Our top 10 favorite things right now

Erik and I are always trying to improve our foster experience. This is more than just having the best toy collection (though this is pretty important!) – we want to create the safest environment for our little guests. We also spend time thinking about how to make fostering even more enjoyable for us.

This page allows us to share our current favorites with you. We’ll continue to evolve this list as we discover new things and deal with challenges that come with every new group of fosters.

We hope you find this useful.

P.S. We’re always on the lookout for new ideas. Share your favorites with Erik (erik@kittenbnb.com)

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10. Furry Mouse

The Furry Mouse is our standard-issue toy. Simple, yet effective.

A quick shake (it rattles!) is enough to attract a whole litter of kittens in seconds.

(As overprotective parents, we usually remove the toy’s eyes and nose first)

9. Earthbath All Natural Pet Shampoo

We don’t bathe the kittens unless they are REALLY dirty and a wet wipe just won’t do the job.

But when we have to, we use this shampoo.

It’s all natural and the wild cherry smells AMAZING! (The 2-pack is a great deal too)

8. Simple Sleeper Cat Bed

As you can imagine, our cat beds get a lot of use and end up needing to be washed on a regular basis.

We’ve had many beds fall victim to the washing machine but this one has been through the ringer many times and hasn’t broke yet.

It’s a winner!

7. Raw Paws Freeze Dried Treats

We don’t feed the kittens treats often but when we do, we use high quality, freeze dried treats (Raw Paws sources their meat from a family farm in Indiana).

The kittens go nuts over the Beef and the Chicken. We haven’t tried the duck or minnows yet but plan to next.

If you’re interested in giving these a try, use the coupon code KITTENBNB for 15% off your entire first order.

6. Petcube

Petcube Play Matte SilverWe recently got a Petcube and are in love with it!

The camera is great and it’s really fun to watch replays from the overnight action when we wake up every morning.

As a neurotic pet mom, it’s also useful being able to check in quickly on them at any point in the day.

5. The Ripple Rug

There’s nothing crazier than a litter of kittens and a Ripple Rug. We only discovered this recently and wish we had found it sooner!

The kittens love to hide, pounce, and stalk each other while playing in it. This usually ends up turning into a Royal Rumble of fluff.

It’s available on Amazon or their website (now in 3 colors: Beige, Ivory or Mocha Chocolate).

4. Naturally Fresh Pellet Litter

We’re always searching for the perfect cat litter. So far, this crushed walnut shell litter has been our favorite.

It provides excellent odor control, is highly absorbent and biodegradable and clumps. Most importantly, it’s safe for kittens!

We like the pellet variety the best.

3. Tespo Portable Playpen

 We couldn’t get by without our Tespo portable playpen. It’s simply a set of transparent panels that can be connected together, allowing you to make a variety of shapes and sizes.

This lets us grow the playpen along with the kittens. It also can double as a makeshift gate to block doorways and stairs.

Because of this, you’ll see them spread ALL over our house. Added bonus: they’re super easy to clean.

2. Bergan Turbo Scratcher

The Bergan Turbo Scratcher keeps the kittens entertained when we’re not around. It’s an ‘intermediate’ skill level toy but they usually get the hang of it by time they’re 4-5 weeks old.

If you really want to upgrade their experience, splurge on some accessories like the Twinkle Ball, which lights up with a red strobe.

They also have replacement scratch pads.

All-in-all, this is one of the best value toys we’ve found.

1. Cat Catcher Refill Mouse

 Cat Catcher Refill Mouse. What does it refill? This Cat Catcher Wand, of course.

When they’re just learning to play, we use the wand to go “kitty fishing.” It’s a great way to build their coordination.

They love this mouse even more when it’s unhooked from the wand. We’ll often see one of them prancing around with their ‘catch’ and growling at any of their siblings who approach.

We’re not sure what it is about this toy, but it’s always a hit (which explains why we have so many!)

BONUS! Washable pet pads

 Kittens can make quite a mess when learning to eat and poop!

These reusable wee-wee pads are more sustainable than disposable ones and hold up well to frequent washings. Just lay them around your litter box and play area and toss them in the laundry when they need to be freshened up.

We’ve found these to be the most durable (if you can get by with the dog bone pattern).