Why buy a cat tree?
Main benefits of Cat Trees
Cat trees are a wonderful accessory for a household with cats, they are hugely versatile and provide some amazing benefits. Here's what you should know:
Cat trees provide exercise by letting your cat climb and jump .Multi-level designs in particular encourage your cat to leap up and down which is a great way of keeping their muscles toned and in good condition. Cat trees often feature hidey holes, nooks and crannies that will keep your cat interested and curious for hours at a time.
If you’ve ever owned a cat then you know scratching is part of their natural behaviour and it's pretty much impossible to stop. Cats are instinctively predators and long sharp claws are part of their make up. With this in mind you’ll want to keep them away from certain areas of your home, primarily your furniture.
A cat tree will go a long way to help. Cat trees are designed for the job. They are normally able to take quite a beating from cat claws and other cat antics and remain standing.
Cat trees are normally completely covered in carpet or plush material. Most come with different areas which have either sisal or rope for your cat to scratch.
Cats like to be up high, again it's all to do with instinct. A high vantage point is an ideal location from which to look out for prey. It's also a safe place to sleep, off the ground and away from their own enemies.
Cat trees typically have a high level platform or two and small sleeping areas which allow your pet to relax.
What to consider when buying your Cat Tree
Cat Trees come in varying shapes and sizes, many can be very imposing. Consider carefully the space you have available and choose a tree that fits your room and colour scheme. Bare in mind that darker colours are probably more practical as they hide marks a little better. Be sure to check the measurements before you buy!
Cat tree prices can vary widely. Remember the whole goal of your cat tree is provide exercise, entertainment & a safe environment for your cat, while keeping your home safe and your sanity intact. It's probably not necessary to spend a fortune. Rather be considerate in your choices taking into account the information contained in this article. Mainly size of your cat, the number of cats using the tree at any time and as mentioned, the space and colour scheme of your space.
Most cat trees are pretty straight forward to put together. Normally you only need a hex/alan key and possibly a screw driver. Generally you don't find cat trees readily assembled unless they are of the smaller variety. A typical cat tree is manufactured and packed with transport costs in mind so they come flat packed meaning you’ll need to build it.
Will your cat use a cat tree?
It can take a while for your furry friends to begin using your cat tree. Don't be surprised if you even have to cajole them a little into taking an interest and getting things started. It's quite possible you might have to use a little cat nip to kick things off.
How long should a cat tree last
The answer to this commonly asked questions really depends on many factors.
The amount of punishment they get from the cat or cats plays a large part. Lets face it, if your cat is young and boisterous the cat tree is going to take a bit of a hammering.
Also if you have more than one cat the tree will certainly be used more often and take harder knocks.
Needles to say the more playful your pets the more wear you are more likely to see.
One problem with choosing a cat tree is that even many of the pricier ones can be built from card and hardboard rather than solid wood, so that also plays a major part.
Try to purchase a cat tree that's at least made from MDF which is pretty tough.
On average cat owners report that if they get a couple years of use from a cat tree they consider it pretty good.
If you do buy one made from better quality base materials you can normally do running repairs on the ropes and fabric which will give the tree an extended life