Cats love to run and jump and find all the dark and hidden places in your home. One of my cats, Lia, is particularly fond of opening up my closet door and jump up through all the shelves to get to the very top shelf where she very contentedly sits for hours among my clothes. I wouldn’t mind her favorite hiding spot if she didn’t leave so much cat hair behind.
Lia’s fondness for jumping up through steps and strolling around the high tops of my books shelves and closet shelves has inspired me to make my house a little more cat fun. My cat park is not quite finished, but I’m building a series of runs and cat shelves incorporated throughout the house. However, it’s not necessary to go completely mad with cat runs and shelves. A simple cat condo with multiple steps and a hiding spot or two will also excite your cat.
Cats are curious but cautious creatures by nature and frighten easy. If you decide to introduce a cat condo into your home, your cat might ignore it for a time. Don’t force him to use the condo because that will only make it worse for him. If you want him to experience the fun and enjoyment of his own furniture, start with putting some food and water by it. A favorite toy will also work to get him used to seeing and approaching the new furniture. You can also sit calmly by it yourself and read or do some other calm activity. If your cat sees everything is alright with you, he will also trust the piece a little more. Little by little, this new item will interest him, and he might abandon the old hiding spots, like your closet.