We turned a spare bedroom of our house into a “cat room” for our 3 kitties right after we moved in. My original intention was to create a small environment with all their favorite things that were familiar to them to help them acclimatize to our new house after our move (since prior to this house the only home they had known was our rental house during our build so moving to this house was a big transition for them) and it was actually hugely helpful to them during that time.
The first day or so I kept them only in here to allow them to get familiar with the sounds and smells of this new house, then every day after that I’d let them out a couple hours, increasing the time each day to strengthen their familiarity with the new house while giving them the confidence of having a safe familiar space to return to (which they often did) if they weren’t sure what to think of the new place. After a week or so they were fully acclimatized to the new house and very happily adjusted.
But I kept this room fully set up with all their favorite things and I still put them here at night to sleep because a) they feel safe and happy here, and b) I also know they won’t go suddenly get a case of the zoomies and damage anything while I’m sleeping. They actually love it and something I started doing every night when I put them “to bed” was always give them their can of soft food at the same time so they love the routine of going to bed and it’s definitely always a positive experience.
NOTE: I did not “decorate” this room — actually, the cats decorated it in a sense because they chose all the things inside it. So I didn’t try to make it look pretty, I just kept it full of all the things they love most.
We keep fresh water and bowls of dry kibble always available for them. I free-feed them dry food because since they’ve never known what it’s like to go hungry, none of them overeat so I have bowls of dry food on every floor along with water and they can go and eat anytime they want. I do also have a continuous water fountain (Amazon | Walmart) available for them in our mudroom but I keep it there only because it’s a tile floor so it’s easier to clean spills since Chai loves to play in the water stream with his little paws lol.
The cardboard boxes and paper items in this room rotate all the time depending on what we have on hand at any time. Whenever we get a delivery I put the boxes out for them to play with and if I notice a particular one they really love to play with, then I put it in their room until they get tired of it. This makes sure that they always have one thing in there that’s new and different and fun.
Their “cat tree” was a DIY we built right after we adopted them out of lumber, plywood, and carpet. They love it and play/climb on it all the time and it’s a great place for them to scratch. If you’d rather buy one, here are some options: Amazon | Amazon | Amazon | Amazon | Amazon | Amazon | Amazon | Amazon.
The metal tree collar (Home Depot) is something we actually never used for Christmas and I was originally intending to return it but Chai fell in LOVE with it so I gave it to them and he loves to sleep inside it. I think he feels like it’s his little castle.
The closet in this room is Matcha’s favorite sleeping spot. I keep one door permanently shut to create a little nook and the other door open. Inside I have a decorative bowl she loved to sleep in as a kitten and still loves but she kinda can’t fit into it anymore because she’s a big kitty now so I also have a plastic storage bin with a blanket in the closet nook that she inevitably actually sleeps in after realizing the bowl isn’t comfy enough. She picked the storage bin herself from the basement. She just started sleeping in it so I gave it to her. But I leave both the bowl and bin for her because I know she loves them both.
Their litter box (white version: Amazon | dark grey version: Amazon) is the same style I use everywhere in the house. They have one on each of the floor of the house. It looks quite a bit lighter in person than it seems in this picture (I forgot to turn the lights on in the room before taking these picture so please just use your imagination) but I really love these ones. They’re minimal and simple looking, they’re domed so they contain any litter spray, and the top lifts off so they’re very easy to clean. I clean all of their litter boxes every morning. It literally just takes 2 minutes.
Finally I keep 2 cardboard scratching pads (Amazon) in here and have 2 on every floor in our house. They love them and usually opt to scratch these over other things in our house as long as they have access to them.
Anyways, I hope that helps answer your questions on the kitty room!
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