An indoor cat condo, or more generally, cat furniture, differs from outdoor cat houses both in its functionality and design. While outdoor cat houses offer shelter from the elements and a safe place to rest between outdoor excursions, an indoor cat condo is designed to give cats a place to call their own within your domain.
When looking for a cat condo, consider the following:
Cat condos double as hang outs and playgrounds for cats. You can get freestanding cat condos as well as floor-to-ceiling cat furniture. The pillar cat furniture obviously takes up more room, but it provides more stability. This is important if you have rambunctious cats, as you won’t have issues where the cat furniture topples over, damaging belongings, pets and toddlers. But if you want to keep a low profile, a freestanding cat condo makes sense.
Material and Cat Furniture Coverings
Cat furniture has traditionally been covered by carpet. This is conducive for a number of reasons. For one, carpet is satisfying for cats to sink their claws into, and if they use their own condo as a scratching post rather than your favorite arm chair, then all the better. Cats tend to be territorial in their scratching, so giving them a designated scratching post will save the rest of your furniture. Carpet cat furniture coverings are inexpensive, versatile and come in a variety of colors and styles. However, carpet with fabric loops can become frayed and unsightly over time. Cats can also occasionally get their claws stuck in them.
An alternative is a faux fur cat furniture covering that’s made from acrylic. This stands up better to repeated scratchings, but it’s not quite as firm as carpet. As such, your cat may prefer to scratch another object in your home rather than go for the mediocre satisfaction of clawing up his faux fur cat condo.
To prevent this, look for a cat condo that also incorporates sisal rope. Sisal rope looks like twine and can be wrapped around cat condo pillars and is extremely satisfying for scratching purposes. Unlike carpet, sisal rope is easily replaced if it gets too torn up.
Sturdiness may be a priority for you, meaning that you may instantly opt for solid wood over cardboard. But don’t be deceived—a well-built cardboard piece of cat furniture can withstand plenty of weight, but unlike a wooden cat condo, it’ll remain light and portable. This is important if you’re buying cat furniture online, since weight affects shipping costs. Cardboard tubes that are a quarter inch thick are plenty sturdy for most cats. If you have to choose between plywood or pressboard for platforms, go for plywood, as it’ll hold up better during shipping and the corners will last longer.
These are the three main areas of focus that you should consider when buying a cat condo. Go for a cat condo that won’t be an eyesore in your home, but look for one that meets the needs of your cat or cats.