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Have you ever known a cat who didn't like cat furniture? I'm talking about those carpeted things they can climb on, they usually have levels and sometimes toys. I'm wondering if my cat would like one.
post #2 of 16
We have 2 Cat Trees and my cats LOVE them!!!! Check out ebay, they have great deals on them.
post #3 of 16
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Great, I'll do that. Thanks!
post #4 of 16
I have 3 cat trees/ one 6 foot one 4.5 feet and one 3.5 foot with a condo on the bottom and my two cats LOVE them. I thinking of adding a floor to ceiling one so they can hav even more fun. Dr. Foster and Smith has a good selection.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?N=2002+2010
post #5 of 16
Can`t even imagine a cat who would`nt love one...esp if it can be near a window so they can see out!
Linda
post #6 of 16
I got a cat condo for my pair. Alex loves it and is on it all the time. Cleo is not as fond of it. She will climb on it occaisonally, but only really uses it as a scratching post.
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I bought a super-expensive one for my two girls about a year ago. Not interested! Sniffed it, walked around it, jumped on it a few times but that was it. I tried moving it to other areas of the house, next to windows, in quiet spots.. no luck! Tried enticing them with toys and games but they would turn their nose up and walk away.
They prefer to sleep in the laundry basket and scratch on their $5 cardboard scratching post!
They act like princesses most of the time but this was an expensive lesson for me!
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by Vickie
I bought a super-expensive one for my two girls about a year ago. Not interested! Sniffed it, walked around it, jumped on it a few times but that was it. I tried moving it to other areas of the house, next to windows, in quiet spots.. no luck! Tried enticing them with toys and games but they would turn their nose up and walk away.
They prefer to sleep in the laundry basket and scratch on their $5 cardboard scratching post!
They act like princesses most of the time but this was an expensive lesson for me!
You almost need to start them off as kittens with cat trees. I got a 6 foot cat tree when they were 2 months old and they used it right away.
post #9 of 16
I'm shopping for one for my Clover now. His foster mom said he was using one at her house so I'm gonna spring for a nice one. I've had a few kitties that were completely indifferent. Sometimes the catnip spays can help interest a kitty in one. So I may get a can of that too.
post #10 of 16
I'm looking around right now for a cat condo for Sash. I would like to put it right by the window, since Sash never looks out I thought that might get him to look out the window more. I don't want something too tall, I doubt he could jump up on something too high.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by hannahgirl
Have you ever known a cat who didn't like cat furniture? I'm talking about those carpeted things they can climb on, they usually have levels and sometimes toys. I'm wondering if my cat would like one.
I bought one off of eBay - Armarkat is the company. Raven was 6 months old when I got it and didn't really like it too much as first for playing, but does like to sleep on it. I leave it by the window so she can watch out. Then along came George at 6 weeks old and as soon as we put him down in the house he was swinging on the rope and scurrying up the sides. I think it would be a good investment. And they always have plenty of scratching posts the cats love as well. I'm sure there are some cats that don't like them, but the majority probably do. If yours doesn't like it, just sell it back on eBay! You can buy them also at www.Armarkat.com. They have a variety of sizes and are pretty inexpensive ($50 - $80) compared to what you would pay at Pet Supermarket!
post #12 of 16
Haven't met a cat yet who didn't like them - go for it.
post #13 of 16
There are a couple things to keep in mind when buying a cat tree to increase the chances they will like it. First make sure it is tall enough for them to stretch the full length of their body for scratching. Another big thing is, cats aren't fond of scratching carpet therefore are attracted to furniture which is perfect for their claws. The surfaces they use in trees that are big hits are Sisal carpeting/twine or plain wood/bark surface. If its carpet it will be fun to run up and down but won't encourage scratching. When cats get excited they like to scratch.

I had my dad build me a floor to ceiling cat tree (hooks to the ceiling) adn wrap the tubing with Sisal. They love it!!
post #14 of 16
I have cat condos -- a single-level and a two-level, which are in front of my sliding glass doors in my living room (I live in a third-story apartment with a balcony). My cats like to sit on top of the condos but they don't ever use them to hide in, strangely enough (they would be quite useful for that, since the condos are black and so are my cats, mostly. LOL)

I bought them a WalMart cat tree but wound up taking it back. It didn't stand up right and I was afraid they would get hurt on it.

I promised them that when Mommy gets her tax refund in February (I file REALLY early ... lol), they're going to get the $210 tree I saw at Pet Smart. It has five levels and a bed at the top, and it's six feet tall.
post #15 of 16
Cat shows I find also have really good deals on trees. Many times there might be local people that make them themselves. I looove the ones with bark...someday....
post #16 of 16
I would go for it. Jamie managed to wreck a couple of cat trees during the warranty period, and thus worked for a time as a "tree tester" (the company delivered and put up a tree about every three months, and I had to fill out forms about how often he used it, how he used it (sleep, play, sharpening claws, etc.) and whether it could be recommended for large cats. He didn't get "paid", except in treats and food, but had a lot of fun. This was his favorite, and still "graces" our living room:


The covers are removable and machine washable, which I find to be a real plus, and the "half-shells" can be replaced (we've been through three or four).
I think he likes the fact that he really can "climb" this one, and not just hop from level to level. He's got a smaller one upstairs with a "house", which I haven't seen him enter once.
In short, look for something high, sturdy, and easy to clean.
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