By Amari Parris. Cat Furniture. Published at Monday, May 28th, 2018 - 09:09:28 AM.
Feline behavior is consistent, whether it's a tiger in the wild, or a Maine Coon in a condominium. Scratching is the way they say to other felines in the area "Hey, I'm here, and this is my place". Scratching communicates this in two ways. The first is obvious - the scratches provide a very visual cue to other cats. Additionally, cats have scent glands in their paws, which leave pheromones that other cats can smell. For those of you that have experience with declawed cats (PLEASE don't declaw your cats!), that's the reason that they continue to scratch even after the claws have been removed.
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.
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.
However, when thick (at least 14") cardboard is made into a tube, and stood up vertically, it can hold an incredible amount of weight. The addition of a layer of sisal rope wrapped around it adds even more strength. One big advantage of cardboard posts over wooden ones is the weight. Shipping rates are based on weight, and shipping costs for a piece of cat furniture made with cardboard posts will be considerably less than a comparable model with wooden posts.
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