How to Choose the Best Cat Tree

A cat tree is a tall item with many levels, sleeping pads, hollows and other features that allow a cat (or cats) to climb, snuggle, sleep and generally hang out above the humans. It's meant for us inside a house or cattery, and is usually a combination of carpeted wood, a pole wrapped in rope or sisal, or similar, while some cat trees actually use real tree branches. Buying a cat tree is a pricy purchase for the house, so it's important to choose well and avoid getting something liable to fall apart within just a few months. Choosing a good quality cat tree will help to ensure that your cats are happy and cozy inside, as well as safe when using it.


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    Choose a cat tree that is the right size. You'll be wanting a cat tree that is not too big for one cat yet not too small for many cats. Choose one with plenty of room if you have several cats. If Felix takes the last perch on the tree, and there are more cats to come, fights will be inevitable. On the other hand, there's no need for a huge cat tree if you only have one small cat, it'll just take up precious space.
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    Choose a cat tree made from solid wood. Check that the cat tree is made of solid wood; ask if you have to. This is especially important if you have very large cats, like Maine coons, because the wood will be able to support their weight long term. Particle board lacks long-term stability, so makes for false economy.
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    Check that the cat tree has a wide base. The purpose of a wide base is to prevent the cat tree from tipping over. If the cat tree tips over, this could cause injury to your cat(s), damage to furniture and break the cat tree. Choose one that is solid, sturdy and barely moves with gentle rocking.
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    Ensure that the material on the cat tree is quality. The cat tree might have bare wood areas––these should be smooth (well polished) and free of splinters. Carpeted sections should be completely attached to the cat tree without loose parts. Sisal or rope must be glued firmly to the pole or other places.
    • If toys are attached, check that they're not likely to be a choking or hanging hazard.
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    Research the reviews on those manufacturing cat trees. You'll soon get feedback about the quality and better models available out there.
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    Introduce it to your cats at their pace. Place it in the house in the chosen area, free from close furniture. Encourage your cat(s) to discover it at leisure. If the cat doesn't seem to know what to make of it, place a few treats on the first level and call it up. It shouldn't take the cat too long to get the idea.


  • Cat trees may still tip, even with the care taken to choose a good one. It's advisable that you find a way to anchor the cat tree safely, especially if you live in an earthquake prone environment.

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