Thursday, April 27, 2017

Oh So Many Cat Trees

Have you ever noticed how many sizes and styles there are available for cat trees?  I can't even tell you how many I looked at before deciding on my latest purchase.  There are so many options to look at and picking out just the right one can be overwhelming.  Here are a few things to consider when choosing one for your favorite kitties.

Consider where you want to place it.  Near a window lets them look outside while in a back corner lets them see the whole room.  Wherever you choose, check the dimensions for each tree before you order.  You want to make sure it fits in the space you have.

Keep your cats age in mind.  Older cats are less likely to jump to higher perches then younger cats. A shorter cat tree may be perfect for a more mature cat while a floor to ceiling cat tree may feel just right for your younger felines. If you have a combination of young and old, having several perches at different heights will give them all options.

Offer places for scratching.  Cat trees usually have at least one scratching post covered in sisal rope. These are great spots to teach your cat to scratch so they stay away from you furniture and woodwork. They promote healthy scratching behaviors and help work the muscles in your cat's paws.

Give them places to curl up and hide.  Cats like to crawl into small spaces and curl up for a nap. A condo or two gives them choices for getting away from everyone.  Remember, cats sleep a good portion of each day so these condos will get lots of use.

Many styles have hanging toys or ropes.  These offer exercise for all your cats, helping to keep them active and healthy. If the model you choose doesn't have any, you can purchase toys on stings and attach them yourself.  

Just a few things to consider when making your cat tree purchase.  Whether its your first or fifth, a lot of thought goes into each one.  No matter what, your cats will love any one you choose.