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post #1 of 15
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I got Midnight a new cat tree but so far no interest. I even got some catnip and sprayed some on it and even that didn't get her attention. I hope she starts to use it soon..
post #2 of 15
I know it usually takes Oliver a bit of time to realize something is his before he starts using it.... try brushing your cat and putting the gathered hair on/in the tree... I did this with a bed I bought Oliver and he started to use it some... also occasionally put some treats on it or a favorite toy and praise him any time he goes to sniff or inspect it
post #3 of 15
You could try to start feeding Midnight on the cat tree. They need time to get used to it....I make my own (crummy) cat trees & it usually takes about a week for them to realize they can climb on it.
post #4 of 15
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Thanks! I forgot it takes cats a little time to warm up to it.I'll try the hair on it and actually it would be a good place for feeding because pushed up against the wall, there is a spot that Tal would have a hard time getting to
post #5 of 15
Try some dried catnip (the spray really doesn't work - I got some long time ago and the cats did nothing - they like the "real thing" better).

Also try tying a toy with string to the tree so it swings freely. Or use a feather toy for playing and intice the cat to "catch' the toy on a shelf, etc.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Try some dried catnip (the spray really doesn't work - I got some long time ago and the cats did nothing - they like the "real thing" better)..
Thanks..I started to get some of the dried and thought I could get a better coverage with the spray..I'm glad to know Midnight is not the only cat who didn't respond to the spray! I'll make a run to

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Also try tying a toy with string to the tree so it swings freely. Or use a feather toy for playing and intice the cat to "catch' the toy on a shelf, etc.
The tree came with two toys but where they are located is high on the tree so I'll try the feather toy idea! It just occured to me that she likes the laser beam and I haven't done that on the tree yet.

Midnight has had alot thrown at her in the last week so some of this is probably stress. Once we make the move next week things will settle down considerably! And none too soon for any of us I might add! lol
post #7 of 15
Maybe your cat is just not interested in climbing on the tree.

I got one for my two cats, Swanie jumped on it right away, but Cindy has never been on it. She does use it for a scratching post, though. Swanie's not on it much anymore either.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Misty8723 View Post
Maybe your cat is just not interested in climbing on the tree.

I got one for my two cats, Swanie jumped on it right away, but Cindy has never been on it. She does use it for a scratching post, though. Swanie's not on it much anymore either.
Interesting...well I noticed today she was using one of the scratching posts and she found a spot underneath the little hammock..
post #9 of 15
I think it depends on the personality of the cat. In my house the really curious cat will be all over anything new in the house. The laid back, "I don't care about anything" will take his sweet time, barely acknowledging something new.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by clpeters23 View Post
I think it depends on the personality of the cat. In my house the really curious cat will be all over anything new in the house. The laid back, "I don't care about anything" will take his sweet time, barely acknowledging something new.
Midnight is the laid back personality. I have started to put her food on the base...so she associates it with good things and also it keeps Tal from getting into her food dish!
post #11 of 15
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Midnight is the laid back personality. I have started to put her food on the base...so she associates it with good things and also it keeps Tal from getting into her food dish!
Don't give up...sometimes things have to sit out for a while to become "popular" . We've had many a cat bed lay vacant for weeks & just when we're about to put it away -- poof! a cozy cat makes his place. Plus, maybe she'll start exploring while you're asleep!!
post #12 of 15
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Don't give up...sometimes things have to sit out for a while to become "popular" . We've had many a cat bed lay vacant for weeks & just when we're about to put it away -- poof! a cozy cat makes his place. Plus, maybe she'll start exploring while you're asleep!!
cool...I think it just takes awhile for her to warm up to things!
post #13 of 15
You might also look at where you put the cat tree. Unfortunately our feline friends don't always agree with our decorating decisions. I had a kitty tree that I put out in the middle of a room and it was pretty much ignored. I put it in an area where it gave a nice view out a window and a french door and viola! it was the most popular place in the house.

It does sometimes take a while for them to warm up to it. In my case if Stanley discovers something then Bella will suddenly think it's pretty cool too and before you know it they're there all the time...also make sure it's a sturdy cat tree, they tend not to like things that are wobbly.
post #14 of 15
Can you take a picture of the tree?
post #15 of 15
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I'll get a picture of the tree and post it sometime today. I put the tree where the chair that she spent alot of time in was thinking she was already lounging around in that space. We will only be in this place for less than a week now so when I move I'll try putting the tree by a window. I have in mind just the one too!
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