The Catification Lady: Think Outside The 'Cat' Box!
One crazy cat lady explores the depths
of Cat Behavior, Catification, and Environment Enrichment
Have you been thinking about adding vertical space for your kitty? If so, it may be time to think outside the "cat" box. No, I'm not talking about a litter box.
But let's consider thinking outside the “cat” box and how it
can help you catify your house.
Getting a cat tree can be a great thing
for your cat and it may be all your cat needs. However, if you have a
cat that really covets vertical space or you have more than one cat,
it may be time to think like a cat.
Each cat is as individual as a person
and they have different needs. After eating and pooping, establishing
territory is the number one priority for most cats. That's why they
want to sit on everything you own, including your freshly laundered
Cats scratch and rub up against things
to establish their scent on objects. For most cats, that is their
mission in life.
Cats are driven by their nature to
establish territory and claim ownership of everything, including you.
And you thought you owned the cat. No. The cat owns you and she knows
So imagine your cat's world. Only being
able to own what's on the floor is like only being able to see in 2D
AND in black and white. Add vertical space to the equation and
suddenly you've given your cat a 3D colorful world!
While you might not be able to afford
an entire Kitty Superhighway, you can get creative. Use chairs, cat
trees, and the top of a big piece of furniture like an entertainment center to
create vertical space. The picture above of Gus and Gordo shows the sofa being used as an entry onto the cat shelves.
Consider the possibilities! A foot stool can provide a step to get
your arthritic cat up off the floor. A couple of big old phone books
stacked can make that height to get up to the stool even more accessible for an elderly cat
or a tripod (aka a cat with three legs). A scarf placed between two
shelves of a cat tree can offer a hiding place for a shy kitty that
Think about opening up a shelf on a bookcase and give your kitty a path to get there. A small cat bed or some bedding will make it a cozy place to hang out and it will give a new
meaning to the term “cat shelf”.
If your cat is constantly getting into
an area that should be inaccessible, evaluate what might appeal when
it comes to that location or height. You may be able to offer your
kitty a more acceptable location, or make the area she likes to visit easier to get to so she doesn't get hurt in a fall.
You can slowly add cat shelves and wall
mounted pieces to your makeshift Kitty Superhighway. A well placed
wall mounted cat shelf can give your kitty a perch by a window, which
is the ultimate Kitty TV. Windows offer a great perching location,
but cats also like to hang out where you hang out. Where you sleep,
read or watch TV allows a kitty to be with you on their own terms.
Make sure your cat's path flows and
makes sense, and that the spacing the cat has to jump isn't too far.
And once you do start to build that Kitty Superhighway remember your pieces don't have to be a stock items. For example, we can make railings
on our shelves to create safer travels and sleeping spots, especially
for cats that aren't as steady. Or if you want a more challenging
setup for an athletic cat, that can help provide exercise and mental
But it all comes down to putting
yourself in your cats paws and letting your imagination explore the
If you have a design question, contact us at TheVerticalCat@yahoo.com or give us a call to find out how we can help you create something special for your kitty.
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