WAFFLES: *insert Tarzan yell here*
KATIE: Waffles, what are you DOING???
WAFFLES: I'm practicing yodeling like Tarzan.
KATIE: I'm almost scared to ask.
WAFFLES: Ask what?
KATIE: Well first off, lets get one thing straight. Tarzan doesn't yodel.
WAFFLES: What do you mean he doesn't yodel?
KATIE: He just... yells.
WAFFLES: Are you sure because I–
KATIE: And all yodeling aside. Tarzan? Really? Do you even know who Tarzan is???
WAFFLES: Duh. He's the yodeling guy that likes to swing from the cat trees. Just like me. Maybe I should get me one of those loin cloth things. You know, for the ladies.
KATIE: And now you know why I stick to the lowlands.
Tree Dweller or Bush Dweller?
Did you know that some cats are natural "tree dwellers" while others are happiest as "bush dwellers?" And we're not talking about jungles and landscaping. These are terms that Jackson Galaxy coined and uses when offering advice to cat guardians. He explains how important it is to understand your cat's personality and preferences so that you can create a home environment that offers plenty of places for cats to be themselves.
This is especially important in multi-cat homes.
Tree Dweller cats love and need vertical space.
They like to climb high and observe the world around them. Positioning shelves, trees and climbing structures by windows can provide hours of entertainment supervising the comings and goings of the neighborhood. For some, this can also mean staking claim to some vertical territory away from other cats in the family.
Bush Dweller cats prefer spots lower to the ground.
They often love hidey holes and covered beds. Many bush dwellers can be shy and need to have plenty of places to go where they feel safe from stress triggers like loud noises or unwanted confrontations from other cats. Not only is it important to give cats spaces to retreat to, it's important to respect those spaces. No matter how much a visitor might want to 'meet' kitty, if kitty doesn't want to be social, any attempt to force it can result in even more stress.
Waffles Flies High while Katie Lays Low
It's probably no surprise that Waffles is the resident Tree Dweller while Katie finds her zen as a bush dweller. When it comes to Waffles, *Ain't no cat tree high enough...♩♫♩♫*. He loves his vertical space and while he also loves approaching (and often bothering) Katie in the lowlands, it's clear he enjoys that the cat trees are his and his alone. That doesn't mean he spends all his time at 5' or higher. He enjoys his kitty loungers and Sleepypods too. But he's more territorial and sometimes even vocal when it comes to his vertical space. Hence the yodeling.
Katie has always been a shy girl. She startles easily and isn't a fan of visitors. She loves hanging out with Glogirly and Gloman, soaking up affection, but she needs her alone time too. Sometimes that means a safe retreat away from Waffles. She's got cushy beds, blankets and cubbies throughout the house and inside the bedrooms so there's always a safe place to go.
Do you have any tree dwellers of bush dwellers in your feline family?