5 Fool-Proof Ways To Discipline A Maine Coon Cat

5 Fool-Proof Ways To Discipline A Maine Coon Cat

Maine Coon Cats are known to be gentle, easy-going cats. They are the largest breed among domestic cats which makes them highly sought after and highly esteemed by cat enthusiasts.

Most of us will only dream of owning one of these large beauties but for the lucky ones of you who do have one, it can be troubling when they start to act in ways that are not commonly associated with them. Some common bad behaviors associated with Maine Coons include:

  • aggression
  • scratching
  • biting
  • growling

It can be quite unsettling when your docile fluffball turns into a cat you’re more likely to see in a horror film. So how can you discipline a Maine Coon Cat so s/he returns to the loving pet you know?

Here are my 5 best tips for you!

Maine Coon Cat Behavior Profile

Before we get into disciplining your cat, let’s talk about what your Maine Coon should be acting like. Sometimes their natural behaviors might not be likable but they’re just being themselves.

In some cases, there are things that we can do like install cat trees and distractions but for the most part, its best to let your cat be a cat. Just you won’t like if someone all of a sudden comes into your life and tries change the natural things about you, neither will your cat.

And just like how you will become frustrated and perhaps act very out of character in this case, your cat will be the same.

So please take this to heart and accept your cat being a cat. I can relate because the whole reason I started this site was because I hated my cats jumping on the table and tearing up the furniture.

While I had to learn that scratching and jumping are normal, natural and necessary for cats, I also learned how to keep them off the furniture and places that I didn’t like or may not be safe for them to be like the stove top.

Maine Coon Cat Personality

Maine Coons are wild by nature. This is why it is important that you get your cat from a responsible, experienced breeder who knows how to properly socialize and raise Maine Coons (more on this later).

That being said, under normal domestic circumstances, you can expect them to be:

  • gentle
  • playful
  • a strong need to be high
  • affinity for snow and water
  • very vocal (your cat has a lot to say and s/he’s gonna say it!! lol! 🙂 )
  • good with other cats and dogs

Common Maine Coon Habitscat_climbing_structures_maine_coon_cat_cuddles

In the personality section, you will notice that I mentioned their need to be up high. This is very important for you to know because if you do not provide your cat with proper platforms, perches, trees, etc., s/he WILL fulfill their need somewhere in your home whether you like it or not.

That’s because Maine Coon Cats are naturally skilled hunters of mice. Now before you get offended, this is not saying that your home has mice in it, although if one happened to scurry in mistakingly you can be sure it won’t be around for long.

This just means that their instinct drives them to hunt. In order for them to feel like they are fulfilling this drive, they will seek high places as that is the best vantage point to see a fast-moving mouse hurrying across the ground.

I’ve only personally encountered a mixed Maine Coon Cat and she liked to perch in the same spot for hours on end constantly looking back and forth. So if you have a purebred Maine Coon Cat it will do this even more.

Reasons Your Maine Coon Might Be Misbehaving

As aforementioned, just like certain conditions make you feel and act, unlike your usual awesome self, the same will happen to your Maine Coon. Below, you will find some common conditions that might make your cat act out of character.

Illnesscat_climbing_structures_cat_high_rise_syndrome_vet

The first thing that you should think to do when your Maine Coon cat (or any pet for that matter) acts out of character is to take him/her to the vet. That’s because there are a number of feline ailments that your cat could be experiencing.

Even something as small as an ingrown or cracked claw can cause severe discomfort and make your cat extra cranky. But as the parent of a Maine Coon, you should also be aware of some common conditions that they are prone to.

They are:

Another ailment that can have your cat acting nothing like itself are parasites. Although technically not an ‘illness’ if your pet has them, s/he can experience a host of illnesses that, again, will make them act completely out of character.

Some things to look for are:

  • white or other particles in poop that look like rice or strings
  • diarrhea
  • excessive litter box use
  • no litter box use
  • gagging or reaching but nothing comes up
  • nausea

Again, if you suspect that your cat is ill in any way, take him/her to the vet right away because only they can confirm what is going on internally. Google can’t do that for you.

Injury

Further to illnesses, your cat may also have some sort of injury that you may or may not be able to see or detect. For instance, a fractured bone will not be detectable but your cat will certainly be in pain from it.

There are a number of ways that your cat can be injured and it may be a result of their everyday life or aging process.

Avoiding injury is one of the biggest reasons that you should have proper cat trees and other furniture available in your home for your cat because they will be able to access it properly. They will also be able to grasp onto it and not be the victim of a slipping accident whether inside or outside your home.

For instance, High-rise syndrome is a common condition caused largely because cats are not given proper cat climbing structures.

If you suspect that your cat may be injured, take it to the vet right away. The longer you wait to treat an injury, the worse it will get.

And like in the case with High-rise syndrome, the sooner you get your cat to the vet for treatment, the more likely and better they will recover.

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Although Maine Coon Cats are pretty social kitties, whether they are male or female they will have a sense of territory. There are two types of cat territories:

  1. Hunting/Personal territory (male and female)
  2. Mating territory (more enforced with males)

For indoor cats, the size of their territory doesn’t have to be huge but it does have to be their’s. The size of it will depend on the cat BUT the good news is that you can increase it by building vertically (up and down) or horizontally (left to right or vice versa).

Remember that just because your cat isn’t actually ‘hunting’ or even breeding, it will still have these drives built into it. You can obviously reduce the mating territory urges by spaying your male cat, however, it will not change the hunting/personal territory needs.

Males will need more area than females, but do not consider this as a sign that females don’t need their own space. If they do not have enough space, they will likely become aggressive and attack other cats, other pets and even you in some cases.

Stress

There are a number of things that can stress your cat. They include, but not limited to:

  • not enough personal territory and other ‘property’ like bowls, toys, beds, etc.
  • no safe place to rest, sleep, play, eat, etc.
  • being chased by other cats, dogs, pets, kids, etc.
  • constant conflict
  • illness/disease
  • natural conditions or imbalances with hormones, body function, etc.

Overweight

Just like some people are better at controlling their food consumption than others, it is the same with cats. With Maine Coon Cats, males are more prone to overeating and obesity than females.

(Of course, this is not to say that females don’t overeat.)

I would think that is because of their larger size. It is also important to make sure that you’re feeding your cat good, nutritious foods that are free of grains and other fillers.

Like with foods we eat, fillers are useless to body function and are stored as access fats. So while grain-free and healthier foods are more ‘expensive’, they do your cat a whole lot more good and a lot of the time they’ll end up eating less because their bodies will be fulfilled with the nutrients it needs.

Obesity in cats is directly linked to behavior altering conditions like:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • bipolar disorder
  • etc.

Now you can see how something as simple as overeating can lead to your cat not acting like his or herself.

Not Being Properly Socialized As A Kittencat_climbing_structures_carpet

You might say that Maine Coons are not inherently calm. Instead, they can be quite wild.

It takes a lot of effort to mold a kitten into a well-behaved adult cat. That includes it being properly exposed to other cats, pets, people, etc. and raised in safe, appropriate conditions.

This is why it is so important to get your cat from a reputable, experienced breeder who will make sure that it is properly socialized as a kitten. If it has not received the proper upbringing it will be very hard to correct as an adult.

Another thing that should happen as a kitten is spaying/neutering. Aside from unwanted breeding, this will stop the production of unwanted hormones that lead to unwanted behavioral issues like aggression, being over possessive, etc.

Right now, there is no excuse why your pet can’t be neutered because you can get it done cheaply at low-cost clinics along with a host of other necessary procedures like vaccinations, deworming, etc.

5 Ways To Discipline A Maine Coon Cat

Now that you have a good understanding of how your Maine Coon should and shouldn’t be acting, we can jump right into disciplining him/her.

But honestly, I’m not sure if there is actually a way to ‘discipline’ a cat as much as there is to give it what it needs to solve his/her issues.

How NOT To Discipline A Maine Coon Cathow_to_not_discipline_a_maine_coon_cat

I want to make this really clear. Cats are different than dogs.

To be blunt, they don’t care what you want. They are hunting machines and strongly driven to do so.

For this reason, you MUST take it seriously to give your cat what it needs. You should not be:

  • yelling
  • spanking
  • using abusive tactics and language
  • confining them for long periods of time

These will result in worst behavior from your cat. They are also inhumane and bad practices as a whole.

I know it can be frustrating to deal with but you MUST take a couple of deep breaths, calm down, refocus your mind and move forward to find a good solution for you and your cat.

Also, I challenge you to not ‘give it up’ just because you don’t like what s/he is doing or if s/he isn’t responding to what you are trying. Take the time to make your home cat-friendly and you will be handsomely rewarded with a wonderful pet you know your Maine Coon Cat should be.

How To Help Your Maine Coon Cat

In order to get your Maine Coon to act right, you have to:

  1. Figure out the problem
  2. Find the solution to your problem
  3. Fix the problem
  4. Include preventative measures and plans of actions so that it doesn’t happen again OR the effect is reduced (depending on the problem)

I’ve already given you a big list to start with already but you can also find more reasons your Maine Coon Is Mean by clicking here.

Vet

The first place to take your Maine Coon Cat is to the vet. Your vet will be able to examine your cat at an internal, external and microscopic (things you can’t see) level.

They will also be able to give your cat the treatment it needs and prescribe treatments that are only accessible through a veterinarian.

Increase Territorycat_climbing_structures_cat_tree_for_large_cats_mansion

I can tell you from experience that if it’s not a health issue then chances are that your cat is likely having a territory issue. Lucky for you, this particular problem is easily fixable and more cost-effective than a huge vet bill.

You are also lucky because cats and their weird way of thinking don’t need an actual increase in the size of their territory, but instead, they will do even better if you increase their surface area of things to climb within the same size area.

In other words, you can increase their territory by adding a bunch of good cat climbing structures for Maine Coon Cats like:

Bear in mind that since we are talking about the largest domestic cat in the world, the average cat furniture will not work. Most are poorly made and will topple over or/and break when your Maine Coon tries to get on it.

But don’t worry! I’ve got you covered.

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Cat Behaviorist or Psychologist

If you have tried the first two options but your cat isn’t responding completely or at all, s/he might have some sort of psychological or emotional issue going on.

Contrary to age-old beliefs, animals like cats and dogs actually DO have feelings and are capable of making emotionally driven decisions or actions.

They are also susceptible to being born with or developing psychological imbalances.

Just like your doctor can not diagnose you with specialized conditions like depression (not saying you have it, just an example), neither can a vet diagnose a cat with depression or another disorder either.

For this reason, you will have to seek specialized attention from a cat psychologist.

A cat behaviorist will also be able to help you, in this case, better than your vet because they work with your cat’s psyche and thought process as well. They will also be able to advise you of other methods and things that you can do to make your cat behave and feel more at home in your home.

If your cat is diagnosed with a mental disorder, s/he will be given medications to help with their situation. I have no experience with the type of medications that are given to cats with mental disabilities but I know that it is very real.

Give Him Attentioncat_climbing_structures_maine_coon_size

As I mentioned before your cat has very real feelings. I know sometimes we get busy and the first ones to be neglected attention are our pets, especially if you have kids.

Your attention goes to your kids and making sure your animal is fed seems ‘good enough’. I can relate because I have to remind myself of the same thing ALL the time.

But your cat does need your attention. Just like your child will act out when you don’t give them enough attention, so will your Maine Coon if s/he doesn’t get enough attention.

And being very social cats, they do like a lot of attention.

What I like to do is give myself time to relax, watch a show and idly pet my cat or let him rub up against my hand when I hold it up for him to do so. That way, I’m still giving them attention but still getting some down time myself.

We need that too and the good thing about cats is they will rub up against you themselves and its not as hard as a dog so you can just let them do their thing.

I also like to cradle mine and give them little belly rubs. This can be tricky with some cats especially if you just started a relationship with them.

But if your cat will expose its belly to you, it is a very good sign. So I like to get mine to do it asap without rushing or pushing them into it.

‘Another attention while I relax’ tactic I like to use is using a laser light. This not only gives them attention but it also gives them exercise which is another necessary component to their daily needs.

Doing this will reduce their chances of becoming obese and developing weight-related problems including behavioral issues, depression, and diseases.

Give Hime Safe Places and Refuge

Even though Maine Coons are social cats, they still need to have safe places to:

  • get away
  • eat
  • rest
  • observe
  • play

If you have children, other pets or other cats, your Maine Coon might not be able to find anywhere s/he can feel at ease. Being in constant tension will definitely affect their behavior as well.

That being said, it is important that you create safe places for your cat. Observe what s/he naturally likes to perch on and find something similar for him/her that is off the ground and away from threats.

A ‘threat’ is anything or anyone that will disturb him/her while they are resting, eating etc. They include:

  • kids
  • dogs
  • other pets roaming the house
  • you if you bother them at the wrong time
  • etc.

A good way to give your cat a safe place to be is to install a cat tree or condo designed to handle their weight. You can put their food bowl on one of the tall perches so that they won’t be d

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isturbed while eating.

This is also a good idea because they won’t be disturbed while sleeping either as most are above or close to 6 ft tall.

As I previously mentioned, you will need special cat trees to handle your Maine coon’s weight and activity. Personally, I recommend wall-mounted cat trees by Catastrophic Creations. 

They have specialized perches with inserts for your cat’s food and water bowl but also inserts for plants your cat will love like catnip. You can also plant cat-friendly plants in them to make an awesome wall decoration so that it doesn’t scream ‘cat tree on my wall’ haha!

If you want to learn more about the Best Wall-Mounted Cat Tree for Maine Coons, you can click the button below!

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I hope that this information has helped you develop a plan of action to handle your Maine Coon Cat’s unruly behavior. If you have any questions, comments or other feedback, please leave them in the comments box below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible 🙂

See you next time,

Marlinda

Cat Climbing Structures

This Is By Far The Best Cat Tree For A Small Apartment

Cats need lots of space to run around and play. If they don’t get it, they could end up with a host of health problems like obesity, diabetes, etc. and turn your lovely home into a torn apart demolition zone.

As cat owners, it can be very frustrating to live with cats when you only have a little bit of living space. Sometimes this happens because you are forced to move into a smaller apartment or maybe you just prefer living in a smaller home (less cleaning ftw! 🙂 ).

Just the other day some friends of mine were having a yard sale because they were moving from their big country home and yard to a much smaller, city apartment. Life happens but the important thing is that we give our cats what they need regardless of our situations.

So whatever your case may be, if you live in a small place, you won’t have any space for a huge cat tree yet you need something that is sturdy that can handle your cat’s daily banter.

In this post, I’ll be showing you the best cat tree for small apartments so that you can give your kitty what s/he needs without taking up too much space.

The Best Type of Cat Tree for Small Apartments

The good thing about cats is that you can increase their overall space by adding vertical structures like cat trees. So in essence, even though you can’t increase the size of your apartment, you sort of can in your cat’s eyes.

In order to do this, you will not be using a traditional standing cat tree but instead, you should install a wall-mounted cat tree.

Doing this will not take up any space in your apartment and it will give your cat a place to climb, play, lay, scratch and do all those things that cats love to do. In addition, wall-mounted cat trees can be customized to your liking and good ones won’t look like ‘cat trees’ at all.

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Types of Wall Mounted Cat Trees

Wall mounted cat trees are really awesome because they are so versatile and come in so many different forms. Here is a quick video of some super cat owners that utilize these structures to their fullest potential.

Cat Shelves

Cat shelves are basically platforms that your cat uses to jump from one height to the next. They are not stand-alone structures but instead are grouped together in intricate patterns across your wall.

Cat shelves can also be used to hold things for your cat like their food and water bowls. Some are even designed with slots for each.

This is a great way to keep their food out of reach of your kids and dogs if you have any.

Scratching Posts

Scratching surfaces are essential when you have cats. They will need to file their nails and stretching is a big part of cat culture.

If you don’t have one of these they WILL do some serious damage to your furniture, drywall, appliances and even you!

They come in many sizes but the best one to have is the tallest pole you can find. That’s because many cats love to shimmy up tall structures and this will present them with the ultimate opportunity.

Walkways

Even though cats love to jump, they’re not going to hop around all over the place like a frog. So it is important to have pathways where they can walk or lay on.

These do not have to be complicated. All you need is something as simple as one board or piece of fabric connecting two shelves/platforms together.

The Best Cat Tree For A Small Apartment

I’m sure by now, you’re probably wondering about how stable wall mounted cat trees are and if your cat will be safe when using it.

While I can’t speak for all wall mounted cat tree brands, I can assure you that the one I’m going to show you is sturdy and firmly fastens onto the wall keeping your cat safe.

The best cat tree for small apartments is the Catastrophic Creations Multi-Level Cat Climbing Activity Center. It comes with everything your cat needs like scratching posts, platforms, and more!

Here’s a quick summary of this unit:

Product Name: CatastrophicCreatsion Multi-Level Cat Climbing Activity Center

Website: CatastrophicCreations.com

Size (L x W x H): standard dimensions: 109 in. (279.4 cm) x 11 in. (27.94 cm) x 63 in (160 cm)

Color Combinations: Onyx/Natural, English Chestnut/Black, Onyx/Black, Unfinished/Black, English Chestnut/ Natural, Unfinished/Natural

Levels: Designed for you to create your levels if you want.

Ramp: has 2 ladder pieces

Structure Materials: Unfinished, English Chestnut, or Onyx wood

Covering Materials: Canvas fabric walking platforms

Scratching Post Materials: Sisal-lined pole and escape hatch

Weight Limit: Shelf plank & 16 in. hammock: 84 lbs ; 32 in  hammocks & floating sisal posts: 65 lbs

Who Is It For: Adult cats except for cave-dwelling cats.

Assembly Details: easy installation

Warranty: TBD

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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I hope that this information has helped. If you have any questions comments or other feedback, please leave them in the comments box below and I’ll be happy to connect or answer your questions.

Do you have any cool recommendations for cat trees for small apartments? I’d like to hear them.

See you next time!

