My mom has the worst case of “grandma fever”. So naturally, she was disappointed when I told her I was getting a cat rather than having a baby. But did that stop her from spoiling her grand-fur-baby?
Little miss Leia received a huge, heavy package in the mail last week. Grandma bought her a pretty epic cat tree, and I must say, it’s legit. It’s four levels high, has toys, a hammock, and a little cat condo for her to sleep in.
It’s the Millennium Falcon of cat trees. Get it? Cause her name is Leia… Star Wars… yeah, you get it.
We built the tree in about 40 minutes. If you’re good at putting IKEA furniture together, you’ll be a pro at cat trees. Nevertheless, here are a few feline-approved tips for putting this thing together.
Show your cat the box it came in.
The first thing you wanna do is make sure your feline friend likes the box the cat tree comes in. We all know that cats love boxes (or being enclosed in anything!), so if your cat approves this box, it’ll probably enjoy the tree a minimal amount – you know, just enough to justify spending 40 minutes putting this thing together.
TIP: If your cat doesn’t like the box, who cares. It’s a cat, build that shit anyway.
Take everything out of the box (so your cat can promptly walk all over it and claim it as theirs).
Be honest, you know exactly what I mean; anything new you bring into the apartment immediately belongs to your cat. They look at it intently, reach out and touch it ever-so-gently, and proceed to rub themselves all over it, thinking to themselves “this is mine now.”
TIP: Something I’ve learned to do – the hard way, I might add – is to make sure you have all of the pieces you need before attempting to assemble anything. Let’s just say, IKEA dealt with a stressed-out Cassie on the phone, and then later in person.
Stop halfway because the cat’s walked away and has already lost interest.
Leia wouldn’t stop trying to paw at us when we started building it, but once we got to about the halfway point, she lost interest and walked away. The higher we built, the less interested she seemed. She just stared at us from the couch and probably plotted how to attempt to destroy the structure intruding on her window space.
TIP: It’s probably easier to build it when you’re not constantly pawed at, but, it’s so cute when they try to help!
Finish building the tree, and realize it’s bigger than you thought it would be.
So.. this thing is taller than me.
I’m about five-foot-ish, so.. you can imagine how big this actually is. I mean, it’s great – she’s got a perfect place to perch and look out the window at the backyard (if she ever decides to use it!), but it also means she’s got a perfect jumping off point to get on top of the movie shelf.
TIP: Don’t put the cat tree up against anything you don’t want her able to jump on.
In the end, it doesn’t matter what you just built, because whatever it is, she’ll like the box it came in more.
This came as absolutely no surprise.
It took Leia a few days to get used to the idea of a large, carpeted structure in the house, but she quickly adopted the cat condo (as you can see in the first photo).
Thanks for the cat tree, Grandma!