Cat instincts are strong tendencies that result from natural selection that drive cat behavior. These natural compulsions trace back through the evolution of each animal to the survival techniques that they once used to stay alive.
“Cats need some of their own furniture that they can enjoy because it has only their smell on it,” says cat behavior expert Lana Fraley Rich, aka the Catsultant. “But, not just any furniture. It needs to be cat furniture. Our homes don’t have to look like the Wild Kingdom to properly meet our feline family’s needs, but for them to thrive instead of just survive, our kitties need environmental enrichments.”
They use these cat perches and climbing trees to get away from dangers that they perceive as predators.
“If a home has dogs and/or small children, the cats need to have lots of safe places, usually up high, for them to hang out and get away from the stressors—two or four-legged.” Rich says. “Tall, sturdy cat trees are a not a luxury; they are a necessity for a home with dogs or small children.”
In order to make your cat as comfortable as he can be, whether you live in an apartment or family home, Chewy offers a variety of products that support his natural instincts. Consider different cat furniture options to find which ones may be appropriate for you and your pet.
Apartment or small living space
If you have an apartment cat that likes to sleep all day near a window while basking in the sun, a cat perch may be the right choice for him. The Kitty Cot Original World’s Best Cat Perch is great for small areas as it securely attaches to any window, and doesn’t require permanent installation. The MidWest Curious Cube for Cats is also a great option for small spaces! By featuring hide-and-seek crevices, plush toys and plenty of space to lie down and relax, this portable piece of kitty furniture will become your cat’s favorite place in your home and on the go.
Home or large living space
If you have a larger space, a more active cat or a multicat home, check out the Frisco 72-Inch Cat Tree. This cat condo features perches at different heights that are perfect for the eager jumper or the lazy, relaxed sunbather. Your cat will entertain himself for hours while recreating the prey-hunt scenario with dangling toys and scratching posts before retreating into one of the two kitty dens for his catnip.
The Petmate Kitty Kat Condo is a great option for providing outdoor cats with a shelter to protect them from wind, rain, snow and sun. It also gives indoor cats a place to call their own. The dome creates a waterproof environment to keep your kitty warm and dry, and the carpeted floor gives him a convenient scratching place. Your floors and furniture stay protected, while your pet has a comfortable space to call home.
Promoting your cat’s natural instincts transforms your home into a cat paradise. Check out Chewy for the best cat trees and furniture to give your furry friend something to meow about.