Does your cat have a tower? If so, that’s great. Cat towers are pretty much the gold standard of kitty furniture. They actually serve several ‘purrposes’ for our feline pals: they offer kitties nail-care stations, lookout points, jungle gyms, and, of course, napping spots. Read on as a local Wake Forest, NC veterinarian discusses Fluffy’s favorite piece of furniture.
Choosing a tower for your pet isn’t exactly rocket science, but there are some things to consider. If you have more than one furball, you’ll need to choose something that will fit Fluffy, Mittens, and Gizmo all at once. Otherwise, they may fight over it. If you have a senior cat, get something that’s easy for your pet to get on and off, and offers lots of comfy napping spots. Kittens will likely prefer something that incorporates lots of toys and ladders.
Sometimes cats stop using their towers. The first thing you want to do if this happens is clean it. Give it a good vacuuming. Steam cleaning is even better. If that doesn’t do the trick, you can recover it. With some carpet scraps and a staple gun, this can be a quick weekend project! You can also try moving or repositioning the tower. If your cat has started thinking of it as part of the background, this may help rekindle her interest. You can also give your furball toys and catnip near it. If all else fails, try telling Fluffy to stay off her tower. She may jump right on!
Want to really get your kitty’s motor going? Position the cat tower near a window, so Fluffy can relax and look outdoors. Then, put a birdfeeder up in her line of sight. Instant happy cat!
If you like making things, you can actually make your furry pal a tower. One option is to upcycle an old stepladder. Add smooth planks to the steps to widen them out. Then, wrap the whole thing in carpet or sisal rope. You can also make cat towers out of storage racks, bookcases, or even real branches. If you’re handy with tools, you can make one from scratch using lumber or PVC pipe. Look online for ideas and instructions.
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