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Is Your Cat a Tree or Bush Dweller?

Sometimes I like to jump up to the top of my Cat Power Tower and survey the land. Other times, I like to sneak inside my Kat

Gracey napping on top of Cat Power Tower

Napping on top of my Cat Power Tower

Kabin and watch from down low.  I like having both options available to me at all times in my habitat.  When the sun room doors are closed and I can’t get access to my tower, I resort to jumping up behind the sofa and watching the front yard birds from the bay window.  Because of my love of both high and low places, I think I might be part leopard.

Leopards are Both  Tree  and Cave Dwellers

The leopard uses trees as observation posts,  and has been observed dragging prey several times its own weight up into a tree to cache the carcass for later meals.  The leopards’ scapula is uniquely attached to its muscles allowing the spotted cat to be   proficient at climbing and has a  locking wrist enabling  the cats superior tree climbing ability.

Even though I am not as good a climber as my big cat cousin, I like to think of myself as a leopard when I am sunning myself while napping on top of my tower.  There are times that I prefer to observe from the ground and our leopard cousins also prefer lower level living at times.

Leopards are tree dwellers

A leopard napping in a tree

While leopards are able to haul their prey up into a tree, perhaps  a more preferred method is one in which gravity works in the cats favor, and that would be dragging the carcass down into a cave. There have been references made in scientific literature about leopards using caves, including specific descriptions of caves that are leopards lairs. According to Charles Brain, author of the book The Hunters or the Hunted? An Introduction to African Cave Taphonomy, leopards use caves as retreats, feeding places, and breeding lairs.

I Feel Like a Bobcat in my Kat Kabin

Even though leopards also lurk about the ground, when I decide to curl up inside my Scratch Kabin I imagine that I am a bobcat out in the wild.

Our  bobcat cousins  likes  to build their dens in hollow logs or at the the base of the roots of a fallen tree.  Bobcats like to see

Bobcat family in den

Bobcat kitten in their den while mom stands guard

but not be seen and that is exactly how I feel when I am surveying my habitats activities from under the end table beside the sofa.

Do you think your cat is a tree or bush dweller?

Gracey inside her KatKabin

I like to hide inside my KatKabin.

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  • katsrus

    I have both kinds at my house. And one that thinks he can fly. LOL.
    Sue B

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShadowDanceRanch Elizabeth Flynn

    Most of the SDR kittehs are tree dwellers, but a few of them, like Cherokee and Conamara, are bush dwellers.

  • Pet News and Views

    Earl Gray is a bush dweller.

    • http://conservationcubclub.com/ Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger

      I am both. I like to be up high and also on the down low. I must be a little leopard.

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