If there’s one thing all cats have in common, it’s their love of snoozing. You’ll even find the most prolific hunters enjoying a cat nap - especially if the warm sun is shining in. Cat window perches are a great way for your curious cats to enjoy the sights of the outdoors while they relax at home.
WHAT MAKES A WINDOW PERCH SPECIAL?
Window perches and beds are attached onto your window, keeping your cat cozy while allowing them to be entertained by the view outside. Cats often feel safer resting in places above the ground, making a window perch a great option for them to feel truly relaxed and secure.
Cats can often become bored, so a window perch is a great way to keep them mentally stimulated. They are ideal for indoor cats to still enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors, especially if you live in a busy area.
BUT HOW WILL IT HOLD MY CAT’S WEIGHT?
Very easily! Window perches can hold a surprisingly large amount of weight - some even withstand up to 27kg. They work by using strong suction cups that are incredibly difficult to budge once adhered to a window and are supported by sturdy frames.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A WINDOW PERCH OR BED?
If you’ve decided to treat your cat to a new window perch or bed, you’ll need to decide which one is best suited to your cat’s needs. With so many products available, it can be challenging to know which one to choose.
You’ll want to look for one that has a high weight limit, most perches hold 15-25kg in weight which is more than enough for one cat. It’s also beneficial to choose one with detachable bedding, so you can easily clean away all the muddy paw prints and loose fur.
A good window perch will have a strong supporting frame, typically made from metal or PVC piping. This will not only make it safer for your cat, but also makes it more durable and long-lasting.
WHICH STYLE IS BEST FOR MY CAT?
Hammocks and pods are two common types of window perches. Pods are fully-enclosed beds, while hammocks allow your cat to freely stretch out. A fully-enclosed perch is likely to be more suitable for smaller cats to curl up in, while hammocks allow larger cats to stretch across them.
The size and strength of the window perch is also an important consideration. If you have multiple cats, you may need to purchase more than one window perch to ensure that there are no arguments or accidents!
Alternatively, some perches have multiple levels to allow more than one cat to enjoy the view outside.
HOW DO I USE A WINDOW PERCH?
Window perches and beds are simply stuck onto clean windows using large suction cups, without the need for screws and tools to be used. If you’re having trouble getting them to stick, soaking them in warm water for a few minutes will help them adhere to your window more easily.
Before installing, choose a window that allows plenty of sunshine in and provides a good view of the outdoors - your cat will appreciate it later!
After installing your new perch, you’ll want to ensure that it will hold your cats’ weight. Apply some pressure using various objects or gently place your cat onto the perch.
Always check the weight limit on a perch before purchasing, as this can vary between products - this is especially important if you have more than one cat that will be using the perch.
You should also check the size of the perch to ensure that it will fit properly on your window.