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Why Buy Cat Furniture

The term “Cat Furniture” refers to many different things that you might buy for a cat such as scratching posts and litter tray enclosures, up large cat trees and cat condos.

Here I consider the benefits of the larger items that you might purchase and the things you need to bear in mind if you decide to go ahead.

The first thing to consider is the terminology. The larger items of furniture are usually referred to as Cat Tree, Cat Condo and Cat Tower and you might wonder what is the difference. This is in fact an ill defined area. In theory cat trees and cat towers are more open. They incorporate 1 or more upright posts that support a series of platforms or small boxes effectively looking like a tree with limbs. There may be various toys and items like a swing or hammock included. The lower part usually features a scratching post. A condo, on the other hand, is more enclosed with various levels offering places to hide and sleep as well as play.

In practice most items are a mixture of these types and the terms are more or less interchangeable.

So what are the benefits of this sort of cat furniture:

  • Height – Cats love high places so a cat tree/condo gives them the opportunity to climb without causing damage elsewhere.
  • Hierarchy – If you have multiple cats there is always a hierarchy. The vertical space of a cat tree/condo provides the opportunity to display this and can mean that cats that were previously squabbling can live together happily.
  • Private Place – Cats will appreciate a place where they can hid away and sleep without being disturbed, especially if there are young children about.
  • Scratching Post – Many standalone scratching posts are too short. A cat really needs to stretch out its full length when scratching and many cat trees allow this.
  • Alternative to your furniture – Giving your cats somewhere to climb, play and generally exercise will help avoid them doing this elsewhere in the house. 

It is not a good plan to cut costs when purchasing a cat tree/condo, you should get the highest quality you can. Your cats will not be gentle with it and you want it to last many years. Bear in mind that cheaper models will usually require assembling and some are reported to be rather time consuming. Ready assembled models tend to cost more but should be more sturdy. However deliver of such a large item might be a factor. 

In any case the one thing you must ensure is that your cat tree/condo is safe, both for your cat and everybody else. It must not be possible for a cat (or even several cats) to knock it over. If this were to happen, or even if it is just a bit unstable, your cat will likely become wary of it and avoid it in future.

It should be easy to get your cat to adopt a cat tree/condo and the result should be an easier life for both of you.

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on June 24, 2011

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Your Kitty Will Love Exploring New Heights On Cat Towers

Interior mice may reside “the good life” via particular meals and loving attention, but did you understand that most elemental elements of these domesticated animals lengthy for the pleasure and thrills of the out-of-doors?  Consider it – possess you noticed your cat at the window, staring intensely at the squirrels, birds or people out “in the crazy”?  Caught constantly indoors, some pet cats endure.

Cats are really sociable creatures, historically experiencing their lives in nomadic packs.  Many years of domestication may possess turned off certain switches in their brains, but it didn’t get rid of their yen for running totally free and stalking prey.

If you’re interested in offering your pet a far better high quality of life, consider expending in most cat towers to spice up his day.  Cat towers are the tallest items of cat furnishings, generally measuring seven to nine ft or a lot more in height.  They can very easily overwhelm a modest room, but if you possess lifted ceilings or a deep basement, cat towers may be simply the reply to your cat’s anxiety.

See, these items provide many interesting variety for cats and encourage them both psychologically and physically.  These folks’re quite numerous pieces of furniture and supply an abundance of perches, ropes, enclosures, slides, measures and far more.  Believe of them as obstacle programs for felines.

Which tends to make cat towers so great is which the cat can use it many unique ways.  The enclosure could serve as a hiding arrange when all she desires is a nap; it can additionally be a hiding place though she’s getting ready to pounce on an unsuspecting passerby.  When a different cat is extra to the mix, details get really playful.  In animal shelters, I’ve seen cats running once one an additional throughout platforms and perches in a show of genuine enjoyment.  If you would want to ease your pet from the doldrums of sameness, take into account buying him most cat towers.

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on April 11, 2011

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Keep Your Cat Happy. Get Him A Cat Tree And Scratching Post

If you’ve got a cat you’ll know what a great pet a cat can be, for both children and adults. They’re quiet, easy to keep, cheap to feed and it’s just wonderful having a cat snuggling on your knee in the evenings. There is no doubt that cats can be a great pet.

