Have you ever wondered if your cat needs furniture?
The answer is yes. Yes, your cat needs furniture.
‘Need’ might be a strong word. But your cat has heard you sing in the shower and also knows how many times you’ve taken dirty clothes out of the hamper to wear again, so let’s just err on the side of caution.
Kitten Room Furniture
The chevron striped couch shown above would be perfect underneath any-sized cat.
I receive a lot of questions about the Paris Ottoman in my kitten room, so here’s a link to it. I use it to store kitten blankets and towels. It’s placed to boost kittens up onto the window seat, and as a bridge between cat trees. A Pet Heating Pad sits on one side, with a blanket to cover it. Mommy cats use it as a retreat when their kittens are tiny; kittens love to scale the Eiffel tower, and nap on the warm top. It also provides seating for when potential adoptees come to be interviewed by the kittens.
(Side Note: The turquoise mermaid chair that is also in the kitten room was from Home Goods. You never know what you’ll find there, so good luck!)
And that’s it for people-furniture in the kitten room. Let’s move onto more important things, shall we?
Scratchers and Trees
Maybe cat-couches are a luxury, but a good scratching post is a necessity. Here’s the one that my own cats like best. It’s sturdy enough that they can get a good strrrreeeetttccch on it, without pulling it over. It lives next to the arm of the sofa, as a gentle reminder of where claws belong.
Even kittens need places to stretch and scratch. This tiny Wave Scratcher is perfect for a kitten’s first scratching post. I’ve used a few in the past that kitten’s claws get stuck in, but this scratcher is soft enough to not cause claw problems.
Half is sisal (fun to scratch) and the other half is soft fur (fun to sleep on). As kittens grow, it becomes a fun, kitten-sized Frito to play, hide, and romp on with siblings.
Treat these scratchers like carpet: in between foster groups, vacuum and spray with Resolve disinfectant to keep them germ-free.
This could be your couch. But it’s not, because you’re smart and bought a cat tree.
The cat trees in my kitten room were donated by various companies. Cat trees are great for kittens to scratch, climb, jump, and explore on. Going vertical with your cat furniture means that you have more floor space for running and chasing. The kittens. Not you.
Thrift stores often have used cat trees; just be sure to gently marinate them in Rescue disinfectant before letting your foster kittens use them.
Here are some of my personal favorite trees. I stack them together in such a way that they seem like a continuous ‘city’, a parkour playground, if you will. Smaller cat trees are placed at the corners to provide a gradual slope for younger kittens to dismount. Little cubbies within the trees are perfect for kitten-naps if you place small dog blankets like these inside.
Kitten Lava Monster
This mid-height hammock is a favorite snuggling spot for mamas and kittens.
Ramps, like in this model, are perfect for burgeoning explorers on wobbly legs. Easy up, easy down.
Definitely get a tree with a hammock. For both your own amusement, and the kittens.
How about a Cat Tree With A Sphincter?
A favorite in the kitten room: both for kittens, and those who are anatomically-inclined.
This cheese cat toy is one of the first that tiny kittens play in. They weave in and out of the holes like wee prairie dogs. The cuteness is insane.
The Mewniverse. Always a favorite. The little arch has just enough grip for even tiny claws to use. Great for barely walking kittens, all the way up to teenage kittens.
This tree is in my kitten room, and is a favorite kitten playground.
Ladder, hammock, two perches for kittens to sit and judge us from, and an adorable circle-thing that makes for the best photos when filled with kittens. Typically, I place a soft cat bed under the hammock, in case kittens drop from the hammock, or kitty mamas want to nurse during playtime.
The Infinity Scratcher is a solid, horizontal scratcher that mama cats love, especially when they’re pregnant. Kittens hop in and out of the openings, while mama cat lounges on top and ignores them. It’s definitely a favorite around here.
My personal opinion is that you can’t have too many cat beds. Mama cats love them; kittens love them; you’ll love them when you see how cute it is when mama nurses her babies in them.
Choose beds that can be machine washed. Cover them with soft blankets or tuck them inside a Plush Body Pillow Cover to extend their wear. Place cat beds all throughout your foster room, so your fosters have choices: some like to sleep under a canopy; some like small, snug beds; some like to stretch out and lounge.
This Cat Cube is a staple in the kitten room.
What can you do with it? Hide inside, for starters. Little puff balls are attached to the inside, and you KNOW how thrilling puff balls can be. Poking your fingers through the holes is more fun than you might initially think. Turn the whole cube on it’s side and it’s like a whole new toy. The lid is a bed, and also comes off if you want to change things up a bit.
And when you’re done playing with it, give it to the kittens and see how they play with it.
If your foster room has a window or a glass door, consider this Window Mounted Cat Bed. If you place your cat trees next to it, kittens will be able to access it easier. Obviously, you’ll want to put squishy blankets on it, because predators need comfort while stalking sky raisins.
Suction cups attach it to the glass on your window or door. They’re STRONG, and can hold up to 50 pounds. Place it on the moving side of your window, so you can still open it during nice weather. Kittens love to bask in the sun, feel the breeze, watch birds, and
judge the neighbor’s dog.
The cover is removable, so you can easily sanitize it between litters by popping it into the washing machine.
Mommy cats who are weaning their kittens especially love this window seat. Especially if you DON’T place it next to the cat trees, where kittens can access it.
Here are some of the most-loved beds in the kitten room:
The Hot Tub (plugs in, and creates a very gentle heat that’s safe for kittens).
Self-Warming Bed (using magic, it channels your cat’s body heat into the bed. Don’t worry. It gives it back).
Rectangular beds (perfect for lining cat carriers, cat tree platforms, and window seats).
Covered Cat Beds (great for shy kitties, or mommy cats who like privacy while nursing. Especially appreciated by cats who are recovering from surgery, and want to disappear for awhile).
Cat Cave (it’s a bed, it’s a toy. If it served tacos, we’d never leave it).
Another Enclosed Cat Bed (placed in the birthing suite, mama cats can easily move their kittens in and out of it for warmth or privacy).
This Bed with an attached tunnel is very popular among my fosters. Mommy cat can nurse on the front part, and kittens can play in the back part.
Cat Cave. Kittens not included.
Ah yes. Last but not least: the classic Strawberry House. Perfect for tiny kittens to flip around in. No boys allowed.