Sunday, December 18, 2016

Super Cat Tree Sunday

This weeks tree is a homemade jungle gym for your cat! It utilizes floor to ceiling and has tons of space. I think this would be ideal for any home with more than one cat. I can picture cats climbing all over this one. It has a clever design that gives them lots of height as well as tons of lounging room. The cross bridges are a great way for them move from one spot to the next without having to come back down.  An excellent way to give your cat space!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Super Cat Tree Sunday

So Sunday is here again and its time to check out another great cat tree.  I was browsing on line and came across this one.  It reminded me of a sand castle and looked pretty cool.  It seems to combine some of the elements of the more standard trees with some extra touches.  All the houses and tunnels sure would keep the cats busy.  I think most cats would love to have all this room to climb and play. Someones cats are very lucking.  It looks rather large so lots of space would be needed to build something of this nature. Also, it has lots of carpeted area, so cleaning would take some time.  Let me know what you think about it.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Super Cat Tree Sunday

For the DIYers, this cat tree is a masterpiece.  It offers so much room!  Such a clever way to install steps as well.  I love the natural tree branches and how they were used.  I can't tell if the perch is covered or not but any cat would enjoy climbing on this. It looks like there may be an additional perch higher than the picture shows as well.   A lot of time went into building this wonderful cat tree. Some plush covering on a perch or platform may be nice but overall a Fabulous cat tree!  Job well done!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Give Your Kitty a Place to Scratch

There are many reasons why a cat scratches. Cats scratch to remove the dead outer layer of their claws, to mark their territory and to stretch and flex their feet and claws.  It is normal for cats to scratch so you don’t want to discourage it.  We all know that the couch, carpet or wood work are not acceptable spots.  So offering them an acceptable place to scratch, such as a scratching post, is a great choice.

Lets take a look at what cats like to scratch.  They prefer objects with a nubby, course, or textured surface. A place they can really dig into with their claws.  That's why your furniture is always a good spot in your cats mind.
They usually scratch when they wake up, are excited about something, and when they want to mark their territory. Every cat has its own way that it likes to scratch. Some like to stand up on a upright surface while others like to stretch out against the floor with their butts in the air.  No matter how or where they prefer to scratch, once you figure out their favorite spots, you can work to get them scratching in your preferred spots.
Cats love texture!  Cover up the spots you don't want scratched with things your cat's paws wont like.  You can use double-sided sticky tape, aluminum foil, or even a plastic carpet runner with the pointy side up.  It may take some time for your cat to get used to only using the scratching posts.  Be prepared to leave these objects in place for a few months.  Once they are using the posts consistently, you can start to remove them one at a time.

You can offer a variety of objects for your cat to scratch.  An upright post covered in rope, a scrap of carpet turned upside down, a square of corrugated cardboard or even a log from outside, cats don't care.  They are looking for a nice textured area to dig into.  You can offer several options so they can choose a new spot each time.  It can hang from the doorknob or lie on the floor.  You can even rub  them with cat nip to entice your cat to use them. Whatever helps to encourage them to these new spots.  Be sure to praise your kitties when they use these new approved areas to scratch.  This will reinforce the good scratching behavior your looking for.

Where you set these new scratching posts and objects is just as important as what they are made of.  Be sure to put them where your cat wants them.  Start by offering a post on each level of the house.  Place them next to where they sleep or near the spot they usually greet you each day.  You can move them  gradually over time if you like.  Don't make any big moves at one time or they may go back to using your furniture or wood work.

Remember, its important to never hit or yell at your cat in punishment.  You don't want to make them afraid of you.  If you catch them scratching on something you don't want, make a loud noise like clapping your hands.  Then offer them the scratching post as an alternative object.  Over time they will learn that the post is acceptable while the furniture is not.  Your patience while your cat learns the new approved spots to scratch, will be rewarded with a more loving and peaceful pet. 

