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Cat Wall Shelves Planning – Are You Making My Mistakes?

Do you know where you are going to put your newly bought cat wall shelves OR are you just going to put them up wherever you feel like? If you’re like many people, you don’t have any idea where you’re going to put them (at first) and you make a hasty decision that you end up regretting later.

Cat wall shelves are incredibly easily to install but I still advise against installing them into a wall without some serious thought. Think about it, do you really want to be forced to move the wall shelf to a different location because you didn’t plan ahead?

Believe me, you don’t. It happened to me and it was a colossal pain in the butt to remove it, cover the holes in the wall with spackle and paint, and then reinstall someplace else. I don’t recommend it!

And please, please, please, think about your cat’s agility prowess before selecting your location. Cat’s are incredibly nimble (most of them anyway) but they have their limits. If you set it 6 and 1/2 feet off the floor and kitty can’t get that high without help, then you just bought yourself a nice piece of wall art.

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“Papa, I can’t reach!”

I did this very mistake! First, I picked a spot I thought I really liked but found a much better spot a day later. After installing the cat wall shelves in this new location, it dawned on me that Dredd (yes I named my cat Dredd) could not reach the cat shelf without help! Let’s just say a few expletives left my lips in that heated moment.

Staring at this unreachable island among the massive ocean that is my wall (what the hell was I thinking!), I realized I was going to need another cat wall shelf set at a lower level (perhaps 2 of them) OR some sort of large cat furniture placed nearby OR I was going to have to move the cat wall shelves yet again (hell no!).

catwoodcondoAfter pacing around for a good while questioning my sanity, the perfect solution came to me! It just took me a bit longer because of the anger haze I was in. Seriously, when you make a series of piss-poor decisions one after another, the blood boils and you don’t think straight.

This perfect solution was option 2 from above, because I had a skyscraper cat tree in my bedroom which I was able to move near the cat wall shelves. I bought this — The New Cat Condos Premier Solid Wood Skyscraper Cat Tree — several months early from amazon and Dredd absolutely loves it. It’s definitely large cat furniture that’s for sure.

It’s pretty big but it fits well with my living room. They had a color that matches my carpet perfectly — dark tree green — so it was a no brainer.

Large cat furniture can be a turn off for some people because it’s so large and its very noticeable as soon as you enter the room.

Personally, I think it adds a little something extra to my living room and it’s a good conversation starter! I considered moving it back into the bedroom and just getting another cat wall shelf but I decided against it — Dredd loves the new set-up much more than I thought possible!

So while the final outcome was positive (so lucky I had that tower!), I highly recommend giving the location of your new cat wall shelves plenty of thought before making any decisions. I was much too excited to get the wall shelf installed for my beloved cat; planning went right out the window! I wanted it up and ready for Dredd to use right away.

Don’t make my mistakes. Think before you act!