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post #1 of 25
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So...I bought a floor-to-ceiling cat tree off eBay for about 50 bucks, relatively good construction, and finally got it set up this week, just in time for a round of gotcha days (Ginger & Ferris') and a birthday (Penny's.)

Ginger, surprisingly enough, is the one that has spent the most time on it. Ferris will only go on it in search of catnip.

Penny actually seems to be slightly concerned by it, and scrambled off when I put her on it. Hasn't been on it since.

I got it mostly for her, since Bengals are supposed to be crazy cats and love to climb. Penny likes to hang out in her "cat cave" on the floor, under an end table, instead.

Cats are SO weird sometimes. But ya just gotta love them.
post #2 of 25
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So...I bought a floor-to-ceiling cat tree off eBay for about 50 bucks, relatively good construction, and finally got it set up this week, just in time for a round of gotcha days (Ginger & Ferris') and a birthday (Penny's.)

Ginger, surprisingly enough, is the one that has spent the most time on it. Ferris will only go on it in search of catnip.

Penny actually seems to be slightly concerned by it, and scrambled off when I put her on it. Hasn't been on it since.

I got it mostly for her, since Bengals are supposed to be crazy cats and love to climb. Penny likes to hang out in her "cat cave" on the floor, under an end table, instead.

Cats are SO weird sometimes. But ya just gotta love them.
Do you have spray catnip? That may entice them to use it.

Dr Claw still thinks that our kitty tree is a monster, and refuses to use it.
post #3 of 25
Can we see pictures of your new tree?
post #4 of 25
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Do you have spray catnip? That may entice them to use it.

Dr Claw still thinks that our kitty tree is a monster, and refuses to use it.

I used the spray catnip first, that brought Ginger RIGHT over to it, LOL!

To get Ferris and Penny on it, I used the real stuff (dried) and Ferris and Ginger got totally loaded, while Penny gave the tree a wide berth, silly Bengal!
post #5 of 25
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Can we see pictures of your new tree?
I've just moved, and still don't have the downloader thing hooked up to my 'pooter yet, but I took a pic of the three of them on it, but Penny is a blur - she dove off the top just as I took the pic!

As soon as I can, I'll be flooding Fur Pics with photos!!!
post #6 of 25
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As soon as I can, I'll be flooding Fur Pics with photos!!!
HOORAY!!!!!!!!!! At least Ginger likes it!!
post #7 of 25
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HOORAY!!!!!!!!!! At least Ginger likes it!!
I know, huh?

Ginger's still maintaining her alpha-kittiness.
post #8 of 25
Next life, I want to be one of your cats, Betsy.
post #9 of 25
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Next life, I want to be one of your cats, Betsy.
Awww that's such a sweet thing to say.

I do spoil them well, don't I?
post #10 of 25
Not all cats respond to catnip. Wonder if Nial uses catnip for his cats - if not, maybe that's why Penny doesn't like it.

If she likes cheese bites (chedder/motz) then lock the other cats in a room and put a few pieces of cheese on the tree house to intice Penny to get on there
post #11 of 25
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Not all cats respond to catnip. Wonder if Nial uses catnip for his cats - if not, maybe that's why Penny doesn't like it.

If she likes cheese bites (chedder/motz) then lock the other cats in a room and put a few pieces of cheese on the tree house to intice Penny to get on there
I never said that Penny doesn't respond to or doesn't like catnip.

In fact, she loves it, and goes quite crazy for it, meowing like mad when she sees me going for the catnip container. She prefers the fresh to the dried, but will roll all over it, purring up a storm when I put some dried down for her.

I won't feed Penny any cheese, as her diet is very specific. She does not get any people food whatsoever. I'm not interested in dealing with any new loose stool problems, as her poops stink to high heaven.

