Choosing A Cat Tunnel
There are a few things you need to think about before you buy your cat tunnel:
- Which type of player is your cat?
- What will they be using the tunnel for?
- How large is your cat?
- Does your cat actually like dark spaces?
If your cat is quite an explorer, a tunnel with peepholes, lots of different directions and toys attached could be beneficial, but if you feel they’ll also want to snooze in the tunnel then a comfortable padded or lined area could be better.
Most tunnels are usually around 9 inches/30cm in diameter, so larger cats or those who prefer things a bit more open may need one which is larger. Don’t just settle for one which advertises itself as large, either – always check dimensions fully.
If your cat doesn’t seem to like confined, dark spaces, it doesn’t necessarily mean a tunnel can’t be for them. There are some which are shorter so easy to escape from if needed, and which also have many holes for them to pop their head out of or are made from thinner material to let more light in.
Many cat tunnels are very reasonably priced, but you will tend to pay a bit more for those which are much larger or longer, have several directions or which are lined with plush fabric.
A cat tunnel can be bought for as little as around £5, and some will go upwards towards £30.
Most tunnels are made out of a polyester blend material which is both lightweight, lets a bit of light through and will also crinkle under the pressure of your cat’s activity. All three aspects tend to appeal to cats.
There are some which have a softer plush material on the outside which can help to lock in a bit of heat, and also make the inside darker. Some are made with cardboard or have scratching sections which can be good for claws too. If your cat doesn’t like noise, look for a model which also has this on the inside to reduce the likelihood of crinkling.