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Having a cat tree is great. Shopping for one? Less than great. All you want is a place for your cat to perch (other than on top of your sofa)—but with so many structures to choose from online the hunt can quickly get confusing. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best cat trees we could find.
Most cat experts will tell you a climbing structure is an absolute necessity for a cat. “Cats like to have choices,” says Mikel Delgado, cat behavior consultant and post-doctoral fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. “Provide them with a sanctuary space where they can go when they need to feel safe.”
The best tree for your household is one that matches your kitty’s needs. Are they a serious scratcher? You want a tower with tough durable sisal on a post that’s long enough for your cat to be able to reach up and stretch. If your kitty is a snoozer, make sure the structure you pick has a big, padded platform where they can really stretch out. If your cat likes to hide, select a design that includes a spacious, enclosed area where a kitty can get some peace and quiet. If your cat (or multiple cats) enjoys racing through the house and launching at the tree, get a structure with a heavy base that won’t wobble or tip when a flying cat lands on it. (If you have an older cat, take a look at our article on easily accessible cat trees for senior cats.)
We’ve previously rounded up some of the best cat towers and modern cat trees, along with cat hammocks, window beds, scratching posts, and condos. Read on for our top 12 cat tree picks for every home and budget.
Cat Trees for Every Home
Designed with cat comfort and modern decor in mind, this 62-inch structure offers five levels of enjoyment, each with a fluffy cushion with washable covers. You have five color choices for the powder-coated metal frame and coordinated cushions. It’s sturdy and easy to assemble.Shop on Chewy
This wildly popular 72-inch cat tree has a lot of everything, making it ideal for your highly active cat (or for a multi-cat household). It includes 10 sisal-wrapped posts for scratching, as well as many opportunities for leaping from level to level. Tools for assembly are included.Shop on Chewy
If you have space, this 62-inch tree is worth it. Made of durable compressed wood and wrapped in faux fur, it’s strong, comfortable, and built to last. Multiple sisal-wrapped scratching posts and a variety of perches will keep your cat coming back to play day after day.
One Rover writer reports: “My family’s youngest cat, Oliver, has used this cat tree for years. He loves running up it, ferociously clawing the scratching posts and taking long naps at the very top. While the tree does wobble a bit when he jumps, it has never fallen and continues to withstand Oliver’s hearty 14-pound frame.”Shop on Chewy
This 33-inch-tall cat condo is a space-saving solution that combines cat beds with an activity structure. It comes in two neutral color choices of gray or charcoal, both excellent for blending in with modern living spaces. The extra-large top perch includes a removable, machine-washable bolster bed.Shop on Chewy
Your cat can reach for the clouds in this 32-inch climber that offers a little bit of everything with a plush bed, platform, and dangling toys. The solid wood posts are partially wrapped in rope that your cat will love to scratch.Shop on Chewy
This mid-sized modern wooden structure has mats that are removable for washing and fully covered posts for optimal scratching surface. This tree is also built to last with anti-toppling fittings, thickened boards, and reinforced scratching posts.Find on Amazon
This mid-sized structure is made of durable and eco-friendly materials, including a lounging cave made of recycled paper rope. With contemporary styling, this cat tree will look great with any decor and is perfect for smaller spaces. Recommended for cats up to 15 pounds.Find on Amazon
This company took “cat tree” quite literally. This 60-inch multi-level option allows your cat to indulge their instincts while hiding among the canopy of silk leaves. It’s designed and assembled in the U.S. and made with pet-safe, non-toxic materials, so you can breathe easy as your cat explores their new home jungle. It’s available in four seasonal colors, too.Shop on Chewy
Tuft and Paw Grove Cat Tower (Verified Review)
A cat perch and bed in one, this gorgeous cat tower attempts to make up for a jaw-dropping price tag ($499 for the shorter 24” model, and $599 for the 41” style) with cat-friendly form and function and a clean, design-forward look.
A fleece-lined, high-walled bed at the base is a cozy nook for cat napping kitties; another fleece-lined pad makes up a generously-sized perch at the top (for lounging, reclining, or just watching the world go by).
Overall, we liked the beautiful, design-forward look; the piece does not immediately register as “cat furniture.” As cat furniture goes, it’s above-average quality, constructed of real plywood (as opposed to cheap particle or fiber board). And it’s available in different finishes (natural or grey) and sizes depending on your tastes and needs.
We weren’t crazy that it arrives disassembled, and in a lot of styrofoam packaging. Once assembled (about 20 minutes) screw holes are visible in the bed area, detracting from the clean, flush look.
If you can overlook these details, price isn’t an issue, and you’re as finicky as a cat about the things you like, this multipurpose cat tower might just be your next Instagram post to go viral.Shop at Tuft and Paw
Perfect for small apartments, this stout cat tree is basically a plush cat bed with added height for perching and jumping. The rope baskets are made of recycled paper and the pillows are made of cozy fleece. At just 25 inches tall, this is a petite tree that won’t take up too much space but will provide a structure for your cat to scratch, jump, and relax.Find on Amazon
If you often find your cat climbing up curtains or perched on top of kitchen cabinets, this 76-inch activity tree provides a better alternative. It’s a sleek cat tower that provides plenty of room for perching and scratching. Place it against a wall and use the (included) drywall stud anchors for stability.Shop on Chewy
This ultra-sturdy mid-size carpeted structure is more of a cat shrub than a cat tree. It’s 30 inches tall and includes two raised platforms with plush carpeting large enough for even a big Maine Coon to enjoy napping in. Sisal-wrapped supports are perfect for scratching. If brown isn’t your color, it also comes in beige, off white, and speckled sand.Find on Amazon
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