What Really Matters
Surface Size and Weight Support
The surface size of the cat window perch is an important factor to consider. This will essentially tell you what sized cats will be able to use the product. If you have a large cat, then one of the more compact options might not be ideal. In addition to considering the surface area that your cat will be provided access to, you should also look at the maximum supported weight. Even when a product seems to have a large area for your cat, it does not necessarily mean it will hold heavy cats.
The installation process and how the perch attaches to the window are two additional factors to keep in mind. The majority of these products, especially when looking at the more budget-friendly cat window perches, attach with the use of suction cups. While this is a standard option, make sure that the suction cups are large enough to provide adequate support for the perch. Additionally, if you have a large cat, you might want to consider looking for alternative options, as the suction cups might not hold the heavier weight as well.
If you opt for a cat window perch that does not use suction cups, take a look at how the installation works. In some cases, you might need to use tools like a drill in order to attach the perch to the window area. You need access to these tools if you’re considering such a product.
The materials used to construct the cat window perch can tell you a lot about the product. You want your cat to feel comfortable when they are basking in the sun. Thus, consider looking for a product that has a soft fabric as a cover for the perch itself.
Another factor to consider here is that some materials will quickly heat up when exposed to the sun. This can cause your cat to overheat when they use the perch. Look for products that contain breathable material that will help to disperse heat and avoid overheating.
A cat window perch will have some type of support system, as well. For a sturdy option, try to buy a product that has a frame made from a durable metal material. This will help to provide a durable product that will not put your cat in danger while jumping up and down.
Do not forget to take price into account. The prices can vary somewhat, depending on the brand and specific features offered by the product.
The best way to go about the process of buying a cat window perch is first to know how much money you can spend. Generally, these products will have a price tag that varies from just over $10 to about $30 if you are looking for a basic perch. When you have a specific amount of money in mind, make things much easier for yourself when browsing through the various options available.
What’s in Right Now?
Most people do seem to be quite happy with standard cat window perches that attach through two suction cups. We noticed that there is a trend toward using stainless steel wires to connect the perch to the cups. This is a sturdy material that will help to reduce the risk of the product detaching. Larger suction cups are also preferred, as they generally offer better support when stuck to the window.
Breathable padding and covers are also in. Some people find that their cats become too hot when lying in the window. This can easily cause the cat to overheat, which can lead to health-related problems. Breathable materials help to remove the heat from the surface area, which makes it safer for your cat.
$10 to $15 can get you a very basic cat window perch.
$15 to $20 gives you a cat window perch with a more comfortable surface.
$20 to $30 can get you a sturdier product that may require some installation.
What is a cat window perch, and how does it work?
A cat window perch is essentially a small surface that gives your cat the ability to enjoy some time in the sun without having to let your cat out. This can be an especially great option for people who live in apartments, but can serve as useful a purpose in a house where you may not want your cat to go outside in general. The cat perch attaches directly to your window or to the area just below your window and is exposed to the sun as it shines through.
How do I install a cat window perch?
The installation procedure for most cat window perches is quick, easy, and doesn’t require special tools. This is not the case with every single option on the market, however. The basic products will contain two suction cups that are usually placed in some warm water for a minute or two and then attached to the window. The suction cups will hold the perch up against the window. There will usually be two additional suction cups attached directly to the surface of the perch for added stability. Some window perches may require more effort to install–the specific installation instructions will be included in the packaging.
Will the suction cups hold my cat’s weight?
A lot of people are concerned that the suction cups used to support a window perch will not be able to hold the weight of their cat. This is a valid concern if you have a cat that is heavier than normal. If you have a larger cat, consider a window perch that has large suction cups or one that installs through screws into the wall.