduction of moisture.

Essentially drying the skin out, benzoyl peroxide also has the effect of expelling dead skin and rejuvenating hair follicles, which may otherwise be clogged and contributing to the development of acne.

For most cats, these methods will already prove helpful.

However, for more severe situations, a visit to the vet may be in order.

Some veterinarians may determine that a course of antibiotics is necessary to clear up feline acne.

What NOT to Do for Cat Acne

While it is quite helpful for cat owners to be aware of home remedies for cat acne, it is equally important to know what NOT to do for cat acne.

Some well-intentioned attempts to clear up feline acne can actually result in putting your cat in serious danger.

Most of us who have survived the turmoil of teenage acne understand how tempting it can be to pop and pick at those little blemishes.

Don’t transfer this temptation to your cat! While some cat owners may think popping their cat’s pimples could be helpful, this is actually a very dangerous action to take.

DO NOT: Popping and picking your cat’s blackheads or pustules is never recommended.

Not only can it prove quite painful for your cat, but it can also actually damage the skin and cause more severe irritation.

If picking or popping results in open abrasions, this exposes your cat to a greater risk of skin infection and irritation.

Here’s another thing you should never do, even though it may seem like a clever idea for resolving feline acne.

DO NOT: Don’t apply acne treatments intended for human use to your feline’s skin. This includes ointments with benzoyl peroxide.

Human acne medications are designed with active ingredients intended for use on human skin only.

The concentration, or amount of medicated ointment in each dosage, that is safe for human use can be extremely dangerous for felines.

In other words, even a small application of human acne treatment can prove poisonous for your cat.


If you’re using a recommended DIY treatment for your cat’s acne, be sure you apply it carefully, without making contact with the cat’s mouth.

Accidental ingestion of certain substances, like a tea bag, medicated ointment or witch hazel, can be very harmful to your cat’s digestive system.

For that reason, do not ever leave the cat unattended while ointments are sitting out, as you don’t want the cat to curiously taste something that could be poisonous for them.

What Are the Signs of Cat Acne?

When it comes to noticing acne on your cat, you may be surprised at its appearance.

Unlike humans, cat acne is almost always isolated to a single area on the skin, and it generally isn’t recognizable at first glance.

Cats affected by acne almost always experience it in the same area of the body:

Below the chin.

This area of skin is typically more exposed to bacteria because of its lack of long, thick fur.

Here’s a great soothing video for an overview:

The pores are also larger in this area, providing a greater opportunity to become clogged and break out as blackheads.

Typically, a breakout of acne under the chin is made up of mostly blackheads.

For this reason, the chin may appear darker, similar to a dirt mark or dark colored cloud.

Might even look like mange in your cat.

Cat owners often mistake feline acne for a small smudge of dirt or grime!

For most cats, this will be the worst of their acne breakout experience.

However, in more severe cases, acne can present as small pink or red sores.

If your cat is irritated by acne, it may begin to rub and scratch at the affected area, which may also lead to it becoming red.

If the skin is red or oozing, it’s often a sign that the area has become infected, requiring veterinarian assistance.

Identifying acne correctly is extremely important.

Unfortunately, the appearance of acne is very similar to that of other conditions, such as mites, fungal infections, and skin parasites.

These health issues can be detrimental to a cat’s wellbeing, so it is vital that acne is identified correctly.

Once I learned that most cat acne presents as a dark smudge, I started double-checking my cat every time I noticed a dirt spot.

If you aren’t 100% sure that the dark spot is dirt or acne, it’s best to consult a veterinarian to rule out other, more severe conditions.

After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

What Causes Cat Acne?

There are many things that contribute to feline acne.

In most cases, the culprit is unidentifiable.

However, if you can pinpoint the specific cause of your cat’s breakouts, then you may be better equipped at preventing the reoccurrence of blemishes.

Excessive oil is one cause of feline acne.

This may be the result of poor grooming habits.

