Hello and welcome to my first blog post.
Since we have multiple cats in our house, a cat tower was a must. I’ll explain below why it’s a natural product to have in order to “keep the peace” in the household. That being said, we also had an “incident” happen with our Dora. It was 6 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday and want to share with you things to keep in mind when looking for a cat tower.
Why do cats like to climb towers?
Before cats were domesticated, they needed to hunt for their food in the wild. While they were hunters, they were also the huntees. Being able to climb trees was good for two reasons. First, if they were being chased, they could escape up a tree and evade the predator. Remember the old Tom and Jerry cartoons when Tom would run up the tree when Spike would bark or chase him? It’s a survival instinct.
Secondly, as the hunter, when they are above the ground they can survey an area and find their prey. It’s much easier than walking back and forth around an area searching for prey.
When cats became domesticated, that instinct didn’t leave them. If you have had cats for any period of time I’m sure you have had your cat perch on the back of the couch or most recently for us, in the Christmas Tree. 🙂
Issues with multiple cats and towers
We have 8 cats right now. As you gain more fur babies there is always a concern that not everyone will get along with each other. How can you help that situation? Enter the cat tree/tower.
At the time we took this picture, we had 4 cats and brought Dora in to live with us. Her owners couldn’t keep her anymore. Oreo (the black and white kitty) was usually on the higher shelf but Dora decided that she liked it. Needless to say, Oreo wasn’t happy.
What you can’t see on this picture is there is another level that is higher than the level Dora was sitting. All the kitties loved to climb up to the very top and I always felt like they tried to touch the ceiling before they come back down. 🙂
What happened with Dora?
This may not seem relevant to the story, but it plays into it. At the time we were living in Connecticut and it was December. There was a blizzard, one of those, “Don’t get on the roads unless it’s an emergency”.
It was around 11 pm and Dora was resting on the top of the cat tower. In fact, she was so comfortable that we think she fell asleep. One of the other kitties jumped on the tower and it startled Dora. She rolled over and fell off of the tower (which was probably 6 feet in the air) and hit the floor!
At first, she just seemed a little startled, but then it seems like she was in a lot of pain and whimpering when she tried to walk. Because we are so protective of our kitties I wanted to head to the Emergency Vet as soon as possible. Of course, it’s 11 pm so our regular vet isn’t open. Because of the blizzard, the normal emergency vet we would visit wasn’t open either.
My husband got Dora in the car and had to drive on the Interstate for 30 miles to the closest vet. He didn’t want me to ride along in case he got into an accident.
After an hour and a half drive on very treacherous roads, he arrived at the vet. Dora didn’t have any broken bones, but maybe a possible dislocated elbow but it popped back into place by the time she got to the vet. We felt so much better knowing that it wasn’t anything serious.
What Did We Do So That Didn’t Happen Again?
As soon as my husband got back home, the first thing we did was take the top-level of the cat tower off. We didn’t want to chance that happening again. Would it have happened again? Maybe, but we didn’t want to find out.
We were lucky the way the tower was constructed so that we could remove levels.
Where Can I Get A Cat Tower?
There are many places you can purchase towers or you can even build your own. I will do more research on some towers do a review of some of them at a later date.
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My personal thought is if you have a cat tower, look for one that has very wide levels so if your kitty does roll over they won’t fall off the tower.
Because of my personal experience, I like to shy away from towers that reach all the way up to the ceiling. If I did get another one like that, I would take off the top-level like we did with our other tower, just in case.
Stay tuned in the future for my reviews of cat towers. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed my first post!