I believe that every cat should have a cat tree at home, especially indoor kitties. And here is why:
All feline friends love climbing trees, watching birds, hunting chipmunks, hiding in shrubbery, scratching on tree trunks and engaging in other fun activities outdoors. However, the outside world is not always safe for our feline friends, especially if you live in a city. There is too much danger between coyotes, stray dogs, raccoons, mean people, cars, fleas, ticks, parasites and random poisons, so I personally choose to keep my kitties indoors.
I take care of a small feral cat colony near by and I cannot tell you how many feral cats I have seen getting hit by a car, killed by coyotes, or having their legs broken by nasty evil people, and one cat was even shot by some evil guy. Both of the cat rescue groups that I volunteer for are against outdoor kitties in Atlanta. We simply don't adopt to anyone who would turn their kitties into outdoor cats. Well, to keep or not to keep your cat indoors is a personal decision.
You can have a happy and healthy indoor kitties and still let them be cats. Instead of chasing "prey" they can chase string toys, laser pointer, etc. They can safely watch birds from the balcony or a window and they can hide in boxes, paper bags, or special kitty furniture. You can even place a bird or squirrel feeder near the window for a fun and safe "kitty TV".
In nature, cats climb trees and lounge in tree limbs which can be mimicked by a specially designed cat furniture that serves the same purpose as a tree. Cat tree is a piece of furniture that every household with cats should have so their cats can climb, lounge, stretch and scratch, and keep their nails healthy. Cats love watching the action bellow and if you have a multi cat household, getting a multilevel cat tree is important. Also having plenty of scratchers and different scratcher posts with different textures (cardboard, sisal, carpet, etc) in different parts of your house can save your furniture from being shredded to bits by your cats.
I was searching for a cat tree that would be built to last (not only a few weeks fun) and that would not be made in China ( I try to support US companies, plus China stuff can be questionable, especially when it comes to cat and dog products). Unfortunately what I found in local stores were cat trees made in China, or extremely overpriced cat furniture made in USA. Luckily I found New Cat Condos. This company has been making very nice cat condos, cat gyms, cat furniture and cat scratching posts for over 25 years. I got this beautiful and high quality Cat Scratch & Lounge for Abbey and Bear and it was the best thing that I ever got for them ever since we adopted them! No kidding! New Cat Condos company offers a 30 day, no questions asked guarantee on all their cat furniture. That is pretty cool considering that cats can be picky about their toys and cat trees!
Their cat condos and cat houses assemble in minutes with only a screw driver and a hammer, but this one came already fully assembled. So as soon as I took it out of the box, Bear was climbing on top of it :-) Another awesome bonus was a free (and very fast) shipping which is a big plus.
This durable cat tree has a solid wood construction. Because it has a large base for stability, it does not wobble even when the cats go bananas and jump all over it, or hang off the sides. The carpeting part feels very soft and plush. I like the fact that no glue or toxic materials were used in the production of this cat tree. It was made in the USA. This cat tree has a long and sturdy sisal rope scratching post. It has a very large cat perch on the top which is Bear's favorite spot. It has 3 scratching posts total so the kitties don't have to fight over who will scratch what. I love that it is not too tall or too heavy, it weights around 34 pounds so I can easily move it from room to room. I keep it in the living room during the day and in the evening I move it to the bedroom.
By the way, this Cat Scratch and Lounge cat tree is on sale now.
Bear on the top
Bear chilling out with a toy on the top
This is one of our kitty corners. You don't want to know how many cat beds and cardboard scratchers we have randomly placed around the house...... Animals in our house come first and humans second LOL
We rotate toys weekly (we have a big box where we keep toys and take out some for each week and then rotate the old ones so they keep playing with them). The kitty tent was purchased at Ikea many years ago and they love hiding in there. The sides crinkle so it keeps them interested even more.
Bear in the air (jumping up on his kitty tree) while Abbey is watching him from the ground.
Bear trying to kill yet another toy........
Bear says: "Don't make me come down there! I am the king of this castle and you all are my human slaves!" LOL
Abbey on the top
Bear during his scratching frenzy :-)
Nap time on the top
Abbey looking up at Bear
And now the exciting part!
Abbey and Bear are doing a little giveaway. They sent me to a store and told me to get this Hemp Mouse toy and offer it as a giveaway prize for one lucky kitty.
Your kitty can win this brand new, eco-friendly, natural, vegan and fun cat toy. The toy is made in USA from all natural hemp and fresh organic catnip. The toy has a very strong catnip aroma that lasts for years. We have had several toys from the same company and since they are well made and have strong catnip aroma, my kitties are still playing with them often.
You have several ways to enter this giveaway. I will pick 1 random comment on August 7th 2012, Tuesday evening. If you want extra entries, you have to leave a comment for each entry option to count, if you leave one big comment with everything in it, it will only count as one entry. The more comments, the better the chances are to win.
# Leave a comment telling me what is your cat's favorite toy and activity
# Mention this giveaway, with the link, in a blog post, and leave a link to the post in a comment
# For extra 5 entries-make any recipe from Czech Vegan blog, and blog about it. Leave 5 separate comments for the entries.