Cat trees and towers are essentially the same item. The better ones are about five to six feet high, have a sturdy base into which a post fits, and several horizontal platforms run from the bottom to the top of the post. The better ones also have little shelters in several areas where your cat can play or hide. They are covered with sisal or carpeting so that your cat can scratch anywhere without doing damage.
Cats need to scratch to keep their claws in good shape, they also like to mark their territory with the scent glands in their paws and scratching also helps them to stretch their muscles. This behavior is natural and shouldn’t be punished! Cat condos or towers are totally covered in carpet or sisal rope and these are the ideal surface for cats to scratch. It may take a bit to get your cat to move his scratching habit from the furniture to the cat tower but it can be done without too much effort especially if you are his or hers favorite person. Just place a piece of your clothing on your new cat tree or tower. This will make the new toy smell familiar. In several days your cat should be comfortable enough to use the cat tower or tree as a scratching post. You could also sprinkle a little catnip on it to make the transition even easier. If that doesn’t work, use your own nails to scratch at the post while your cat is watching. It may sound silly, but it works. When you catch your pet scratching the carpet or furniture, don’t display anger, just place her near the tower. Then gently rub her front paws on the post. This will transfer her scent to the tower, which will signal her that the tower is another scratching area. You should not try to force your cat,the point is to show her.
When you observe her using the post, give her lots of verbal praise and attention. Speak in a tone of voice that you would use to praise a child, your cat will understand. Punishment or yelling rarely works in changing the behavior of your pet. They will just be sneakier about their behavior and do the same things when your aren’t looking. Kitties love to scratch it just makes them happy. Declawing our cats is totally not an option even for a house cat because if the cat should venture outside he or she will be totally defenseless.
Once your cat is using the new cat tree or tower for scratching and is comfortable doing so, it is time to stop him or her from ruining your furniture or rugs. The first step is to spray a cat repellent on the areas you want to protect, you can buy it anywhere pet supplies are sold. Another method is to get a squirt bottle and fill it with water. When the cat gets close to the furniture, spray the cat until it runs. If you catch your cat scratching in a forbidden area, just grab a paw and rub it over the spot that the cat was scratching. Then let loose the paw and spray your cat with the water. This really works.
Most cats are smart, it is very difficult to train them out of something they enjoy doing. The best you can do is to re-direct whatever they want to do, to a place you want them to do it. Displaying anger or yelling will just teach them to do it when you aren’t looking. Smart little angels!
Cat Towers and Trees are really fun for your treasured cat and even more fun if you have several cats. They can scratch it, perch on it and even take a nap inside the carpeted condo. My cats loved the highest perch where they would stay for hours watching everything going on around the house. I have several cats and it was really neat watching two of my cats playing on it. One would get to the highest perch and another would be on the perch below. They also interacted with the one inside the condo and the other trying to get the one inside out. Just a lot of fun for the cats and us. These really encourage healthy scratching and clawing, and best of all, no damage to your furniture.
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