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Q. Why are cat trees and playgrounds important

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

A. They are important because they provide environmental enrichment for cats and promote exercise and play to help keep them active an ideal weight (especially if strictly indoors).
Not only that but cat trees can help many cats gain confidence and feel more comfortable in the home so that they are happier. Tree dweller cats instinctively need to be up high and bush dweller cats prefer to be on the ground/floor for a majority of the day.
Playgrounds and toys also promote play and provide environmental enrichment to keep cats happy. A happy cat is less prone to urine marking, aggression, and a condition called FLUTD (Feline lower urinary tract disease), so there is a medical reason for providing your furry friends this in the home. : )

Answered By
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS

A. They are not all imported, some individual people build them as well pretty much everywhere but it's harder to find and more expensive. the reason is obviously the price, just like everything else we buy, when it's manufactured in China or India it just cost much less to manufacture it.


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