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Last Updated on May 4, 2018

25 Really Cool Cat Furniture Design Ideas Every Cat Owner Needs

25 Really Cool Cat Furniture Design Ideas Every Cat Owner Needs

Cats are curious creatures but very hard to impress. They will sleep where they want to sleep and sit where they want to sit, and there’s very little you can do to change their preferences. However, sometimes, occasionally, if you’re lucky, you can make your cat wildly enthusiastic with the addition of a really cool piece of cat furniture. One they will return to time and time again. Here is a selection of the best ideas of furniture for your cat:

Catnip or carrots? Dining table for humans and cats

Planter Table for Cats

    Drive your cat delirious with its very own indoor catnip garden. This planter table features a transparent acrylic planter set within a wooden framework. If you don’t want to give your cat all the fun, you can grow some herbs as well.

    CATable: The “where’s my lunch gone?” table

    Catable

      You know those moments when your cat cheekily grabs your food when you’re eating? Well, this CATable will make it a whole lot easier for little Bella. It looks great and your cat will be certain to love it, especially when she can launch herself out of the holes and grab your lunch.

      The rocking-2-gether chair for cats with a strong constitution

      Rocking-2-Gether Human and Cat Chair

        We cat lovers like to share our relaxing moments with our feline friends. This clever rocking chair allows both human and cat to gently rock in unison on a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Just make sure it’s before her saucer of milk.

        All aboard the cat pipeline!

        The Cat Pipeline

          This pipeline cat walkway will provide the height and cover a cat cherishes. When you get that feeling someone is watching you, a quick glance at the pipes will likely reveal a pair of feline eyes. Just be sure to check for unpleasant blockages every now and then.

          Walkways for cats who prefer to remain aloof

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          Cat Walkways

            Who needs floors when you have a home walkway system like this? This is a dead certainty for cat furniture kit of the century. It plays into the natural preference of cats to move around an interior space above floor level

            Indiana Cat and the hanging walkways

            Cat Playground

              These hanging walkways are the type of setup that makes a human want to be a cat. The feline’s instincts to explore and be high up are fulfilled whilst it looks great from a human perspective too.

              Kitt-in Box perch for cats with internet addiction

              Kitt-in-Box

                Tired of your cat reclining on your keyboard? This home office desk perch is perfect for work-at-home cat lovers who like their whiskered friends to be close, but not too close.

                The radiator bed for cats who hate the winter

                Cat Radiator Bed

                  It’s amazing the amount of heat cats can comfortably withstand. With the cold weather settling in for the winter, this cat radiator bed will make a wonderfully snug and secure sleeping place for your feline companions.

                  Three-level cat bunker for the kitty apocalypse

                  3 Level Cat Bunker

                    With a plush chaise lounge on the top level and a dining area on the bottom level, this three -tier cat bunker is a must-have for any kitty wanting to survive an apocalypse. Now you just need to install a human version.

                    Save your sofa with this cat scratching console

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                    Cat Scratcher Console

                      Instead of scratching your armchair or sofa to pieces, your cats can instead exercise their claws on this scratching console, which also doubles as a shelf on which they can sit. The cat furniture console comes in a variety of different colors to match your décor.

                      Sisal cat tree for happy climbers

                      Sisal Cat Tree

                        Sisal rope is made from hard natural fiber which makes it ideal for the rigours of a cat’s claws. A sisal cat tree is a great way to keep your cat entertained with a little climbing, hanging, scratching, and surveying of its interior territory.

                        Coffee and chat over a cat

                        Coffee Table Cat Hammock

                          When your friends visit for an afternoon coffee, they’ll have the good fortune of watching your kitty snoozing in her cat hammock beneath your coffee table. Whether your cat will be appreciative of the audience is another matter entirely.

                          Look what the log brought in!

                          Cat Log Bed

                            It would be a mistake to chuck this log on the fire. This comfortable log bed is a forest-inspired treat for your adventurous little hunter. With its natural appearance it can blend in well with a rustic cabin décor scheme. (Source)

                            Cat punch bag in the shape of the neighbor’s dog

                            Doggie Cat Scratcher

                              This dog-shaped sisal cat scratcher is the feline version of the boxer’s punching bag. It’s a great way to burn some energy whilst attacking a representation of the cat’s stereotypical archenemy. (Source)

                              A cat gym for chubby paws and swinging bellies

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                              Cat Tower and Gym Wheel

                                Run, Kitty. Run! If your indoor cats are putting on a little extra weight, you could try getting them into this running wheel. It’s highly unlikely 15-pound Tigger will take to it but some of his slimmer siblings might. Every little bit counts.

                                Cabinet table for discrete kitty poops

                                Cat Litter Box Cabinet

                                  Tired of hiding the cat’s toilet box every time guests visit? Put it in a cat litter box cabinet like this one. Small openings in the side of this cat furniture piece allow your four-legged friend to quietly slip in and out of his enclosed toilet without creating an ugly scene.

                                  Peek-a-boo play circuit for killers in training

                                  Cat Play Circuit

                                    Training your cat to be the neighborhood’s top mouse killer has never been easier thanks to this wonderful Peek-a-boo Play Circuit. It encourages your cat to swat and chase a swirl patterned ball. It’s the cat’s version of a pinball machine.

