When you think of cat furniture, the cat tree comes to mind. This iconic item is a staple in most cat households for good reason. Cat trees satisfy a cat’s natural instincts to climb, scratch and hide. We’ve moved beyond the basic cat tree of yesterday, but now with so many styles, each with different features, how do you choose the right one for your cat?
Climb those “branches”
Cats climb real trees outside in order to get up high so they can survey their territory. They also climb to escape from predators or to stalk their own prey. It follows that indoor cats also need to climb, and cat trees are an easy way to provide just that.
When selecting a cat tree, look for a design with sturdy platforms and easy access from one level to the next. Small steps allow for up-and-down climbing, while larger surfaces give cats a place to lounge — like they are hanging out on the branch of a tree. All horizontal surfaces should have some kind of non-slip material so when it’s time for the zoomies, everyone is safe as they race around.
Most cats will immediately climb a new cat tree, but if your cat is skeptical, introduce her to the new furniture by leading her with a wand toy or placing treats on the various levels, enticing her to climb and claim the prize.
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Scratch the “trunk”
Think of big cats in the wild scratching on the trunk of a tree. They do this to claim their territory with a visual mark from their claws and a scent mark from the glands in their paws. They also get a good stretch and groom their claws at the same time. Since cat trees have sturdy vertical surfaces, they can easily have a built-in scratching surface, adding to the overall appeal for your cat, especially if your cat likes to scratch on vertical surfaces. Purchasing…
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