Ever wonder why your cat loves to climb the shelves? Ever discover your cat in high places (like the top of the fridge) completely calm and content? That I because felines prefer heights as this gives them a great place to sit and view the world, spot prey, or feel secure. Spot prey? Yes, even if you feed your cat lots of treats and food – there are still evolutionary needs that are still part of the cat experience.
Cats need vertical space in the wild – ever notice all the images of cats lounging in a jungle tree? Since cats are solitary hunters, they also prefer to have the best spot to see the juiciest morsel first or be able to easily escape danger.
Reasons why vertical cat space is important
- Cats find comfort and security in higher spaces
- Helps establish dominance without conflict
- Keeps them physically active
- Climbing is a natural behavior
- Helps give them space from dogs and toddlers when they need a break
- Safer than jumping on your bookcases and other places that may not be safe
Creating vertical space for your cat in your home can encourage them to enjoy their own space – especially in a multi-cate home. While you can purchase various cat trees, they can be pricey. Click here to see a few vertical space hacks and DIY tips.
Ways to add vertical space to your home for your cat
A great space to nap in the sun and watch the neighborhood
You can build or buy them and they can be as small or high as you wish
This allows you the freedom to add multiple vertical spaces throughout your home with little cost or effort
Door mounted shelves
Another great option – especially if you live in a smaller space
However you decide to add vertical space for your cat – they will thank you – even if they don’t always show it.