Well, either him or my decision to drug her with catnip. I'm not generally a big fan of giving cats massive quantities of catnip, so I'd previously only offered her very rare and very brief exposures to small amounts of it. But since the vet suggested that if nothing else resolved her Incontinent by Choice issues, he might prescribe anti-anxiety drugs to her, I concluded that she was sufficiently in need of being drugged that it made sense to try just giving her massive doses of ordinary catnip. Large doses of catnip actually seem to affect her less than the smaller doses, but maybe giving her more frequent doses has some sort of calming effect. I hope so.
Meanwhile, she's getting a little more comfortable with the cat tree, but she's still a little afraid of it. She climbs on it, plays with the toys dangling from it, and uses it as a scratching post, but she doesn't sleep on it or even relax on it for more than a minute or two. She sleeps under it constantly, but never on it. She also still doesn't usually venture up to the higher levels of it. I think the higher levels are just too narrow for her; she can squeeze either under or into the tunnel on top, but neither is really very easy for her, because she's a little too large to fit comfortably.
But with the help of catnip and toys, I persuaded her to pose for pictures on the parts of the tree she's most comfortable on.
The large loops of ribbon hanging out from the ball are loops she's pulled out of their original positions.
Hmm . . . it could use just a dash more salt.
Hunting is more fun when you go after a different toy with each paw.
Let's see what's under here!
The black ball must die.
I scattered catnip all around the inside of the little cubbyhole thing, as you can see in the photos. The idea was to encourage her to go inside and get comfortable. It encouraged her to go in for a moment or two, but she's still too afraid of that particular area to ever sit down inside it and stay there, even for a minute or two. The closest she's come to sitting comfortably on any part of the cat tree is when she sat on top of the cubbyhole area for maybe two or three minutes while I was photographing her.