Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Week of Changes - Cat Tree Fiasco

We thought we were going to be able to share the excitement of a new cat tree today, but there were problems and Mom Paula is going to take it back.  Here's the story...
Truffle attempting to climb the "new" tree

Mom Paula went to a couple of pet supply stores to find us a new tree.  Our old tree is still hanging on, but the beds are small and we wanted something a little bigger to hang out on.  She went to one store and there were two trees there, but there were no prices and no one would ever come on that aisle to assist, so she left the store.  She then went to PetSmart and found several trees and narrowed it down to three.  However, she encountered the same problem - no one ever came to the cat section to help, so she started to leave a store.  As she was walking out, someone asked her if she found what she needed and Mom Paula replied, "yes, but no one ever came back to the cat section to help me with a tree."  Can you tell she was a little perturbed???
Brulee makes it to the second level while Truffle explores the bottom bed

Mom Paula finally decided to get the more expensive model because it appeared sturdier and the levels were larger for us.  The funny part was trying to get the tree in the back seat of the Maxima, but they were able to do so.  As soon as Mom Paula lugged it into the house, we were checking it out. It was easy to get on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd levels.  It fit beautifully in our newly arranged living room and we thought it was purrfect.  That is, until Brulee attempted to get into the top level.

Keep in mind that Brulee has that traditional Persian cobby body with short legs.  You should have seen her scrambling getting to that top level.  At first, she seemed very pleased with herself, looking around and playing with the valance.  The problem began when she was ready to get down. She just couldn't judge the shelf below and it didn't jut out enough for her to land on it from the top.  She started meowing and pitifully looked down at the ground.  Mom Paula tempted her by grabbing the treat jar, which resulted in Brulee leaping from the top to the ground.
Brulee:  How do I get down???

Luckily, she landed okay, but it scared Mom Paula.  Next, Truffle tried to get to the top perch and also had a little difficulty getting up there, but made it.  She had the exact same reaction as Brulee and when she attempted getting down, she jumped from the top to the ground almost hitting the second from top level.  This scared Mom Paula because she is afraid we're going to hurt ourselves when she's not here and the table beside the tree is going to be moved to a different location.  She tried to turn the top level, but it didn't move and she didn't want to break it.  She finally decided to lay the tree on its side and will return it tomorrow.
Truffle:  It was much easier getting up than down

We are so disappointed because we really liked this tree.  Mom Paula said she is going to ask the people at PetSmart if they can try and rotate the top a little bit.   The PetSmart people told her on the phone that they are delivered already put together, so they doubt it can be turned.  Mom Paula isn't going to give up, so we'll wait and see if we can still get some new furniture (especially since Mom Paula got some).
Goodbye cat tree.  It was nice while it lasted.


Mom Paula did seek input from her human friends on the CWB on Facebook and many have given great suggestions.  She still isn't sure if she is going to take it back or not.  She may chance turning the top level and if it breaks, try to reattach it with a strong bolt.  Wish us luck.

21 comments:

  1. Could you simply remove the top bed, and use it on the floor or a shelf? The girls could just use the pole as a scratcher. It's such a shame to have to return it...

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  2. We hope that your Momma comes to a decision that she can live with. And works for all of you.

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  3. We had this problem, so Mommy put a shorter cat tree next to the newer one, so we had a place to dismount. MOL!

    The things we do for love!

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  4. Maybe she could get a shorter tree for y'all?

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  5. I'm so sad for you girls that your tree didn't work out the way you and your human wanted it to! It is harder for you fluffy, cobby-bodied girls to get up and down trees, and you need one that accommodates your build.

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  6. We hope your Mom can get your cat tree exchanged for something with bigger levels hopefully at different angles to help with you getting up and down.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  7. We hope your mom can figure something out for you. We have that exact tree! MOL. We don't go on the top, so our mom doesn't worry about it, but we can see how it would be difficult to get from the top to the second level.

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  8. I have always bought Armarcat trees. Amazon carries them, and I think they are much better quality (and less expensive) than the ones you get at PetSmart or PetCo.

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  9. Any chance a strategically placed cat-sized wall shelf could be a way down to the next level? Of course, that depends on where the tree will be placed, too...

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  10. That is a shame. Could the bolt holding the top bed be loosened so the bed could be rotated to face the other way. From the photo it looks as if that would give a bigger area to jump down onto.

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  11. I sure hope you get it all worked out so that you can have some serious tree fun!

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  12. Go on Amazon, they are a lot less $ and the selection is much larger. I bought a big one a few years ago for my 4 and I have big kitties at 17#. I bought the Go Pet Club tree and it has worked very good for us.

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  13. That is a nice tree, but it does sound like it could be a problem with that top shelf. I am sure your mom will get you a really nice one that is similar.
    http://15andmeowing.com

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  14. We hope you can get a tree that makes you all happy. It's no good if Mom Paula is going to worry about you using it.

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  15. There are so many cat trees out there, we're sure you'll find one that will be purrfect for you. That is a nice one, though. We got ours online from catsplay.com.

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  16. Good luck, we know mum gave your mum suggestions on what we got.

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  17. That does look like a pawsome, well-built cat tree. And a plus that Mom Paula didn't have to assemble it. Hope it works out that you can keep it. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  18. our daddy sed it looks like somebody wif a skilsaw could just whack that top cup offa there, shorten the stack a little, an' bolt the cup back on, offset a little. he'd be glad to do it fur you, but the 'lectric cord on his skilsaw ain't quite that long ... . we hopes you gets this sorted to y'alls satisfacshun--pretty ladies like you NEED comfy places to haf their beauty sleeps!

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  19. I don't know why cat trees are always so "skinny". I have one from many years ago that is well designed and the cats - even the bigger, less agile ones - can get up and down safely. But the newer ones all seem to be too vertical and the cats have difficult navigating the levels. I realize most people don't want a huge wide cat tree in the home, but we've ended up getting two trees and putting them side-by-side so they can go across the levels safely. This becomes even more important as the kitties get older and are less agile. Good luck with your modifications. Metal brackets and long wood screws should do the trick if needed.

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