Cat trees can be an excellent way to satisfy your cat's curiosity and keep them in shape. There are countless types of cat trees on the market and there are a few things you should know before you take on the task of buying one for your feline friends.
The first and most important thing to consider when shopping for a cat tree is safety. This is both the safety of your cat and the safety of yourself and any others who may come close to the cat tree.
The best way to ensure your cat's safety and the safety of others in your home is to choose a cat tree that is stable, secure, and well-balanced. The best cat trees are built with sturdy, thick lumber frames and strong hardware. Never buy a cat tree made from old, rotting or wet lumber. Always make sure the parts are secured by heavy bolts or other strong hardware so the parts do not come loose with repeated use.
A well balanced, sturdy cat tree will prevent your cats from tipping it over and hurting themselves or others, or breaking surrounding furniture.
In general, you want to look for a well made cat tree that will stand the test of time. Beware of cat trees that lean to one side or that feel wobbly when you rock them back and forth with your own hand.
Another safety precaution is to ask the seller if the cat tree is safe for declawed cats and older, less agile cats. The height and angle of your cat tree and the material used to cover it will be a factor here. You do not want something that will difficult for your cat to climb.
Ask about the weight restrictions on your cat tree before you buy. Usually a tree made for cats will hold up to 20 pounds. If you have several cats in your house that will be using the cat tree, you may want to opt for a stronger one. Cats who are familiar with one another will often sleep and play together; hence, they could be on the cat tree simultaneously and exceed the weight load.
A different option is to build your own cat tree. This way you will know that it was built to your standards and you can be as creative as you like with the style and color. If you choose the do-it-yourself route, make sure you follow the basic safety precautions outlined above, using sturdy good-quality lumber and secure hardware. Create a cat tree that is well-balanced and not wobbly. Be sure to build a structure that will be easy for your cat (s) to maneuver up and down.
Giving your feline friends a cat tree is a fun way to tell your pets how much you love them. Have fun choosing a style and design that fits your cat's needs and holds their attention while giving them a safe and happy place to climb.