How To Keep Your Dog Out Of Your Cat’s Food Bowl

How To Keep Your Dog Out Of Your Cat’s Food Bowl

There’s one thing that baffles me beyond measure. That is the reason dogs are so addicted to cat food.

And for me, my cats also love the dog food. Why do I spend so much getting separate food for each animal when they want to eat each other’s food??

If only cats didn’t need specific proteins in their diet we could get away with getting just dog food!! LOL!

Maybe someone should come up with a cat-dog food. That would be pretty awesome but I highly doubt it.

Ah well, we can dream. But in the meantime, we have to figure out ways to keep our dogs out of the cat food that doesn’t involve multi-purpose foods.

Why You Do Not Want Your Dog Eating Your Cat’s Food

cat_climbing_structures_cat_dogThe essential nutrients for cats are not harmful to dogs. So when your dog eats your cat’s food it’s not harmful.

Despite this fact it still can be quite troublesome in a number of ways.

Dog Nutritional Needs

Even though dogs won’t be harmed by eating cat food their diet still needs a different balance of nutrients than cats or any other animal for that matter.

Although this might not sound like a big deal it is. Just like if you don’t get your right nutritional needs if any of your animals don’t get their nutritional needs it can seriously affect their health.

For instance, you are probably aware of the importance of calcium and bone health. But you might not be aware of the importance of how important calcium is to the nervous system and sending signals through the body.

I’m not an expert in dog nutrition but you do want to be sure that your dog is getting its recommended servings of foods.

Cat Food Is More Expensive

Cat food is more expensive than dog food so if your dog keeps eating your cat’s food you will probably wreck up a hefty bill pretty quickly.

I believe this is the case because cat food has to have more real protein than dogs since they need more protein. Cats are obligate carnivores which means that they are more dependent on protein and specific kinds like taurine.

This allows manufacturers of dog food to add more fillers in to dog food that they can’t get away with adding as much to cat food. In both cases, fillers are no good for the animals but when it comes to expense it makes the food less expensive.

I personally buy grain-free pet foods despite them costing more because they are healthier for your pet. A bloated pet is not a satisfied pet which is another reason your dog or cat may seem like they’re continuously hungry.

Cat food can be twice as expensive as dog food so you do want to be careful about letting your dog continuously scarf down your cat’s food.

Your Dog May Loose The Taste For Its Food

This happens a lot with dogs and cats when they like the other food better than their own. They will start to refuse the food that you usually give them because they want what they like.

This can be problematic of course because you don’t want your babies to be starving. You might feel helpless to help them since their hunger might drive them to go after the other food instead of their own.

Hungry dogs and/or cats can also be quite destructive as they tear your house apart looking for food to eat.

Avoid A Potentially Dangerous Situation

Dogs can get very defensive about their food. When this happens, it is called food aggression.

Like any behavior, the severity of the reaction varies greatly from one dog to the next. In mild cases, the dog might only growl but usually, the dog will at least deliver a warning snap.

There are many reasons why food agression develops. It is not only an inherent trait or one that it is born with.

If your dog develops food agression over his or your cat’s bowl, it can be very dangerous and even deadly.

How To Keep Your Dog Out Of Your Cat’s Bowl

Now that you have an understanding about why your dog shouldn’t eat your cat’s food and vice versa, let’s talk about how to keep them out of each other’s bowls.

Keeping Your Cat Out of Your Dog’s Bowl

cat_climbing_structures_cat_bowl_eatingDogs tend to be a little more intimidating about their food. They’re bigger so cats tend to be more sly and less pushy when it comes to eating their food unless the dog is small of course.

An easy solution to this is to take up your dog’s food bow when she or he is done. Make sure to put it in a container so that your cat can’t jump up and get it.

Even if it is in a cupboard, some cats are very smart and know how to get into intricate locations like cabinets and drawers. Bengal cats are especially prone to do this as they enjoy the challenge and see it as a game.

Keeping Your Dog Out of Your Cat’s Bowl

Although cats are more aggressive, dogs have the size to handle almost anything your cat will throw at it. That’s why your dog will likely completely ignore your cat if it is eating at the time of his/her invasion.

Sometimes they might be more careful and wait until you’re not looking. Since cats are obligate carnivores, we tend to leave their bowls out in the open.

Dogs take full advantage of this situation and scarf down the entire bowl before you ever realize it.

Since dogs are larger animals, they can reach fairly decent heights by standing on their hind legs.

This means that you’re going to have to figure out a good way to get your cat’s bowl a pretty decent height in the air. The bigger your dog is the higher you will need too set the bowl.

The best way to get your cat’s food bowl up high in a safe, secure way is to use a tall cat tree. You want to use one that is over 5 ft, preferably closer too 6 ft high.

All you need to do is be sure the cat tree has at least one high tower or a long ladder that your dog can’t climb up. Dogs are clumsy and lack the gripping capability that cats have so if you make it difficult for them, they won’t reach your cat’s food.

How To Get Your Cat’s Bowl Up High

Now you might be wondering, ‘how in the world am I going to get my cat’s bowl up high enough so that the dog can’t reach it?’

Well, I’m glad you’re asking that because it means you really want to resolve this problem which you may not know that its not too complicated of a solution.

All that you need to do is install a tall cat tree for your cat (or multiple ones if you have multiple cats). Cat trees are great for your cat for many reasons such as giving them a place to exercise and rest but in this case, we’re going to be using the cat tree to keep their bowls out of your dog’s reach.

Types of Cat Trees

There are two main types of cat trees:

A free-standing cat tree stands on the ground. Most are pretty inexpensive but these ones are also unstable.

It’s best to get your cat a sturdy cat tree that is made out of solid wood for your cat’s safety as well as everyone in your household, including but not limited to, the dog 🙂

The one that I recommend for you in this instance, however, is a wall-mounted cat tree. That’s because they’re versatile and completely disconnect the cat tree from the ground so that there is no possible way for him/her to get up.

You can also get the cat bowl higher and many even come with platforms for you to put your cat’s food and water bowls.

The Best Wall-Mounted Cat Tree

cat_climbing_structures_best_wall_mounted_cat_tree_catastrophiCreations_Cat_Mod_Garden_Complex_smIf you haven’t heard of a wall-mounted cat tree before, you are probably skeptical about its integrity and stability.

While I can not speak for all cat trees, the one I stand behind is both sturdy and durable. It is also very versatile, meaning that you can customize it any way you like.

It comes with posts, platforms, walkways, scratching poles, etc. so you can really give your cat an intricate cat tree that engages all of its senses.

It has weight limits of 30 lbs and above depending on which structure we’re talking about so you can definitely be sure that it won’t fall off your wall.

The best wall-mounted cat tree that I am talking about is the units made by Catastrophic Creations. They use solid wood, fabric, and sisal to give your cat all s/he needs and more.

You will also love having a unique piece of artwork on the wall that most of your friends and family wouldn’t think is a cat tree.

I don’t recommend just buying any wall-mounted cat tree because, since its free hanging, you definitely don’t want to chance it falling. If it constructed wrong, it can also cause serious damage to your wall which may be quite costly.

To learn more about the CatastrophicCreations wall-mounted cat tree, you can click the button below.

I hope this information has helped you. If you have any questions, comments or other feedback, you can leave them in the comments box below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

See you next time 🙂

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10 Best Cat Condos for Large Cats of 2018

10 Best Cat Condos for Large Cats of 2018

Besides the obvious size differences, large cats are more energetic and stronger than the average cat. Some are crossbred with wild cats which make them a lot more active and curious.

Regardless of their origin, though, they have a strong need to be as high as possible. In order to get them to the heights they crave without your fridge, stove hood or TV stand precariously in the mix (not to mention the valuables you rest there) you will need to provide them with high spaces where they feel safe and comfortable.

That’s why we’ve taken the time to put together this list of the best cat condos for large cats of 2018. Your cat will need specialized condos that are made for their heavier weight, stronger activity and their seemingly unquenchable thirst to be up high.

To be clear about the difference between cat condos and other cat furniture, cat condos have at least one condo on it whereas some other types of cat furniture do not have them.

How To Choose The Best Cat Condos For Large Cats

In order to choose the best cat condo for your cat, there are a couple of things you should know first. Failing to have this information can leave you with a cat tree that will break or fall which can lead to serious accidents.

The most important quality you need to look for in your large cat’s future cat condo is sturdiness and durability.

This means that the cat tree is built with solid wood and well-balanced. It will stand firm to your cat’s roughest play times and last through the constant claw battering.

Some of the woods to look for are:

  • Plywood
  • Natural woods like Pine, Oak, or Maple
  • Compressed board

You should stay away from woods such as:

  • Pressed wood
  • MDF
  • Particleboard
  • Fiberboard

If the listing doesn’t say what type of board the cat condo is made with you can pretty much assume it is constructed with pressed wood. Pressed wood is what most cat trees are made of.

It’s flimsy, cheap and some studies suggest that the binding agents they use in these boards can be toxic to your everyone in your household. Also, these cat trees wobble and topple from normal cat play so they are definitely not what you are looking for.

Once you have established that the cat condo is sturdy, the next thing you need to think about is the perching preference of your cat. By this, we mean where does your cat like to observe.

Up high? Mid-air? or on the ground?

Whichever their preferences may be, make sure the condo has perches at that level. Usually, large cats like to perch up high because it gives them a good vantage point and also a safe resting place where most things can’t get them.

On the same topic, the cat condo should have enough perches for your cat to jump down comfortably. There should also be a way that your cat can jump straight up if s/he wants to do that instead.

The last thing to consider is scratching areas. These should be high enough for your cat to fully extend its body, front legs included.

It should have vertical and horizontal areas to do so. The scratching medium changes for each.

For vertical scratching, make sure the cat condo has good quality, unoiled, natural sisal rope. It should also be thick so that your cat doesn’t cut right through it.

For horizontal scratching, the material is typically carpet. Cats love the feel of sinking their paws into it as you may have noticed them doing on yours.

Now that you know how to choose the best cat condo for your large cat, let’s have a look at our top 10 list 🙂

Cat Climbing Structure’s 10 Best Cat Condos For Large Cats

1. Armarkat Jungle Gym Cat Condo

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If you’re looking for an affordable cat condo for large cats that is both tall and sturdy then this is the one for you. It is built with compressed wood which is not quite as sturdy as solid wood but it will do the trick for a temporary fix.

Another reason I can tell you this is because it has a huge weight limit of 60 lbs! That’s enough to get two large cats on this thing although it may not be as equipped for that in other areas.

Some other features you will love about this cat condo are:

  • It is very cat-friendly. Having two ramps means that any cat at any age can easily access even the highest point of the tree. That might not be as important for kittens but for seniors, it is a big deal because they will likely be unable to jump up anymore.
  • It is really tall. Large cats want to be up high and this tree gets them up 74 inches which is just over 6 ft. That is plenty of height for your cat to feel safe and secure from any threats while resting too.
  • The covering is tasteful and soft. Your cat will love the feel of it and you will love that it doesn’t clash with anything in your room because of its neutral color.

This cat condo is a really great option for your large cat. If you want to learn more about it, click the button below.

Learn more about the Armarkat Jungle Gym Cat Condo!

2. CozyCatFurniture XL Climbing Cat Condo

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If your cat likes to sleep high off the ground, this cat condo is for you. It not only has one but two different condos at different levels, both being off the ground.

So your cat will be able to rest easy, knowing it is safely tucked away out of sight. It also has a couple of high tower perches where your cat can observe from.

Its design also makes your room work, no matter how big or small, by fitting into the corner of your room. That means that it will save space which is especially great for you if you live in a small home, apartment, condo, or other small living space.

It also means that the tree has a little extra from the walls with support. For even more security, you can easily fasten this unit to the wall with a couple of angle brackets and screws.

If you like this condo, click the button below for more info.

Learn more about the CozyCatFurniture XL Climbing Cat Tree!


3. CozyCatFurniture Extra Large Cat Tower Activity Center

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There’s no doubt about it! Your cat will love you 10 times more when you bring a little slice of wilderness into your living room with this cat condo.

Not only is it styled to be wild but it is also designed to feed your cat’s wild instincts. So whether your cat wants to climb, sleep, stalk, lounge mid-air, observe, etc. it can do it from where ever it wants to on this tree.

Another thing your cat will enjoy about this tree is the many things that it can use to interact with its instincts. Look closely and you’ll notice that some of the vines are ropes, scratching surfaces, or other toys.

This will keep your cat busy and active. And a busy, active cat is a happy cat who’s paws and claws will stay away from and off of other places they shouldn’t be.

If you want to learn more about this tree and what others are saying about it too, you can click the button below.

Click here to learn more about the CozyCatFurniture Extra Large Cat Tower Activity Center!


4. New Cat Condos Premiere 7′ Tall Cat Playground

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This picture does not do any justice to show you how grand this tree is. Standing at a massive height of 7 feet, your cat will no doubt enjoy the high vantage point it can obtain with this cat condo.

As equally stunning about this tree is the fine attention to detail including:

  • the skillful craftsmanship to make it look like an actual tree
  • the skillful craftsmanship to make it look like it is a tree reaching through the sky and the clouds
  • ascending to the pagoda (Asian temple) up in the clouds theme

Oh yes, did we mention that this cat tree is handmade? If you are like us and enjoy supporting our fellow Americans, then you will love to know that this tree is fully assembled and handmade here in the USA.

You will also enjoy that it comes to you fully assembled so you won’t have to spend any of your precious time and energy putting this massive cat condo together. Just remember to have a game plan on how you’ll fit it through your front door 🙂

There is so much more to say about this tree so if you want to learn more and hear what others are saying as well, click the button below.

Click here to learn more about the New Cat Condos Premiere 7′ Tall Cat Playground


5. Cat Tree King Cat Mansion

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If you’re looking for a cat condo that is super soft, super cozy and super sturdy, then this one is for you. The pillows, beds, and carpeting on this unit are all super soft.

Not only are they soft but they are huge! That means your big kitty will have lots of room to get comfortable whether it wants to just chill and look around or sleep.

Its also built to last a lifetime. All covering is reinforced to make sure that it stays in place no matter what tears happen under your cat’s onslaught.

The sisal rope is natural, unoiled and super thick and the plush carpeting is very high quality.

This unit also comes with a variety of color alternatives like black sisal or carpeting, which we think looks better and you might like it also but what we are showing here is the standard version.

For whatever reason, this brand separates all their colors as separate listings and make no mention that there are color variations.

If you want to see more black variations and find out more about this cat condo, you can click the button below.

Click here to learn more about Cat Tree King Cat Mansion!


6. New Cat Condos Premier Cat Playstation

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This cat condo is a mischievous cat’s dream tree! The reason we say this is because of the tunnel at the top. Just look at it!

Your cat will have a good time playing in the tunnel, sticking its arms through the peaking hole to see what it feels. It could be another cat or even you!

You will also have fun with this as a playful interaction between you and your cat. This will help you bond closer to your cat and it is a really great way to destress believe it or not.

There are also lots of high and low places for your cat to sit and observe its surroundings. Be sure to put it on an outer wall of your home instead of the center of the floor and it will be an excellent addition for your furry baby.

If you want to learn more about this cat condo and read how much others love it too, click they button below!

Click here to learn more about the New Cat Condos Premier Cat Playstation


7. Prestige Cat Trees’ Neutral Purrfect Cat Condo

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When we see this cat tree, it says ‘strong, perfect yet simple’. If you’re looking for a cat tree that has all that your cat needs in a simple put together package, this is the cat condo for you and your large cat.

It has:

  • a full-length tower that your cat can shimmy straight up.
  • a three-quarter tower for your cat to take one huge leap onto
  • a cat condo that is off the ground for better security
  • and a perch in case your cat just wants to lay low

All of these features are vital for your cat’s well-being but you don’t have to have the most intricately designed cat condo to give it to him/her.

If you want to read what others are saying about this cat tree and read more details, click the button below!

Click here to learn more about the Prestige Cat Trees’ Neutral Purrfect Cat Condo


8. Go Pet Club Huge 87.5 in. Cat Condo

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All we can say is condos, condos and more condos! Your cat won’t run out of pathways, hideaways and areas to perch with this tree.

There are so much here that when they get bored of using it one way there are a million other ways to replace it so its like a continuum of choices that you don’t have to worry about rotating out like with your kid’s toys if you have any.

Having so many condos on a sturdy tree is also good for having multiple large cats in the same home as well. They can play and perch together or separate without causing conflicts over space and territory which is a big deal for you cats regardless of how friendly they are with each other.

If you are looking for a cat condo with multiple condos for your large cats then this is definitely the one for you. But to be sure you can click the button below to see what others are saying about it and also read more info.

Click here to learn more about the Go Pet Club Huge 87.5 in. Cat Condo


9. CatTreeKing Empire Cat Tree for Large Cats

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This cat condo is any large cat’s and large cat parent’s dream come true. It is HUGE!

Standing at 6 ft tall it gets your cat to the high level it craves. And not only that, your cat has three choices of how it wants to spend its time up high too.

So it can mix and match depending on its mood or choose one and stick to it. Whatever the case may be, you will enjoy it being on this condo instead of tearing up or breaking something valuable.

Your cat also has so many varying level platforms to jump over. This will definitely give it the daily exercise that it needs to live a healthy lifestyle.

And with a weight limit of 143 lbs. this cat condo is big enough for multiple large cats to enjoy the same benefits.

This is and awesome cat condo and we think you your cat will love it. But you can also read about how much others love it too just to see for yourself.

Click on the button below to read what others are saying about this cat condo and find out more info.

Click here to learn more about the CatTreeKing Empire Cat Tree for Large Cats!


10. Cat Tree King Tiger Cat Tree for Extra Large Cats

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Have you gone through this entire list wishing for a different color than the same old neutral colors? If you are looking for something different this might be an option for you to try!

Since a lot of cat condos for large cats are handmade and don’t sell nearly as fast as the cheap cat trees, they tend to be neutrally colored. This last cat condo is a chance at something different.