Most felines groom themselves regularly and effectively, but when the chin area is neglected, acne may have a better chance of developing.

On the other hand, over-grooming can also cause breakouts.

During grooming, the chin is often rubbed repetitively.

If this skin is particularly sensitive or rubbed too much, small abrasions could develop.

These little abrasions are like an open invitation for bacteria buildup and clogged pores, meaning blackheads are on their way.

Skin and hair abnormalities are also possible acne culprits.

While this is uncommon, it is possible for cats to have exaggerated skin sensitivity that results in higher levels of acne.

In addition, you may have noticed that your cat tends to develop acne at certain times throughout the year.

You’re not going crazy…

This is actually a real cycle with a scientific cause.

Because acne formation is strongly linked to clogged pores and hair follicle entanglements, it only makes sense that cats are more likely to break out during the spring or fall when they are experiencing natural shedding.

Is Cat Acne Serious?

In most cases, feline acne is not a dangerous condition.

Most cats aren’t bothered by it…

Either physically or emotionally!

In most cases, feline acne is primarily an aesthetic issue that may bother the cat’s people friends.

However, in some severe situations, feline acne can lead to an infection.

If a sore develops and it is exposed to the staphylococcus virus, it is possible for the feline to develop bacterial folliculitis.

While this is a rare development stemming from acne, bacterial folliculitis is a condition that would require veterinarian care.

If your cat has acne, be sure to keep an eye on it and consult a veterinarian if it seems to be taking a turn for the worse.

Otherwise, you can rest easy knowing that feline acne is not a big cause for concern.

Related Questions

Does feline acne go away on its own? Feline acne varies in its severity. Most cases are mild and often clear up on their own with basic home care, such as attentive cleaning. However, more severe cases of feline acne may require veterinarian attention for resolution.

Can I use benzoyl peroxide on my cat? Products made with benzoyl peroxide are commonly used to treat feline acne. Feline benzoyl peroxide treatments can come in the form of topical ointments or shampoo.

Products with benzoyl peroxide intended for human use should never be used on a cat because the concentration of benzoyl peroxide can be extremely dangerous for use on a feline.

Where does feline acne usually show up? In the majority of cases, feline acne is isolated to a small area under the chin. It is possible, however, for feline acne to show up under the lower lip and around the eyelids in extreme cases.

Is cat acne contagious? No. Feline acne cannot be passed from cat to cat or from cat to human.

Does acne bother cats? Most cats are not bothered by the presence of acne. However, felines with more sensitive skin may be irritated by the presence of acne, which can lead to scratching and rubbing the area.

Severe acne that presents as sores can be painful and sensitive.







How Much Does it Cost to Adopt a Cat?

22-10-2018 · So, how much does it cost to adopt a cat? Adoption fees range from to 0 for cats a year plus and 0 to 0 for kittens 2 to 11 months old. Each cat’s adoption fee depends on demand, behavior, age or medical condition.

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One of the biggest gifts you can give to a cat is a second chance at life. At your local shelter, there are dozens of cats for you to choose from, and by picking one, you’re giving that little feline a companion for life.

So, how much does it cost to adopt a cat? Adoption fees range from to 0 for cats a year plus and 0 to 0 for kittens 2 to 11 months old. Each cat’s adoption fee depends on demand, behavior, age or medical condition.

To adopt a cat from a shelter, the standard fee for a cat is roughly , 5 for kittens under 5 months, and around 0 for 2 kitties from the same litter.

If you’re new to the cat world or haven’t adopted before, you may have many questions about the process.

2 short haired cats in shelter waiting for cat adoption

Like, the application process, associated costs for ongoing cat care or any extra fees…

In this post, we hope to teach you more about cat adoption and help you make a more well rounded decision.

What’s Included In A Cat Adoption Fee?

Adoption fees help to cover your cats, and other animals in the shelter, medical care while waiting for a new home.

These fees also cover their food and costs for transportation.   

