There are many cat trees on the market. You can find them in your local pet product store as well as online. Prices vary, depending upon whether you want a basic tree or an elaborate one. What matters most to your cat though will be the sturdiness, height and comfort of the tree. If the tree wobbles when she leaps to a perch from the floor, she’ll avoid the tree and you will have wasted your money. And, after the age of three months, those little kitty condos are a waste of money. They aren’t tall enough and the cat quickly outgrows the ability to squeeze into the little enclosure. Condos with enclosures also limit the cat’s escape potential as well. In a multicat household, the ability to have advance visual warning of an approaching potential opponent becomes important, as does the ability to escape in the other direction.
Where to Place the Cat Tree
Placement of the cat tree can make a difference in whether it gets used. Typically, a great option is to put the tree by a window so kitty can watch the outdoor goings-on. If you want the cat to spend time in the room where the family spends time, place the post there. You don’t want kitty spending all her time in the upstairs bedroom in her tree when the family spends most of the time in the bonus room every night.
The Cat’s Personal Space
A cat tree can provide safety for a cat when she shares her home with a dog or children. Whenever she feels threatened or just doesn’t want to interact, she can escape to her top perch. It’s also important to train the dog that the cat tree is off-limits. Teach your children as well that when kitty is in her cat tree it means she wants to be left alone.
If you have a timid cat, are dealing with multicat issues or if you simply want to provide more environmental enrichment for your kitty, think about adding a cat tree to the environment.
If you have a question about your cat’s behavior, you can find information in the articles on our website as well as in Pam’s books. If you have a question regarding your cat’s health, please contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a replacement for your cat’s veterinary care.