It is a fully black tree. At first, we were on the fence about the idea but have since come to love it.

The velvety color will still blend in with your roomscape while adding a special flare to it at the same time. It is also pretty unique to have a black cat tree.

There’s just not many out there. And to get this, you’re not sacrificing on quality.

To be sure of it, click the button below to see how much other people are in love with this tree and if it might be a good fit for you cat.

Click here to learn more about the Cat Tree King Tiger Cat Tree for Extra Large Cats!

I hope that you can see that there are many options for you and your large cat when it comes to cat condos. Always remember quality matters most.

If you haven’t found a cat condo that you like, you could take a look at our top 10 Best Cat Trees for Large Cats. They are also great quality cat trees built with your cat in mind.

You can read it by clicking the button below.

Click here to learn more about the best cat trees for large cats!

And that’s all we have for you today. If you have any questions, comments or other feedback, please leave them in the comments box below and I’ll be sure to get back as soon as possible.

See you soon!

Humanely & Effectively Handle Serious Bengal Cat Behavior Problems

Humanely & Effectively Handle Serious Bengal Cat Behavior Problems

cat_climbing_structures_serious_bengal_cat_behavior_problemsBengal cats are the ‘wild’ cats of domestic cats. They’re high energy, playful large cats who aren’t easily entertained.

For this reason, many behaviors that you might think of as ‘bad’ can be your Bengal’s natural instincts. So before you get too frustrated with your sweet kitty, let’s talk about some good ways to handle serious Bengal cat behavior problems!

First, we’re going to discuss what your Bengal should be like then point out a few common reasons why she or he might be acting a little bit out of character. Then I’ll be sharing tools that you can use to, hopefully, bring some peace to your space.

Now let’s get a little or a lot more familiar with this exotic pet. 🙂

What Is The History of Bengal Cats?

Bengal cats are the result of the cross between a domestic cat and an Asian leopard. Records of this cross date back as far as the late 1800s but they did not begin to gain popularity until much later.

In the 1970s, Dr. Willard Centerwall of Loyola University was trying to breed cats that were immune to feline leukemia. Asian leopards have partial immunity to the disease so he began crossing them with domestic cats.

He was never able to create such a cat, however, it so happened that a breeder by the name of Jean Mill was also interested in the same cross. So instead of destroying the cats after the experiment was over, Dr. Centerwall gave the cats to Miss Mills even though they were sterile.

Miss Mills later found that it was only the males that were sterile and the females were still able to breed. Once she was able to find a male, spotted, domestic cat, she bred him with the females.

After selectively breeding the cats over the years with other breeders, the Bengal was recognized as its own breed starting in the 1980s. Its name is derived from the scientific name for the Asian leopard which is Prionailurus bengalensis.

The Bengal cat breed was further used to create another breed of cat called the Toyger which is the result of the crossing of Bengal cats and domestic shorthair cats.

Another cat breed related to the crossing with Asian leopard cats is the Egyptian Maus.

Bengal Cats Personality Traits & Temperament

cat_climbing_structures_bengal_kitten_climbingIf you are the average cat owner, you should make sure that your Bengal cat is at least 3 generations removed from the original Asian wildcat. This will make them more domestic and less wild. It is highly recommended that you obtain a generation 4 Bengal.

They are fairly large cats. Males can reach up to 15 lbs and females can reach up to 12 lbs.

Their bodies are very muscular, especially their hindquarters. Because of this, they are very powerful jumpers who are able to jump well over 4 feet.

They love to jump and climb over any surface they can possibly reach. Keeping them entertained is no easy feat.

Bengal cats are highly intelligent, affectionate and highly trainable. They are commonly referenced as being ‘dog-like’ because they love to play fetch, go for walks on a leash and will follow you around everywhere you go.

When raised from kittens correctly, they are both child and dog-friendly. Unlike most cats, the Bengal loves water and is a highly skilled hunter. It is recommended that you do not leave Bengals with other pets like fish, rodents or anything they might deem as prey.

Like most cats, if you want to have other cats in the house its best to start with two. This is especially important with Bengal cats because they are very territorial and will not share if they don’t have to from the start.

They also do not do well changing environments but that just means that if you do, you just have to work with them a little extra to get settled in.

Since they are very intelligent, Bengals get bored easily so if you can’t spend a lot of time with them it’s highly advisable to get two Bengals so that they can entertain each other. But you should also know that they are very smart cats and well know for getting into cabinets, drawers, high places, and stealing things that they find interesting.

They are very cunning cats. Some say even moreso than the famed Siamese cats which are pretty tricky cats.

Bengal kittens are also known to be very destructive. In general, Bengals are for experienced cat owners and should only be acquired from responsible, registered breeders since the way they are raised is very important to their success as house cats.

List of the Bengal Cats Personality Traits & Temperament

  • affectionate
  • energetic
  • highly intelligent and capable of solving complex puzzles
  • highly trainable
  • social and very vocal
  • good with dogs and kids if exposed to them early as kittens
  • loves the water
  • athletic
  • loyal
  • muscular build
  • playful

Causes of Serious Bengal Cat Behavior Problems

Now that you know more about the Bengal cat you can see how some behaviors can easily be mistaken for ‘bad’ behaviors but are just part of this breed’s natural being. For instance, maybe your Bengal might keep jumping on your TV stand and knock things over or get into your kitchen cabinets.

In these cases, your cat is being itself. At the same time though, you probably don’t want him/her in your kitchen cabinets or they may have broken something really valuable so its no consultation to leave it there.

Before we come up with a solution, let’s discuss their bad behavior in more details.

Serious Bengal Cat Behavior Problems Due To Illness

Whenever your pet is acting out of character, the first place to look is their health. Just like you don’t feel yourself when you’re sick, neither will they.

If you suspect that your cat is sick, injured or in some sort of discomfort, take him/her to see your vet right away.

Some signs of illness may be:

  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of activity
  • increase in aggression
  • hiding out more often than usual
  • making painful noises
  • labored breathing
  • mucus in eyes and/or nose
  • bloody stools
  • changes in mood
  • increased urination
  • struggling to urinate
  • etc.

Although Bengals are known to be healthy cats, there are some diseases that they commonly contract that you should be aware of. Make sure to mention them when you go to their vet appointment because some require extensive testing to diagnose and only the vet is able to do that.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a condition that creates the abnormal thickening of the muscles of the heart’s walls. It is known as the ‘silent killer’ because it is so hard to detect.

It is genetically inherited but can go generations without showing due to its ability to be both a dominant and recessive trait.

If your cat has this disease, it is usually detected during auscultation of a physical exam. It can only be diagnosed with radiographs or an echocardiogram.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Cataracts

Since both of these conditions are inherited, you can decrease your cat’s chances of developing them by verifying the breeder you got them from screened their parents for them.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy is the degeneration of your cat’s photoreceptors in their eyes. Cataracts are the clouding of the eyes which you can detect visually.

Both conditions can lead to impaired vision and blindness.

Anesthetic Allergies

Anesthetic agents are drugs used to relax the body and reduce pain. They are commonly used during and after surgeries.

If your cat has this allergy you can find specialized locations equipped to perform surgeries on your cat.

Luxating Patellas

The patella is another word for the ball part of the knee. What happens in this condition is that the knee ball is dislocated.

This can cause your cat to struggle with walking and may lead to other conditions like degenerative arthritis.

Kidney Disease and Renal Failure

As a species, cats are prone to kidney issues especially as they age. The risk of issues developing is increased if your cat has already had stones or another type of kidney infection.

A sign that your cat might be having kidney issues is if you notice an increase in urination.

Problems with their Skin and Coat

Psychogenic alopecia is a condition where the cat overgrooms itself. It is usually associated with some sort of stressor like boredom, change of environment, etc.

Hair loss can occur with this condition as a result of allergies to fleas, food, their environment, etc.

Again, if you suspect that your cat is struggling in any way, take him/her to the vet.

Serious Bengal Cat Behavior Problems Due To Boredom

cat_climbing_structures_serious_bengal_cat_behavior_problemsSince Bengal cats are very intelligent, they need to have toys that keep their brain engaged or they will tire from it easily. Of course, even if it is a difficult puzzle, your Bengal will likely still get tired of it at some point.

This cat is very hard to keep entertained and will constantly look for new activities. They also have a strong need to climb.

If you can not provide them with both, they will tear your house down to find it. Bored cats can also be quite destructive, aggressive and/or on edge because they are unable to release their energy.

Boredom can also lead to psychological problems like anxiety, depression, psychogenic alpenacia, etc.

Bad Behavior Associated with Territory Struggles

Bengal cats are highly territorial, especially if they were originally by themselves. It is recommended that if you plan on having more cats in your home with your Bengal that you get two right off the bat.

This goes for both males and females whether they are fixed or not. Of course, decreased testosterone will make a male cat less aggressive but cats will always have a territory for hunting reasons.

Your Cat Is Bad Because It Can’t Engage In Nature

In general, cats have a strong need to be outdoors. For Bengal cats, this need is even more heightened.

It wants to be outdoors engaging with nature. By this I mean s/he wants to:

  • be in the fresh air
  • soak up the sun
  • sniff around
  • hunt (of course you’re not going to actually let it though)
  • roam (around your yard)
  • and get into just about anything it can sink its paws into

Be aware though, that you can NOT let your Bengal cat free roam. It is very dangerous for the cat but the environment as well.

I’ll be talking about solutions soon so please keep reading. I don’t want to get off topic 🙂

Unexpected Changes Bring About Unexpected Behaviors

The Bengal cat does not do well to change. For this reason, if you move homes or have a baby or some other change happens in your household, it would be wise to take some extra time to help your Bengal adjust.

You can imagine how changes you don’t like make you feel.

  • irritable
  • lonely
  • scared
  • longing
  • etc.

Your Bengal is feeling a lot of these too and probably even more that it can’t verbally explain even though it might try.

Being Raised By Irresponsible or Inexperienced Breeders

cat_climbing_structures_bengal_cat_kitten_newbornA lot of times when people get things wrong about pet care, others turn into crazy, bashing machines. If your cat was raised incorrectly, please don’t auto-bash the breeder.

S/He may be irresponsible but they may also be inexperienced. In reality, everyone has to start somewhere and at some point every breeder was inexperienced.

That being said, there are a couple of things your Bengal needed to learn as a kitten in order to be able to fit into the domestic lifestyle. Some of these things are:

  • bite inhibition and that hands are not toys
  • being adjusted to children
  • being adjusted to dogs
  • resisting the urge to hunt in your fish tank or bird aviary
  • proper interaction with people

If your cat has not learned these important skills, his or her ‘bad’ behavior may be very difficult to reverse.

Solutions for Serious Bengal Cat Behavior Problems

I think the easiest one of the list to find an immediate plan of action for is an illness. I also should have added injury to the section.

If you suspect anything is ailing your Bengal’s health and physical well-being in any way, take him/her to the vet immediately. They will also be able to refer you to specialists if need be including those for certain body conditions but also for behavioral help.

Giving up your cat or any pet is never an option in my book. Ever.

Boredom & Territory

Though these two issues are very different, their solutions are pretty similar. So I’m combining to spare you from having to read the same thing twice, lol.

The good thing about cats is that their territory can be expended horizontally. This works two-fold with Bengal cats because it also gives them a better place to stretch their limbs than atop your cabinets and high appliances.

cat_climbing_structures_bengal_cats_treeTo do this, all you need to do is get a bunch of DIFFERENT cat trees and furniture in your home. The important part here is that you get the good ones.

Yes, you’re going to have to spend some money but it will be money well spent. You will also need to use a combination of wall-mounted and free-standing cat trees.

If you have to choose one, go with wall-mounted cat trees. They will give your cat everything it can get from a free-standing one and you can get the highest with them.

If you are looking for good recommendations for the best cat trees for Bengal cats, click the button below for more info.

Click Here To Learn More About The Best Cat Treess for Bengal Cats!

But of course, since we are talking about the craftiest cat breed, we’re going to need some additional help. The next thing you will need to build up is toys.

Like the cat furniture, not just any toys will do either. You will need sturdy cat toys that are puzzles or have some element of figuring out how to use them.

They may even prefer children’s toys as opposed to cat toys. You know the ones where you have to pull out the right shapes or something like that.

Another good toy for them is treat toys that make them think about how to get the treat out. Just be sure to secure the opening mechanism so they don’t cheat!

Helping Your Cat To Adjust to Knew Changes

Its always tough to adjust to changes in your home. If you’re expecting a new child or pet, try to get your Bengal cat used to whichever before their actual arrival.

You can do this by getting a crying doll baby or barking dog toy.

If you are moving to a new location, try to get your cat used to the new area first. Even if it is far away, get your Bengal used to some of the smells and sites that it might encounter.

For instance, if you’re moving close to a beach, get your Bengal used to the salt water smell. If you are moving to an apartment, get it used to indoor plants and take it for walks.

If your cat becomes too stressed, try some kitty aromatherapy. You can find tons of information by doing a quick Google search.

If all else fails, try to seek assistance from a cat behaviorist in your area. They will be best equipped to advise you on what your next steps may be.

The most important part is understanding your cat’s situation. You will probably have your own feelings too and that’s ok. Realize that your cat will as well.

Giving Your Cat Room To Engage With Nature

cat_climbing_structures_best_cat_trees_for_bengal_catEngaging with nature is an important part of cat culture. That’s why the spend a lot of time near windows and might even howl the door down to be let outside (which you should not do without supervision).

The good thing about Bengals is that they will follow you. They will also walk on a leash.

Take some time out of your day to take your Bengal cat outside. Do not let him/her go outside alone if you really don’t have time.

Summer is a little easier than winter because the days are longer. If you really can’t spend the time taking him/her outside, try getting an outdoor cat enclosure installed on your home.

Make sure that the screen part is cat-proof. You can have these custom made too and bigger is better when it comes to Bengal cats.

If you’re looking for more info on outdoor cat enclosures, click the button below.

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That’s all I have for you on this subject. I hope that you have found it informative and helpful. If you have your own tips, please feel free to share them.

And of course, if you have any questions, please also ask them in the comments box below.

The important thing here is to be open to your Bengal cat’s personality and traits. It is a high energy, wild child that loves to play.

When you feed his/her instincts, you will create a more stable environment within your home. So to recap:

  • First of all, make sure nothing is ailing your cat by getting him/her/them examined at the vet and cat behaviorist experienced with Bengal cats.
  • Then in addition to their recommendations, install a variety of good cat trees for Bengal cats. Wall-mounted cat trees are a must with Bengal cats.
  • Next add some TLC to your Bengal’s life. Give it some space of its own (like cat trees) and take it outside for parts of the day.

Your Bengal cat is likely not a bad cat at all. With a little patience and work, I’m sure you can get some control over your home.

Click the button below to read more about the best cat trees for Bengals and I’ll talk to you soon! Bye!

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10 Best Cat Trees for Bengal Cats

10 Best Cat Trees for Bengal Cats

The Bengal is an energetic, intelligent cat who loves the duty of being your companion. It has a sturdy, muscular body that allows it to reach some pretty interesting places in your home like chandeliers and atop stove hoods.

Though this sweet cat can probably be called ‘man’s best friend’ of the cat kind, it needs to be able to have plenty of space to climb and play or you’ll never see the best of this breed. So I’ve taken my weekend to hand-select the best cat trees for Bengal cats to save you some time and energy. 🙂

On each cat tree breakdown, I will explain why your Bengal cat will love the tree as well as include additional information you need to know about choosing the right cat furniture for him/her.

This list is in descending order which means that my #1 recommendation is #10. I’m not sure how to do a countdown in HTML but I’ll be creating a video for better clarity at some point.

All this to say, you’re gonna have to read through all 10 to see the #1 cat tree for your Bengal.

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Cat Climbing Structure’s 10 Best Cat Trees for Bengal Cats

  1. Armarkat Cat Tree Furniture Condo, 72 in
  2. New Cat Condos Premier Solid Wood Skyscraper Cat Tree
  3. Go Pet Club Huge 87.5 in. Cat Tree Condo House Furniture
  4. Armarkat Jungle Gym Cat Condo Scratcher
  5. Prestige Cat Trees’ Neutral Staggered Cat Tower Cat Tree
  6. CozyCatFurniture XL Climbing Cat Tree
  7. CatTreeKing Empire Cat Tree for Large Cats, 72 in.
  8. CozyCatFurniture Extra Large Cat Tower Tree Activity Center
  9. New Cat Condos Premiere 7′ Tall Cat Playground
  10. CatastrophiCreations Deluxe Cat Playplace

10 Best Cat Trees for Bengal Cats Unboxed


10. Armarkat Cat Tree Furniture Condo, 72 in


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Your curious Bengal cat will have fun dashing about this tree. The ropes and hanging toys make it interactive so s/he will be able to really engage with their instincts.

The large platforms are made for jumping, playing and climbing. They also make big landing areas for your cat on it’s way down the tree.

The Armarkat brand is great if you’re on a budget and looking for a fairly sturdy cat tree which is an essential feature for your cat’s needs. Of course, there are better options out there so don’t settle for second best just yet.

Here’s the breakdown of the Armarkat Cat Tree Furniture Condo, 72 in:

Size (L x W x H): 53 in (134.62 cm) x 22 in (55.88 cm) x 72 in (182.88 cm)

Levels: 3 levels

Towers: 2 towers

Condos: 1 condos

Toys Included: Yes, ball, rope

Structure Material: Pressed wood

Covering Material: Faux Fur

Type of Cats This Is For: Tree dwelling cats only.

Scratching Post Material: Sisal rope

Assembly Details: easy assembly, manual included

Warranty: 6-month warranty on everything except toys. The manufacturer will replace any part of the tree for free within 6 months or for a small fee after 6 months.

Rank: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 2,564 customer reviews

What People Are Saying on Amazon:

LOVE it! Complements from everyone who comes over! Most of all, my cat lives on it!!!! No more hanging out on my furniture and getting for all over the place.

