If you’ve ever watched the show My Cat From Hell starring Jackson Galaxy and a ton of badly behaved cats, you know that one of the first things Jackson recommends is to give the cat a way to get up and away from daily stresses in life. It gives them a little peace and space of their own without other pets or unruly toddlers!
I am 100% guilty of shoo’ing cats off of high places! I’ve done it my entire adult life because let’s face it, who wants an animal that stands in the place they pee and poop walking across your kitchen counters or on the kitchen table? GROSS. My cat, Chad, has always been a ground dweller anyway, except at night when he comes on the bed for his mandatory “you must pet me now” time. However, when we brought Nox home, I decided I did not want her to be afraid to climb and do what cats are supposed to do.
This has partially backfired on us because now that she knows she CAN climb on some things, I believe she thinks her angelic little paws are never supposed to touch the ground. I chase her off of the bar, the kitchen table, an extra table in the kitchen, my bathroom vanity, my bathtub, and shall I keep going? Her behavoir very much brings the addage to my mind “Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile”.
Well, we gave her an inch. (I apologize for the grainy photos. There is something about the beige walls and grey cat that makes my camera have difficult to correct NURRRRR moments.)
The concept behind the perch is pretty simple. Make sure your cat can jump onto it from an easy to reach place in the room! All you have to do is install floating shelves in the places you want your cat to be able to climb. Please use the studs in the wall!!! This is how Nox gets on hers:
If your cat doesn’t have an obstacle course to navigate in order to get up there, you may have to the shelves in a stair step pattern. Believe it or not, you do not have to work too hard to get them to climb up. We used a laser pointer to get her going in the general direction and she loves sitting up there now, and jumping on my head in the middle of the night, so I don’t necessarily recommend you put it over your headboard.
We have one more floating shelf we are thinking about adding to the left of her current shelf and down just a bit lower so she doesn’t have to balance her way across the headboard, although she seems to like that part as well. Yes, she has fallen off once or twice, mostly when trying to jump back down onto the posts, so the current dive bombing technique is HER solution to it.
She does really enjoy her perch and more often than not she hops up there for a nap!
Have you made any kitty climbing areas for your pets? Tell me about your cats!