For indoor cats, windows provide hours of entertainment and mental stimulation — vital to keeping your cat happy and healthy. It's really easy to create a special space near a window for your cat to enjoy the view. So the people on Catster brought up some useful tips by the feline design pro, Kate Benjamin, on how to turn an ordinary window into a cat-friendly paradise. You don't have to have any special skills or spend a lot of money — just pick a good location, then make it comfy, and your cat will be curled up watching the show in no time!
Kate Benjamin has been writing about feline design since 2007 and is co-author with Jackson Galaxy of two New York Times best-selling books, Catification and Catify to Satisfy. Get more of Kate's feline design tips at hauspanther.com.
This kitchen had the perfect window just waiting to be catified!
So that's exactly what Kate Benjamin did:
Before there was nothing to entice kitty to jump up and enjoy the view, so we added a thick shag carpet, some risers with fleece mats to create different levels, a sisal-wrapped scratcher and some fresh, potted cat grass and catnip. We even hung stuffed bird toys from the glass ceiling in the space, so kitty can swat at them when she sees real birds outside.
s you can see, this lucky cat now enjoys her luxury window perch, where she spends most of her time.
If you don’t have a built-in window perch waiting to be decorated, the easiest thing you can do is move a cat tree in front of the window and, voila! Instant lookout!
Pick a cat tree or tower that has sizeable platforms that let kitty lounge while she's watching the scenery. Maybe add a soft blanket or a bed to her favorite perch on the tower.
Whenever possible, add birdfeeders or plants outside the window that will attract wildlife. This will keep your cat engaged and entertained.
Also give her plenty of toys inside for her to "catch" and play with after seeing the action outside where she can't reach it.
For those of you who are a bit handier, install a shelf to create a spot for your cat to look out the window.
Simple finished shelves from any hardware or home improvement store work perfectly — just add a non-slip surface, like carpet or a strip of yoga mat, to the top and anchor the shelf securely to the wall, ideally into the studs. If the shelf is up high, give kitty an easy way to get on and off the shelf without having to jump too far.
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