Through the years we have had a lot of cat tree furniture in our house. Our cats have used them heavily and that’s the whole point of them anyway.
What Is Cat Tree Furniture?
Cat Tree Furniture, or rather said a cat tree, is a construction consisting of poles with sisal ropes around them and several plateaus in different heights that offer sleeping and playing places for your cats. Cat trees come in all sizes and shapes and are generally well-received by your furry friends.
A cat tree is called a cat tree, because the different platforms and scratching poles make it look like a tree in your living room, even though it is more of a toy for cats. Adding a cat tree to your house also means there is a dedicated place for your cats to stay or sleep instead of on your sofa you want to have available to your guests.
Often cat trees offer a variety of toys, scratching poles and other interactive activities that can keep your cat playing for hours without your interference. A great addition to your house for the more lazy people or the people that are away during the daytime.
When they don’t offer any cat toys, you could still offer it to them. You could spray or sprinkle catnip on it or add toys to the tree. Your cats will at least play with the toy on and below the tree all by themselves.
The cat trees we have enjoyed over the years, have stayed for a lot of years. Even when we decided to destroy one to be replaced with a new one, we had difficulties taking it apart. That I call sturdy. The tree could also handle all of our five cats in it at the same time.
Even the sisal rope scratching poles do last for a very long time and are very effective to protect your own furniture from being scratched.
Comes In All Sizes
There are small and cheap cat trees, but they are more of a one platform tree stump, instead of a proper tree with many sleeping positions. It offers at least a place to scratch and works fine for households with little room for a cat tree and with only one cat.
We have lived in a small apartment for a while and had such a small box platform cat tree. It had a box with a hole in the bottom compartment and on top a scratching pole with a platform.
Cat trees really come in all sizes and shapes. Those with many platforms or places to hide, with toys or with ropes. They also come in sizes, such as from the ground to the ceiling as well as several meters in width. It all will depend on what you and your cats would prefer.
For you it is a matter of how big a size of furniture dedicated for cats do you want to have in your house. For your cats it is a story about how many cats you got and how much a cat tree has to offer for them. It’s also about the specifications of your house, such as how much room is there for the tree and how high are the ceilings.
Training Your Cat To Use The Cat Tree
If your cat is very much interested in your furniture, you will need to train them to use the cat tree for their scratching behaviour as well as show them where their dedicated sleeping place is going to be.
You can train a cat to do (or not do) a lot of things.
Every time you find your cat somewhere sleeping or sitting where you don’t want them to be, you just have to move them onto the new cat tree.
When you find your cat scratching at an inappropriate place, you have to put your cat on the cat tree’s scratching poles. In addition, you could use a catnip spray or sprinkle some loose catnip onto the tree and scratching poles, so that the cat will be attracted to the pole instead of your furniture.
We will be reviewing some trees on offer soon.
Have you got experience with a cat tree in your house? How do your cats respond? How long does the tree last? Please share your experiences in the comments section below.