Chances are, if you’re looking for your cat somewhere in your house she’s probably in an elevated location. When it comes to napping or just chilling out, cats typically prefer to be above ground level. Being able to safely climb is an important aspect of your cat’s daily life. Climbing to an elevated spot enables a cat to watch over her environment. If your cat goes outdoors then the ability to climb is crucial to her survival in order to escape predators.
The Benefits Cats Receive From Climbing
Although you understandably don’t want your cat scaling your drapes or climbing up unsteady or delicate furniture, it’s beneficial to make sure she does have safe climbing opportunities. If you have a kitten, climbing is one of the ways she will start to learn about her skills and abilities. She’ll learn to perfect her balance and will work on developing her muscles and flexibility. For an adult cat, climbing is first and foremost FUN! It’s also good exercise. Climbing will also enable your cat to safely reach those elevated areas where she feels more secure.
Climbing Increases a Cat’s Territory
The more vertical areas available to your cat, the more it increases her territory. This becomes even more important if you have a multiple cat household. Vertical territory will go a long way in reducing cat-to-cat conflicts and will provide safety and security for more timid cats.