One of the very first things I learned when I got my first kitten was that they love to climb and perch at the highest level of a room. I would come home to pin pricks in my curtains and kittens perched at the tops of the windows. When they got bigger, I would return to holes in the curtains or draperies on the floor.
Most cats feel more secure when they can get up and above all the ground level action and watch it from above. Heights have many attractive qualities that cats enjoy, especially in multiple cat households. Being perched higher than their companions can be a signal to other cats that they are the dominant cat. The highest place in the home can also be the warmest, and we all know our feline friends enjoy the snuggling up in warm spots! A high haven can be a respite from the craziness of ground level where children and dogs can get rowdy, it gives the cat a place where it can escape the madness.
Investing in a cat tree can save your furniture and curtains, while helping to alleviate some behavioral issues, such as inappropriate scratching. A cat tree can be a hefty investment depending on how elaborate you want the tree to be. While you are preparing to make this investment for your furry feline, it is important to look for a few key features in your cat tree to make sure it is going to be safe, fun and effective.
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