Do cats need a cat tree?

Do cats need a cat tree?

Do cats need a cat tree?

Cats need to scratch

Cats scratch for a number of important, instinctual reasons. According to Dr. Wailani Sung, "Scratching is a good form of exercise for them. They get to stretch out their bodies and extend and retract their nails. When they scratch, the movements help remove the outer nail sheaths."

Dr. Sung adds that cats also scratch to mark their territory. In addition to visual scratching cues, they also leave scents. "Their interdigital glands, which are located between the pads of their paws, leave odors behind so that other cats know that the 'marker' cat has been in the area," Dr. Sung explains.

The problem is that cat scratchers and posts, while truly essential to your cat's happiness and well-being, have typically fallen into the "ugh" decor category. But if you don’t provide your cat with a place to scratch, odds are he will choose one that displeases you—your sofa, windowsill or lovely new ottoman —so you'd probably rather provide something.

Cats need to climb

Many cats enjoy being up high and looking down on their humans either from cat trees or perches, presumably because it feels safer to them, Becker says. "Cats easily learn that toddlers, dogs and other animals have a more difficult time reaching them. When you’re the size of a cat, it probably feels a lot better to be up away from the feet and more at the standing level of people in the home as well," she says.

Cat towers and trees are popular ways to give a cat this ability. They provide your kitty a sense of privacy and safety while he observes his domain.

Placed near a window, a cat tower or perch gives your cat a bird’s-eye view of everything, including the birds, outside. This strategic placement has dual benefits: The cat gets the perception of up-high safety, and it's a form of entertainment. He can look out at the world to see the birds, squirrels and other things pass by all within the protection of his home.

Plus, on a bright, sunny day, the sun simply feels good. As Becker points out, "Cats like to enjoy the daylight and the warmth that comes from it, just like we do."

Do cats like cat trees?

Cat trees are often a good option as they contain several levels with different scratching areas, perfect for finicky cats. In fact, one study showed that cats with cat trees were less likely to scratch elsewhere than those with other types of scratching posts! A young, active cat would likely prefer a tall, multi-level activity tree with various platforms, scratch surfaces, and hunting target toys.

On the other hand, an older cat with reduced mobility would prefer something lower to the ground, without very high platforms or anything requiring too much agility. That being said, an older cat still needs stimulation and would still enjoy some dangling mice, balls, or bells to play with.

Another thing to consider is whether your cat remains indoors or goes outside. If your cat goes outside, they will likely get a fair amount of stimulation, fun, and exercise in their outdoor environment, so there isn’t so much demand for an ‘all-singing, all-dancing cat tree as there would be for an indoor cat.

Some cats like to hide or survey their surroundings from a high vantage point, away from the hustle and bustle of human life. Take this into consideration when choosing a scratch post or tree, since there are many available that have hideyholes and high platforms.

The best places in your home for a cat tree

Generally speaking, giving your cat their own allocated space in a room of the house is often appreciated. This doesn’t mean you can’t approach them and play or interact with them if they seem keen, but it means they can retreat to their own space if they choose to.

However, cats also like to scratch as a way to stretch after waking, so providing a post near their favorite sleeping spot may be helpful. Don’t forget, a scratching post is a key resource for cats. That means you’ll need one for each cat, plus one spare. They don’t all have to be huge but making sure there’s a few posts dotted around the house increases the chance that they will use them.

There is a type of cat tree that has multiple components like shelves, tunnels, or hides that fix onto the wall. This can be a great space-saving way to allow your cat to exhibit their natural behaviors whilst indoors, without compromising floor space in your home interior.

What’s your cat’s style?

There are a lot of different types of cat trees to consider: some have condos (or little compartments) that allow cats to hide, some have toys built in and some are very tall while others are lower to the ground. Don’t be overwhelmed! First, ask yourself these questions to help narrow down your options:

How many cats do you have?

All roommates fight, and that includes our pets. When animals are in a spat, they may block or guard an opening in a cat tree, trapping a cat inside. “So, if you have multiple cats or a mix of cats and dogs, make sure your cat tree’s condos have both an entrance and an exit,” Bloom says. That way, cats have multiple ways to get in and out.

Is your cat a scratcher?

