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And Meow, A Word About Cat Towers

Does your kitty have a cat tower? If so, that’s great! This may very well be Fluffy’s favorite piece of ‘purrniture.’ A Georgetown, IN vet discusses cat towers in this article.

Benefits of Cat Towers

Although kitties aren’t officially classed as arboreal, or tree dwelling, they certainly do enjoy trees. Fluffy uses them to sharpen her nails, escape danger, hunt birds, and get a good vantage point of her kingdom. She also sometimes just likes to hang out on them. You probably don’t have a tree in the middle of your living room, so a cat tower is the next best thing.

Refreshing An Old Cat Tower

Sometimes cats lose interest in their towers. There are some things you can do to pique your furball’s interest again. First, try cleaning it. Vacuuming might work, but if it’s really stained or worn, you may want to use a shampooer with an attachment. If the covering is beyond cleaning, redo it in carpet. You don’ t need the expensive stuff! Another thing you can try is moving it to a different spot. Sprinkling catnip around it and/or putting toys near it may also help.

Choosing Cat Towers

Kitty towers are not one-size-fits-all. You’ll want to keep your furry pal’s age, health, and purrsonality in mind when you go shopping. Kittens will appreciate towers that incorporate fun toys and offer them lots of things to climb and hang from. Adult cats may be more interested in napping, and like towers with comfy beds and lounging spots. Senior felines can’t climb as well as their younger counterparts, and will need towers with the lowest levels close to the floor. Do you have a scaredy-cat on your hands? Get something that offers your timid furball lots of enclosed hiding spots. If you have more than one cat, choose pieces that will fit all of your kitties at once.

DIY

Is a cat tower a bit too much for your budget right now? Go the DIY route. You can upcycle an old stepladder, bookshelf, or storage shelf by adding wooden planks to the steps to widen them out. Cover the whole thing in carpet or sisal rope, and tell Fluffy to stay off. She’ll immediately hop on!

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Cat Care Hacks

Do you have a kitty? Our feline friends make wonderful pets. Cats aren’t difficult to care for: providing Fluffy with good food, regular veterinary care, and a clean litterbox will cover the basics. Caring for Fluffy does entail some work, however. Below, a Floyds Knob, IN vet offers some great cat care hacks to make your life a bit easier.

Cooling Fluffy Off

On really hot days, drop an ice cube onto the floor for Fluffy to play with. Since cats use their paw pads to regulate their temperature, batting an ice cube around is a great way for kitties to cool off.

Summer Napping Spot

Another way to keep your pet cool is to make her a kitty hammock. You’ll need an end table with four legs, and a piece of material. Cut the material so that it’s a bit smaller than the tabletop, then attach the corners of the fabric to the legs.

Food Spills

Put a dinner tray beneath Fluffy’s food bowls. If your kitty is a sloppy eater, this will contain her messes. It’s also easy to clean!

Fur Busting

Use a squeegee to get pet fur off your couch and carpet. You can also try a damp sponge, or a rubber dish glove. When you do laundry, add white vinegar to the wash. This will help loosen the fur.

Tape Tricks

If Fluffy is jumping on counters, put clear two-sided tape along the edge of the counter. Your frisky feline will hate the sticky feeling! After a few experiences, she’ll probably stop trying, and you can remove the tape.

Scratching

To keep Fluffy from scratching a sofa or chair, put two-sided tape in her favorite scratching spot. Another thing you can do is to attach a piece of carpet to a board. Nail the board to a wall, just high enough so your kitty will have to sit up to use it.

Carrier

Does Fluffy flee the moment she sees her carrier? Make the carrier seem like a comfy den by leaving it out. Add bedding and fun toys, and give her treats and toys near it.

Hunting Halt

Put a dent in Kitty’s hunting habit by tying a bell to her collar. Use a breakaway collar, so your feline friend can’t get caught on things.

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