What Cat Tree Should I Get?

Maya has had the same cat tree her entire life.  Though we have reupholstered it over the years, we began to think about buying a new cat tree.  She has grown a bit bigger than the cat tree beds and her mobility is not what it used to be.  That led to two important questions.  What cat tree should I get?  Which cat tree is best?

The 3 most important things to consider when buying a cat tree are:

  • What is the cat’s age, mobility and health?
  • How much space will the cat tree take up?
  • Why are you getting the cat tree?  Is the cat tree an exciting play area or a refuge to escape to?

After answering these three questions there are some additional details you can add to get the cat tree that is perfect for your family.  Let’s dive right in.

Deciding Which Cat Tree Is Best

  • How mobile is your cat?  Did you just get a new kitten?  Kittens are high energy and will climb just about everything.  Maya used to climb the curtains when she first came to our family.  With a kitten, the sky’s the limit for your cat tree.  If your cat is older or has decreased mobility they could have difficulty climbing the cat tree.  Shorter cat trees work well here.  If you do get a tall cat tree, be sure to have plenty of ramps to allow for easy access.
  • Where are you putting your cat tree?  Be sure you have enough space to place your cat tree.  A cluttered area is not good for you or your cat.  Cats like multiple pathways to access their tree.  Do not tuck your cat tree in the corner, away from you and everything else your cat finds interesting.  Your cat might not use it as much as if it was in a more encouraging area.
  • Why are you getting a cat tree?  Cat trees serve many purposes.  Are you making a play area for a new kitten?  Attaching toys to a cat tree will give your cat more enrichment options.  Maybe you are giving your cat an escape plan.  If you have multiple cats, be sure that your kitty condos have multiple exits.  If your cat is trying to escape a dog, make sure your cat has an escape route off of the tree as well.
  • Getting a cat tree with faux fur vs carpet.  This ties in with why you are getting a cat tree.
    • Cat tree with faux fur: Faux fur material is soft and great for lounging.  Many have a plush bed or hammock area for added cushion.  Faux fur also looks appealing to humans as well as cats.  However, it can sometimes be harder to clean.
    • Cat tree with carpet:  Carpet can actually offer more cushion than faux fur alone.  This is why faux fur cat trees often come with extra cushioning added.  Carpeted cat trees are durable and easier to clean.  If you are going to reupholster your cat tree yourself, carpet is an easy decision.  However, they are not as aesthetically pleasing as faux fur cat trees.
  • The difference between a Cat Tree vs Cat Condo?  A cat condo is actually a part of some cat trees.  A cat condo is a small box with an opening that your cat can relax in on the cat tree.  If you have multiple cats, be sure to have multiple exits so no one feels cornered.

After you answered the first three questions, you are ready to begin shopping for a cat tree.  We highly recommend FEANDREA cat trees.  This company specializes in cat trees and has so many different options.  Cat trees made by cat tree people.  You can check out their Amazon Store and have your cat tree delivered to your home.

If you are still unsure or have specific needs for your cat tree, read on.  We’ve done some additional research for you.

Cat Trees For Fat Cats

We aren’t trying to be mean.  Some cats just have a little extra to love.

The important things to consider when buying cat trees for fat cats is mobility and condo size.  Ramps and stairs will help your larger cat climb the cat tower.  Large condos with two openings will help your cat find a comfortable position.  Having one condo at ground level gives your cat easy access to a hiding spot.

This is also true for older cats.  If your cat is on the lean side but has some trouble climbing, ramps will help.  There are also pet stairs that you can pick up separately and add to your existing cat trees.

CO-Z 4 in 1 Multi-Functional Cat Tree Condo Furniture

FEANDREA Cat Tree for Large Cats

Foldable Pet Steps/Stairs with CertiPUR-US Certified Foam for Dogs and Cats

Cat Trees For Kittens

Kittens are not very picky when it comes to cat trees.  If you were to buy a full sized cat tree your kitten will be happy to climb up and down all day long.  Don’t worry about your kitten’s size.  You will be surprised how high they can jump!

If you really want to buy a cat tree specifically for a kitten, there are options available.  These cat trees normally have smaller sized condos.  They also have toys hanging for your kitten to play with.  Just keep in mind that one day you might have to upgrade.

FEANDREA Cat Tree with Sisal-Covered Scratching Posts for Kitten

TRIXIE’s Popular Cat Trees

Trixie Pet Products Miguel Fold and Store Cat Tower

Modern Cat Trees Without Carpet

Modern cat tree designs look different than your traditional cat tree.  Some cat trees look like a work of art.  Other cat trees seamlessly blend in with the surrounding furniture.  This new style of cat tree pleases both humans and felines.

Keep in mind that cat trees must have some space for your cat to hold on to.  A slick wood surface is not safe for a cat to jump to.  Most cats will not attempt it if they feel unsure about their footing.  But these modern designs place the padding perfectly so that it blends into the design.  And in many models this padding is detachable for easy cleaning.

FEANDREA 34.6 inches Cat Tree, Medium Cat Tower with 3 Beds and House

Vesper Cat Furniture, Cat Trees

FEANDREA Cat Tree, Modern Cat Tower, Wood Cat Condo Furniture with Scratching Posts for Large/Small Cats

Cat Tree For Small Spaces

If you have a small living area you can still find a cat tree!  These cat trees might not be as tall as other trees, but they still provide the same purpose.  Many have scratching posts and lounge areas.  Some small space cat trees even include a kitty condo!  

The most important part is that your cat has a place of their own.  There are many options available for you and your cat.

FEANDREA Cats Climb Tree Steady Cat Tree with Plush and Soft Hammock

AmazonBasics Cat Tree with Platform, Scratching Posts

PetPals New Paper Rope Natural Bowl Shaped with Perch Cat Tree

Cat Tree With Litter Box

We understand you might be looking for an all-in-one cat tree.  This is especially true if you have a small living space.

But honestly, it is not a good idea to have your litter box attached to your cat tree.

Cats do not like to sleep and play where they go to the bathroom.  Cleaning your cat’s area could also pose a problem.  It is not a healthy solution for you or your cats.

That being said, we know some people out there will want to press forward with the idea anyway.  So we found a litter box enclosure that matches many cat tree designs.  This will allow you to have the litter box and cat tree in the same area while also maintaining some separation between the two.

It might not be the most ideal, but it is a solution.

New Cat Condos Premier Litter Box Enclosure

The Future Of Cat Trees

With new designs continually coming out, the world of cat trees is constantly changing.  We are excited to see the new modern looking designs.  Maya seems to be excited about the new styles of beds.

But who could blame her?  Wouldn’t you have your own cat tree if you could?  What would it look like?  Maybe one day they will make a cat tree big enough so we can share it with our furry friends.  Until then we’ll just have to sit and watch with envy from our boring couches.

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