Money from adoption fees also serves as donations to help the entire organization to continue its cause and efforts to rescue and give these animals a new home.

Please donate to your local shelters!

Just imagine the money you’ll save adopting from a rescue or shelter. 

These places will usually cover those initial veterinary costs to prepare these cats for new homes.

Cat adoption fees often include:

  • Initial Visit Wellness Visit/Exam -100
  • ID or Collar Tags -10
  • FVRCP Vaccine (Distemper included) -30×2
  • Rabies Vaccine -25
  • FIV – Feline Leukemia (this is for testing) -50
  • Spaying / Neutering 0-300
  • Tick/Flea Treatments -200
  • Microchipping your cat (Again not needed, or recommended, unless your situation calls for it)
  • Deworming Your Cat -50

This can total you: ~ 5-880

You’ll pay this for your “free” kitty but not to adopt!

Usually, when you get cats for free, they aren’t spayed, neutered or have a full set of vaccinations, adding up to that higher priced medical expense above.

Why Adopt A Cat? Here Are 4 Reasons Why.

By adopting a cat you, you’re going to save lives. 2.7 million adoptable cats, each year, are euthanized in the U.S. simply because there isn’t enough space in the shelters and not many people are utilizing shelters when searching for or adopting a new pet.

Good news.

Adopting a pet has increasingly become a more popular choice when it comes to choosing a cat.

The Shelters Are Crowded With Animals

Every year, millions of pets are rescued and put in shelters. [source]

In the feline realm, over 3 million cats are put in shelters.

That’s a lot of meows!

However, your shelter can only hold so much, and often, these animals may have to be put down if they stay there too long.

There are no-kill shelters out there, but even so, your shelter shouldn’t be filled to the brim with animals.

However, this does happen. One reason is that cats have a high breeding rate.

If left unspayed and unneutered, these cats can create a lot of babies!

Adoption supports your local shelter and helps clear it out a little bit.

Animal Mills Are Not Fun

While there are reputable breeders out there, many breeders treat their animals like factories, making them reproduce as much as possible.

Because the breeders want their animals to be purebred, the babies often come with health problems and other defects.

The animals may be abused, and they just aren’t designed to breed so much.

While mills are mostly centered around dogs, there are kitten mills that do exist.

These mills are often less regulated and the kittens there don’t have socialization.

They aren’t good for the cats, and mills may charge thousands.

Also, many mills won’t care if the owner is qualified or not raise the cat. Animal shelters will often monitor the owners to make sure the pet is in good hands.

Cat Adoption Is Cheaper

Owning a pet is going to cost you, and while a cat isn’t as much responsibility as a dog, there is still a lot that goes into it.

The first big investment is purchasing the animal. With a mill or a pet shop, it can cost you thousands.

With pet adoption, it’s much cheaper.

Adoption Fees Often Include All The Medical Essentials

With the adoption fee, you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Often, the money you pay to adopt will give you vaccinations, a checkup, microchipping, and spaying/neutering.

You can start your cat’s health right by making sure they’ve had all the procedures done to them.

How Much Does Adopting A Cat Cost?

Like I stated above, the price for adopting a cat is going to vary depending on the shelter and other circumstances surrounding the cat.

Obviously, the best answer to this question is to go to your shelter and look at the prices.

Here are a few factors that are going to play a part in the adoption fee:

  1. The Age of the Cat – The older the cat is, the less the adoption fee may be, and vice versa.
  2. An Older Cat – An older or a senior cat may have a low adoption fee.  For a cat over five years of age, you may only need to pay for adopting it.  Of course, with an older cat, you may want to consider the cost of medical care that will come with aging.
  3. Getting Kittens – Kittens are usually the most expensive to adopt.  You may pay at least 0, if not more, to adopt a kitten. 
    1. First, there is a higher demand for kittens.  Everyone thinks kittens are cute, and they often want the pet to begin its companionship at birth.
      With that said, don’t adopt just because you want a cute kitten.  The kitten will quickly grow into a cat, and if you’re planning on trading that cat in for another kitten, you shouldn’t adopt.
    2. Second, kittens require more care.
      They are at a vulnerable stage in their life, and they often will need to have all their medical procedures.  A kitten is weaker, more susceptible to disease, and needs all the TLC they can get.  A shelter needs to put effort to make sure that kitten is as healthy as possible.
  4. A Young Adult Cat – This is a cat that is fully matured, but still young. The cost of a young adult cat can depend on the vet. Sometimes, you may pay - to adopt them.

Of course, it all depends on where you go, and you can sometimes find some good deals.

At pet stores such as PetSmart, there are often cats from the local animal shelter that you can adopt.

Sometimes, the fee may be less there.

I adopted a beautiful black cat, who was only six months old at the time, at PetSmart for just .

What makes adopting at a pet store better is that you can buy all the essentials without taking another trip.

What is Included in an Adoption Fee?

When paying the adoption fee, you may wonder where your money is going.

The good news is that your money is going to a few good causes, which include:

Supporting the Shelter

Obviously, an animal shelter can’t run without funds, and by adopting that cat, you’re helping to keep a roof over the shelter’s head.

Money can help the shelter rescue more animals and improve the infrastructure of the place.

Shelters are often underfunded, and by giving your money to your shelter, you can help them.

Below is great update story of a cat adoption after 9 months!


Vaccinations: Core

Cats will be given some core vaccines, which may depend on the shelter.

Core vaccines help stop the spread of disease at the shelter and helps the cat once they reach their forever home.

Even if your cat is primarily indoors, you may want to keep their vaccines up to date. You never know.

Microchipping Your Cat

Some shelters will microchip your cat for you.

If you don’t know what that is, it’s a lifetime procedure.

The microchip is injected into the pet like a vaccine, and it tells all the information about your pet.

If your pet is ever lost and gets rescued, the shelter will know who it belongs to.

Microchipping can be much more effective than a collar, which can fall off.

Spaying or Neutering

If you ever watched The Price is Right, you know how important spaying or neutering is.

All it takes is for an unspayed/unneutered cat to have one night out for it to reproduce and contribute to the growing homeless pet population.

Spaying and neutering have a few health benefits, such as preventing some cancers, reducing the chances of your cat running away, and preventing female cats from going into a painful heat.

These medical procedures may have already been performed on the cat.

If not, they may ask you to wait a few days until picking up your pet. When we adopted our first cat, we had to wait a couple of days because she hadn’t been spayed yet.

Hearing how an unspayed cat acts, we definitely could wait.

General Costs Of Adopting A Cat

Finally, the money you pay for the adoption supports the cost it takes to care for your cat while it’s there:

  • Feeding
  • Water to drink
  • changing the litter
  • anything else you need to keep a cat happy

By paying the fee, you’re helping the shelter support the cats.

Different shelters may pay for different services when it comes to the adoption fee. If you’re unsure where your money is going, look it up or ask.

Other Costs to Consider

The first year according to the ASPCA, it can cost around


,000 for a cat, and then around 0 each preceding year.

For me, I have 4 cats, and the annual cost I pay is roughly: 00. (it’s the food bill! I feed fresh food from NomNomNow)

The costs take into account many of the first time medical procedures (which can be waived if you adopt,) and many items such as:

  • a litter box
  • scratching post
  • crate

While a cat isn’t terribly expensive, first-time owners should prepare.

Don’t Forget About Emergencies!

We would all like the image that nothing bad will ever happen to our cats.

They’ll be as healthy as possible until the end of time. However, this isn’t how the world works.

All it takes is for Fluffy to get into something she isn’t supposed to in order for a life or death situation to happen.

No matter how hard you hide the people food, some cats are prone to getting into it.

And then, there’s always a chance your cat may get sick, even if they are young and healthy.

