By Lilith Dowling. Cat Furniture. Published at Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 - 09:09:33 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.
Generally, plywood is preferred to pressboard for cat furniture platforms for a number of reasons. During shipping, pressboard is much more likely to be damaged than plywood, especially if the carton is dropped on it's corner. Additionally, pressboard tends to crumble around the edges of screw or bolt holes if the hardware is tightened too much. Pressboard platforms are also more likely to break if enough weight or vertical force is put on it, as happens if a child sits on it.
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.
Cat furniture towers are a great place for cats to play which will discourage them from jumping on your furniture when they are bored or playful. The average tower is a tall structure that is perfect for your cat to jump and climb on. They often provide little cubby holes that your cat can curl up and sleep in when they are tired out from all of their playing. Best of all they are covered in material that is perfect for scratching so your cats will spend their time sharpening their claws on the new tower rather than clawing your furniture to shreds.
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