I wasn’t sure he would like all the levels, but he really does. He uses different parts of it depending on the time of day or what he wants to play.

He’s a Bengal cat, so he’s fast jump high and is wickedly hard on the cat tree. It’s held up every step of the way! It was a chunk of change, but worth it! I spent hours researching all the different kitty condos and cat tree houses. So glad I went with this one!!! – CD

 

I like this brand because I had one previously for over 8 years and I thought it was time to get a brand new clean replacement. This model is sturdy as well.

I have bengals that play hard on it and it doesn’t shake much at all..Good Price on here too! – A. Nappi

 

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9. New Cat Condos Premier Solid Wood Skyscraper Cat Tree


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Usually I am not an advocate for tower styled cat trees but in this case, I am. Bengals love to jet straight up high poles.

As a matter of fact, they can scale to heights 3 times its length in a matter of seconds! Of course, you know this already but its no easy feat.

This tree has two, long, 72 in (6 ft.) poles for your cat(s) to do just that. The intricate way the curved beds alternate will also help it to engage its mind and natural intelligence as it runs over them.

This tree won’t budge either. Its made of solid wood and top notch, eco-friendly materials.

Another benefit for you is that you won’t have to assemble anything as it comes fully put together. It is made right here in the USA so the only problem you may have is how to fit it in the door, haha! 🙂

Here’s the breakdown of the New Cat Condos Premier Solid Wood Skyscraper Cat Tree:

Size (L x W x H): 20 in (51 cm) x 20 in (51 cm) x 72 in (183 cm)

Colors: Beige, Brown, Blue, Green, Gray

Levels: 5 levels

Towers: 1 tower

Condos: 0 condos but 1 bed at the top

Structure Material: Solid wood similar to what our homes are built with

Covering Material: Household carpet

Type of Cats This Is For: Adult cats except for cave-dwelling cats (cats that like to be hidden more than most)

Scratching Post Material: Unoiled sisal rope

Assembly Details: no assembly required. Handbuilt in the USA & comes assembled.

Warranty: TBD

Rank: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 110 customer reviews

What People Are Saying on Amazon:

Who this thing is HUGE. No cat, or human, is going to topple that thing over.

Takes up a lot of space, but works great for multiple large cats, also the carpet cleans up easily when there is a mess. – Meg

 

Excellent quality overall especially for the price. Very sturdy, nice and tall, and does not take up much room with its small footprint.

Has no silly or unnecessary embellishments. Our large male cat climbs the exterior posts of the whole tree at high speed and the unit stays put.

 

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8. Go Pet Club Huge 87.5 in. Cat Tree Condo House Furniture


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Since Bengals are highly intelligent cats and need puzzles and other mind-engaging activities in addition to cat trees, this one by Go Pet Club is an amazing choice! You can see how it has tunnels, stairs, houses and toys that work together to make very intricate pathways.

And at 87+ inches, this tree is sure to get your Bengal to the heights it craves to be.

The only thing about Go Pet Club trees is that they aren’t the sturdiest of trees. Though this one doesn’t seem to have that problem, if it does, the wobbling can be worked around by fastening it to a wall with angle brackets.

Just be sure that you’re not drilling into a wall that has live wires running through it. Might be better to hire a professional to do it if you’re not handy in this area.

Here’s the breakdown of the Go Pet Club Huge 87.5 in. Cat Tree Condo House Furniture:

Size (L x W x H): 42 in (106.68 cm) x 23.5 in (59.69 cm) x 87.5 in (222.25 cm)

Levels: 4 levels

Towers: 2 towers

Condos: 5 condo

Ramps: 1 ramp, 1 swing

Toys Included: Yes, balls, ropes

Structure Material: Pressed wood

Covering Material: Faux Fur

Type of Cats This Is For: Tree and bush dwelling adult cats and kittens

Scratching Post Material: Sisal rope

Assembly Details: easy assembly, manual included, parts are not labeled so it will take some figuring to put together

Warranty: TBD

Rank: 4 out of 5 stars, 4,148 customer reviews

What People Are Saying on Amazon:

My cats love this! Worth every penny.

Sturdy construction and very easy to follow instructions for assembly. My cats are large, and it does not wobble when all of them are on it at the same time. Highly recommend. – Amazon Customer

 

Worth Every Cent. We have five cats that live outdoors.

This Cat Tree House is super sturdy. It is also very heavy.

With five full grown large cats, this is the right choice. I purchased a cheaper one and regretted it. Glad I found this one. – Carrie C. Mustin

 

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7. Armarkat Jungle Gym Cat Condo Scratcher


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Go Pet Club has a cat tree that looks just like this one…don’t get it. This tree is much more sturdy and will stand up to your Bengal’s high-velocity play and added weight.

This one also has beautiful pathways that your cat can dash up on. It also comes with toys to engage its mind so that s/he won’t become bored.

You cat will also enjoy how the back poles go straight up. It can shimmy over them like Bengal cats love to do.

Here’s the breakdown of the Armarkat Jungle Gym Cat Condo Scratcher:

Size (L x W x H): 50 in (127 cm) x 26 in (67 cm) x 74 in (188 cm)

Colors: Beige

Levels: 3.5

Towers: 3

Condos: 2

Ramps: 2

Toys Included: Yes

Structure Material: Wood

Covering Material: Faux fur

Type of Cats This Is For: All cats and kittens

Assembly Details: easy assembly, manual included

Warranty: not specified

Rank: 4.5 out of 5 stars

What people are saying on Amazon:

This is our 3rd large cat condo. It is smaller than the first 2 that we bought.

We particularly like the 2nd large condo that we bought, which was made by Armarkat, so when we wanted to buy our 3rd one, we looked for this brand. Assembly was not painful and within half an hour the condo was put together. …

The condo is nice and sturdy, with the enclosures and resting platforms large enough for our large cats. – Bargain Hunter

 

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6. Prestige Cat Trees’ Neutral Staggered Cat Tower Cat Tree


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Do you see what I see? I hope so or maybe you should ask your Bengal kitty to show you instead 😉

Two tall, uninterrupted poles. That’s like a Bengal’s dream!

And this tree is built of solid wood so you know it’s not going anywhere as it does so. This is the shortest tree on this list falling just under 6 ft BUT that is still plenty of height for you Bengal to enjoy.

The materials are high quality and pet-friendly so you know your cat and household will be safe.

Here’s the breakdown of the Prestige Cat Trees’ Neutral Staggered Cat Tower Cat Tree:

Size (L x W x H): 23 in (59 cm) x 23 in (59 cm) x 71 in (180 cm)

Colors: Neutral colors like Grey, Beige, Taupe

Levels: 5 levels

Towers: 3 towers

Condos: 0 condo

Toys Included: No

Structure Material: Solid wood

Covering Material: Extremely plush, household grade carpet

Type of Cats This Is For: Tree-dwelling, adult cats only.

Scratching Post Material: Unoiled sisal rope

Assembly Details: easy assembly, manual included

Warranty: Not specified.

Rank: 5 out of 5 stars, 1 customer reviews

What People Are Saying on Amazon:

Very well made. the cats loved it. – Pamela

 

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5. CozyCatFurniture XL Climbing Cat Tree


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This tree is meant to go in a corner which means it is great for a free corner in your room that you don’t have anything. It is also a good choice if you lived in a small living space like an apartment or small house.

This cat tree gives your Bengal cat lots of different options to lay from hammocks to large condos.

It comes with rope and toys for your cat to play with while it does its thing although you might want to add something more challenging since Bengals are super smart!

There are tons of areas for your cat to scratch on both horizontally and vertically. If you’re looking to save even more space, you could try a wall-mounted cat tree which is coming up in a little bit.

Here’s the breakdown of the CozyCatFurniture XL Climbing Cat Tree:

Size (L x W x H): 25 in (63.5 cm) x 25 in (63.5 cm) x 73 in (186 cm)

Colors: beige, mocha

Levels: 4

Towers: 3

Condos: 2

Ramps: 0

Toys Included: Yes

Structure Material: Wood

Covering Material Soft Plush

Type of Cats This Is For: Healthy adult cats. May not be suitable for older cats especially if they have mobility issues.

Assembly Details: easy assembly, manual included

Warranty: not specified

Rank: 4 out of 5 stars

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4. CatTreeKing Empire Cat Tree for Large Cats, 72 in.


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When it comes to the best cat trees for large cats, Cat Tree Kings is the best there is. Their beds are massive and comfortable.

The material is soft plush and the tree is built of solid wood. Your Bengal will love leaping from pillar to post on this beautiful piece of furniture made for him!

There is also plenty of room for more cats even if you have multiple Bengals, other large cats or whatever combination of cats you have with an impressive weight limit of 143 lbs!

Here’s the breakdown of the CatTreeKing Empire Cat Tree for Large Cats, 72 in:

Size (L x W x H): 47 in (119.38 cm) x 24 in (60.96 cm) x 72 in (182.88 cm)

Levels: 5 levels

Towers: 5 towers

Condos: 1 condo, 2 hammocks, 1 bed

Toys Included: No

Structure Material: Extra-strength ABS

Covering Material: Heavy-duty plush carpet

Type of Cats This Is For: Suitable for All adult cats of all sizes.

Scratching Post Material: Sisal rope

Assembly Details: easy assembly, manual included

Warranty: TBD

Rank: 5 out of 5 stars, 6 customer reviews

What People Are Saying on Amazon:

These are reviews by large cat owners:

This is the best cat tree design I’ve ever seen. It is so well made super sturdy and my bengals love it. I will be replacing all of my scratchers with ones from Cattreeking. Thank you – Stacey Conway

 

The cats are in love !! The only Cat tree I have ever had that they can jump on and it doesn’t wobble! Very sturdy and they love all the climbing obstacles.

Definitely recommend to any cat loving family’s that want to invest in something that will last. – Joella White

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3. CozyCatFurniture Extra Large Cat Tower Tree Activity Center


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Bengals are natural jungle cats. They long to be one with nature, prowling atop the mighty trees of the forest.

This tree gives your Bengal cat EXACTLY that with the same sturdy, well-built structure you can expect from Cozy Cat Furniture.

The design of this is also one of a kind and awesome. It has stairs for older cats and kittens to access when needed and your inner-circle will love how it has this ancient Mayan temple/tomb feel going on with it.

It really reminds me of the setting in that movie…umm..(one sec while I boggle some people’s memory banks since mine is failing atm and Google search for it)…Ah! Congo!

Ok, maybe it’s in Africa but the feel is the same. You get the picture 😉

Here is the breakdown of the CozyCatFurniture Extra Large Cat Tower Tree Activity Center:

Size (L x W x H): 46 in (117 cm) x 25 in (64 cm) x 78 in (199 cm)

Colors: Green & Brown, Blue & Beige

Levels: 4

Towers: 2

Condos: 2

Ramps: 1 set of stairs

Toys Included: Yes, ball

Structure Material: wood

Covering Material: soft plush

Type of Cats This Is For: All cats and kittens but be careful with kittens on the higher levels

Assembly Details: easy assembly, manual included

Warranty: not specified

Rank: 4 out of 5 stars

What others are saying on Amazon:

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2. New Cat Condos Premiere 7′ Tall Cat Playground


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Did you read right? haha! Yes, you read right.

This tree is a 7 footer! Its the tallest cat tree in this list and one of the most unique pieces of cat furniture around.

Your Bengal cat won’t have to use the chandeliers anymore with this tree. It has lots of towers or tower-like areas to quickly shimmy up and hold on to view its surroundings.

You will get plenty of compliments with this tree that is inspired by Asian temples secluded high atop mountains in the clouds. The only place higher than the treetops so you know your Bengal will enjoy this unit!

Here’s the breakdown of the New Cat Condos Premiere 7′ Tall Cat Playground:

Size (L x W x H): 40 in (102 cm) x 48 in (122 cm) x 84 in (213.5 cm)

Levels: 4

Towers: 1

Condos: 1

Ramps: 0

Toys Included: No

Structure Material: solid wood

Covering Material: plush household grade carpet and unoiled sisal rope

Type of Cats This Is For: All adult cats including large breeds and overweight cats

Assembly Details: no assembly required. Comes fully assembled and is made in the United States! 😀

Warranty: not specified

Rank: 5 out of 5 stars

What people are saying:

I have a very happy [big] cat. Be prepared for 2 things.

It is tuff to get in the door and the delivery people where ill-prepared to deliver it into the house, they left it on the front porch. – Carrin

 

This is the BEST cat tree-ever! I had SIX kitties playing on it all at once!

It is gigantic, well-constructed and looks wonderful! The “movers” skillfully brought it right into the house for me!

LOVE IT!!!!!! – Micro

 

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1. CatastrophiCreations Deluxe Cat Playplace


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While I was tempted too put this one at the end, I decided not to because I don’t want you to get bored of reading and miss this awesome opportunity for your Bengal cat.

Out of all the cat trees available, the best cat trees for Bengal cats is by far wall-mounted cat trees. Now I know that having something on your wall might not seem too appealing and/or secure but level with me for a moment.

Your Bengal wants to be up as high as s/he can. Using big clunky trees can sometimes take up a lot of space that you might not have especially in smaller rooms like bedrooms…unless you’re a millionaire with a million dollar house…and you might be…

But seriously, you can really engage your cat’s instincts with a wall-mounted cat tree. They also would prefer to be on the outermost walls of any room in order to get the best vantage points.

I’ve done a full review on this already which you can read by clicking here. Or you can read more info on Amazon because they have several other models as well.

Here’s the breakdown of the CatastrophiCreations Deluxe Cat Playplace:

Size (L x W x H): varies because you can customize it to be the way you want.

Colors: Onyx & Natural, English Chestnut & Natural, Onyx & Black, English Chestnut & Black, Unfinished & Black, Unfinished & Natural

Levels: many/varies

Towers: N/A

Condos: 0 condos but they do have a cat bed that you can buy seperately from their website along with other interesting add-ons. Click here to learn more.

Ramps: Depends how you customize it. You can create a ramp if you wanted to.

Toys Included: No

Structure Material: Floating solid wood planks

Covering Material: Canvas fabric

Type of Cats This Is For: All adult cats

Scratching Post Material: Sisal

Assembly Details: assembly might be a little challenging but they have a great instruction manual that anyone can understand.

Warranty: not specified

Rank: 5 out of 5 stars, 6 reviews

What People Are Saying on Amazon:

This looks really cool on my wall. I bought a few extra pieces and re-arrange some things to fit it the way I wanted on the wall and its great. Cats love it!

They chase each other over the top of it all the time. I’ve added plants (not in picture) and it looks fantastic! It was easy to install but took a while since there were so many pieces.

I will probably add more throughout the house over time.- Paul

 

We bought this and then changed our mind about where to mount. We ended up splitting it up into smaller sections. I like that it’s modular and you have a lot of freedom with how to mount it. – Clint

 

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Didn’t Find Your Bengal Cat’s FurrEver Tree?

If you’re just reading the full article before you make your decision, I totally encourage you to continue to do so! But if you’ve reached this point because you haven’t found a cat tree that you like, I have some more you might be interested in.

A while back, we did a similar list like this titled ‘The Best Cat Trees for Large Cats‘. This post includes sturdy cat trees that are made of solid wood.

So I thought this article would be helpful to you on your search as well. You can click on the button below to get started and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments box of any post on this site 🙂

Click here to see the Best Cat Trees for Large Cats!

Why Your Bengal Cat Needs a Cat Tree

As the video points out, Bengals are strong, energetic cats that love to run and jump around. They are notorious for climbing all over any and everything that they can.

Bengals want to be as high as they possibly can, no two buts about it. They are extremely intelligent and can open cupboard doors as well as figure out complex puzzles.

It is important that you provide your Bengal with more than one cat tree. This way, s/he will have safe places to perch and play rather than knocking over your valuables or potentially burning your house down.

In addition to cat trees, you can take your Bengal out for walks. It seems as though they are really easy to leash train and they do seem more dog-like than a cat in a lot of ways.


How To Afford Your Cat Trees for Bengal Cats

Some people have the money to buy these trees and some people don’t. Where ever you fall, it is fine.

This section is for you if you don’t have the money upfront to pay for one of these cat trees. The WORST thing you can do is settle for a cheap cat tree.

They definitely won’t work for these wild cats and can potentially put others in your home in danger as well if they fall or a shard of wood breaks off, etc. Trust me, its not a nice feeling to have a piece of wood stuck in your toe and its not the easiest thing to prove either because your blood saturates the board and its hard to find.

Sorry if that’s disturbing but its true. That’s my own personal experience and it is 50 times more painful than it sounds.

I’d definitely rather you avoid that all together so please do not take it lightly. Your Bengal needs solid cat trees designed for large cats.

Save Your Coinage

Never underestimate the power of stashing your coin. You will be surprised how it adds up.

I do this so much, my three year old daughter does it too. Most people are embarrassed about coin and I fail to understand why.

On average, saving all of your coin from purchases throughout that year can net you a savings upwards of 500 $s. That’s plenty for a couple of cat trees.

Save $20 From Each Paycheck

This is another method that I think is underutilized. Its so easy to get locked into the ‘I want this now’ trend that we forget that in a couple months from now, we’re still going to be alive, hopefully.

Don’t give me no sob story about you don’t have it either. This is a bit of tough love from me but chances are that you make tons of unnecessary purchases whether ifs coffee, food, clothes, etc.

Yes. You CAN afford to put aside 20 bucks per paycheck.

After 10 paychecks, you’ll have $500! And you don’t have to limit yourself to $20, you can make it as much as you want.

Buy One Here and One There

This goes along with what I was saying about wanting things to be instant. You might be able to afford one now or after a couple paychecks, so get the one.

Then next month, not the same month, get another. Repeat this process and you will be surprised how much cat furniture you will have collected in your home.

The important part about affording cat trees if you can’t is thinking long term instead of short term. Apart from these tips, I’m sure you can probably find lots of money-saving systems and plans online if you Google them.

Don’t stop at ‘I can’t afford’. Go on to ‘what do I need to do (legally & morally) to afford’.

