Cat tree

In August, I’ll be moving into a new apartment, with a larger bedroom and two roommates—plus Nibbler and Kallie.  The cat tree I have for them (the top half is shown here, brand new) is 2 years old, and not in very good shape: the covering on the top perch has disintegrated, the sisal rope at the base (used often as a scratching post) is coming off, one of the lower perches is broken (my fault).  Closer inspection has revealed just how cheaply it was made: particle board, cardboard tubes, poor quality covering.

Thus, considering the larger space they (and I) will have in August, I’ve started thinking about building a replacement (possibly for August, maybe a little later).  I’ll update this post as I come up with new ideas, perhaps with some pictures as the thing actually takes shape.

Core ideas:

  • TWO top perches.  Both cats think the top perch is the best place to be, and once one cat gets onto the top, the other is entirely out of luck: attempts to fight up to the top fail.  The two perches need to be sufficiently far apart that one cat cannot monopolize both.
  • Raised edges on the top perches.  Kallie, in particular, likes to sleep on the top, but I think it’s a little difficult for her to be really comfortable there because of the risk of falling off.  Nibbler might like to sleep there, but is just too big to do anything than sit there, awake.
  • A large, heavy base.  Once in a while some rambunctious activity results in the current cat tree toppling, crashing into either a bookcase, my dresser, or my laundry basket.  The current base is too small, and too light.
  • Soft, but tough carpeting.  It needs to be easy to clean/vacuum, and I don’t want it to turn into a disintegrating mess after a year or two.

Optional ideas:

  • Box at the bottom.  The current cat tree has a raised box, with a hole on top and hole at the corner (so the cat can go through it).  It’s too small for an adult cat, though; Kallie sometimes dives in after a toy, but it’s too small even for her to lie comfortably in; forget about Nibbler.  Both cats (Nibbler especially) enjoy their “cat tube” (see below), and I think would similarly enjoy a proper-sized enclosed space.  Having openings at two ends (or maybe top and side, like the current one?) would be good as well.
  • Adjustable perch heights.  This depends on how, exactly, I go about attaching it, but is something to keep in mind.

 

More ideas to come.

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