However if you’ve decided that as you don’t yet have a cat that you’re going to get a pet moggy there’s a few things you need to think about. One of them is how to keep him happy and entertained. And a great way to make sure you have a happy feline is to provide him or her with a cat tree and scratching post.

Cats just love to climb, and outdoors cats spend lots of time climbing, usually on trees. But if your cat lives indoors he won’t have a tree to climb on. Well he won’t unless you buy him a cat tree, the perfect cat play equipment.

If you’ve never seen a cat tree you’ll be surprised. They are strange looking things but cats love cat trees . They have many strange nooks and crannies for your cat to investigate, and your cat will spend hours climbing it and playing on it.

You can buy commercial cat trees or you can make one of your own. If you’re handy with a hammer and nails it’s perfectly possible to build a cat tree yourself. And if you enjoy building things you can have some fun trying to make his tree as innovative as possible.

One of the other things you need to think about if you’ve decided to get a pet cat is to give him or her something to scratch. Cats love to scratch and need to do so to keep their claws sharp. You may not want him to have sharp claws but he will do so anyway, and if you don’t provide him something to scratch then he’ll scratch the legs of your favourite piece of furniture instead. And probably lots of other pieces of furniture as well.

Cat scratching posts are designed to provide the cat with somewhere to scratch that can happily be damaged from the scratching without upsetting the owner of the cat. There are both horizontal and vertical cat scratching posts, however both provide the same function, to give the cat somewhere to scratch to save the legs of your furniture.

Both a tree and the scratching post are designed to keep your cat happy by allowing him to follow his instincts without any stress on you.

But not every cat takes to his tree immediately. Sometimes the owner has to provide some gentle encouragement by putting some catnip on the tree, or perhaps by hanging some special toys from the branches to encourage the household pet begin using it.

It’s without doubt that they make wonderful pets, but you have to take some simple steps to ensure that you provide him with lots of things to do and places where he can follow his instincts without disapproval. Providing your cat with a scratching post and a tree goes a long way towards doing this.

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on July 13, 2010

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Does Your Cat Climbs Your Curtains ? What Can You Do About It ?

Anyone who keeps cats will find out sooner or later that cats just love to climb. But why do cats love to climb and more importantly what should you do if you have an indoors cat who climbs?

Of course it’s very difficult to know unless you can get into the mind of a cat however it’s most likely that climbing is purely instinctual. There is no doubt that climbing a tree is a wonderful way for a cat to get away from a predator, and I have seen many instances of cats smirking at dogs below from the safety of a branch.

And sleeping in a tree is much safer than sleeping on the ground.

And just like dogs a cat can also be a predator, and are very good hunters at night, catching many small native nocturnal animals which populate our trees. And even during the day a cat will go up a tree very fast to try and catch a bird, though is rarely successful.

For this reason experts recommend that cats be kept indoors at night, and preferably 24 hours a day.

So if you do the right thing and keep your cat indoors 24 hours a day can you expect him to forget about his instinct to climb? No you can’t. If he has nothing to climb then he will find something. Most commonly the back of your couch or your favourite curtains. It wouldn’t be the first time that a homeowner has come home from work to find their favourite curtains together with the curtain rail in a heap on the floor after the cat has tried to climb the curtains.

So if you have an indoors cat you have a little dilemma to solve. If you can’t dissuade him from climbing what do you do? Luckily the answer is very simple. You buy him a piece of dedicated cat climbing furniture which gives him a place to climb away to his heart’s content, where he can find all sorts of nooks and crannies to investigate, where he can sleep in the branches and all of it is done without any damage to your furniture.

Cat furniture such as this is called a cat tree, though sometimes they can be also called a cat tower or gym. It’s simply a piece of dedicated furniture which is designed for cats, somewhere where they love to climb, scratch and play and where it makes no difference how much damage he does.

So if you’re the proud owner of an indoors cat then forget about your cat learning to live without climbing. Just cater to his instinct to climb by buying him a fine cat tree and he can have all the fun he wants and you can relax knowing that he won’t be ripping up your curtains.

You can find out more about cat trees on my website.

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