by April Sanders
Cat trees are sometimes called cat condos or towers. They are structures built to give your cat a place to scratch, rest, play and perch. Cats are protective of their territory, and giving them a place of their own, such as a cat tree, makes them happy animals. A cat tree can also keep them from scratching up or taking over your furniture. Take a look at the article below to learn how to choose a cat tree for your kitty.
Choose the right size and dimensions. The tree should have at least one platform per cat, one scratching post per cat and one cozy sleeping area for each cat to curl up in.
Find out the maximum weight load of the cat tree. The higher the number, the more secure the tree will be. Cats often run and leap onto cat furniture. Toddlers and even dogs may try to climb on it. Choose a cat tree that is very sturdy and can handle the weight of several cats playing on it.
Note the materials used to make the cat tree. Choose one that is made of real, solid wood (not treated wood, as it may contain harmful chemicals) and is covered with nylon or olefin carpet, not fake fur or flannel, which won't stand up as well to cats' claws.
Examine the scratching post. If it is of good quality, your kitty will use it instead of the leg on your dining room table. Choose a cat tree that has a scratching post wrapped with natural sisal rope. Oiled rope is toxic. The thicker the rope, the better the scratching post for your kitty's claws.
Find out how the cat tree is fastened together. Screws are better than nails, and the carpet should be stapled, not glued, as glue can be toxic to your kitty.
Choose a cat tree that you think is attractive and matches the style of your room. You are more likely to interact with your cat if you place the cat tree in a place where the family gathers.