Do you own a cat? Maybe you’re just thinking of getting a cat and are still in the research stage. Cats make wonderful pets and can fit in well in a home with just one person, or a whole family. Depending on the cat and the dog, you can even have a household with multiple cats and dogs who all get along and enjoy each other’s company.
Of course, as a cat owner, you’ll want to do all you can to ensure the cat is safe, healthy, and happy. So, as you work to set up a cat-friendly house you may want to consider investing in a cat tree. You’ve probably seen them before and wondered what the big deal is, but these items may just be the best investment you can make as a cat owner.
What is a Cat Tree?
A cat tree is a structure that allows the cat to climb. They come in a variety of sizes and heights and typically are covered with thick carpeting and/or twine. These trees tend to have multiple perches at different heights and quite often have cubby holes for the cats to crawl into and hide. Some owners prefer to purchase a few different models and then group them together so the cat can leap from one tree to the next.
If you happen to have more than one cat, it’s usually a good idea to offer more than one tree. Ideally, you want to have one tree per cat so there is no fighting over it.
What Makes Them So Important?
To understand the significance of the cat tree you need to first ask why do cats climb trees? To find the answer to this question it’s necessary to take a look at cats’ ancestors in the wild. These would be large predators who are not only extremely good at climbing but can climb quite high through the branches of trees. Cats use this technique to escape danger, hide, and to also get a better look at their surroundings. It’s built into their nature to have a desire to climb.
Pushing instincts aside, there are other reasons climbing is so good for cats. It is an activity that cats of all ages can take part in and does a great job of increasing their flexibility and strength. This physical activity can be especially great for house cats that don’t get a lot of exercise.
At the same time, today’s cat trees offer your cat a quiet and private place to perch and survey their surroundings. If the tree has cubby holes it can act as that perfect quiet escape for them. Many of today’s models feature scratch poles on the bottom, which will encourage them to scratch the tree rather than your furniture.
Give Your Cat the Perfect Place
A cat tree is not only great for your cat’s health but it gives them a fun activity to take part in and provides them with that safe and quiet spot to retreat to.