I know you’re tired of hearing about my cats, but….

… here we are again.

The lovely cat tree is still being totally ignored – the closest either has gotten to it is that Boots has slept on the very bottom a couple of times.

I picked Emma Grace 🐱 up (she HATES to be picked up) and tried to put her on the tree.  Got scratched pretty good and she did not wind up on the tree. 😟

There are a number of places in the house that either of them will “lounge” that are sort of “up”.  TV stand, buffet, my tall chest of drawers – but lovely cat tree – NO!

And Emma Grace thinks the back of the love seat is just there for her.

I still haven’t decided about Boots going back outside.  He’s feeling better and has started trying to open the door.  Wish I had a screened porch, but my grandmother used to say if wishes were horses, beggers would ride, so that’s not really an option.  I have investigated other ideas – and am toying with this one:

Obviously this wouldn’t be the same as him running free but….  AND, on the other hand, he might treat it the same way he does the nice cat tree I got.

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12 Responses to I know you’re tired of hearing about my cats, but….

  1. Ha ha, poor neglected cat tree.

    When I moved to this apartment with wall-to-wall woven carpet and worried about Janey’s claws damaging it, I bought a large scratching post for her. Not as large as your cat tree, but like 3′ high. Not exactly a lovely decorative item. She wouldn’t touch it. I got the new (used) sofa and THAT she loves! The arms are already starting to look damaged.

    I was always afraid of this when considering a large cat tree like you have. Spend a bunch of money, have it take up actual and visual space in a room…and then the cat was gonna have nothing to do with it anyway.

    Have you seen those cat tunnels that you put outside? That might have a little more “roaming” factor than the cage. I’m considering a harness for Janey so she can sit out on the patio with me but I envision lots of entanglement.

    Bettye

    • Iris says:

      Yeah, Boots had already scratched a chair in my bedroom pretty good. He hasn’t started in the living room and if he does, that may be my deciding factor to letting him out. I cannot imagine him wearing a harness 🙂

      Someone suggested putting cat treats on the tree – and both cats love cat treats. Tried it on the tree – nope – so yes, apparently I have a large item taking up space in my already crowded bedroom that no one will use. 🙁
      Iris

      Don’t think I’ve seen the cat tunnels – I’ll have to look into that.

  2. Donna says:

    I actually have that playpen for our cat. We use it when contractors are working at the house — or when we moved, to make sure he doesn’t get away. He’s not crazy about it, but he can climb it like a monkey! I would not put him outside in it. I think it would be more frustrating than anything else. Best as we can tell, our cat does not have a big desire to go out. Which is what we wanted, because our previous cat was an inside cat who wanted out all the time. We spent a nice chunk of change accommodating him. There are a variety of options at purrfect fence dot com. The products are well made but the cost does add up.

    • Iris says:

      Hi Donna, thanks for stopping by. Is your playpen like a child’s playpen, or??? Does it have a top? And Boots might just be frustrated if I put him outside in anything. 🙁 Unfortunately since he’s feeling better he has a HUGE desire to go back outside.

      Was not familiar with the purrfect fence place but will definitely check it out. And yes, expenses can add up really quickly.
      Iris

  3. Donna says:

    I have the exact item you show on the blog — a cage/playpen. My cat will go in and stay there if need be, but he doesn’t like it much. I would not take it outside.

    • Iris says:

      Thanks for your reply. I was just thinking of putting it on my deck – that’s outside without being far from the door. I have a terrible time getting Boots into a carrier, so he probably wouln’t go in on his own. As I type this he is trying to turn the door knob to get outside 🙁
      Iris

  4. Maggie says:

    When we moved to a one-bedroom apartment we bought a beautiful, big cat tree so they would have a different place to go since the sleeping spots would be limited in such a smaller place. I have three cats — none of them showed the slightest interest in it! We tried putting it in various locations … near the windows, near the heater, etc. No interest at all! Cats are so contrary!

    • Iris says:

      And, I’m afraid that’s going to be the fate of this cat tree. It is in front of a great window for outside viewing – nope – they’re not having it. Cats are indeed contrary!
      Iris

  5. Debbie says:

    I got my cats one but they ignored it as well! Then I put them in the same broom where the thing was and every one of them loved it. As long as your kitties have their regular favorite spots that tree is going to be lonely. One of mine is usually on thatbthing. I have it in tony of windows so they can see out but I want mine outside again and don’t have the heart in this heat….. but in the winter I didn’t have the heart in the cold. Lol

    • Iris says:

      I think you’re right Debbie – that tree is going to be lonely. One of the reasons I got the tree was to try and entice the inside/outside one to be happy inside. It isn’t working 🙁 I really don’t want him outside again because of all the ‘kitty hazards’ out here and he isn’t happy about that. He does have a favorite spot, but he really doesn’t use it to look out, just to sleep. Counting the time he was in the kitty hospital, he’s been inside for 3 weeks. He’s feeling well enough now that he’s trying to open the door 🙁
      Iris

  6. jodie filogomo says:

    You wonder what makes them like some perches better than others? Did you try putting catnip on it?? Or treats?? Not that we are having great luck with out kitties and practicing car time. . so I wouldn’t say I’m a pro!! LOL
    XOXO
    Jodie
    Jodie

    • Iris says:

      Oh yeah – catnip, treats… they don’t care. Cats are smart, they’re just so darned contrary 🙂

      Good luck with teaching yours something.
      Iris

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