By Maia Whitt. Cat Scratch. Published at Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 - 05:51:28 AM.
If you are a cat lover with a big heart, you may want to adopt every homeless cat in the animal shelter, but be realistic. You cannot take in every stray that comes along. So how many cats are too many? It depends on the size of your home and your budget. Each cat you adopt will need plenty of space in your house, his own litter box, food dishes, and annual veterinary care. Owning 3 cats is realistic, but owning 10 or 15 could quickly become unmanageable. Some cat owners like to start out with a pair of kittens. They can play together and grow up together, while others are content with one cat who becomes a devoted companion. However many cats you adopt, make sure that each one is given lots of love and the best care possible.
Cats also use scratching to communicate and as a way to mark territory. Unfortunately for cat owners, carpets, chairs and couches are perfect for scratching - so how can people have cats in the house yet still protect their furniture? Declawing will prevent a kitty from scratching furniture, but this is an extremely cruel practice. Some people mistakenly believe that claws serve no more purpose than a person's fingernails. In reality, because a cat's claws are an integral part of their paw, removing them is similar to cutting off a person's fingers at the first knuckle!
When choosing a cat climbing tree, make sure the base is wide and heavy enough to prevent tipping when the cat is bouncing around at the top. One way to test this is reach to the top (if you can) and see how hard it is to pull out of vertical. Obviously, you do not want to be standing on the base when you do this. If it moves easily, this is not a tree you want.
Drill two pilot holes for the screws in the locations you’ve marked. Trim some lengths of the double sided tape and run them along the outer edge of your plywood base. And run some additional lengths from the corners in towards the center. If you use a carpet remnant, you’ll want to wrap it around the base like you’re stretching a canvas and use the staple gun to attach the carpet to the underside of the base.
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