Sunday, August 23, 2009

Cats And Vertical Territory

I think cats are social creatures. Mine hang around with me even though there is plenty of space in the house for each of them to be alone. They generally get along, except for the occasional smack on the head or warning hiss. What I think helps is that, although there is plenty of horizontal space, we have provided some vertical surfaces for the cats.

My cats seem comfortable in their own vertical space. Cats naturally want to move to the highest spot, so they can clearly view their territory. This allows the cats to feel safe and secure, and so reduces anxiety. Cats can jump five times their height and have incredible balance. Don't they always want to be on the counters?

Here are some of my kitties in my office:

My cats lounging at different levels

Daisy also likes to go high in the kitchen. Jack does this too, but I don't have a picture of him up there yet. You can see Jack in the bottom left corner of the photo on the table.

Daisy in my kitchen rafters

It is not that difficult to create vertical space. The most obvious idea would be to get a cat tree. I have seen some inexpensive storage cabinets converted to kitty condos by cutting out large holes in the side, one for each shelf. I'll try to remember to get a picture of this next time I go to the shelter. Some people have used IKEA wall shelves and covered them with carpet to keep the cats from slipping.

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