How To Choose the Best Cat Trees for Bengal Cats

cat_climbing_structures_bengal_kitten_climbing_cat_treeSince Bengal cats are above average weight for cats and super energetic, you will need something a little more sturdy than what you will typically find at pet stores. You definitely want a sturdy tree that is designed to handle the extra weight.

And by sturdy, I mean that you want a tree that:

  • stands firm even during high energy activity
  • keeps its balance
  • built with strong durable material like plywood, pine or high-grade pressed wood
  • built with or the ability to easily add activities and toys for your cat

Your cat tree’s support is one of the most important features as you don’t want it to fall over on your cat, children, or other family members or guests to your home. It can be very dangerous to opt for a ‘cheap cat tree’ that is unstable, poorly built and not suited for cats over 10 lbs.

If you have multiple cats, buy for the largest cat. The good thing about cats is they are natural born jumpers, so a small cat will be able to jump around on bigger, taller platforms comfortably.

But a big cat will feel cramped on a small tree. If you have really young kittens, add ramps so that they can climb up on lower sections.

How To Tell If The Cat Tree Is Stable Enough To Support Your Large Cat

  1. In order to be sure that the cat tree is stable, first of all, look at the base. You want a square base or a rectangular one that is almost square meaning that there is only a couple of inches in the difference between the length and width.
  2. Next, check out how it is stacked. You want it to pretty much be stacked over the base. If it has too much going on outside of the base, then it might be unstable. A branch outside of the base won’t be a deal breaker. Just make sure there’s not too much and an opposing one is also a plus. Notice how the trees that we recommend all follow this rule.
  3. On the same subject as stacking, make sure that there is at least a base at the bottom or middle if there is one at the top. If there is only one at the top, figure how much weight you think the bottom is. If it is bottom heavy, it will probably be ok but if it is top heavy, you might want to reconsider. If in doubt, keep searching. You have tons of options 🙂
  4. Check out the material it is made from. Plywood is preferable as it is the strongest material, however, many cat trees are not plywood. The more common choice is compressed wood but make sure it is a good quality as they’re not all made equal.

Cat Tree Materials

Cat trees are made of specific materials that most cats like. The main materials that you need to know about are ones used for the:

  1. structure
  2. covering
  3. scratching posts

Let’s talk about each individually.

Best Structural Materials for Cat Trees for Bengal Cats

All cat climbing structures are made from wood. Typically, there are three main types. They are:

  • Plywood
  • Compressed wood or MDF (medium density fiber board)
  • Particle Board

The best cat trees for large breed cats should be preferably made of plywood. Plywood is solid wood.

It is the strongest and sturdiest wood which means that the structure will be able to handle your cat’s activity, weight, etc.

Compressed wood and particle wood are sort of the same as far as makeup. They’re both made of pieces of wood like shavings, clippings, and other forms of scrap wood. The biggest difference comes with their density and binding agent.

Compressed wood is the safest. Wood pieces are ‘glued’ together with wax and lignin (you can think of it as an organic glue). Not only is it eco-friendly but it is a very strong board that is durable and creates the best structural integrity for cat trees, etc.

Particle board is held together with binding agents that contain formaldehyde resin. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen but not to worry, there are different levels of it that are used in boards.

There are two types of particle boards and depending on the type determines the level of formaldehyde used in the binding agent. The safe type of particle board is E1. It is categorized as being ‘ecologically clean’ as it contains a very very small amount.

E2, on the other hand, maybe more of concern as it contains higher levels of formaldehyde. It is illegal to use this board to build children’s furniture. The levels vary but the safest versions come from Austria or Germany.

When choosing your cat’s tree or other furniture, it is important to take into consideration the type of board it is made up of. If it is made up of E2 particle board keep in mind that not only your cat is exposed to the formaldehyde but you and your household will be as well.

If you cannot get a tree that is made of plywood, compressed wood which is also called engineered wood or MDF, is a close second. If the structure is made of particle board, make sure that is E1 (sometimes called E0).

Best Covering Materials for Cat Trees for Bengal Cats

cat_climbing_structures_bengal_kitten_climbingCats are hunters so it makes sense that they will like materials that feel like the prey they are driven to hunt. This can be hard to think of your furry friend but his/her instinct is to catch and hold other animals.

Let’s dissect this a bit. Cats like to hunt small animals like birds and rodents. If you think about what covers these animals, in a general sense, they are soft and plush.

That is the same feel your cat’s tree or other climbing structures should have, especially in the areas where they sleep and play. Of course, this excludes the scratching post which we will discuss in a little bit.

Covering a cat tree with real animal fur would be expensive and controversial to some so most of them are covered in faux (fancy word for fake) fur materials.

Popular covering materials include:

  • faux fur
  • faux fleece
  • plush
  • carpet

There is such a thing as faux leather, however, I don’t think this would be a good choice for an entire structure. If you are looking at a structure and it has a small section or attachment with faux leather, that might be pretty nice for your cat.

Best Scratching Materials for Cat Trees for Bengal Cats

Much like every other part of the cat tree, condo, etc. the scratching posts need to be able to stand up to heavy activity.  Scratching is a natural cat behavior.

Common materials used to compose scratching posts or boards are:

  • Sisal rope
  • Sisal carpet
  • Natural cardboard

Sisal is a natural plant fiber that can be spun into rope or made into carpet fibers. It is generally sturdier than natural cardboard but not necessarily favored over natural cardboard.

Since sisal is a stronger material and cat trees are built to last a long time (hopefully), it tends to be the material of choice for the attached scratching posts. You will usually find it wrapped around all or most posts of cat tree condos.

Since most of these posts are vertical, it is recommended to still purchase flat or angled scratching posts as cats enjoy scratching in different positions. This will save your furniture from being their scratching post for good!

Comparison Guide to the Best Cat Trees for Bengal Cats

Here is a recap of the trees we’ve selected for you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Cat Tree NameMeasurementsFeaturesPriceAmazon's Rank
10. Armarkat Cat Tree Furniture Condo, 72 in53 in (134.62 cm) x 22 in (55.88 cm) x 72 in (182.88 cm)3 levels, 2 towers, 1 condo, toys, pressed wood, sisal rope$ - $$4.5 out of 5
9. New Cat Condos Premier Solid Wood Skyscraper Cat Tree20 in (51 cm) x 20 in (51 cm) x 72 in (183 cm)5 levels, 1 towers, 1 bed at the top, household grade carpet, scratching posts$$4.5 out of 5
8. Go Pet Club Huge 87.5 in. Cat Tree Condo House Furniture42 in (106.68 cm) x 23.5 in (59.69 cm) x 87.5 in (222.25 cm)4 levels, 2 towers, 5 condos, scratching posts, pressed wood, faux fur$$$4.5 out of 5
7. Armarkat Jungle Gym Cat Condo Scratcher50 in (127 cm) x 26 in (67 cm) x 74 in (188 cm)3.5 levels, 3 towers, 2 condo, 2 ramps, scratching posts, faux fur$4.5 out of 5
6. Prestige Cat Trees' Neutral Staggered Cat Tower Cat Treee23 in (59 cm) x 23 in (59 cm) x 71 in (180 cm)5 levels, 3 towers, solid wood, plush carpet covering, sisal scratching post, $$$5 out of 5
5. CozyCatFurniture XL Climbing Cat Tree25 in (63.5 cm) x 25 in (63.5 cm) x 73 in (186 cm)4 levels, 3 towers, 2 condos, solid wood, soft plush carpet, scratching posts$4 out of 5
4. CatTreeKing Empire Cat Tree for Large Cats, 72 in.47 in (119.38 cm) x 24 in (60.96 cm) x 72 in (182.88 cm)5 levels, 5 towers, 1 condo, 2 hammocks, 1 bed, scratching posts, solid wood, plush household grade carpet and unoiled sisal rope$$$5 out of 5
3. CozyCatFurniture Extra Large Cat Tower Tree Activity Center46 in (117 cm) x 25 in (64 cm) x 78 in (199 cm)4 levels, 2 towers, 2 condos, 1 set of stairs, scratching posts, plush covering, wood$$$N/A
2. New Cat Condos Premiere 7' Tall Cat Playground40 in (102 cm) x 48 in (122 cm) x 84 in (213.5 cm)4 levels, 1 towers, 1 condo, solid wood, plush carpet, scratching posts$$$$$5 out of 5
1. CatastrophiCreations Deluxe Cat Playplace
varies because you can customize it to be the way you want.levels and posts vary on your customization. Solid wood and natural fabric.$$ - $$$$$5 out of 5

I hope this information has been helpful. If you have any questions, comments or other feedback, please leave them in the comments box below.

Still looking for more? Here’s our the tree of all cat trees that we recommend as the best sturdy cat trees for large cats. It will last your cat’s lifetime and won’t budge an inch even during the roughest play sessions!

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Marlinda

What To Do If My Maine Coon Is Mean? [Aggressive Behavior Guide]

What To Do If My Maine Coon Is Mean? [Aggressive Behavior Guide]

Maine coon cats are well known for their gentle, playful nature. These big cats are known as ‘gentle giants’ and one of the most sought-after cat breeds in the world today.

Sounds like the best cat to have so you get one! Then you bring it home and s/he’s anything but friendly.

Its biting and hissing and everything opposite of nice leaving you confused and wondering ‘why my Maine coon is mean‘. Well, friend, you’ve come to the right site because we’re going to have an in-depth discussion about your cat’s behavior.

See, Maine coons are very loveable cats but there is a caveat to its personality that you need to be aware of right now. The good news is that most of the culprits for his/her unwelcomed behavior are pretty easy to fix but some might be more serious and need more serious attention.

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About Maine Coon Cats

Maine Coon Cats Breed History

The Maine coon breed originated in the United States. It is believed to have appeared around the 1850s when long-haired European cats bred with American shorthaired cats.

As a result, their offspring were large, sturdily built cats with fluffy, ring-shaped tails that resembled a raccoon’s tail. Thus their name, Maine coon, is a combination between their place of origin (Maine) and the shortened form of the word raccoon, coon.

They were very popular in rural environments in the northeastern states due to their excellent rodent hunting skills.

In 1980, they were exported to the United Kingdom where they have also gained popularity.

In 1982, they began to be internationally recognized as a purebred cat.

Maine Coon Cats Personality Traits and Breed Standards

As I mentioned previously, Maine coons are known to be good-natured cats. Now let’s dissect this vague statement to see what is really meant by it.

cat_climbing_structures_maine_coon_trioMaine coon Physical Traits

These cats are huge and their bodies are built to be exceptional hunters. Depending on it the cat is male of female, they can weight between 11 – 25 lbs.

Of course, the females are smaller than the males but they both have large, muscular bodies and legs with long, fluffy tails.

Their ears are large and pointed with tufts that grow up over their tips which give them a Lynx-like appearance.

Features that make Maine coons distinct are the shape around their eyebrow area, makes an ‘M’, their noses are square and clearly separated from their forehead and they have extra fur on their paws that help them move easier in the snow.

Their fur is denser in their hindquarters, chest, and belly. It is shorter in the head, shoulders, and legs.

They also have a thick undercoat that keeps them warm and dry in the snow. Their fur should be soft and silky to the touch and requires daily grooming.

Maine Coon Life Expectancy

You can expect that your Maine coon cat will live between 9 and 15 years old. Of course, this depends on their health and unforeseen circumstances that may cause early deaths but we don’t want to think about that right now.

Maine Coon Cat Personality

Maine coons are very unique in terms of cats. While they are still untamed hunters, their drive is even more amped up than the average cat.

They are also more skilled and good at hunting.

Nevertheless, they are very sweet, friendly, playful and sociable cats.

As I mentioned before, this comes with a caveat. That is that they must be properly socialized as kittens and males especially should be fixed as their hormones make them even more territorial and possessive which is a leading cause of aggression. We’ll get into more details later but keep this in mind.

cat_climbing_structures_maine_coon_cat_snowAnother thing Maine coons are opposite to most cats is they love water and snow. They are also famous for being vocal by making chirping and other sounds different from typical cat sounds like meows.

My cats don’t really make sounds at all unless they’re hungry so if we have one of these it would be a big change for sure, lol. The good thing is that Maine coons get along with other cats and if you have multiple cats already, they should adjust quite well together as long as you have adequate space for each of them to have a slice of their own ‘territory’.

They also get along well with children, dogs, people and other pets.

Requirements to Keep A Maine Coon Cat

Territory

Your Maine coon is well adapt and equipped for the outdoors. S/he will need lots of space and at least a small space designated for him/her outdoors as well.

They enjoy interacting with nature so you can set up a small garden area for them. If you are concerned about them escaping, you can utilize a good outdoor cat enclosure and set up a little area for them.

Your cat should also have plenty of relaxing and playing areas including multiple cat trees for large cats (don’t buy a flimsy one like the leopard print cat tree in the video. It will NOT last.)

If you live in a small space like an apartment, remember that vertical space counts when you try to increase your cat’s territory.

Diet

Like any living organism, with greater size comes the need for more energy and the generation of more waste. Your Maine coon should be eating a diet of natural and even raw products.

You should also be aware that Maine coon cats are predisposed to obesity. Given their large size, they tend to have large appetites and are likely to overeat.

I’m not an expert on cat diet so be sure that you talk to your vet about your Maine coon’s nutritional needs. I would even say find a certified breeder because sometimes vets aren’t specialized in one particular breed’s needs and may only have a general idea.

A breeder will know better about their specific specialty cat which in this case is the Maine coon.

Don’t take this for granted. Just like you feel bad when your body doesn’t get the right nutrients, your cat is the same way.

Never underestimate the power of good fitness and nutrition for your cat and even for your self, to be honest (this is not a criticism or opinion but study proven and personal experience). If your cat is being aggressive, this is the second place to check after illness.

Expense

Maine coons are easy to care for but require more financial needs to care for than the average cat. They need more and high-quality food but also high-quality toys and cat climbing structures.

They’re strong cats and also heavier weight makes for higher amounts of force and pressure. You will find your cat sticks and other toys snapping in your hands more frequently and the average cat trees will break, shake and crumble.

Not to mention scratching. If this part scares you, I beg you to take a deep breath and prepare for problem-solving instead of panic.

I’m a strong believer in the power of saving money and if you don’t, you will be surprised how fast even something as simple as saving all of your coinage adds up. Also buying ‘here and there’ adds up as well.

Too many precious cats end up in shelters for reasons that are easily dealt with if you just give a liiiitle bit more effort in the right places. That’s why I’m here to help so if you need any help or questions at all please feel free to ask in the comments below.

Grooming

Since Maine coons have long fur they will need their fur brushed daily. You also need to be sure to brush their undercoat as well.

Get a cat brush with long, grabby bristles. You may also need a pair of kitty hair trimmers to trim any knots or tangles.

Also take note of any skin irregularities as many bacteria, parasites, fungi, etc. can easily be incubated in their warm, dense coat. Additionally, matting and even daily rubbing can cause irritation so be aware of their skin with every grooming session.

If you notice any irregularities be sure to contact your vet immediately!

Play: Your Cat’s Daily Workout

cat_climbing_structures_maine_coon_cat_kitten_playI always say that exercising is more pleasant when we do something fun instead of ‘exercise’. Your cat is a good example of this.

Their play is important because it gives them their daily workout, however, they just do it because its fun for them.

It is necessary that you play with your Maine coon at least 20 minutes per day. I would recommend more along the lines of 40 minutes per day.

This will increase your relationship as well as reinforcing with them how they are supposed to interact with humans. Always use toys.

NEVER use your hands to play with your cat! And yes, even old Maine coons love to play.

Why Is My Maine Coon Cat So Mean?

Phew! That took more time than I thought but I hope that you have learned a lot about your cat.

Hopefully, at this point, you’ve begun to think about some things that might be causing your cat’s bad behavior but if not, we’ll give you some ideas right now.

So ask me again:

My Maine Coon Is Mean. What’s Going On?!

As you probably suspect, when your Maine coon is aggressive, something is definitely wrong. It could be something as simple as them not being able to burn off all their energy to something more serious like a disease.

I’m going to go through as many options as I can think of along with solutions and any other relevant information. If you are ever in doubt, call your vet, they are usually friendly and happy to help.

What Is Aggression For Maine Coon Cats?

Before we get into the reasons for your cat’s aggression, I think it is important to actually define what is considered aggression. As a parent of both cats and dogs, I know both have habits that seem aggressive but are completely normal for each animal.

For instance, cats will play bite each other while playing. Biting is also a form of cat affection. Its obviously not a hard bite where skin is broken but if your cat bites you like this, you might be startled and think it is attacking you.

This actually happened to my daughter the other day for the first time. She panicked of course but I explained to her it was being loving and she was alright afterward, lol.

In general, the following behaviors can be considered as aggression in your Maine coon:

  • bites that draw blood
  • scratches that are usually preceded by a swat, box, or some other attack like movement
    • your cat, especially if it is a kitten, might try to claw your leg like normal cat scratching that they do on a post. This is not aggression. They just mistakenly think they can scratch their claws on your leg.
  • boxing
    • declawed cats do this a lot and it actually really hurts even though they don’t have claws. If you are thinking about declawing it. DON’T!!!
  • hissing
  • accessive and frantic tearing to destroy things in your home like furniture and other household items
    • this is much more hyper than normal cat play. More like they had a massive anxiety attack and pillow feathers are everywhere type of thing.
  • fighting with you or other members of your household including children, other cats, other pets, spouse, guests, etc.

Usually, with aggression, your Maine coon cat will appear very stressed and his/her hair will be clearly raised. Its tail will be frantically swinging back and forth.

It will be making growling or other ‘scary’ sounds. Its eyes will be dilated and it might be snarling.

Possible Causes For Your Maine Coon’s Aggressive Behavior

As mentioned before, there can be many reasons your Maine coon is acting out of character. Here are some common and not so common reasons.

Illness

Whenever anything unusual happens, always think health first. There could be a number of issues both internally and externally that could be causing your cat discomfort.

