Catification of Your Home


author Christine Santa     SantaCats RagaMuffins

The first step in catification is to determine if your cat is a tree dweller, bush dweller, or some combination thereof. In the case of our home cattery, we have a combination of all of the above!

Depending on how much floor space you have, the first and easiest step is to make or buy a few cat trees. I suggest a variety of different kinds, textures, and heights. You will find that some cats will be attracted to particular materials such as carpet, burlap, sisal, wood, or cardboard. Some cats will prefer to be up high and some will hide in cubbies down low. Place your cat furniture in prime locations for “cat TV”, such as in front of a window with a bird feeder right outside, or next to a very secure aquarium so they cannot injure themselves or any fish.

If floor space is at a premium, you may want to opt for some “wall cat furniture” in the form of burlap lined shelves, cloth ramps, sisal poles, or wooden bridges. Always be sure to attach these to a stud in the wall to ensure they will support the weight of a cat. I must warn you that it can be addictive! When you see your cat prowl and climb with such pride, or lounge with legs dripping over the edge of a structure, you will want to provide him with more fun and adventure.