Super Cat Tree Sunday

Well, it's Sunday again and I wanted to share another super cat tree with you.  Nothing like adding a real looking group of trees to your home.  Any cat would go bonkers to have this much play space.  It has so many levels, my cats would be in awe!

If you have enough space to add this to your home, I say go for it! I really like the different heights it has as well as all the lounging room.  The little doorways are so cute at the bottom of each tree.  They make me think of the elves cookie tree.  Each tree has so much to offer.  From the plants and perches to the hanging ropes, my cats would never want to come off.

Disadvantage I see would definitely be the space required to set this up.  Cleaning could be a challenge with its height as well.  Overall, I think this is truly unique and creative.  Let me know what you think.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Super Cat Tree Sunday

Wow!  When I saw this cat tree, I thought it was so unique.  Such a clever way to add space for your cat while giving your room a whole new dimension.  I truly like the feel this room has with the realistic look of the tree. Their cat looks right at home on that branch. It could be fun to decorate it for the holidays with cat toys and fake pine boughs. I know my cats would really enjoy all the space and added activities. I'm sure there was a lot of thought and planning that went into this unique masterpiece.

Some drawbacks I see, would be that over time, scratching would really mar the surface. Maintenance might be a challenge if its's made of wood. The wood might dry out and crack so a finish of some type would be necessary. Also, redecorating could pose a problem with its uniqueness.
Everyone has their own opinions. Please share yours. It will be interesting to see how many comments come back.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Cat Trees: A Treat For Your Cat!

In the past, cat scratching posts used to be too big and unattractive. They took too much space and didn't match the interior at all. Thus, many cat owners didn't want to purchase cat scratching posts and didn't have enough room to place them. Nowadays, things have changed. The lack of this product means that soon or later your believed cat will start scratching your furniture and the damage will be really big.

Many cat owners don't take into account the fact that domesticated cats belong to a family of predators. The characteristics of this family include climbing, running, catching prey, and scratching. Even if domestic cats are nice and loving, they still maintain their wild nature and have natural needs and instincts. In order to fulfill these needs, you need to provide your pet with all necessary items, such as a litter tray, a scratching post, toy, dishes, etc. Don't forget that your cat also need love, attention and affection.

Felines have sharp claws that help them survive in the wild. However, these claws have to be kept sharp and clean, and cats do this with scratching. But scratching is also a way for felines to exercise and stretch. There is nothing you can do to stop your cat from scratching. The best alternative is to provide your pet with a scratching post or a cat tree. In this way the cat will have a perfect scratching post and won't damage your furniture.

Some cat owners cut their felines' claws to avoid furniture damage. Before you decide to undertake such a procedure, you should know that it is very painful and it has numerous negative side effects. The removal of the claws may make your pet very nervous and unhappy. Claws have vital importance for the perfect health of a cat. If you want the best for your pet, you should purchase a scratching post or a cat tree. These pieces of cat furniture will provide your feline with a private place for scratching, playing and exercising.

Pet shops offer a great variety of cat post and cat trees, so you can find the one that is most appropriate for your needs and preferences. There are basic models and more luxurious pieces. Typically, cat scratching posts are made of wood and are covered with carpet or sisal. They come in different shapes and sizes, colours and styles. You can get a traditional post or purchase a unique and interesting one. It all depends on your budget, preferences and requirements.

If your space is limited, you can choose a smaller post. Cat owners who have a larger area may decide to buy a big cat tree for their pet. Cat trees are more complex constructions with playing and rest areas. Your cat will no doubt enjoy having such a piece of furniture. Most of the scratching posts and cat trees can be adjusted in height and this is a very convenient option. There are models of cat trees that come with toys in order to provide perfect entertainment for your feline.

Unique cat castles are also available for cat owners who are eager to take one step further. They come in pink and black; they have removable plush cushions and provide great comfort for your feline friend. No matter what kind of cat scratching post or cat tree you choose, you should keep in mind that your cat has some natural needs that have to be satisfied. A cat should have a private place to scratch, stretch, play and exercise, and the post is ideal for these purposes.