If you’re looking to offer your indoor-only cat some variety, enrichment, and a fun playground, then you might want to install cat shelves. We now have two rooms in our house with cat shelves, and today, I will discuss the benefits of installing them.
This is the fifth and final article in our October cat enrichment series.
Disclosure: Some links below are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, I will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase. We received the cat shelves free of charge from Catastrophic Creations.
5 Reasons to Install Cat Shelves for Your Cat’s Happiness
If you’ve ever debated installing cat shelves, here are some reasons why they are beneficial and how they will enhance your cat’s living space, making for a happier, healthier cat.
A new area to explore
First and foremost, installing cat shelves will give your cat a new area in the house. Since an indoor cat’s environment doesn’t change often (if ever), cat shelves will give them a new space to explore and relax. Change can be good sometimes, especially for a cat who spends most of their time in the same environment and surroundings.
Cats are natural climbers, and they will love the new opportunity to climb up (and down). Depending on how many cat shelves you install, spacing them out properly will allow your cat to jump or climb up that vertical space. In one area of our cat wall, our cat shelves go near the ceiling. Use all of that vertical space to your advantage!
Some cat shelves come with poles for climbing – like the Crossroads Wall Cat Scratcher from Catastrophic Creations, and these poles definitely take advantage of vertical space.
Here, Sophie walks along one of the scratcher poles.
A place to call their own
In my house, we have a one-year-old dog with lots of puppy energy. One of the reasons I wanted to install cat shelves was to allow our four cats to have a safe place off the ground and away from where the eager puppy could reach them.
And while the shelves offered that safe place to escape to (if needed), it’s also where I put the cats’ feeders, truly making the shelves their own space.
Depending on how many shelves are in the configuration you design, cat shelves can offer your cat a new place for zoomies and to run around. Many indoor cats don’t have as much opportunity for exercise as outdoor ones, so offering them a cat shelf agility course would be a fun way for them to stay active.
Adding scratcher poles and scratching surfaces is also good for deep stretching and claw maintenance, helping to keep your cat’s overall body in good shape.
Help reduce boredom
And finally, installing cat shelves is a great way to help reduce your cat’s boredom. In addition to offering physical exercise and a place to explore, cat shelves can be a great place to just sit and have a think.
Why not hang the shelves in a place where your cat can look out the window while they relax? Bird watching, squirrel watching, neighbor watching! Cat shelves offer a nice vantage point for your cat to observe the outside world and keep their mind engaged.
These are just a few reasons to install cat shelves. But overall, your cat will have a new, exciting area that will offer them enrichment, exercise, and happiness!
Our New Cat Wall Setup
Some blog readers may remember my first cat shelf project from earlier in the year. Hayley Williams from Cat Therapy designed two cat walls in our cat room. One of the cat shelf brands she selected was Catastrophic Creations.
After completing that first project, I got to know the owner of Catastrophic Creations, Mike, and he generously offered to design another cat wall in our house to feature some additional products his company offers.
Of course, I jumped at the opportunity and decided on a wall in my home office, where the cats and I spend a good amount of time (I work remotely from home).
And here is what that cat wall looks like! Mike designed everything above my existing furniture and used the entire width of the nearly 17-foot wall.
Mike incorporated many pieces from the Crossroads Wall Cat Scratcher, which is a pre-designed cat condo set. For those who aren’t good with design or want something already designed and ready to install, the Crossroads Wall Cat Scratcher is a good choice.
And you guessed it…that’s what we’re giving away on the blog today! But first, check out this video of the cats exploring the new cat wall.
Catastrophic Creations Giveaway
UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed.
One winner will receive the Crossroads Wall Cat Scratcher. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents, full details below.
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The giveaway is open to residents in the U.S., 18+ years of age, except where prohibited by law. One winner will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter and contacted via email on Sunday, November 5, 2023 after 5:00pm Pacific. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize through email. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize, and a new winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The Crossroads Wall Cat Scratcher will be sent to the winner from Catastrophic Creations. The winner can choose from the available colors in stock. The giveaway closes on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 5:00pm Pacific.
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Earlier posts in this October enrichment series include:
- Enriching Playtime with the Ripple Rug Cat Activity Mat
- Kitty Lawn: Bring the outdoors inside for your cat’s enjoyment
- Outdoor Enrichment for Indoor Cats with a Harness and Leash
- KitNipBox: Unbox Playtime Every Month for Your Cat
Other posts about cat shelves:
- Selecting the Perfect Cat Shelves: 8 Things to Consider
- Cat Room Ideas: Designing a Fun and Functional Cat Space
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Rachel is a lifelong cat lover, who loves writing and sharing about all things cat. Having been a cat mom for over 13 years, she is passionate about animal welfare and has fostered several cats and kittens. Rachel has used her skills as an award-winning blogger to volunteer as a writer and editor for a nationwide program supporting shelter cats. She entertains readers with her own cats’ antics on her other blog Three Chatty Cats. Rachel and her husband Ross share their home with four adorable cats – Dexter, Olive, Sophie, and Woodrow – and one handsome pup named Guster.