Most cats really enjoy scratchers, but it’s not a “one size fits all” situation! Some cats like their scratcher to be horizontal, while others prefer vertical. Before investing in a cat tree, Bloom recommends testing out a regular cat scratcher. Present it to your cat on the ground, at belly level, and at an angle where they need to stand on their hind legs to scratch it. See how your cat interacts with it. Most cats have a preference, and you’ll have the best results with your cat tree if it matches your cat’s optimal scratching angle.

Does your cat like heights?

Perching up high is an instinct many cats have—but no two cats are completely alike. So, consider your cat’s natural inclination to scale furniture and shelves. A cat who likes to hide under the bed might have more fun with a small cat tree that’s low to the ground, while a cat who’s always perched on the highest surface in the room would thrive with a tall cat tree.

How active is your cat?

“There are three major factors to consider when making a smart purchase for your cat: health, age and athleticism,” says Bloom. Simply put, cats in their senior years are less likely to jump around than kittens and younger adults. A taller cat tree with more space between the levels might be exciting for a younger cat, but intimidating for an older cat. If your older cat suddenly seems disinterested in the cat tree they used to love, it may be time to swap in a cat tree that better fits their lifestyle, like a shorter model or one with more ramps or ladders.

How playful is your cat?

Some cats truly prefer to engage with their humans, but a cat who’s good at playing independently will flourish with a cat tree that has toys on it. You can even attach your own toys to a cat tree to make it an ideal play space for your cat.

How social is your cat?

If you have a cat who tends to tuck into nooks and crannies—not just when they’re frightened, but rather as a comfort tactic—look for a cat tree with condos to give them a little hideout.

Some recommendations

Real Wood Cat Tree,Large

Unique and Luxurious design

This Cat Climbing Tree is handcrafted using real natural wood, making each piece unique. No two cat trees are exactly alike. It is made of high-quality materials that provide a sense of luxury to your favorite pets. It has a Scandinavian appeal that easily blends into your home and makes for a decorative accent in your living room or bedroom.

Durable & Safe Structure

This luxury cat climbing tree offers your cat several options for leaping and climbing with its two-tier rattan baskets lined with soft and comfortable plush. It features a private and cozy space at the base for resting or simply hanging out. Its height gives your feline friend a sense of security and awareness of potential dangers in her surroundings. It comes with two-tier baskets screwed into sturdy structure poles in a tree trunk design that can accommodate heavier or larger cats weighing 9-11 kg. It is made of real tree branches that are properly treated to ensure safety for your pets.

Accommodates Multiple Pets

Cat lovers can’t seem to have enough cats around. If you have more than one cat in your home, give each of your pets a place to hang out. This Cat Climbing Tree can accommodate multiple pets at once. Its sturdy structure can hold one cat in each basket and another one in the private space on its base where cats can rest or take naps. 

Low Maintenance & Protects your home

The Cat Climbing Tree is easy to clean with its removable cushions that are machine-washable. For the other parts of the tree, simply wipe with a damp cloth. Your beloved pet will choose to climb on the Cat Climbing Tree over your expensive furniture and appliances which will prevent damage in your lovely home. 

Encourages Exercise 

Satisfy your cat’s leaping and climbing instincts by offering multiple levels in this Cat Climbing Tree. The structure poles also serve as scratching posts to satisfy your cat’s scratching urges. It also encourages physical activity by providing her two levels to leap on and jump from for endless hours of fun and play with two dangling cat toys with bells to keep them interested.

Beautiful Scandinavian Design

Minimalist or Scandinavian home decor has become a trend these days. Say no to tacky cat furniture that overpowers your living space and get this beautiful Cat Climbing Tree that also looks perfect as home decor or living room accent. 

Real Wood Cat Tree, Medium

  • Unlike most cat furniture, this minimalistic cat tree will enhance the look of your home
  • Easy to clean – features a removable and machine washable basket cushion
  • Made of the most comfortable, premium materials that are guaranteed to last
  • All wear and tear parts can be replaced so it can be used for years to come
  • Supports large cat sizes up to 6.5kg
  • Each piece is handmade, so every piece is unique

 

These are what you need to consider. Always visit our store for some suggestions!