How to Choose Furniture for Your Cat
Starting your search for cat furniture can be daunting. There are so many options available to the public. Your choices will depend up on, where your kitty prefers to sleep, what type of surface they like, what type of construction and configuration is appealing to the cat, price of the cat furniture, and places to buy.
The first thing to consider is where your feline likes to sleep currently. Do they prefer sleeping somewhere soft like your bed or somewhere hard like a bookcase or coffee table? Location is very important here. Kitties typically like somewhere secure where they can sleep without worrying about something pouncing on them. Another popular place for them to lay on is sofas, chairs, or pillows. I’ve seen my cat sleep in obscure places like the closet or underneath the bed. Bottom line is you need to look at your cat’s current habits before you go out and invest in cat bedding, cat hammocks, or cat furniture. Once you know your kitty’s habits the next question is what type of material they like.
Little lions typically like soft or smooth surfaces to lay on. I’d stay away from any “grippy” materials they could scratch. They might use the bed as a scratching post! Materials for bedding, sling, or hammocks to stay away from are twine, sisal, and cardboard. These make great scratcher materials but not beds. Have you ever noticed how your cat loves to lay on paper? Cats like that smooth cool surface. Another possible material would be fleece or some other comfy fabric.
The next item to consider is the cat furniture configuration. Some people prefer cat trees or cat condos for their pet. These items are rather large and take up a decent amount of space in your home. They have multiple levels for cats to jump around on and lay on and are typically covered in carpet. They can also feature cat scratching posts made of the sisal fabric. Other smaller options are simple pillows or beds for your cat. These are upholstered and stuffed with bedding and are generally not much larger than the cat. A different configuration is a cat hammock. Cat hammocks generally have a frame with a draped piece of fabric that suspends and supports the cat. These are a great lounge for kitty.
The price of cat furniture is also an important thing to consider. Cat condos and cat trees generally start around $100 and go up from there. It is a significant investment for your cat so look for quality manufacturing from the USA. Made in the United States can ensure proper construction. Price for feline beds and cat hammocks will be lower than the large cat condos. Prices for these items will start around $25 and go up to $60 for the deluxe versions. Designer cat beds and cat condos will be considerably more expensive than their standard counterparts. These designer items will not be available at your regular neighborhood pet store. You will have to go to specialty pet stores catering to the design minded audience.
Finally, where to buy these accessories for your tiger? There are many large pet store chains like Petco or Petsmart that have decent selections of cat furniture. Regional brands like Pet Supply or Centinela Feed will have a good selection too. Online pet stores include Ace Cat Furniture, The Refined Feline, or Petco and Petsmart are all good options.
I wish you good luck! Cats can be finicky animals at times. If your kitty doesn’t like the first thing you buy for them a good thing to try might be cat nip. Cats love this herb and it might help them adopt the cat furniture you brought home for them. Take care!