|If you have a cat tree, window perch, scratching post, shelves, or anything else your kitty can climb, perch on, jump from, or walk across, routinely check its safety and stability. Even securely installed and attached items can loosen with time. Hanging climbers that attach with suction cups to a window can have compromised seals. Even if your cat doesn’t get hurt, such a mishap can make it afraid of that particular piece of furniture. It would be a shame for your cat to avoid the cat tree because of one loose perch that could’ve been tightened in seconds. Cat furniture pieces you set up when your kitty was a small six-pounder may need some extra reinforcement if kitty is now 12 pounds.
Pam Johnson-Bennett, CABC, is a certified cat behavior consultant and author of seven best-selling books. Her website is www.catbehaviorassociates.com
September 6th, 2011