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Fluffy’s Cat Tower

Does your kitty have any pieces of furniture that are just for her? If not, you may want to get her something. While your feline pal will definitely appreciate a comfy bed, a cat tower may actually be the purrfect gift for her. A local London, ON vet discusses cat towers in this article.

Why Cat Towers?

In the wild, trees serve quite a few ‘purrposes’ for our feline friends. They offer kitties great nail-care stations, and also provide shelter, safety, good vantage points, and, of course, lounging spots. Cat towers are basically fake trees for housecats. They provide the same benefits, without dropping leaves all over your floor.

Picking The Right Tower

Cat towers are not one-size-fits all. If you have a kitten, get your frisky little pet something that incorporates lots of fun toys, and offers her lots of opportunities to climb, hide, and play. Older cats may be more interested in spots that allow them to relax, look out windows, and/or monitor their domains and humans. If your feline buddy is a senior, you’ll want to look for something that is both comfortable and easy for her to get on and off. No matter how old your furball is, however, it’s important to choose something that doesn’t wobble.

Refreshing An Old Tower

Sometimes kitties lose interest in their things. Fluffy may eventually just forget about her tower if it’s just become part of the background. There are a few ways you can rejuvenate an old tower. First, try cleaning it. If a good vacuuming doesn’t do the trick, use a carpet shampooer. If the covering is really worn, replace it with fresh carpet or sisal rope. Moving the tower to a new spot—especially one in front of a window—may also help. Last but not least, sweeten the deal by sprinkling catnip on and around the tower, and putting a few new toys near it.

DIY Options

Are you trying to save money? Go the DIY route! You’ll find lots of ideas online for homemade cat towers. You can make one out of an old stepladder, bookshelf, or storage rack, or start from scratch using lumber or PVC pipe. Want to go all out? Use a real tree branch!

Please reach out to us, your London, ON vet clinic, for all of your furry friend’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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