Think about when you’re feeling ill. Especially something like the flu, your menstrual cycle (if you’re a woman of course 😉 ), or an allergic reaction to name a few.

You can’t see these things but they make you feel less than normal and make you act in different ways of varying magnitude. Also, depending on the person, you might never even know that they’re in pain until they actually come out and say it.

It is the same with your cat with the additional variable that they can’t actually come out and tell you anything. So it is up to you to figure out what is going on, which you are, and that’s pretty awesome!

Maine coon cats are predisposed to a few common disorders as a breed. They are:

Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

A feline condition that causes the cat’s heart to thicken which makes it difficult for it to function properly. As a result, they can experience a whole host of problems even things that aren’t related to the heart.

It is not something that is commonly found in most domestic cats, however when if comes to Maine coons, it is an issue. Although not much is known why this is, scientists attribute it to genetics.

Other breeds that are prone to this disorder include:

  • Ragdolls
  • British shorthairs
  • Sphynx
  • Chartreux
  • Persians

Seems like it might have European origins but don’t quote me on that its just an observation of these breeds all have links to there in some form.

You can read more about it by clicking the below button.

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Feline Hip Dysplasia

Feline Hip Dysplasia is the abnormal formation and subsequent deterioration of the cat’s hip joint (formally known as the coxofemoral joint). As a result, this disorder causes abnormalities in the cat’s hips along with many other musculoskeletal deformations.

Early detection is important with this condition. If you notice any structural irregularities in your cat, call your vet immediately.

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Feline Pectus Excavatum (Sunken chest)

Feline Pectus Eexcavatum is a deformity in the sternum (chest bone) and costal cartilage (connect the chest bone with the end of the ribs). As a result, there is a horizontal narrowing of the chest.

This causes a host of problems for your cat including:

  • breathlessness
  • weakness
  • disorientation
  • weight loss
  • and more!

If you want to learn more about Feline Pectus Excavatum aka “Sunken Chest”, click the button below.

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In addition to these common illnesses, there are a whole lot more ailments that could be bugging your cat. For instance, male cats, in particular, are prone to getting urinary tract infections or your cat could have a nasal infection.

Both of these require immediate attention by the way. Some more examples are:

  • allergies
  • parasites (more on this in a bit)
  • ingrown nail(s)
  • digestive issues
  • circulatory issues
  • visual issues
  • etc.

Parasites

Parasites are anything that feeds off of your cat’s energy instead of taking the time to find or create its own. In other words, they feed off the food your cat has eaten or already digested in the bloodstream.

They can live inside their bodies or externally. Most parasites, or the presence of parasites, can be easily detected but some require specialized tests to verify.

Parasite infections are quite uncomfortable for your cat. Their effects can be quite severe causing stomach and intestinal pain as an example.

Some common cat parasites include, but are not limited to:

  • several types of worms
  • fleas
  • ticks (from my experience, cats usually have fleas because they are constantly grooming and ticks are easy to remove. Every once in a long long time, I do find ticks on cats though.)
    • also, you will typically see fleas OR ticks. You usually don’t see them both at the same time.
  • mites
  • etc.

If you need to verify if your Maine coon cat has a parasite, you will need to take him/her to the vet. Something like fleas is easily treated with medicines that you can find at pet stores or online but something like worms needs a prescription.

The worm meds that you will find at pet stores are usually garbage and bad for the animals even in the case of dogs.

Stress

cat_climbing_structures_maine_coon_cat_startledJust like we get stressed, your cat does too. Don’t think that because s/he just ‘lays around all day and doesn’t have to pay bills or work’ that s/he can’t be stressed.

Common causes for your cat’s stress may include:

  • lack of territory
  • introduction of new family member be it animal or human
  • unfamiliar sounds like instruments or a TV show you’re watching
  • kids, other pets or other family members playing too aggressively
  • overweight
  • unhealthy eating
  • changes to their environment
    • like a house move, new furniture, etc.
  • etc.

Some signs your cat is stressed may be:

  • accessive shedding
  • dramatic weight loss or gain
  • bad breath
  • loss of appetite
  • accessive hiding
  • aggression
  • abnormalities in their pupils
  • medical condition
  • etc.

The good thing is that most of these can be easily fixed. If you feel like your cat might be having medical issues, be it mental or physical, start the conversation with your vet.

Cats do have anxiety, depression and other mental disorders like that. Just don’t jump to conclusions. Be open to possibilities without judgment and wait for the results. 🙂

Territory Squabbles

cat_climbing_structures_maine_coon_cat_cuddlesCats are both social and solitary. I think that we are too.

Most of us like to have our own place and space to do certain things but we also enjoy the company of our friends, family, and colleagues most of the time. Maine coons are like this too.

They like to have their own area to sleep and get a good vantage point of your room. Some even like to have their own litter boxes and toys.

It really depends on the cat but in this case, we’re mainly talking about space.

Maine coons are especially hunt driven which means they especially uphold their hunting borders. These areas don’t have to be large but you will have to be sure that each cat in your home has their own.

The really cool thing with cats though, is that you can easily add to their territory by providing them with vertical space. For instance, adding a good cat tree for Maine coons is an excellent idea, one I fully recommend you do.

This can be done regardless of how small your home is. Just find something that fits the distance between the floor and ceiling of your home that fits through the door.

You will find cats develop their need for territories around 1 and 2 years old. One really good way to tell that your Maine coon is aggressive over its territory is that it will make a very bad, unpleasant sound that’s hard to describe otherwise.

They will likely also display some or all of the following:

  • murmuring
  • snarling
  • spitting
  • fast footwork
  • loud cries
  • pursue/stalk intruder whether another cat, other pet, etc.

Owners beware. They will attack you too.

This sort of aggression is more common in unneutered and unspayed cats (yes, both male and female cats have a territory) because they are hyper-protective of their claimed space.

Too Much Contact

Whether you’re aware of it or not, when you pet your cat you stimulate and excite their senses. When you pet them too much you can overstimulate their sense which sends them into a hyper, spazzy cat mode.

Another reason your cat might become aggressive when you touch him/her is if they have a sensitivity in the area that they touched. If they do and you don’t know what it is, be sure to speak with your vet right away.

Baby Fever

The purpose of life is to live and produce more offspring. Sometimes the need comes and goes at different times of our lives.

The female body is made to carry babies. The female instinct is to carry babies.

Not all females want to have young but for some, they get the urge to even though they can’t, especially if they are not fixed. Let me tell you a little story.

This is a long time ago before I knew better. I had a dog that wanted nothing to do with male dogs when she was young.

She was not fixed, had a very dominant personality and believe it or not, thought she was the one supposed to be doing the…you know…male side of things, lol!! Well, as she got older I notice a shift.

She started to act like she had puppies but she never had any and she wasn’t pregnant. What was happening was that she was having baby fever.

She’d get so frustrated that there wasn’t any puppies around and became quite depressed. She had one litter before she passed.

Your female Maine coon can likely feel the same if she doesn’t have kittens. Of course, she’ll have to deal with it BUT I mean, in all truthfulness and understanding instinct, some understanding and cuddles is in order. Don’t you agree? 🙂

Family Tensions

Usually pets choose one person to be loyal to or in sync with. This doesn’t mean that they dislike the other peron, it just means they’re in tuned with one person.

If there is tension between two opposite members of your household, your cat will feel it too. They will feel exactly what you feel and react according to their own impulses.

I’ll give you a good example. Me and my hubby had a big argument and two of our cats started fighting later on that day and they did every day UNTIL we settled the disagreement and tensions dissipated in the house.

These two cats cuddle and bathe each other under normal circumstances but because one is in tune with me and one is in tune with my hubby, they conflicted because we conflicted. Lesson?

Be very mindful of your feelings. Your pets, dogs and even your kids feel them too.

Just take a deep breath in and let a deep breath out. B-R-E-A-T-H. 🙂

New Family

If you’ve recently adopted your Maine coon cat, good job! Adopting animals can be such a beautiful thing.

But remember that your cat has gone through a lot before it reaches your home. It will also have to get over fears like the fear of abandonement along with anything else it may have develop post-you.

Your house looks, feels, and smells totally different to your new furbaby. Just like you have to adjust to new surroundings so will s/he.

Just give them time, love and be patient. They will settle in eventually and if they still have anxieties, talk to your vet or even the rescue group that you got him/her from since they can shed more light on the cat’s personality and/or history.

Learned To Play With Hands

cat_climbing_structures_maine_coon_cat_kittensI touched on this a little before. Kittens should be properly socialized especially between the ages of 3 and 7 weeks.

Do NOT accept a kitten that has been taken from its mother before it is weaned which is usually AFTER 3 months (12 weeks). The kitten needs to learn important cat communication and behavior as part of the litter like:

  • learning the feline language
  • bite inhibition
  • how to play with others

It is also important that you do not let anyone play with your kitten with their hands. Always provide toys for your kitten to play with instead.

Hands =/= Toys. NO EXCUSES!!

When that adult Maine coon chomps down on your hand thinking its a toy, you’ll know about it alright. It won’t be a comfortable experience and your cat will be very confused as to your reaction since it thinks it’s doing something normal.

Like I always say with my daughter, if it’s a bad habit, why start it in the first place? Wish I did this with sucking her fingers cuz I have no idea how to stop her.

Also, learn from me, don’t listen to anyone who tells you ‘just this one time’ or makes you out to be the bad guy, grouch, etc. Do what you gotta do and to h e double hockey sticks with that trash talk junk even if it’s coming from your own parents! T_T

Redirecting Stress

Have you ever lashed out or yelled at someone just because you’re in a bad mood?

Yup, I think we’ve all had these less than glorified moments, heh-heh-heh. Well, your cat has these sort of moments too.

Sometimes it might be feeling stressed out and just take it out on you or someone in your household. The best thing to do is find the source of the stress and fix the issue.

I wrote some ideas earlier on in the post. If needed, consult with your vet or cat behaviorist for assistance.

Genetics

Some people are more or less aggressive than others. Likewise, some Maine coons are more or less aggressive than each other.

A lot of times here, a good workout and outdoor session will work the stored up energy. If they have a mental dysfunction, you may have to seek medical attention.

Overweight

cat_climbing_structures_maine_coon_cat_overweightAs aforementioned, Maine coon cats are predisposed to obesity. Just like in humans, carrying access fat can have negative effects on mood, health, etc.

Things that you can do immediately are to:

  • get your cat on a grain-free, weight control food
  • incorporate enough exercise into their DAILY routine
  • install quality sturdy cat trees for large cats for it to use to get more exercise and movement into its lifestyle
    • it will also take up less of your time or on the odd occasion that you aren’t able to exercise him/her, s/he will still get in their workout

How To Stop Your Cat’s Aggression

I’ve talked about many reasons your cat may be aggressive. I’ve also talked about many solutions.

One solution that has a baring on most of these is a lack of physical activity. Maine coons lean more to the ‘wild’ side of things and need a lot of physical activity throughout the day.

If they are cooped up all day every day, they will be pretty unhappy and their health can be greatly affected as well. Before you drive him/her off to the pet shelter, don’t.

One thing that you can do right away is to install cat trees in your home. They come in a number of different styles, colors and some can even go up on your wall.

The wall varieties are actually the best for your cat, and yes, they can hold your big fluffy kitty too. At least the one I recommend by this awesome company called CatastrophicCreations.

cat_climbing_structures_best_wall_mounted_cat_tree_catastrophiCreations_Cat_Mod_Garden_Complex_smI won’t go into details about them because I’ve already done a full review on the best wall mounted cat trees right here. You can really get creative with these too.

In addition to cat trees, take your cat to see your his/her vet. A consultation with his/her cat behaviorist is a good idea too.

You can research online for the best of each in your are by searching for ‘cat vet’ or cat behaviorist’ then add ‘near me’. So it will look like this:

‘cat vet near me’

And related searches.

Phew! I feel like I’VE just worked out after writing this massive article in one day!

But its no problem and I feel happy that I could shed some light on this problem for you. I hope that I’ve been able to help guide you in the right direction.

If you have any questions, comments or anything else to add, leave them in the comments box below. If you want to learn more about what you need to know about choosing the best cat trees for Maine coon cats as well as the top 10 that I recommend, click the button below.

See you next time!

Marlinda

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10 Best Cat Trees For Large Cats [Full Reviews]

10 Best Cat Trees For Large Cats [Full Reviews]

Sometimes we get cats expecting them to be big like Maine coons and Bengal cats. But sometimes we get cats expecting them to be small or average sized and they turn out to grow beyond our wildest imaginations like my Genos who is a regular domestic shorthair well over 10 lbs NOT overweight (and I’m a health nut including with my animals just to let you know, lol)!

Whatever the case may be, we still love them and want to provide them with the best cat trees for large cats. Its important for their safety and the safety of everyone in your household to have sturdy cat furniture that doesn’t shake while they use it.

Below you will find the 10 that stand out to us as well as a guide for you to use in case you want to do some searching on your own. The brands that we choose in general build excellent quality trees for large cats and you won’t have problems with them keeping stock.

I’m telling you though, few will really stand up for your large cat and you can rest assured that we only choose trees that are built with the best materials, preferably natural, stand strong and the whole nine yards.

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Cat Climbing Structure’s 10 Best Cat Trees for Large Cats

  1. Cat Tree King Tiger Cat Tree for Extra Large Cats, 68 in.
  2. Prestige Cat Trees’ Neutral Staggered Cat Tower Cat Tree
  3. Prestige Cat Trees’ Neutral Purrfect Cat Condo Cat Tree
  4. New Cat Condos Large Neutral Cat Tree
  5. CatastrophiCreations Deluxe Cat Playplace
  6. New Cat Condos Premiere 7′ Tall Cat Playground
  7. New Cat Condos Premier Cat Playstation, 72-Inch
  8. CozyCatFurniture Extra Large Cat Tower Tree Activity Center
  9. CatTreeKing Empire Cat Tree for Large Cats, 72 in.
  10. Cat Tree King Cat Mansion Blackline

Why Large Cats Need Proper Cat Climbing Structures

Why It Is Important to Get the Best Cat Trees for Large Cats

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Large cats are very active hunters of small prey. This means that they usually want to be up high to get a good vantage point on their ‘prey’.

They are very active and will destroy your home if you don’t have the right cat furniture, toys, etc. in place.

Most large cat breeds are crossbred with wild cats so they maintain a certain level of wildness about them.

What this means is that when you bring one or more large cats into your home they need a lot of high space or you will find them on top of everything that they shouldn’t be like your TV stand, stove hood, etc.

There is also the consideration of size. Large cats carry around more weight than the average cat which means that they need something sturdy that can adequately support it at rest and in motion.

Bottom line is that if you don’t install a couple of tall, sturdy cat trees for your big kitty, consequences can be costly in expense, your cat’s health, home damage, and more.

How To Choose The Best Cat Trees For Large Cats

When deciding on cat trees for you large cats, they MUST be:

  • sturdy
  • tall
  • durable

Do not make the mistake of thinking that a cat tree is fine for your cat just because it is tall. If you buy a weak, wobbly cat tree for you big kitty, it will fall and/or break.

And when that happens, it’s not going to be good. You have been warned.

Here are the things you want to look for in your cat’s furrever tree:

  • It is built with solid natural wood like oak, pine, etc.
  • It is built using thick, natural, unoiled sisal rope.
  • It is soft and comfy.
  • It is preferably close to or over 6 ft tall especially for Savannahs and Bengals

You also want to make sure the tree is tastefully made and something that you can see in your home.

How To Afford Cat Trees for Large Cats

The cat trees on this list are very good quality and worth every penny you will pay. But some might find it ‘too expensive’ to pay for their cat.

I neither buy that or support it. Your cat and his/her well-being are just as important as everyone else’s in your household.

But before this conversation gets weird, let me assure you that I know from personal experience how hard it is to scrape together money for gas let alone a cat tree. I scrape together coin so frequently that my daughter has learned to save hers simply by watching me do it!

Now we have two of these trees for our cats and I still scrounge for change so let me assure you that there’s NOTHING wrong with not having the money upfront to pay for one of these trees.

What I do is save. Save what you can for your unique budget. Yes, you can even if its something as simple as committing to save your loose coin instead of spending it.

Another idea is to make your own coffee or favorite drink instead of buying it but be sure to put aside the money that you are saving. It takes some discipline but you CAN do it! 😉

Once you get this handled then you just keep buying one tree at a time. The next thing you know you will have a couple of awesome trees since it is best that you mix and match different structures around your home.

They come in so many varying colors from neutral to red, blues, browns, etc. The sky’s the limit!

By doing this, you benefit both you and your cat by strengthening your own disciplinary skills and your cat gets places where s/he cat can properly and safely release his/her natural desires in the correct ways in the right places.

Which leads to the second benefit for you which will be SAVING thousands of dollars on future repairs and replacements of furniture or appliances around your home. Not to mention avoiding additional vet bills associated with caring for an unhealthy cat.

I do recommend that you purchase your cat’s trees online as the ones in pet stores are overpriced, too small, NOT sturdy and nowhere near as awesome as the ones we’ve selected or others that are built by these companies!

10 Best Cat Trees for Large Cats


1. Cat Tree King Tiger Cat Tree for Extra Large Cats, 69 in.


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When it comes to the best cat trees for large cats, Cat Tree Kings is the best company. They are sturdy, made with high-quality materials and loads of room for your cat to do everything it needs to.

There is even room for another cat friend even if it is also large. Your cat will have lots of horizontal and vertical territory to add to ‘its own’ space and leave your stuff alone.

Your cat/s will also love this one because it gives him/her/them plenty of options to rest on whether its a:

  • regular platform
  • hammock (18 inches, 44 lb weight limit which is the strongest available for ANY cat tree)
  • condo
  • bed (24 x 17 x 6 inch with a 2 in thick removable pillow)

And we all know what a big part sleep has in our cats’ lives! For the price you’re paying, you’re getting loads of benefits.

