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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-21-2007, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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Cat tree for Toby?

I'm thinking of getting a proper cat tree for Toby.

I think one of the reasons he is so portly at the moment is that he is bored when no-one is around so he eats 'just for something to do'. He can't go out to entertain himself and as another cat is out of the question (due to flatmate) I have to think of other ways that he can keep himself amused - and hopefully more active - when both of us are at work.

Toby has a scratching post with a large base to it which looks like a bit of swiss cheese. It's hollow in the middle and there is a little fluffy ball inside he can pat at though the 'swiss cheese' holes in the base. He likes that so I am considering buying something bigger. Size is still a limiting factor - as it will have to go in my bedroom (theres no way flatmate will agree to having a large cat tree in the living room - he moans enough about the cat fountain). But I think I can squeeze a medium sized cat tree in my room.

What do people think of any of these options? Do any of them look good in terms of whether it will grab a kittys attention? Hopefully a less expensive one

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/s...g_posts/medium

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/s...ng_posts/large

Any comments much appreciated

EDIT: This is the scratching post Toby has.

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/s...ts/small/35757
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We have several cats trees, as well as perches. The cats love them. The biggest thing I have learned is to make sure that it is very sturdy. We once had one that fell when one of the kitties jumped on it- not a good day in the Schulz household.

Also, make sure that the perches themselves are large enough for Toby to lay on comfortably. Some of our kitties are big and would get annoyed with one of the small trees because they didn't fit.


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Thanks for the tips Leazie!

What about this one?

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/s...ts/small/13554

Toby goes bonkers for catnip so that catnip diffuser might be great fun for him.

EDIT: I like this one. Quite expensive but looks like lots of fun!

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/s...s/medium/14049
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Oh my, I like the second one also. I bet Toby would love it.

Here are the 2 two trees/play areas that we have for the kids upstairs.



This is the one with the smaller perches, and the big cats have a hard time fitting on it. As you can see, the cocker spaniel fits fine.


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I love the dog nicking off with the cat tree in the second picture. Cute

Here's another option. Gosh, so many to choose from.

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/s...s/medium/40851

EDIT: Hmm .. not so sure about this one. I can see my chunky little friend getting himself stuck here

This next one is very nice. Most definately at the very top end of my price range though. Zooplus is excellent though in that if you spend more than £30 postage is free.

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/s...s/medium/42241
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Allie, I'd go for taller and with a sturdy base. Something that doesn't seem too heavy to one side or the other and one that has posts in diagnoal corners all all four corners to keep it steady.

Also, I noticed you said that when Toby is bored, he'll go eat. That's exactly what happens and precisely the reason "free-feeding" is not recommended - and why many cats gain weight. He should be fed in timed meals and when mealtime is over the food should be picked up.
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Also, I noticed you said that when Toby is bored, he'll go eat. That's exactly what happens and precisely the reason "free-feeding" is not recommended - and why many cats gain weight. He should be fed in timed meals and when mealtime is over the food should be picked up.
Yep, thats why Toby is home right now missing his kibble! . Due to the fact there isn't any ... my poor greedy little muffin. His wet food is fed at certain times and is picked up in half an hour if he hasn't eaten it. Thats always been the case. But he was given dry food to nibble on doing the day. Not any more.

I only hope it works. I'm hoping the cat tree will provide some fun for him when I am at work.
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It's more fun for you if he uses it when you're home. It can get quite entertaining.
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It's more fun for you if he uses it when you're home. It can get quite entertaining.
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Hmm ... this one had good reviews

Nice price too.

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/s...s/medium/40850
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