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Cat Trees – Build or Buy

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Cat tree in living room

6-foot cat tree

 

Indoor cats need to climb. Providing them with appropriate cat furniture will make them and you happy.

 

Without a cat tree to climb; a curtain might be a great alternative. Although I did have a cat that raced to the top of my living room curtain. She walked across the rod, while the others cats watched her in awe. Luckily they didn’t find it necessary to follow suit.

 

Back in 1980 I designed a cat tree to fit the space that was sandwiched in between a bookshelf and an organ. We went to carpet stores to see if we could acquire a few remnants to put our design to life. I made 4 cat cutouts to adorn our cat tree. With bits and pieces we configured a multi colored tree. With a very fine woven carpet, we were able to have enough to cover the bottom (to protect the floor when sliding back and forth) plus there was enough to cover the back and two sides.

 

The cat tree of 1980 still resides in our home and was always in the living room, even when we moved to a new house. Oh it has been re-carpeted many times over the years. The cats loved to scratch on it, destroying the covered post and also the top platform edges.

 

If you ever decide to make a cat tree or even recover one, do make sure you never used looped carpet. And for that matter do they real make much of that anymore? I’m sure there is some close looped pile, but still not advisable for cat trees. You don’t want your cat hanging by a claw, desperately trying to break free.

 

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How Many Litter Boxes Do You Need?

 

Chocolate point Siamese cat on a pedestal

Lily on a pedestal

 

Well, the verdict is out…

 

I always thought 2 were ample. Even when I had 10 cats living under my roof, there were only 2 boxes.

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Yes, ten. There were 3 adult cats and 7 kittens. The kittens used the one in the living room. It was by their den. (Bottom of the cat tree.) True, sometimes the adults used the box. But most times, they used the one under the bathroom sink.

 

Once the kittens were gone, I had one box in the spare bedroom and one in the bathroom. Even with 5 adult cats, it was plenty. Different house, with more cats and people. Continue reading

How to Keep Your Indoor Cat Entertained

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Is Your Indoor Cat Bored?

 

Chocolate point Siamese cat resting on carpeted bookself

Lily resting in office

 

Is your cat sleeping more than usual and packing on the pounds?

Time to make note of the waking hour activities. Is he/she begging for food or listless most of the time?

Bored cats use food to fill the boredom.

Challenge your cat’s mind with interactive toys. Even just a new toy with unfamiliar smells will stimulate their curiosity.

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Cats love to explore empty boxes. Continue reading

Picking The Right Cat

blue point and chocolate point Siamese

Morning R & R

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How to know which cat to adopt.

This can be easy or difficult.

Cats can have unique personalities. Some are in your face and purring. Others are aloof.

The question is, if you choose the wrong one… will it change? Perhaps. Some can be an actual challenge.

Nice if they were the perfect fit for your lifestyle.

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How to improve the odds for that perfect cat.

First, decide if you want a male or female. Reminder, an altered cat is happier and healthier. The earlier the altering, the better for you and your pet. Males will have less desire to wander and less aggression. Females won’t go into heat and be more content.

I’m an advocate for indoor only cats. Only exception are barn cats, they catch mice. Confined indoors their entire life isn’t an issue. In fact, they will most likely live longer. No interaction with other cats that may have fleas, diseases, and no cat fights. No worries of attacks by other wildlife or hit by a vehicle. Continue reading

Cat Destroying Your Furniture?

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Siamese cat that loves to scratch on furniture

Lucy, too cute to be bad…

Furniture Being Destroyed by the Family Pet?

 

Cats love to scratch to mark territory, or maybe just for fun.

 

Have 2 cats and Lily uses the scratching post. Appropriate, wanted behavior. Lucy scratches on everything but the post.

 

Lucy loves to scratch on the tightly woven rugs. Not much of an issue. Questioning how much damage is done and is there sufficient reason to stop her? She wasn’t interested in the tight woven carpet on the scratching board.

 

The carpet she has chosen isn’t expensive. No evidence of the ritual of daily abusive attacks. Keeping her claws clipped helps. Continue reading

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