Cat Trees and Scratching Posts make life easier for me and my cats

BJ Bangs

BJ Bangs is an established journalist, photographer, and an aspiring author. She loves everything about cats, including writing about them.

13 Responses

  1. dawn says:

    Great information! I always shake my head when I see some of the cat scratching posts that are available. How could someone think it was big enough? Thank goodness the Internet opens people up to much better options.

    • BJ says:

      They really should sell different sizes of scratching posts. Most of the ones you find in stores are a good fit for a kitten, not a cat that is over 6 months old.

  2. Lots of great information in this post! I have a very funny story about a DIY cat tree that my husband once tried to make. First I should that neither my husband nor I are very handy at building much of anything. But about 10 years ago he had the bright idea that he would try and build the cats a homemade tree. He found a great piece of wood with bark that they really enjoyed scratching – the only problem was the perch that sat on top of the wood was way too small. We had four cats at the time and only of them was petite enough to fit on the perch. She was a good sport and occasionally sat up there to humor him. What a funny memory!

    • BJ says:

      That’s a really funny story. I can just picture the kitty with a murk om his face saying I could have told you better. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I don’t currently have a cat in the family but I used to love when my cats would knead on my leg while purring. They never used their claws on me, only on the scratching post (or one very unfortunate chair).

  4. Bear doesn’t use the scratching posts on his cat tree … but he LOVES to climb it. Bear’s a climber and since we’ve gotten the tree, he climbs on that instead of making daredevil attempts at climbing other things. When he scratches, it’s almost always for attention (he’ll rip up carpet or a couch JUST out of my reach … and within my view) – since I ignore it, he gets tired of it quickly. Then I wait a few minutes and shower him with attention elsewhere in the house. By the way, I don’t know if you saw my reply on Facebook … but from the hotel, “I can add the second person’s name to the reservation, I’ll just need the name.
    As far as payment, the front desk can split up your bill however you’d like. You may both pre-pay at the time of check in, or split the bill in half on the day of check out. Either way will be fine.” I’ll wait for confirmation from you before I add your name 🙂

    • BJ says:

      I can just picture Bear scaling the cat tree. Sounds like he’s having fun. Sometimes, I think the kitties are just bored and looking for attention. Thanks for the info on the hotel. You can add BJ Bangs (as that matches my CC info). Looking forward to meeting you. BP is gonna be busy. I signed up for the Pathfinders session, so I’m really gonna be busy!

  5. Carleen says:

    When I had cats, we had scratching posts and cat trees all over the place. Every room had one!

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