Cat tree

What to know about cat furniture and the cat tree

Cats are incredible animals and pets that can make lifelong friends and companions. They do have some less then exciting qualities sometimes however, particularly when it comes to their claws and it can be a very frustrating thing to come home and find drapes, furniture or other items torn to pieces because they dug their claws into them and scratched them up.

A great solution to this is to purchase for them a cat tree or other feline furniture, which is designed to help give them something that they can continue this activity on that also will not be destroying something important. There is a lot of these types of products out there in the market and it can be a little bit overwhelming sometimes when you are trying to decide which is the right one for your cat. There are a few things that are a good idea to keep in mind when you are considering one of these items, and once you understand these it can be an easy decision.

To begin with the important thing to keep in mind is that this is a place for your cat to have a safe and relaxing play to play, scratch and climb. You will want to make sure that it is secure and appropriately designed. This includes having poles that are covered in good high quality sisal, which is a specially created rope that actually expands further the more dry it gets. This is perfect for giving your cat something effective to dig his or her claws into.

With this in mind it is surprising that there is still one of the craziest ideas that still floating around in the market place for cat furniture. When you are buying something like a cat tree because your cat is ripping up your carpet, why would you want to have it covered in carpet? How do you expect the cat to distinguish where it is that it should be doing this activity? There are also others that will feature upholstery, which again is just confusing for the cat.

Although there is certainly no guarantee that using a cat tree or any other type of cat furniture will keep it from clawing up your other household items, there is certainly a better chance if you don’t make it more confusing.

In regards to the right and appropriate kind of material to use on these items there is a high quality fabric called faux that is very durable and washable so it will also last. The items that are covered in faux can last for years withstanding loads of abuse, whereas the items covered in carpet can be torn to shreds in a matter of months.

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Birman Cats Litter Training, Claw Training & More

Litter Training, Claw Training & More

While your new kitten will be litter box-trained when it arrives, you need to establish good habits in the new environment. Upon arrival, confine the kitten to the space where the litter box is to be kept (or the bathroom, if that’s not possible).

When the kitten is more settled, gradually open out the rest of the house so your kitten gets used to the larger space and is not caught out when it comes time to use the litter box. This reduces the chances of fear of strange places unsettling good litter box habits.

Put the cat tree in the small space where the kitten is initially housed, in order to keep up good scratching habits. As your kitten gets more of the run of the house, place the tree in the room where you spend most of your time.

The cat wants your company, so placing the tree where you most often spend your time encourages maintenance of good scratching habits and spares the furniture, floors and curtains.

If the kitten does pick up some bad habits, change the room around a bit, to make it less inviting, use double sided tape as a deterrent, by making the surfaces sticky, or use one of the available sprays to make the smell of the spot unpleasant for the errant kitten (humans can’t smell it!).

Make surfaces unappealing by spreading out vinyl place mats covered in double-sided tape. Even clever kittens who try to walk between strips can still be deterred by using enough of this tape.

Don’t use your fingers as toys or playthings for the kitten and it will not scratch or bite them. Wiggle small toys in front of the kitten instead, so it learns that fingers aren’t toys. You’ll both enjoy it more and when the kitten tires of playing, you can bond through petting.

Time out – when the kitten is naughty and persistently won’t behave, immediately place it in a small room like the bathroom with a firm “No!”.

Leave it there for about fifteen minutes or until it quietens down. They kitten wants to be around the action so it will quickly learn to behave if it wants your company. It’s also a good way to teach it to play more gently.

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