                                    Arty-farty cats only need apply!

                                    The Cat House

                                      Only cool cats who can paint watercolors with their paws are allowed to live in a home like this. The walkways have color, style, structure, and even a tunnel, which makes it appealing to cats and humans alike.

                                      Exterior cat ladder for those hard to reach homes

                                      Exterior Cat Ladder

                                        There’s no excuse now for not letting your cat out if you live on the third floor! Install a ladder system like this and your moggy can be prowling the gardens at midnight and bringing you back some feathered little treats. (Source)

                                        Under-chair cat hammock for afternoon vacations

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                                        Under Chair Cat Hammock

                                          Cats hate to be lifted off their favorite chair but there’s no alternative when we humans need to sit down. Encourage your cat to sleep in their under-chair hammock instead and you can both enjoy the comforts of an armchair in peace.

                                          Curveynest cat tree for mountaineering felines

                                          Curveynest Cat Tree

                                            Cats love to climb and to find little platforms on which to observe their environment. This Curveynest cat tree mimics the structures they’d find in the natural world. They’ll still climb up the bookcase, but maybe not so often.

                                            Soaking up the sun’s rays in style

                                            Window Cat Bed

                                              When the sun is out, you can be sure to find your cat near the window soaking up the warmth of the sunshine. This window cat bed with industrial-strength suction cups will be your feline’s second favorite bed–after the one attached to the radiator. (Source)

                                              Save your curtains with this trapeze

                                              Cats Trapeze

                                                Perfect for cats with a penchant for climbing up your curtains, this unique suspended cushion trapeze will focus their attention and provide comfortable and secure places to take a cat nap after a meal.

                                                Pei pod cat furniture for luxury-loving cats

                                                Pei Pod for Cats

                                                  Every cat needs their own pod–a sleek and elliptic cave from where they can watch their humans do all sorts of odd things. This Pei pod design provides a protective sanctuary cats will naturally gravitate towards. Plus, it looks great as a décor piece.

                                                  Vintage suitcase bed for cats who like to wander far

                                                  Vintage Suitcase Cat Bed

                                                    This vintage suitcase cat bed is perfect for the cat-lover with a fondness for retro décor. Your kitty might not appreciate the design but they will love the raised comfortable vantage point on which they can nap.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Planter table no. 1/Emily Wettstein via emilywettstein.com

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                                                    Published on November 14, 2018

                                                    Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                                    Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                                    With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                                                    For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                                                    In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                                                    Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                                                    Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                                                    It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                                                    For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                                                    Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                                                    Symptoms of Fatigue

                                                    Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                                                    • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                                                    • mental blocks
                                                    • lack of motivation
                                                    • headache
                                                    • dizziness
                                                    • muscle weakness
                                                    • slowed reflexes and responses
                                                    • impaired decision-making and judgement
                                                    • moodiness, such as irritability
                                                    • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                                                    • reduced immune system function
                                                    • blurry vision
                                                    • short-term memory problems
                                                    • poor concentration
                                                    • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                                                    Causes of Fatigue

                                                    The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                                                    • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                                                    • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                                                    • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                                                    • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                                                    Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                                                    Medical Causes of Fatigue

                                                    If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                                                    Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                                                    Anemia

                                                    Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                                                    Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                                                    There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                                                    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                                                    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                                                    This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                                                    Diabetes

                                                    Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                                                    Sleep Apnea

                                                    Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                                                    Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                                                    Thyroid disease

                                                    An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                                                    Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                                                    • Lack of sleep
                                                    • Too much sleep 
                                                    • Alcohol and drugs 
                                                    • Sleep disturbances 
                                                    • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                                                    • Poor diet 

                                                    Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                                                    • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                                                    • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                                                    • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                                                    • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                                                    Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                                                    Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                                                    • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                                                    • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                                                    • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                                                    How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                                                    Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                                                    1. Tell The Truth

                                                    Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                                                    To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                                                    Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                                                    The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                                                    One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                                                    • How you feel
                                                    • What time of day it is
                                                    • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                                                    • How your mind and body reacts

                                                    This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                                                    2. Reduce Your Commitments

                                                    When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                                                    If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                                                    When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                                                    Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                                                    3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                                                    If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                                                    Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                                                    If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                                                    Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                                                    Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                                                    4. Express More Gratitude

                                                    Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                                                    It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                                                    Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                                                    5. Focus On Yourself

                                                    Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                                                    There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                                                    But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                                                    We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                                                    6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                                                    Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                                                    Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                                                    The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                                                    Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                                                    7. Take a Power Nap

                                                    When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                                                    Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                                                    This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                                                    8. Take More Exercise

                                                    The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                                                    Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                                                    The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                                                    You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                                                    9. Get More Quality Sleep

                                                    To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                                                    Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                                                    My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                                                    10. Improve Your Diet

                                                    Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                                                    Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                                                    On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                                                    To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                                                    Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                                                    Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                                                    11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                                                    Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                                                    When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                                                    Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                                                    My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                                                    12. Get Hydrated

                                                    Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                                                    Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                                                    If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                                                    The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                    These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                                                    If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                                                    Reference

                                                    [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                                                    [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                                                    [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                                                    [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                                                    [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                                                    [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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