The only down side to this tree is that, if you hadn’t come across this awesome article, you might not even know it was available. You get a little more space with that one too.

If you want to see the black version, just click on the word ‘black’ in the description below under color.

Here’s the breakdown of the Cat Tree King Tiger Cat Tree for Extra Large Cats, 68 in.

Size (L x W x H): 39 in (99 cm) x 24 in (61 cm) x 69 in (175.26 cm)

Colors: beige, black

Levels: 4 levels

Towers: 1 tower

Condos: 1 condo, 2 baskets/hammocks

Ramps: 1 ramp/stairs

Toys Included: No

Structure Material: Extra-strength ABS

Covering Material: Plush

Type of Cats This Is For: All cats and kittens of all sizes and ages.

Scratching Post Material: Sisal rope

Assembly Details: easy assembly, manual included

Warranty: TBD

Rank: 5 out of 5 stars, 6 customer reviews

What People Are Saying on Amazon:

This product is amazing! The quality is unlike any other that I have seen. Sturdy construction for my 2 Bengal kittens and I know this will hold up as they grow. Many visitors have been surprised at the cozy feel of the material and wish there were baskets like this their size to sleep in, haha. I contacted the seller since UPS damaged the package upon delivery and they have been amazing. My replacement pieces are about to be shipped and I didn’t have to jump through hoops with UPS. Phenomenal customer service and quality! I wouldn’t buy any other type of tree! – Amazon Customer

 

We received our tree (Tiger) yesterday. Easy to assemble.Very heavy, sturdy & well made. We have 3 cats, two 7 months old & one 17 yrs old. The youngsters LOVE it. Their old tree was great when they were little, but very un-stable as they’ve grown. They hit this one at a dead run & it doesn’t even wriggle – so much safer than the old one. I love that there are replacement parts available, should it break – unlike other trees that are costly and then worthless if they break. They may cost more up front, but over the life of the cat(s), I expect to save $$. Reviews in EU are all very good, I was part of the first US order. – Cindy Beardsley

 

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2. Prestige Cat Trees’ Neutral Staggered Cat Tower Cat Tree


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This tree is meant to be laid over. It is equipped with beds gA-LORE!

It is also great because the highest bed is out of reach from mostly everything unless you’re a tall person like me who is over 6 ft. But we know better than to bug our kitties while they sleep so s/he’ll be safe and sound up there.

The important thing is that the dogs and small children can’t reach him/her. It’s also a good place to rest their food bowls when its feeding time for the same reason.

And if you’re cat is like some of mine and prefer to lay low to the ground, this tree has plenty of beds there too. Its sturdy, super comfortable and your cat is gonna love it!

Here’s the breakdown of the Prestige Cat Trees’ Neutral Staggered Cat Tower Cat Tree:

Size (L x W x H): 23 in (59 cm) x 23 in (59 cm) x 71 in (180 cm)

Colors: Neutral colors like Grey, Beige, Taupe

Levels: 5 levels

Towers: 3 towers

Condos: 0 condo

Toys Included: No

Structure Material: Solid wood

Covering Material: Extremely plush, household grade carpet

Type of Cats This Is For: Tree-dwelling, adult cats only.

Scratching Post Material: Unoiled sisal rope

Assembly Details: easy assembly, manual included

Warranty: Not specified.

Rank: 5 out of 5 stars, 1 customer reviews

What People Are Saying on Amazon:

Very well made. the cats loved it. – Pamela

 

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3. Prestige Cat Trees’ Neutral Purrfect Cat Condo Cat Tree


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Although I’m not a fan of ‘tower’ styled cat trees, this one is a good choice for a couple of reasons.

The first being that it has a condo. Cats need to have somewhere to escape completely. Its an important part of your cat’s health and well-being so please don’t take this lightly.

I also like that it has varying levels. Having a large cat, it needs lots of space to make big stretched out leaps which it can do very nicely on this tree.

As you know, I am a big supporter of products made in the USA and this company builds each cat tree by hand right here in the USA with excellent prices for the value you are getting. It really is the purrrfect cat tree for your large kitty.

Here’s the breakdown of the Prestige Cat Trees’ Neutral Purrfect Cat Condo Cat Tree:

Size (L x W x H): 23 in (59 cm) x 23 in (59 cm) x 67 in (170 cm)

Colors: Neutral colors like Grey, Beige, Taupe

Levels: 4 levels

Towers: 3 towers

Condos: 1 condo

Ramps: 0 ramps

Toys Included: No

Structure Material: Solid wood

Covering Material: Plush Household Carpet

Type of Cats This Is For: All adult cats

Scratching Post Material: Unoiled Sisal Rope

Assembly Details: easy assembly, manual included

Warranty: not specified

Rank: N/A; they are a new company with little reviews, however, where they have reviews, they are always 4 – 5 stars 🙂

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4. New Cat Condos Large Neutral Cat Tree


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I love this one and think your big guy/girl will too. You know why?

I can visualize your playful kitty in the tunnel poking out a playful paw to see what s/he can ‘catch’. Maybe another cat’s paw or air or your hair…haha!

Your cat will have tons of fun in that space for sure. And at 69 inches high, this tree gives your cat enough vertical space for extra scratching or jumping but also to increase its territory.

A bonus with this one is that it doesn’t take much to assemble it so you won’t have to waste time trying to fix it up AND it is handcrafted right here in the USA! 🙂

Here is the breakdown of the New Cat Condos Large Neutral Cat Tree:

Size (L x W x H): 24 in (61 cm) x 20 in (51 cm) x 69 in (175 cm)

Colors: Neutral colors like Grey, Beige, Taupe and mixtures of all of these

Levels: 4 levels

Towers: 2 towers

Condos: 1 condo

Ramps: 0 ramps

Toys Included: No

Structure Material: Solid wood

Covering Material: Plush Household Carpet

Type of Cats This Is For: Tree and bush dwelling adult cats.

Scratching Post Material: Unoiled Sisal Rope

Assembly Details: easy assembly, manual included

Warranty: not specified

Rank: N/A; they are a new company with little reviews, however, where they have reviews, they are always 4 – 5 stars 🙂

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5. CatastrophiCreations Deluxe Cat Playplace


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One of the hottest trending forms of cat trees right now are wall-mounted cat trees. Just look at this baby!

Your cat has so much to do and engage in all of its sense. As you can see, it is also great for multiple cats.

The weight limits are aMAZing on this too. We’ve actually done a full review on this already which you can read more about by clicking the button at the bottom of this section.

These are great for if you are short on space and can’t fit a huge cat tree anywhere. A good example would be if you live in a small apartment or house.

But even if you live in a big home, adding a wall-mounted cat tree is an excellent choice to catifying your home which you’ll learn more about if you click the above button. But first, keep reading to see what else we have to show you. 😉

Here’s the breakdown of the CatastrophiCreations Deluxe Cat Playplace:

Size (L x W x H): varies because you can customize it to be the way you want.

Colors: Onyx & Natural, English Chestnut & Natural, Onyx & Black, English Chestnut & Black, Unfinished & Black, Unfinished & Natural

Levels: many/varies

Towers: N/A

Condos: 0 condos but they do have a cat bed that you can buy seperately from their website along with other interesting add-ons. Click here to learn more.

Ramps: Depends how you customize it. You can create a ramp if you wanted to.

Toys Included: No

Structure Material: Floating solid wood planks

Covering Material: Canvas fabric

Type of Cats This Is For: All adult cats

Scratching Post Material: Sisal

Assembly Details: assembly might be a little challenging but they have a great instruction manual that anyone can understand.

Warranty: not specified

Rank: 5 out of 5 stars, 6 reviews

What People Are Saying on Amazon:

This looks really cool on my wall. I bought a few extra pieces and re-arrange some things to fit it the way I wanted on the wall and its great. Cats love it!

They chase each other over the top of it all the time. I’ve added plants (not in picture) and it looks fantastic! It was easy to install but took a while since there were so many pieces.

I will probably add more throughout the house over time.- Paul

 

We bought this and then changed our mind about where to mount. We ended up splitting it up into smaller sections. I like that it’s modular and you have a lot of freedom with how to mount it. – Clint

 

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6. New Cat Condos Premiere 7′ Tall Cat Playground


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This tree is your cat’s DREAM tree! It is a whopping 7 ft tall and has an awesome Asian cultured inspired theme.

Like your cat is climbing the tall mountain to get to the temple in the clouds. Do you see it?

I hope so because if you have the space for it, your large cat is going to love it! You can trust that it will stand tall as New Cat Condos is a top-knotch cat tree company.

You can also enjoy the ease of assembly because there is none as it is handcrafted and built for you right here in the United States! 🙂

Here’s the breakdown of the New Cat Condos Premiere 7′ Tall Cat Playground:

Size (L x W x H): 40 in (102 cm) x 48 in (122 cm) x 84 in (213.5 cm)

Levels: 4

Towers: 1

Condos: 1

Ramps: 0

Toys Included: No

Structure Material: solid wood

Covering Material: plush household grad carpet and unoiled sisal rope

Type of Cats This Is For: All adult cats including large breeds and overweight cats

Assembly Details: no assembly required. Comes fully assembly and is made in the United States! 😀

Warranty: not specified

Rank: 5 out of 5 stars, 5 customer reviews

What people are saying on Amazon:

I have a very happy [big] cat. Be prepared for 2 things. It is tuff to get in the door and the delivery people where ill-prepared to deliver it into the house, they left it on the front porch. – Carrin

 

This is the BEST cat tree-ever! I had SIX kitties playing on it all at once!

It is gigantic, well-constructed and looks wonderful! The “movers” skillfully brought it right into the house for me!

LOVE IT!!!!!! – Micro

 

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7. New Cat Condos Premier Cat Playstation, 72-Inch


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This tree has that mischievous cat’s dream to it too just this one allows more room to play with other cats. Cats love to reach and feel each other so if you have multiple cats, this is a great option.

There are lots of beds too and usually different cats like different laying situations so they have plenty of choices. This tree also gives all cats plenty of stretching and scratching room and is built with your large cats in mind.

I have just noticed this but most of these trees are made in the USA so by purchasing this you will be happy to know that you’re helping your cat and household but also the American economy! 🙂

Here is the breakdown of the New Cat Condos Premier Cat Playstation, 72-Inch:

Size (L x W x H): 22 in (56 cm) x 20 in (51 cm) x 72 in (183 cm)

Colors: Beige, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey

Levels: 4.5

Towers: 1

Condos: 1 condo, 1 tower

Ramps: 0

Toys Included: No

Structure Material: solid wood

Covering Material: plush household grade carpet and unoiled sisal rope

Type of Cats This Is For: All adult cats

Assembly Details: no assembly required. Comes fully assembled and is made in the United States! 😀

Warranty: not specified

Rank: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 100 reviews

What people are saying on Amazon:

I mostly wanted a condo/cat tree that would be tall (at least 6 ft) but be sturdy, have scratch posts, and have perches wide enough to fit my two large cats (a 13 lb cat & a 15 lb cat)….& this condo met all of these desires. It is super tall, sturdy, has scratch posts, and my cats can comfortably fit on any perch on this cat playstation. – Excerpt from a review by Dinskus

 

This cat tree has been amazing. I have a very large cat, he’s not fat just really big at 15 lb of massive Tom Cat. This cat tree actually accommodates how tall and long he is and it doesn’t shake or move around when he climbs around on it. It’s good and heavy and I don’t worry about it falling over. My roommate’s cat also loves it. – Excerpt from a review by CocaNilla

 

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8. CozyCatFurniture Extra Large Cat Tower Tree Activity Center


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No matter how rough or not your cat may be, all cats have a wild side. Not only is this tree big and sturdy enough to handle your large cat, it is also made to allow them to be cats.

It is one of the widest trees on this list which gives your cat a ton of vertical and horizontal space for scratching, jumping and stretching their long bodies.

Another awesome feature about this cat tree is that it comes with two condos, a bunch of beds, and even a couple of hammocks. This tree is made to share, sleep and let your cat be a cat by interacting with everything it is driven to do outdoors by bringing a big slice of it indoors.

Here is the breakdown of the CozyCatFurniture Extra Large Cat Tower Tree Activity Center:

Size (L x W x H): 46 in (117 cm) x 25 in (64 cm) x 78 in (199 cm)

Colors: Green & Brown, Blue & Beige

Levels: 4

Towers: 2

Condos: 2

Ramps: 1 set of stairs

Toys Included: Yes, ball

Structure Material: wood

Covering Material: soft plush

Type of Cats This Is For: All cats and kittens but be careful with kittens on the higher levels

Assembly Details: easy assembly, manual included

Warranty: not specified

Rank: 4 out of 5 stars

What others are saying on Amazon:

N/A

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9. CatTreeKing Empire Cat Tree for Large Cats, 72 in.


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If you have multiple large cats, this tree, or any tree by Cat Tree Kings including our #1 on this list, is your best options. This one in particular though because it has two huge basket hammocks, a condo and a massive bed at the top.

It stands a regal 72 inches (6ft 1in) which will give them all the space they need without getting in each other’s way. Another highlight of this tree is how accessible the scratching posts are at the bottom.

Your cats can stretch aallll the way up to the second and third levels with ease and no obstruction.

Here’s the breakdown of the CatTreeKing Empire Cat Tree for Large Cats, 72 in:

Size (L x W x H): 47 in (119.38 cm) x 24 in (60.96 cm) x 72 in (182.88 cm)

Colors: Beige

Levels: 5 levels

Towers: 5 towers

Condos: 1 condo, 2 hammocks, 1 bed

Toys Included: No

Structure Material: Extra-strength ABS

Covering Material: Heavy-duty plush carpet

Type of Cats This Is For: Suitable for All adult cats of all sizes.

Scratching Post Material: Sisal rope

Assembly Details: easy assembly, manual included

Warranty: TBD

Rank: 5 out of 5 stars, 6 customer reviews

What People Are Saying on Amazon:

These are reviews by large cat owners:

This is the best cat tree design I’ve ever seen. It is so well made super sturdy and my bengals love it. I will be replacing all of my scratchers with ones from Cattreeking. Thank you – Stacey Conway

 

The cats are in love !! The only Cat tree I have ever had that they can jump on and it doesn’t wobble! Very sturdy and they love all the climbing obstacles. Definitely recommend to any cat loving family’s that want to invest in something that will last. – Joella White

 

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10. Cat Tree King Cat Mansion Blackline


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The previous tree is great but seemed like it was lacking some spice. So we’re closing out this list with this intricately designed one by the same company who specializes in cat trees for large cats.

This one is a lot different because it uses black sisal instead of the traditional beige/natural sisal in almost any other cat tree out there.

Your cat will have tons of fun zooming up the ramps and swinging on or swatting at the rope. Its funny, I could see my little kitten doing that so I KNOW your large cat will really enjoy this feature.

The condo on this is also quite large so your cat will have lots of room to stretch out for its private afternoon nap. Or if it prefers some light, there’s always the big bed at the top! 🙂

Here’s the breakdown of the Cat Tree King Cat Mansion Blackline:

Size (L x W x H): 23 in (59 cm) x 29 in (74 cm) x 71 in (180 cm)

Colors: Grey & Black, Beige (click here to see separate listing)

Levels: 3 levels

Towers: 2 towers

Condos: 1 condo, 1 hammocks, 1 bed

Toys Included: Giant swinging rope

Structure Material: Extra-strength ABS

Covering Material: Heavy-duty plush carpet

Type of Cats This Is For: Suitable for all adult cats

Scratching Post Material: thick sisal rope

Assembly Details: easy assembly, manual included

Warranty: TBD

Rank: 5 out of 5 stars, 2 customer reviews

What People Are Saying on Amazon:

These are reviews by large cat owners:

This product is hands down the absolute BEST cat tree you will find. Its VERY solid, sturdy and heavy duty. I have really fat cats and they fit on here great. They love this. I probably love it even more. Very easy to put together. Took me 20 minutes. – Excerpt from Brian’s review

 

My kitties love this tree!!! So do I!! Its heavy, quality and beautiful! The sisal posts are huge!!…They are happier than I have ever seen them with this tree. It puts other trees to shame!! I will be buying another one in another style for my kitties 🙂 this is seriously the best quality cat tree I have ever seen. – Excerpt from Kim’s review

 

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Didn’t Find Your Large Breed Cat’s FurEver Tree?

If you’re just reading the full article before you make your decision, I totally encourage you to continue to do so! But if you’ve reached this point because you haven’t found a cat tree that you like, I have some more you might be interested in.

A while back, we did a similar list like this titled ‘The Best Cat Trees for Maine Coons’. As you may or may not know, Maine Coon Cats are the largest domestic cats, reaching upwards of 18 lbs.

In addition to that, they are very playful and love to jump and climb. Knowing this, you can imagine they will need a solid tree to handle their weight.

So I thought this article would be helpful to you on your search as well. You can click on the button below to get started and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments box of any post on this site 🙂

Click here to see the best cat trees for Maine Coon Cats!

