The 12 Best Cat Window Perches For Every Type of Kitty Loaf
Gone are the days of your kitty climbing the blinds and slipping off the window sill to sneak a peek of the wild outdoors. You can now stick or mount a cat window perch on your windows to allow your favorite feline a safe place to chatter at the window (and save your blinds).
Mental and physical stimulation is important for all cats, but especially indoor kitties that don't spend their days roaming the great outdoors. And a window perch may just do the trick, according to Samantha Bell, cat expert at Best Friends Animal Society. "Being up high and above the action increases a cat's confidence," she says. "Jumping up and down from the perch provides exercise, and windows can provide great visual enrichment for cats."
How to Choose a Cat Window Perch
A platform suspended by mere suction cups may sound like a nail-biting setup, especially if you have a feline or two with a few extra pounds. But with proper installation and consideration of weight limits, window perches are a safe buy. When in doubt, look for one that secures to the sill with hardware or one that isn't suspended at all. It doesn't hurt to test out the sturdiness by placing a stack of books on the perch to see if it will hold your cat's weight.
To introduce your cat to her new perch, Bell suggests enticing her with treats or a sprinkle of catnip. "Never force your cat to sit on the perch, or they may never go near it again," Bell says. "When you give cats choices and control, you're helping them live their best lives."
Whether your cat's idea of her best life is a snooze in the sun or an afternoon of bird watching, we've rounded up the 12 best cat window perches for every type of feline.