What role does cat furniture play in a cats life

By Catnips – London cat behaviourist 

Cat trees have a very important role to play in a cat’s life. They encourage many major functions, which are invaluable to a cat’s well-being. The climbing poles double up as scratching posts, allowing the cat not only to take care of their claws and exercise the surrounding muscles, but also to leave their scent on. The climbing enables a cat to get exercise and is the closest thing to climbing a tree (a natural everyday action for an outdoor cat) and enables the cat to feel secure in a high place away from people or dogs, looking down on it’s territory. The cat tree is a piece of furniture that belongs to cats only and I would encourage any cat carer to consider finding a space to put one.

Different cat trees suit different personalities. Large breeds need large platforms to lie on and most cannot fit into the cubby holes unless the info on the cat tree states suitable for large breeds.

I know some people feel that the cat trees are ugly, but a true co-habitation needs to provide for both humans AND cats. There are plenty of companies providing designer cat furniture and you can find many of these highlighted in the excellent online magazine, Hauspanther found at for design conscious cat-carers! This magazine is also great for ideas to get your DIY brain into action.

Here are some other excellent cat furniture design companies:

You can also go to Pinterest or any search engine and type in the words DIY cat trees, cat shelving or catification and you will find hundreds of photos posted up of people’s DIY efforts and purchased cat furniture.

The type of cat tree you get will depend on the space you have, as well as your cat’s personality and breed. Try to be generous with your  space and think outside of the box if space is limited. De-clutter to make way for the new ideas.


Make your cat(s) very happy and get creative with the space you both share.

For any further cat info please do not hesitate to contact Catnips – your one stop shop for all things feline


About Anita Kelsey - Cat Behaviour Consultant

Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming aggressive or phobic cats. Anita writes for Your Cat Magazine and is on their experts panel answering readers questions on cat grooming. She also advises on feline behaviour for the CFBA (Canine and Feline Behaviour) magazine as well as being a full member. Anita is based in Notting Hill, London but consults all over the UK as well as international requests. She lives with her husband, a music producer, and two Norwegian Forest cats, Kiki and Zaza. Anita's debut book, Claws, Confessions Of A Cat Groomer is published by John Blake Publishers and is out on 7th September 2017 (available for pre-orders on Amazon UK)
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  1. David Martin says:

    Having gone through this post, I have realized the importance of cat tree. I will surely use it and thanks for sharing such useful information.


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