 


Comparison Guide to the Best Cat Trees for Large Cats

Here is a recap of the trees we’ve selected for you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Cat Tree NameMeasurementsFeaturesPriceAmazon's Rank
Cat Tree King Tiger Cat Tree for Extra Large Cats, 68 in39 in (99 cm) x 24 in (61 cm) x 69 in (175.26 cm)4 levels, 1 towers, 1 condo, 1 ramp, Plush covering, sisal rope$$5 out of 5
Prestige Cat Trees' Neutral Staggered Cat Tower Cat Tree23 in (59 cm) x 23 in (59 cm) x 71 in (180 cm)5 levels, 3 towers, Extremely plush, household grade carpet, scratching posts$$5 out of 5
Prestige Cat Trees' Neutral Purrfect Cat Condo Cat Tree23 in (59 cm) x 23 in (59 cm) x 67 in (170 cm)4 levels, scratching posts, high quality carpet covering, handmade in the USA, built with high quality materials$$N/A
New Cat Condos Large Neutral Cat Tree24 in (61 cm) x 20 in (51 cm) x 69 in (175 cm)4 levels, 2 towers, 1 condo, scratching posts, Plush Household Carpet$N/A
CatastrophiCreations Deluxe Cat PlayplacevariesLevels & towers vary, floating solid planks, canvas fabric, food stations, plant stations, scratching posts & surfaces$$$$N/A
New Cat Condos Premiere 7' Tall Cat Playground40 in (102 cm) x 48 in (122 cm) x 84 in (213.5 cm)4 levels, 1 tower, 1 condo, solid wood, plush household grad carpet, scratching posts$$$$$5 out of 5
New Cat Condos Premier Cat Playstation, 72-Inch22 in (56 cm) x 20 in (51 cm) x 72 in (183 cm)4.5 levels, 1 towers, 1 condo, scratching posts, solid wood, plush household grade carpet and unoiled sisal rope$4.5 out of 5
CozyCatFurniture Extra Large Cat Tower Tree Activity Center46 in (117 cm) x 25 in (64 cm) x 78 in (199 cm)4 levels, 2 towers, 2 condos, 1 set of stairs, scratching posts, plush covering, wood$$4 out of 5
CatTreeKing Empire Cat Tree for Large Cats, 72 in.47 in (119.38 cm) x 24 in (60.96 cm) x 72 in (182.88 cm)5 levels, 5 towers, 1 condo, 2 hammock, heavy-duty plush carpet, scratching posts$$$4.5 out of 5
Cat Tree King Cat Mansion Blackline
23 in (59 cm) x 29 in (74 cm) x 71 in (180 cm)3 levels, 2 towers, 1 condo, 1 hammocks, 1 bed, scratching posts, Extra-strength ABS$$5 out of 5

I hope this information has been helpful. If you have any questions, comments or other feedback, please leave them in the comments box below.

Still looking for more? That’s ok, I understand.

I have one more option for you. Check out our latest release which is a list of the 10 Best Cat Condos for Large Cats.

These include some pretty unique cat condos that your cat is sure to love! But I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so if you want to find out more, click the button below 🙂

Click here to learn more about the Best Cat Condos for Large Cats!

If you have any recommendations of your own, also feel free to share them with us 🙂

See you next time!

Marlinda

Keep Your Kitty Safe From Cat High Rise Syndrome With This!

Keep Your Kitty Safe From Cat High Rise Syndrome With This!

Its common knowledge that cats love to climb because they love heights. They are hunting machines with the skills and instincts for ultimate survival.

The problem is that while they have all the tools they need to be ultimate hunters, they aren’t as efficient at using them as we think. This means that many times cats end up in pretty sticky situations like the good old story about the cat stuck in the tree.

This is the start to cat high rise syndrome. The good thing is, this potentially deadly disorder can be easily avoided and I’ll be showing you how to later on in this post but first, let’s learn a little more about it.

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What Is Cat High Rise Syndrome?

The interesting thing about cat high rise syndrome is that its not an actual illness like one might think, or at least I did when I first heard about it. I thought it was going to be something more along the lines of being afraid of heights but that’s not what this is at all.

With the introduction to buildings into our world, cats have not been able to adapt to climbing on different materials like metal, concrete, siding, stone and other materials that building walls are made of.

Despite their inability to climb on these materials, their instinct to find the highest vantage point rules. To cats, buildings are ‘the best thing EVER!’ for lack of a better phrase because it gives them a real-life bird’s eye view of the area.

Intro To Cat High Rise Syndrome

Once cats climb on top of buildings and other high rise structures (antennae, water towers, etc.) they either get stuck or find it difficult to climb down. This is because going against gravity is much easier than going with gravity.

Think about walking up and down a steep hill. The resistance going up the hill makes it easier to walk up the hill.

Walking down the steep hill is more difficult. You will probably stumble and trip more often during your descent than your incline.

Its the same with cats climbing just that they’re not able to recover from the slip so they fall instead. As you can imagine, this is very dangerous for cats, however, their reflexive instincts may help them more than if you or I fell from these heights.

How Far Can A Cat Fall Without Injury

This is a tricky question to answer because it totally depends on the cat. While cats are well known for landing on their feet, many can still get injuries from falling out of a tree or about 2 stories high.

Cats have a natural instinct to orient themselves in an upright position during a fall and orienting their bodies to absorb the impact of a fall. Growing up they used to always say that cats can survive falls from any height.

This statement is still hotly debated. Some studies indicate that cats are more likely to survive higher falls because they have time to right themselves and use their body as sort of a parachute that slows their fall. Others suggest that this is complete nonsense.

Whichever side you choose, you should be aware that your cat can survive high falls but that doesn’t mean it won’t be without serious injuries. If your cat does fall from a high rise, don’t assume that it is dead.

Some studies suggest that a cat can fear better falling from higher than 32 stories than it can falling lower than 32 stories. This is up in the air because the study also reported that if the cat was dead after falling from these heights, people were probably less likely to report it.

It does make sense if you consider how cats fall. They use their bodies as parachutes which slows their decent dramatically compared to free-falling.

The best thing to do is ensure your cat is safe if you live in a high rise apartment. You can also see how letting your cat roam around can be a bad idea especially if you live in big cities.

I’ll talk later about your options, but for now, let’s stay on topic and continue discussing cat high rise syndrome.

Impact of High Rise Syndrome In Cats

You might assume that a cat will die when falling from great heights. If it were you or I that assumption is quite likely to happen but interestingly enough, its not the same for cats.cat_climbing_structures_cat_high_rise_syndrome_vet

The saying that a cat can fall from any height bares some truth although it is not always the case. Don’t think that if your cat falls from a high place it will survive.

Thought patterns like this are very dangerous, however, if it happens make sure you rush the cat to the vet IMMEDIATELY. Don’t assume it is dead.

Cats  suffering from high rise syndrome may experience a whole host of effects such as:

  • ruptured, bruised or collapsed lungs (most common cause of death)
  • broken legs (interestingly enough their legs are more commonly not broken since the impact is absorbed by their chest #physics ?)
  • broken jaws (more commonly broken than legs in these cases)
  • torn ligaments
  • overextension of their carpus (kitty wrists)
  • ruptured or fracture spleen and/or liver

Again, if you find a cat that has fallen from a high place, take it to the vet. It may be dead but it may not be.

Studies suggest that 90 percent of cats that suffered from feline high rise syndrome and were taken to the vet right away survived the fall.

Why Does Cat High Rise Syndrome Occur?

High rise syndrome occurs in cats because they love heights. You might think “why aren’t they smart enough to know they shouldn’t be up there”.cat_climbing_structures_things_cats_climb

But that’s you thinking like a human, not a cat. To them, being as high as they can is the best thing because it keeps them safe and also gives them the best vantage point for hunting.

Think about birds of prey. They don’t descend to hunt. They sore way up high in the sky to get that ‘birds eye view’ we so commonly talk about then descend to close in and kill their prey.

I think it’s entitled and rude of people (not necessarily you but I hear these sort of comments more than my ears want to) to call animals dumb for these sort of incidences when whether stray or housekept, cats are human responsibility. Humans took cats from their natural environments in the deserts and humans carelessly cast them out when they come up with whatever dumb excuse to throw them out.

Cats are not going to say, ‘Hmm, my claws aren’t suited to climb this concrete I better go to Lowe’s and get a pair of concrete climbing claw adjusting mitts.’

Instead, the cat is thinking, ‘I need to get up there to see the area and maybe take a nice cat nap right there in the stairwell cubby where nothing will find me.’

This might sound like a bit of a rant because it sort of is. Cats can’t go to the store and buy specialized equipment like we can and neither do they have the mental capacity and know how to create their own.

That’s why we’re people and taking over the world with our giant buildings instead of the cat. But they’re not cursing our names because we’re creating such unnatural structures…or maybe they are…

Another reason this condition is so prevalent is due to families who live in high rise apartment buildings and condos. Most people think it is safe to let their cats out on the balconies but as you now know, this is a very dangerous habit.

We have a better option for you if you have cats in a high rise building so keep reading to find out more.

What To Do If Your Cat Suffers From High Rise Syndrome

This part is redundant if you’ve read the whole article but I’m a realist and realize most people probably skim through, don’t read properly which means you likely could have missed it. That’s fine. I have no problem taking a few extra minutes out of my day for this section.

If you have a cat that has fallen from a high place, take it to the vet immediately. Don’t assume that it is dead.

Cats are likely to survive the fall but may succumb to injuries later. If you get the cat to the vet right away, they can give it the treatment it needs to survive.

Then make sure the cat doesn’t find itself in a place that’s hard for it to climb again! Even if you live in an apartment, create a better environment for your cat indoors so that you don’t have to let them climb on your balcony because it’s not safe for them.

Preventative Measures to Avoid Feline High Rise Syndrome

The good news about feline high rise syndrome is that it is fairly avoidable. At least if you have indoor cats.cat_climbing_structures_best_wall_mounted_cat_tree_catastrophiCreations_Cat_Mod_Garden_Complex_shelves_sm

All you need to do is create your cat’s ideal environment within the restraints of your home. How?

By feeding your cat’s instincts. Cats that suffer from high rise syndrome are fueled by the following impulses:

Now all this instinct stuff might make you feel like you’re in biology class, God forbid you hated it, but the solution to these problems is quite simple.

All you need to do is add some good cat climbing structures inside your home. In addition, if you have the space outside of your home, you can also install outdoor cat enclosures which come in many different sizes and styles.

Cat Climbing Structures

Cat climbing structures are awesome. They come in two main varieties:

My recommendation for anyone who is really serious about catifying their space is to go straight for the wall mounted despite free-standing options being more popular.

Wall mounted varieties are great because they:

  • keep your cat on the perimeter of the room which is their ‘goal in life’
  • gives them a higher vantage point than free-standing
  • saves room in your home
  • looks like wall art which gives a unique appeal to your home
  • sturdy enough to hold all sized cats
  • great cat tree or multiple cats
  • safer for everyone in your home
    • ex. you don’t have to worry about a shaky cat tree falling on your kids, pets or house guests

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Outdoor Cat Enclosures

Outdoor cat enclosures are awesome! They are basically what they sound like, fences specially designed to give your cat outdoor space.

Remember that they need to be fully closed up because cats can climb which is one of the main things that lead to cat high rise syndrome. There are also other specifications that you need to consider such as:

  • space
  • weather
  • number of cats
  • where it will be installed (usually on a window)

These can be as small as a carrying cage or as big as you want it to be. Your cat will have a good time interacting with nature, getting fresh air and sunlight and fulfilling all its other cat needs as well.

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So you see, keeping your cat safe outdoors isn’t as hard as you may think. Always remember that an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure.

Don’t overwhelm yourself and your checkbook by thinking that you have to install all of these things at once. While that would be pretty cool, installing one thing here and another thing there will add up just as well for your cat.

I hope that you have found all the information you need to know about cat high rise syndrome buuuutttt if not, please leave your questions and feedback in the comments box below. I’d also love it if you share your knowledge about cat high rise syndrome with our community as well.

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Help Me Keep My Cat Off The Furniture NOW! [Cat Care Guide]

Help Me Keep My Cat Off The Furniture NOW! [Cat Care Guide]

Hey there! If you’re like me then the thought of your cat’s naked bum-bum on your couch is probably one of the grossest things in life!

Ok, maybe not that bad, but it was something to get used to and for the longest time I tried to figure out how to keep my cat off the furniture. I mean, they don’t wipe their stinker when they poop!

Ok, on a serious note though, let’s talk about cats, their habits and what you can do to keep their paws happily off your furniture!

Why Do Cats Like To Get On Your Furniture?cat_climbing_structures_for_kittens

When a problem like this occurs, I want you to get in the habit of thinking about your ‘whole cat’. Ask yourself this simple question:

  • What behavior is leading my cat to abc.

So in this case, ask yourself and the universe, calmly after a long deep draw of oxygenated air,

What behavio(u)r is leading my cat to jump on my furniture?

The reason I’m telling you to do this is because cats are very instinct driven. They’re not particularly trainable in the same sense as dogs are yet if you take the approach of figuring out the instinct you can manage things a lot better.

What Behaviors Are Leading My Cat To Jump On My Furniture?

Cats, by nature, are hunt driven. Everything from their actions, habits and build literally revolve around hunting prey.

Whether its a necessity or not is irrelevant much like it is if there is or is not actual prey to hunt. Your cat still wants to.

So what does this mean? It means that your cat wants the upper hand. It feels comfortable:

  • on the perimeter of the room
  • off the ground
  • out of site
  • out of mind
  • comfortable
  • with the upper hand

Sounds familiar? Pretty much all of these cat comforts it can find easily atop your furniture like couches, TV stands, and stair railings to name a few.

The easy fix to keep your cat off the furniture is to give them a better place to sit where they feel safer and more secure than your furniture provides them. Just opened up a box of worms?

Keep reading because the fix may not be as difficult as you think. 🙂

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The problem is that your cat wants to be up high, off the ground, ALL THE TIME. I want you to take a minute to observe your cat.

Take note of things like:

  • when it is usually on the furniture
    • Is it there all day or just in the evenings?
  • how it uses the furniture
    • Does it sleep or eat there? etc.
  • how it travels over the furniture
    • Does it hop over it to another location or does it stand up and look around?
  • do not include furniture scratching
    • This is also a cat instinct but different behavior, however, the solution I give you will help you get control of this as well

You’ll likely find that even when it’s moving from one place to the other, it will prefer to be off the ground especially if it’s hungry.

Why especially when it’s hungry?

Well, think about what we talked about earlier about cats being hunt driven. When they’re hungry, they’re in hunting mode so that means they’re even more inclined to stick to the perimeter of the room instead of dashing on the ground as a shortcut.

Ways To Keep Your Cat Off The Furniture

Now that you know why your cat is on your furniture we can move forward with finding actionable steps to keep them off the furniture.

The master plan of action you need to take is to provide your cat with alternative highways around the perimeter of all rooms in your home. We’ll call this new pathway the ‘cat highway system’.

Your cat highway system needs to provide your cat with:

  • a vantage point of the ENTIRE room
  • safety from threats like dogs, small children and even pesty visitors
  • a safe pathway from one place to the other without having to be on the floor
  •  ie. a path from the litter box to its food bowl without being on the ground for too long
  • a comfortable place to rest that’s off the ground

What You Shouldn’t Do To Keep Your Cats Off Your Furniture

We’re just about ready to create our action plan but before we get into what you need to do, I want to talk about things that you should NEVER do to you cat in this situation.

DO NOT DECLAW YOUR CAT! Declawing is painful and puts your cat in permanent pain for the rest of its life. This is one of the worst things that is still legal in some states to do to cats.

It absolutely grinds my gears when people complain about their cats being ‘mean’ and after upon further discussion find out that their cat is declawed. NO NO NO, it’s not the cat who is mean. The cat is in permaPAIN!

I don’t want to say the cat owner is mean because sometimes we assume (and rightfully so) that since you can have it done at the vet that it has to be safe. I know that this is the case for me but thankfully I found out in time before I harmed my cat and I’m hoping that I can stop you from making this big mistake also.

Always do your due diligence before getting any procedure done at the vet or even for yourself.

Next up, don’t yell or cuss at your cat. For one, that’s just transferring negative energy to your cat.cat_climbing_structures_keep_my_cat_off_the_furniture_

Just as you will get negative when put in a negative environment, so will your cat. You might notice it becomes more aggressive when you do this but it is coming from the way you communicate with it.

Also, do not hit your cat. Violence is not the answer and your cat will respond to this aggressively as well.

Do not get rid of your cat. Would you abandon your kid because he’s a little out of control? Even still, would you like to be abandoned because you’re confused about what the problem is when you’re just doing what you do best?

The time to ‘not have a cat’ is before you got the cat in the first place. Your cat will feel just as abandoned if you give him/her up so please, just calm down and don’t do it T_T

I know that sounds a little harsh but I don’t want you to feel bad. I want you to move forward in progression.

Hey, I was literally in the same boat and I probably still have TONS more to learn about cats. I mean, I was going to declaw my cat at one time before I was schooled and educated properly.

This isn’t a bash, its growth and I hope that you realize the same thing too. Sometimes what we really need to hear isn’t what we really want to accept.

That’s ok, we’re human but I don’t want you to mope. Take proper action going forward 🙂

What To Use To Keep Your Cat Off The Ground!

Few, FINALLY! Planning takes up so much time.

I know but it is totally worth it to find a REAL solution that is safe for all parties and understanding why you are doing what you’re doing is important or things will probably just stay the same.

In order to accomplish our game plan, you will need to use cat trees. Cat trees come in many varieties, designs, and colors.

There are two main types of cat trees:

  1. wall mounted
  2. free-standing

Wall mounted cat trees are literally shelves specifically designed with your cat’s needs in mind. They are not the same as a shelf that you buy from a hardware store or somewhere like that.

They have comfortable materials that your cat will love to feel and scratch which is what makes them a more long-term solution.

Freestanding cat trees are the type most of us are familiar with. They are the towers that you see at most pet stores in the cat section.

They also have scratching, laying, jumping and climbing areas for your cat.

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Even though free-standing cat trees are the most popular they fall short of caring for your ‘whole cat’. Remember the cat highway system we talked about earlier. Don’t take it for granted, this is a big part of cat culture.

The best cat trees to use are actually wall mounted ones. Not only do they provide your cat with their needs but you also save a lot of space.

The best wall-mounted cat trees have stations where you can keep their food and water bowls off the ground and out of reach of your dogs if you have them. (Because for w/e reason the dogs like the cat food better. Grrr * shakes angry fist * lol)

Apart from the main body of the cat tree, you will also put up other cat climbing shelves around the perimeter of the room, especially where the furniture is located that your cat loves to be on.

If you want to, you can always add some free-standing cat trees to connect the wall sections together. It will also help to add more variety for them as well.

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If you have any questions, comments or anything additional to add, please leave them in the comments box below. See you next time and all the best moving forward with catifying your space! 😉

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