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The Catification Lady: Creating a Spiral Cat Tree
Posted by Kathie, the Catification Lady on 7/19/2015 to The Catification Lady

The Vertical Cat - The Catification Lady blogOne crazy cat lady explores the depths of Cat Behavior, Catification, and Environment Enrichment.

I've been wanting us to have a Spiral Cat Tree for a long time. Like a really long time. We have two great Cat Trees, the Alexa Corner Cat Tree, and the Purrsilla Cat Tree and they are sturdy, well engineered and beautiful. But I really wanted a Spiral to go with our line of cat trees.

We made an attempt a couple years ago and built 10 Cat Trees for Harmony House for Cats in Chicago. Terry wasn't quite sure what to do with them and they ended up being built like a tank. Great for Animal Shelters. Not so good for production or for customers trying to put them together.

The Catification Lady: Think Outside The 'Cat' Box!
Posted by Kathie, the Catification Lady on 6/6/2014 to The Catification Lady

The Vertical Cat - The Catification Lady blogOne 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...

The Catification Lady: Design - Before and After
Posted by Kathie, the Catification Lady on 5/18/2014 to The Catification Lady

The Vertical Cat - The Catification Lady blogOne crazy cat lady explores the depths of Cat Behavior, Catification, and Environment Enrichment.

What to do? One of the classic questions I get is about what color shelves should be.

Vicki contacted us about her Dining Room. She wrote: "I have this area in the dining room that is the base for letting our four girls climb up to the 8' ceiling landing. But, it just takes up too much of the dining room and so I thought about ...

The Catification Lady: Think Like a Cat, The Sequel
Posted by Kathie, the Catification Lady on 4/30/2014 to The Catification Lady

The Vertical Cat - The Catification Lady blogOne crazy cat lady explores the depths of Cat Behavior, Catification, and Environment Enrichment.

Let's face it, if you were just designing for your cat you wouldn't need special “cat shelves”. The truth is that great Kitty Superhighway design combines the functionality, comfort and height cat's crave ALONG WITH what's appealing to the human eye and what works with your décor. 

From a cat's eye view, shelves offer more territory. A 8'x12' room filled with furniture, people, kids, dogs, and other cats, suddenly has an entirely different  ...

The Catification Lady: Designing Your Cat Superhighway - The Right and Left of it all
Posted by Kathie, the Catification Lady on 2/19/2014 to The Catification Lady

The Vertical Cat - The Catification Lady blogOne crazy cat lady explores the depths of Cat Behavior, Catification, and Environment Enrichment.

When putting together your kitty superhighway, you'll want to make sure there's flow to the design and that you're directing your cats the way that works for your décor. Adding a stair or a couple shelves in the right place can steer your cats away from fragile items, those wall-mounted TVs...

The Catification Lady: Designing Your Cat Superhighway – Create Paper Shelves
Posted by Kathie, the Catification Lady on 1/12/2014 to The Catification Lady

The Vertical Cat - The Catification Lady blogOne crazy cat lady explores the depths of Cat Behavior, Catification, and Environment Enrichment.

Figuring out the best design for your Kitty Superhighway can be a challenge. Whether your walls are blank or filled with pictures, it can be intimidating to create a design that looks good and works for your cats.

So where do you start? You want to make sure that there are entrance and exit routes, that there's a nice flow, and that the shelves are spaced in a way that works for your cats...

The Catification Lady: Stop the Boredom, The Sequel!
Posted by Kathie, the Catification Lady on 1/4/2014 to The Catification Lady

The Vertical Cat - The Catification Lady blogOne crazy cat lady explores the depths of Cat Behavior, Catification, and Environment Enrichment.

Part 2 of 2

And you thought there were only seven ways to Stop The Kittycat Boredom. Think again!

While those first seven were covered in Part 1 of this article, here's twelve more...

8. Combine two toys, to make them new, exciting and unpredictable. While it can be good to switch out toys on a regular basis, you can also combine toys to make...

The Catification Lady: Stop The Boredom!
Posted by Kathie, the Catification Lady on 10/1/2013 to The Catification Lady

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Part 1 of 2

Your love affair with your cat can be a bumpy one, from litter box problems to scratching up the furniture. If the two (three, four, or more) of you are not living happily ever after, it could just be that your cat is bored.

Like people, cats deserve to have an interesting life. When a cat gets bored she can start to develop behaviors that we as humans don't want. Boredom can lead to a cat becoming neurotic, depressed, anxious, destructive, fat ...

The Catification Lady: Designing Your Cat Superhighway – Think Like a Cat
Posted by Kathie, the Catification Lady on 9/23/2013 to The Catification Lady

The Vertical Cat - The Catification Lady blogOne crazy cat lady explores the depths of Cat Behavior, Catification, and Environment Enrichment.

When it comes to designing an attractive and functional Kitty Superhighway, there's several things to consider. We covered Distance in a past blog entry, as in how far to put your shelves apart. Here's some other things to think about while making your plans.

Going Up

One of the first concerns when planning the vertical space for your cat is getting them up off the ground. To do this you may want to use kitty stairs, a zigzag pattern of shelves or stairs, or a step pattern of shelves. You can also use a sofa, table or bookcase as part ...

The Catification Lady: The Best Cat Advice
Posted by Kathie, the Catification Lady on 9/20/2013 to The Catification Lady

The Vertical Cat - The Catification Lady blogOne crazy cat lady explores the depths of Cat Behavior, Catification, and Environment Enrichment.

Over the years I've run across some great advice involving cat behavior that has been very helpful. Two particular bits of advice have been especially good.

The first involves Cat Kisses, or the Slow Cat Blink. Cat Behavioralist Jackson Galaxy has shown the technique on his Animal Planet show , My Cat From Hell, but I ran across this trick years before as a shelter volunteer. What you do is stare a cat in the eyes and ...


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 The Catification Lady: Designing Your Cat Superhighway - The Right and Left of it all
 The Catification Lady: Designing Your Cat Superhighway – Create Paper Shelves
 The Catification Lady: Stop the Boredom, The Sequel!
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 The Catification Lady: Designing Your Cat Superhighway – Think Like a Cat
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