Indoors cats can climb if you get him a cat tree
If you’ve ever watched your cat outside and watched how fast he climbs a tree you’ll be stunned at how agile he is and how fast he can climb. Cats are natural climbers, just remember those pictures from Africa of the big cats draped in the branches of trees.
But why do cats climb? Of course it is not possible to know entirely without getting into the mind of the cat but there are several obvious reasons which we can deduce. If you ever seen a cat sitting on a branch smirking at a dog barking on the ground below the tree you can reasonably assume that cats climb to get away from predators. And it works very well when the predator is a dog.
And of course if there are predators around a tree is a much safer place to sleep than somewhere on the ground.
And of course cats are predators too and will frequently climb trees, particularly at night, to do their own hunting. It is one of the major reasons why it is highly recommended that cats be kept indoors at night, if not 24 hours a day, because they can decimate small native furry animals that live around the house in the trees.
And whilst it looks like a lot of fun it’s hard to know if cats climb for entertainment.
The bottom line though is that all cats climb, and presumably love to do so. It’s probably instinctual.
So if you keep your cat indoors as you should it is unlikely that he will suddenly learn to ignore his impulse to climb, and in many cases ends up climbing your curtains, which is extremely damaging for the curtains and can be damaging to the cat as well if he falls.
Rather than hoping that your cat will lose his instinct to climb you can cater to it by providing him with some fine cat furniture that actually encourages him to climb by giving him a place to do so where nothing important will be damaged. It is known as a cat tree, or sometimes a cat tower or a cat gym or condo, but whatever name it goes by it is a piece of cat furniture that allows your cat to climb and play to his heart’s content. Read the rest of this entry