Providing pets with the proper stimulation can prevent them from doing damage to the home and furnishings. They all have natural instincts, such as the feline\’s need to scratch things, that can be quite destructive if not properly directed. This is where a well thought out cat post comes in handy.
Understanding exactly what a cat\’s needs are will help in knowing what to provide. They are driven to dig their nails into resistant materials. Stretching, climbing and hunting are also dominate activities felines like to perform.
They do not wreak destruction on purpose, it is just an unfortunate by-product to misdirected habits. The scratching action is actually the way they instinctively hone their nails and keep them at the right length and sharpness. This behavior is genetic and even those whose claws have been removed will continue to perform it. However, felines can be trained as to where they can acceptably carry out these activities.
To make a play tree that is attractive to felines, there are a few things to consider. First, it should be sturdy and tall enough that Kitty can stretch out as long as their muscles will allow. Cats love to reach as far as possible and claw their way back down.
The perfect scratching surface is one that is covered in sisal. This is a sturdy rope-like product that winds around the pole. Cats are attracted to its smell and texture. It gives them the desired resistance yet will not shred under their claws. The more of these structures placed around the house, the safer the curtains, carpets and furniture are.
Adding different levels and activities can make the tree even more desirable. Along with the sisal covered pole, include features like a wool covered sleeping platform, a carpeted cubbyhole for hiding and even a furry or feathery toy handing by a string that can be batted around. These additions to a cat post are sure to keep Kitty occupied and happy.
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