Life happens, and in a situation like this, you need to act fast. Getting your cat emergency care is very important.

How much will an emergency surgery cost?

It will all depend on the situation.

With our healthcare system, it’s hard to say.

However, you need to be prepared.

Having a few thousand saved up is one move you can make. Another move to consider is pet insurance, but you may not get a good enough return on investment.

Having a credit card handy may be your best bet, with you only needing to use it for emergencies such as your cat needing surgery.

Anything Else You Should Know?

One thing you have to remember is that when you choose your cat to adopt, there are no “take backs”.

This cat is your companion for life. Don’t get rid of it because it misbehaves, or because it’s no longer cute.

If you’re adopting a cat, for this reason, you’re doing it all wrong.

That’s why it’s important to ask a few questions when adopting a cat.

Don’t feel intrusive when talking to the adoption center about the cat’s medical history, temperament, and any other questions you want to have answered.

cat temperament

Many people will choose the cat that responds the best to them, but don’t write off a cat just because it seems shy or seems a bit aggressive at first.

Many cats take a bit to warm up to new people, and the cat may be stressed. Ask the vet about how the cat typically behaves.  

Also, do you have other pets in your home? Consider that before you adopt.

Your old pet, whether it’s a dog or a cat, may be hostile to the newcomer of your home.

However, by slowly introducing your new cat with your other pet, you can reduce hostility.

Separate your new cat with your old pet, and let them trade rooms.

Get them used to each other’s scent. Every so often, let your pets get a glance at each other.

After you think the time is right, introduce them. There may be some skepticism and hostility at first, such as hissing.

If they get into a fight, break it up and start again. It can take a bit for two pets to warm up, but when they do, they’ll love each other.

Or at least tolerate one another.

Related Questions:

How Does The Cat Adoption Process Work? 

Each and every rescue or shelter will have its own adoption processes.

A list of steps you may go through during the process are:

  1. Make sure your finances and lifestyle will work around your new cat or kitten. You’re bringing them into your world, they didn’t ask for it… so accommodate them!
  2. If your local shelter is open to the public, go visit. If they don’t, adopt a cat from a rescue or find online within your zip code.  You’ll be able to see images and their information there.
  3. You can arrange a visit with the shelter or rescue if you found a cat online. They may foster out their animals and you could get your whole family there for a visit with the cat.
  4. Always ask questions. Ask about medical problems, up to date vaccines, any known ailments, how’s their temperament: playfulness, likes/dislikes petting, social or energetic, a loner.
  5. After you find a kitty your whole family loves and is a good fit, it’s time to fill out an application. (at some pound you may be able to take the cat home the same day.)
  6. When that application is filled out, you’ll go through a screening process: interview (in person or phone), background check, reference check, may be asked if you own or rent a home (they’ll ask your landlord if your allowed cats
  7. You may be asked to sign an adoption agreement. It’s a binding contract that guarantees that the cat will be cared for.  Usually, the provisions include: spay or neuter a cat, provide adequate food and medical care, and to keep the cat indoors.

While that’s going on, get your home ready!

You’ll need:

  • Litter pan
  • scratching post
  • a few cat toys
  • a bed
  • plenty of healthy food
  • You may also need to kitten-proof your home by checking for toxic houseplants, cords, and blinds that pose a strangling hazard.

So, when you pass your screening process you can take your cat home!

So What Does Adopting A Cat All Mean?


Save a life and save money by adopting.

If you’re adopting a cat, it is indeed the cheaper option.

At the most, you’re only paying a couple hundred to adopt, and those fees are usually not that expensive.

With adoption, the basic medical procedures your cat needs are often included. Adoption fees are a drop in the bucket compared to the other costs you may have to pay, so always save up.

Adopting a cat can be a magical experience.

If you’re prepared, head to your local shelter and see who is waiting for you.

Do you have any adoption stories or process you’d like to share or add to this ongoing post? Feel free to leave a comment or contact us!

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