Cats Love To Be Up High. Why?

What is it about cats and being up high? The vast majority of breeds love to seek height, whether that’s up a tree, on a shelf, on top of the fridge or just about anywhere else elevated around the home. Having to spend half an hour every day looking up at the ceiling is par for the course for most cat owners. With the above in mind, have you ever wondered why cats are such prolific high-rise dwellers?

Cats Up High

Natural Instinct

As is typical in any living animal, the main driver that encourages cats to climb is basic instinct. These instincts have been shaped and honed by centuries of natural evolution. Cats are descendants of Proailurus, a tree-climbing mammal that lived in Europe and Asia around 25 million years ago. Proailurus is considered by many scientists to be the first ‘true’ cat. In a harsh and rugged world, the Proailurus instincts were centred on survival and safety. Many of the behaviours that house cats display today can be traced back to their early ancestor’s simple desire to survive.

Climbing and being up high provides two crucial benefits that underpin basic survival. The first of these benefits is part of a defensive mechanism. Being able to climb to elevated positions allows cats to escape all but the most determined and agile predators. Whilst the natural dangers found today might not compare with those endured millions of years ago, the basic instinct remains even if it’s just to escape the intrusion of a playful dog or an inquisitive toddler. The second benefit that being up high provides is that it gives cats an excellent vantage point to observe their surroundings, feel safe and stalk prey. Whilst few house cats have any need to stalk to survive in the modern world, this evolutionary instinct is still observed in most cats every day.

Powerful Bodies, Lightening Reflexes

Over the millennia, cats’ bodies have become well adapted to climbing. Their light and muscular framework can generate a huge amount of explosive power. This power, combined with excellent balance and agility, provides the optimal combination for quick and efficient climbing. The final pieces of the climbing kitbag include sharp claws, good eyesight and lightning-fast reactions. All of these components combined ensure that a cat is a force to be reckoned with and is one of the world’s finest climbers.

Of course, cats also spend a lot of time sleeping and most will prefer to do so in high places. Once again, this trait can be traced back to a basic need to feel safe before relaxing into sleep.

It goes without saying that any cat should have the opportunity to practice these natural instincts at home. The desire to be up high is important to just about every cat and can play a vital role in their long-term health, happiness and sense of safety. It is no coincidence that cats will often go out of their way to find a high place of happiness. We, as cat owners, can provide an array of opportunities for them to play out these instincts and create an environment that is suitable for their every instinctive need.

Our Core Values

Why Catipilla? Every product and idea we have is built around these core values.

Cat health and well-being.
Cats deserve the best. They deserve to be active, to be entertained, to stretch, to climb and to rest. To play out all of their natural instincts where they feel safest – at home. Our range has been designed to cater for these instincts and provide the most enjoyment possible.

High-quality, space-saving additions to your home.
Every unit we design is built to last. We want you to have the confidence that our products will stand the test of time. We also want to ensure that cats feel secure on our units and have the freedom to roam wherever they please.

Sustainable products that last a lifetime.
All of our Catipilla products are made from 85% recycled material and we actively work to reduce our energy footprint by sourcing materials close to home.

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