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Does your kitty have a cat tower? If not, that would make a purrfect gift for her. Cat towers serve quite a few purposes for our feline pals. They offer Fluffy a napping spot, give her a great vantage point of her kingdom, and provide her with a nail-care station. A Columbia, MD vet offers some tips on cat towers below.

Choosing The Tower

There are a few things to consider when you go shopping for Fluffy. Your pet’s age is one thing. Kittens will enjoy pieces that offer lots of toys, while older felines will probably prefer something that is easy to climb. If you have more than one kitty, opt for a piece that will fit all of your pets at once. That way, Fluffy and Mittens won’t fight over the cat tower. No matter what style you go for, it’s important to choose something sturdy. Cats don’t like wobbly towers!

Placement

Choosing the right spot is very important! Ideally, you’ll want to put the tower in a spot with a good view. A sunny spot before a window is perfect, especially if that window looks onto a yard or field. Kitties love birdwatching! Don’t put the tower close to a fan or an A/C duct. You’ll also want to make sure there aren’t any other potential hazards, such as candles or fans, near it.

Refreshing An Old Tower

Occasionally, cats lose interest in their furniture. (Sometimes they also ignore their beds and sleep on pizza boxes, but that’s another topic.) If Fluffy isn’t using her cat tower anymore, give it a good cleaning. If vacuuming doesn’t do the trick, get a small steamer. You can also recover it. Moving the tower—or even just repositioning it—can also help. Another option is to sprinkle some catnip on or near it.

DIY Options

If you’re a crafty type—or just want to save some money—you can make Fluffy’s cat tower. An old stepladder can easily be repurposed into kitty furniture. Add some smooth planks or boards to the steps to widen them out. Then, cover the tower in carpet or sisal rope. This also works with metal storage racks and bookshelves. If you want to go all-out, build one from scratch using PVC pipe or lumber.

Please contact us, your Columbia, MD vet clinic, for your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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