A: Cats are natural climbers, and it's normal for them to jump to high places in their homes. Cats like to be up high because it allows them to survey and explore their environments. As with scratching behavior, provide alternative outlets for your cat to indulge its jumping and climbing instincts. There are many kinds of cat “trees” and cat climbing furniture available commercially. These items can be as simple or as complicated as you like, with varying price tags to match. If you’re a DIY type, you can even build your own cat tree. Another, simpler option is to invest in cat window shelves, offering your cat a medium-high spot on which to perch.