Scratching, climbing and loving to sleep above the level of the ground are drilled into a cat’s DNA.
Cats have an instinct to climb and hunt. They have backs with strong muscles and powerful hindquarters that give them a tremendous ability to launch themselves so they can jump both horizontally or vertically.
Indeed, it’s very common for a cat to be able to jump and climb to the highest places when they decide they want to explore their environment. They have useful crampons for climbing in the form of extendable and sharp claws.
There are several reasons why cats like to climb. You may have noticed they tend to seek out the highest possible vantage points, including places you would rather they didn’t go – like your kitchen countertops and the shelves in your study. This is because they feel the need to survey the lie of the land and see what is happening in their territory.
They can scale drapes and leap onto bookshelves to escape, whether it’s from another household pet or from something like the vacuum cleaner that scares them.
Tables and the tops of cupboards including the refrigerator offer them warm and often sunny places where they can settle down and snooze away from any untoward distractions.
Cats even learn over time that there is a value in climbing and jumping to reach and patrol on stovetops, counters and tables. Here they have discovered they can find tasty bits of food that have been left behind.
To give them credit, cats tend to be graceful acrobats and so rarely cause breakages of things or pose danger to anyone. But, some cat parents would prefer their pets to keep away from countertops and tables.
This is where finding cat trees for large cats becomes important. However, finding the right one can feel like a bit of struggle. This can be made worse because there is such a volume of cheap, poor-quality cat trees that masquerade as more reliably sturdy examples.
How do you decide which one to buy? It’s worth hunting around to find out.
What large cats need are cat towers that are capable of handling the force of them jumping off and on with ease. They also need to be durable if they are going to last any length of time.
Lightweight cat trees just don’t do the job. All trees come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The choice is significant. When you see pictures try to be as sceptical as you can. You need to check the dimensions of each to be sure they will turn out to be as big and sturdy as they appear.
This will enable you to get a clear impression of each product because you need to avoid disappointment upon delivery. Cat trees for a large cat are bound to be larger than you are likely to be imagining. Read reviews wherever possible to see what other owners have found to work for them.
Keep all your needs in mind and make sure you end up opting for a tree that will give your kitty the best indoor climbing experience. Opting for flimsy small models will always work out expensive because your large cat won’t use them or will break them easily if it does.
By the way, it’s widely reported that Ragdolls dislike heights and are less inclined to try to climb. So if you prefer a cat to stay on the ground, a Ragdoll could be the answer.