Pets bring a lot of happiness into the lives of their owners and family members. Dogs and cats have different personalities – cats are enjoyable and entertaining in their own way. It is no small wonder then that cat owners, just like any other pet owner, enjoy spoiling them with all kinds of toys and furniture. Cats are known for their curiosity and constant activity – they love to scratch and sharpen their talons. For this reason, cat trees were designed and offer another outlet besides furniture.
There are different types of furniture and toys for sale and designed with cats in mind. It is always good to get recommendations from cat owners and pet store employees so that one can buy the most appropriate items. It is very important to understand why a cat not only likes but needs to scratch. Cats do this to:
- mark their territory
- to exercise and also stretch muscles in their legs and paws and the rest of their body
- relieve stress
- to trim nails and ensure that outer layers of their claws are stripped to encourage new growth
Many owners are not aware that these actions help to keep a cat healthy and content. Deciding which scratcher or one of those Cat Trees to buy is the next step.
How to choose a cat tree:
Once owners understand the reasons and the need to find a good cat tree, the next step is to figure out the most appropriate one based on the following criteria – design, sturdiness and materials.
Cat trees are available in a multitude of designs – posts, boards and others. Some of the designs are made with very specific materials and others will offer a number of scratching surfaces. Choosing the right design will depend on factors like available space in a home and the cat’s temperament. Some cats prefer very specific materials and others like a variety. Choosing a cat condo with built in scratching posts will depend on the space in a home.
Pet owners can choose from the following materials – wood, rope, carpet or corrugated cardboard.
- Of the lot, cat trees which incorporate rope last the longest. Owners have to ensure that the scratching post is made with the right kind of rope which is not oiled.
- Cardboard scratchers are the cheapest and can be replaced easily, but they are messy and require clean up after use.
- Wood scratchers are not that common but owners who are handy with tools can build one at home. This helps them to save their furniture and prevent cats from practicing their skills on expensive furniture.
- Cat trees made with carpet are a good choice as well but these have to be made properly to ensure that the pet doesn’t fall sick or get hurt. This can happen if the tree base is not sturdy –it can tip over and injure not only the pet but young children in the home as well. Pet owners should be diligent in checking whether the carpet is screwed on or stuck on – adhesives do put out toxic fumes and this can harm a cat in the long run.
Clearly, there are a lot of choices available to pet owners and a number of factors have to be taken into consideration as well. At the end of the day the aim is to keep the pet happy and owners as well by saving their furniture and allowing them to enjoy their pets to the fullest. So, what are you waiting for? Opt for one those Cat Trees today!