By Daphne Adame. Cat Furniture. Published at Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 - 10:05:57 AM.
Most cat furniture is assembled with posts made of carpet or sisal. These posts are no accident in design. They provide structural integrity while inviting instinctual scratching, which trims claws and leaves behind cat scent to establish territory. The need to establish territory is especially important in multiple-cat homes, and may even help prevent urine marking as a method of establishing territory. Encourage Challenges Though indoor cats live longer, healthier lives than outdoor cats, they face a health risk rare to most outdoor cats - a sedentary lifestyle.
As a result, most cat furniture that offers faux fur also utilizes sisal rope as a covering. Generally, the vertical posts are wrapped with sisal rope, and the platforms and enclosures are covered with the acrylic fur. Sisal rope is made from the Agave Sisalana plant, which is native to the Yucatan area of Mexico. Cats seem naturally drawn to this material, and unlike the acrylic fur, sisal rope offers the resistance that cats need to tune their claws and stretch their muscles. Some cat furniture manufacturers that use carpet as a covering also offer sisal-wrapped posts, and in most (but not all) cases cats will scratch on the sisal instead of the carpet.
Walkways for cats who prefer to remain aloof - Who needs floors when you have a home walkway system like this? This is a dead certainty for cat furniture kit of the century. It plays into the natural preference of cats to move around an interior space above floor level. Indiana Cat and the hanging walkways - These hanging walkways are the type of setup that makes a human want to be a cat. The feline’s instincts to explore and be high up are fulfilled whilst it looks great from a human perspective too.
A cat gym for chubby paws and swinging bellies - Run, Kitty. Run! If your indoor cats are putting on a little extra weight, you could try getting them into this running wheel. It’s highly unlikely 15-pound Tigger will take to it but some of his slimmer siblings might. Every little bit counts. Cabinet table for discrete kitty poops - Tired of hiding the cat’s toilet box every time guests visit? Put it in a cat litter box cabinet like this one. Small openings in the side of this cat furniture piece allow your four-legged friend to quietly slip in and out of his enclosed toilet without creating an ugly scene.
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