What Penny is not responding to is the cat tree, very specifically. And if she isn't interested in using it, that's one more place where Ginger can continue to reign as queen.
post #12 of 25
Try tieing a string with toy on the tree house. Or maybe she just needs more time to get used to it
post #13 of 25
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Try tieing a string with toy on the tree house. Or maybe she just needs more time to get used to it
If she chooses not to use it, I really have no problem with that whatsoever.

I have three other cat condos as it is - it isn't like she doesn't have choices, after all.

In fact, she prefers the refridgerator-sized cat condo in the kitchen (there are pics of it somewhere in Fur Pics,) taking her daytime naps in the sun and playing with Ferris on that one.

I was just expressing surprise that of my three cats, she's the one that is NOT interested in it. That's all.

Ginger likes it, and that's more than enough for me. Money well spent.
post #14 of 25
Give her time. Right now, I'm guessing in her eyes it's this huge THING that just invaded her world. She just has to have time to realize it's not going to attack her or eat her. I took Corky 2 months to get to the point where she would use our cat tree...and she is one of the bravest of the bunch. DH and I were suprised. We thought maybe it was the smell of the wood.

I would just keep putting cat nip on it. Once she realizes it isn't going to hurt her, I'm sure she will go crazy!
post #15 of 25
I don't think she cares that Penny isn't using it.
post #16 of 25
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I don't think she cares that Penny isn't using it.
Ginger probably likes having it all to herself anyway
post #17 of 25
I guess some cats like certin parts of the trees better then other parts, I notice that with my, I have 4 trees and they don't like the swings, they like the highest part .
post #18 of 25
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This tree is very simple - let me post a link ... this is the one I bought.
post #19 of 25
i remember you posting about it before. glad Ginger is enjoying her superiority!

mine are all different - Chip is almost never on any of the trees - he likes either the floor or me. Pixel prefers people furniture. the 3 younger girls are my tree cats.
post #20 of 25
Mine prefer people furniture too, only Bumper really uses the tree
post #21 of 25
Maybe Ginger has told Penny in cat language, that the new tree is hers and Penny best stay off of it for now.

I think it's nice that Ginger is still in charge and Penny is respecting it. She was there first.

Penny loved all the cat trees here, so she's not afraid of them. I think she and Ginger must have an understanding about the new tree.
post #22 of 25
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Maybe Ginger has told Penny in cat language, that the new tree is hers and Penny best stay off of it for now.

I think it's nice that Ginger is still in charge and Penny is respecting it. She was there first.

Penny loved all the cat trees here, so she's not afraid of them. I think she and Ginger must have an understanding about the new tree.


Who knows, Nial, that could very well be the case!

I do have a new report, however: Penny actually climbed up to the third shelf on this new cat tree this weekend one afternoon when Ferris and Ginger were snoozing in the other room.

I was happy, and grabbed for the camera, but as soon as I got it focused, she jumped off, and all I got on film was a blur.

She must not have wanted any proof to exist that she climbed on it.

Side note: Penny and Ginger have had a few more confrontations lately, and it's funny. Ginger screams like blood is being shed, but her scream is worse than her bite: once she has screamed loudly enough to wake the dead, Ginger runs away from Penny and then acts like nothing happened.

I think she knows Penny could take her if they REALLY got into it, but Penny is royal enough that she knows that a title means nothing when you've got pure blood running through your veins. So she lets Ginger have her way rather than have to listen to her screaming.

On the bright side, Penny has discovered the Tiger Tamer toy, and is having a blast with it, so that makes up for her not wanting to hang out on the new cat tree.
post #23 of 25
I have 2 of those (bought from Walmart) and my cats LOVES them. It's amazing to see how much abuse the posts have endured and not fall apart yet!

The things we'd get for our cats! *shaking heads*
post #24 of 25
It is nice she finally spent some time on it, how did Ginger take it

~off to find out what a Tiger Tamer is~
post #25 of 25
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It is nice she finally spent some time on it, how did Ginger take it
SHHHHHHH! Ginger still doesn't know!
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