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8 Reasons Why Cats Love Elevated Perches

Photo: Pam Johnson-Bennett

Photo: Pam Johnson-Bennett

8. Warmth

Even cozy cat beds might be chilly if placed on the floor with the potential for drafts. Perches located on the top of cat trees are farther from the draft and closer to the rising warm air.

Choose Perches and Trees with Your Cat in Mind

Cat-specific furniture is popular these days but many of the pieces I see are made to appeal to the human eye more than the feline body. Perches need to be large enough to accommodate the size of the cat without the poor kitty having half of his backside hanging off the edge. In a multicat household it can also create a feeling of vulnerability if limbs are dangling as the cat tries to nap.

I typically suggest to my clients that they look for perches that are curved in a “U” shape so the cat can feel her back up against one side. This often helps the cat feel more secure, almost as if she’s leaning against a wall so opponents are less likely to be able to ambush.


The bottom line is to choose perches and trees that match your cat’s size and also the way she likes to position herself. Additionally, make sure all perches and trees are installed securely and well-made. The last thing you want is for your cat to leap up onto this comfy-looking window perch only to have the whole thing come crashing down on her.

Remember to Accommodate Seniors and Less Mobile Cats

Your cat should be able to enjoy perches and trees throughout her life. Provide pet stairs for the cat who can’t reach the window perch or other favorite elevated location. With cat trees, look for ones with enough perches for her to use as steps to the desired perch.

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For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to the articles on our website and the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you have a question about your cat’s behavior or health, contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a medical diagnosis nor is it a replacement for your cat’s regular veterinary care. This article is for general information purposes only.