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 http://www.hauspanther.com/ 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:
- Make Them Roar
- Modern Cat Designs
- Square Cat Habitat
- Urban Cat Design
- The Refined Feline
- Franklin Cat Furniture
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