Choosing a cat tree for the princess, prince, or troublemaker in your home can seem overwhelming. There are a ton of options, from different materials to heights. Then you add in all the toys and gadgets you can get on them and it is practically as complicated as purchasing a car (except crinkle balls instead of heated seats). Do not worry though. In this post I will break down the best practices when choosing a cat tree for your fur-baby (or babies) and why.
First things first, let’s break it down by the best type of material. Some cat trees use carpet as a cover. YOU DO NOT WANT THIS. Carpet cat trees or scratching posts may be cheaper but if your cat thinks it is OK to scratch on the carpet cat tree, then they will think it is fine if they scratch on your carpet, and who could blame them? Staying away from carpet cat trees is just a good idea in general. Even if your cat does not have claws, they will still probably do the scratching motion.
The best material I have found is a faux fur. It is very common, soft, comfortable, and has yet to cause any bad habits that I have seen or read. A lot of them look soft and shiny and come in a variety of colors.
Second, is color, which you will be happy to know has no realtionship to how your cat will or will not enjoy their cat tree. (I have to put the disclaimer in that they may not like their cat tree because, well, cats can be stubborn and very picky).
Third is the height. Cats will always enjoy the biggest cat tree they can get but obviously there are budget and space constraints for many people. The fewer cats you have, the smaller you can go. Whether or not you know it, there is a hierarchy in your house if you have multiple cats. And they use height as one of the determining factors of who is the top of the totem pole (quite literally). So having a multi-tiered cat tree with multiple posts and perches is extremely important.
P.S. If you are interested in learning more about the cat hierarchy in your house I highly recommend reading Cat vs. Cat by Pam Johnson Bennett. It is extremely informative.
The fourth consideration is the toys or the ‘add on bonuses’ that many come with. If I am being honest, I wouldn’t pay more just to get those. Our cats destroyed them in about a day. Getting a quality cat tree is much more important than the fun bells and whistles they put on them.
Now, to brand. As a life long cat owner I am partial to Armarkat as a brand. My parents owned them when I was growing up and I now have one in my home. They are high quality and you really only have to buy it once. It is not something that your cats will ruin. My parents have had two in their house for YEARS and have never had to replace them. It is an investment you will not regret.
To check out this cat tree, go to this link.
There are many different sizes of cat tree, if you do not have the budget or space for one that large, check out a different size! Here is a smaller cat tree that would work great in an apartment, condo, or small home.
If you are looking to spoil your kitties to oblivion, THIS is the mega cat tree you will want.
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