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How to Choose a Cat Perch

Cats tend to love elevated locations so incorporating more vertical territory into your environment can enhance kitty’s comfort, level of security and increase the fun factor. The most common way to add vertical territory is by placing a cat tree in the home. Other ways include window perches, cat walks, cat shelves or even just putting a bed or folded towel in your bookcase. black cat on cat tree

Which Cat Perch is Best?

One thing to consider when adding vertical territory is what type of perch would be the best choice. If you look at the many cat trees for sale online you’ll notice there are many different styles of perches. Some perches are flat, some have raised edges, some are curved and some even resemble a hammock. Which one would you cat prefer?

Cat Tree Perches

For a cat tree my recommendation would be to choose perches that have a “U” shape or raised edges. Cats feel more secure when they can feel their backs up against something as opposed to spreading out on a flat surface. Very often, if a cat naps under the bed or on a bookshelf, you’ll notice that she positions herself so her back is up against the wall. This is for security so that the cat doesn’t have to worry about anyone sneaking up behind her in an ambush attempt.cat looking out window

Even just the slightly raised edges of the “U” shaped perches will provide your cat with that same sense of security. This is additionally important if you have a big cat because on a flat perch she may end up with a leg hanging over the side. Depending upon the cat’s level of security and whether there are other cats in the home, this can leave her feeling vulnerable. With a raised-edge perch, she can brace her limbs against the side.

Window Perches For Cats

You can find flat perches, raised-edge ones and even hammock style. If your cat likes to just sit at the window and watch the outdoor birds, you can choose a flat perch (but I would recommend that you also have a cat tree with “U” shaped perches). If kitty likes to nap on the window perch, choose a raised-edge or hammock style.

Cat Beds

If you have a cat tree with flat perches and your kitty has been totally comfortable with it, then you don’t have to worry about making any changes. If she doesn’t use the cat tree or seems uncomfortable there, put a cat bed on one of the perches. Choose a donut-style bed or A-frame bed to see if that makes a difference.kitten in a bed

You can also put a bed on the bookshelf, table or other elevated location to see for your cat so she doesn’t have to curl up on a flat surface.

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