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Are your cats "Anti Cat Tree"??

post #1 of 13
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I bought this huge cat tree over the summer for my 2 kitties. Well I very rarely see them climbing the tree or playing on it. They actually prefer a nylon and PVC playset I bought from Target over the tree.

I am moving into a smaller apartment and will not be taking it with me since they do not seem to care for it.

I thought cats liked to climb? Anyone else have cats not interested in their tree?

Just curious
post #2 of 13
Dilbert doesnt play on his tree, he just uses it as a perch to sit on so he can stare out the window. He wasnt really interested in it when we had it by the wall.
post #3 of 13
You might want to try enticing them with things to get them to play on the tree. If you have a laser light that they like to chase....have them chase it and then go up the tree with it. Or, if you have any cat toys on strings that they like to play with, dangle them around and up the tree. I'd try to get them interested in it with some toys before just abandoning it. Good Luck!
post #4 of 13
All of mine absolutely love their cat trees. They may not play on it, but I have them strategically placed by the windows so they can climb up to the top and watch the world go by.

Did you try rubbing cat nip on the tree or at least on the perches to entice them to use it?
post #5 of 13
I covered a good portion of the tree with catnip when we got it home, just as an enticer that tells them that the tree is theres.
post #6 of 13
I have two that sit in it, two that don't. (Just got it for Christmas-early ). Did the catnip thing. I think in my case, it may have to do with who discovered it first . That's not much help, is it?
post #7 of 13
Catnip works miracles
post #8 of 13
my cats love the tree. They love the scratch post and love to perch at the top. I'm saving up money to buy them a bigger cat tree. I bought a cat tree with one cat in mind 1.5 year and a half ago

Some love the hidey hole, some don't...it all seems to even out in the end. Gabriel loves the hidy hole and the top, sephie loves the top and orion loves the little hanging ball thingy.
post #9 of 13
Sam is much too big for the tree my mom bought for them, but Henri didn't take to it for a couple of weeks.

I think it takes awhile for their own scent to sink in, and then they decide it belongs to them.

Poor Sam. I need to get a big one just for him.
post #10 of 13
Oh yea, and try placing them on the tree after putting catnip on it.

Whitey didn't leave the tree for days....
post #11 of 13
The location of the cat tree might be the key. Mine is in front of a window, which they love to look out of, so they are always on it. One time I moved it away from the window and they ignored it. Try putting your cat tree where they like to be anyway.
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the insight guys-

I did try enticing them with toys on it and they will play on it while I am playing with them but then nothing. It is in front of a window as well but I always find them on the floor or couch as aopposed to the tree. It is very tall though and maybe they just do not like to climb, neither one of my cats are jumpers so I am thinking about getting a smaller one for the new apartment and maybe they will like that one better.

We shall see I guess
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Crys12065 View Post
Thanks for the insight guys-

I did try enticing them with toys on it and they will play on it while I am playing with them but then nothing. It is in front of a window as well but I always find them on the floor or couch as aopposed to the tree. It is very tall though and maybe they just do not like to climb, neither one of my cats are jumpers so I am thinking about getting a smaller one for the new apartment and maybe they will like that one better.

We shall see I guess
Good idea- maybe a small one with steps.
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