I’ve accepted that my Ivy is never going to be a delicate and graceful female kitty. In other words, don’t look for Ivy to don a tutu and become a ballerina.
Ivy is high energy and full speed ahead. I’ve never had a cat quite like Ivy.
Yesterday, one of two things happened that had my heart beating fast.
First, she jumped up on my rolling desk chair, dug her claws into the upper part, and sent it wheeling at fast speed across the floor. Ivy went along for the ride, headed straight for my glass coffee table.
Nothing was broken, thank goodness. Ivy seems to delight in these acrobatic sprees of hers. While it makes me a nervous wreck.
Then, shortly thereafter, another near calamitous event occurred.
I have moved that darned cat tree all over this apartment trying to find a place that it will be safe. I had placed it against the wall leading into the hallway thinking she wouldn’t knock it over there.
A Loud Crash:
Ivy and the cat tree went crashing to the floor and nearly took down the Christmas tree too. I jumped up and settled the tree. Ivy took off like a rocket.
She hid behind the living room chair for a few minutes, then she disappeared.
Ivy tends to retreat into her kitty carrier. I leave it in the corner of the living room for her, because that’s where she goes when she is scared and wants to be left alone.
She stayed in that thing for the remainder of the day. Though I called her and called her, she would not come out of it.
Until, of course, when it was time to remind me about supper time.
Ivy The Acrobat:
Okay, I told myself, I have this high energy cat. Ivy doesn’t just climb on things, she hurls herself through the air at them. This kitty can’t go outside, so she needs adequate indoor stimulation.
So I began to look online for the best and sturdiest cat trees.
Still what I found were these tall convoluted cat trees that, while they looked fun and had lots of levels and toys, I knew Ivy would manage to knock them over due to the height and the materials they were made of.
I looked all afternoon into last night. Finally I Googled something like sturdy cat trees for large cats. Ivy may not end up being a large cat, but it really doesn’t matter when she approaches things like a football player on defense.
I finally settled on this one, which happened to be at Wayfair. I really wanted to order from Chewys because they deliver fast and I really like them, but I couldn’t find one this substantial there.
If I think it needs to be higher, I can put it on a piece of furniture.
New Cat Condos Company:
This is from the company New Cat Condos. It is made of wood, which most of the ones I looked at were not.
I just went to the New Cat Condos company website, and saw that it was cheaper there: $89.99. So I called Wayfair to cancel my order, as I was paying a bit more.
In the middle of cancelling that order, the price at Wayfair went down to $89.99, so I stayed with Wayfair. Of course I had to pay the taxes on top of that but got free shipping.
I didn’t want to spend this much money, but so many times in my life I have settled for the cheaper priced version of things and then ended up regretting it. Plus these cat trees aren’t cheap, but they are often made cheaply.
So Ivy Lou, this is your Christmas present and mine combined.
From Their Website:
Wood Cat Furniture
We use solid wood in all of our products. This ensures that the products will be extremely sturdy and hold up well to years of cat use. A lot of time goes into hand cutting every piece of wood and assembling it in the proper order. This solid wood construction is the key foundation to a quality cat condo.
New Cat Condos uses quality natural, unoiled sisal rope that contains no toxic materials. Many manufacturers use sisal rope that is oiled. Oiled sisal rope is not friendly for your cats, and can even be toxic to them.
Using a special machine we make sure that all of our sisal rope posts are tightly wrapped and will hold up to cat scratching.
We do not provide a cheap quality rope or a very thin rope that you will see on competitors products. We have been using the same high quality rope and SIZE for 35 years.
Looking at this photo, I doubt that Ivy will ever be a modest girl. And while she may never be a graceful ballerina, I think we can safely call her an acrobat.
So, after spending yesterday afternoon and evening reading about cat trees, reading reviews and finding out everything I could about them, I’m hoping this one will be sturdy enough for Ivy.
It is 32” H x 20” W x 20” D. And it weighs 48 pounds.
Even better, it comes already put together. So I won’t have to do that, which my aching hands will thank me for. It won’t be delivered until almost Christmas, but I think I made the right choice.
Well, I’m meeting my daughter for lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant, so I’ve got to get ready. If you’re looking for a cat tree, you might look at this company.
Oh, I also wanted you to know that I’ve fixed the window cords where Ivy can’t reach them at all.