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Cool Cat Trees

One of the questions I get via email quite frequently is what kind of cat tree is good for a Ragdoll Cat.  So, I decided to put together a post of cool cat trees that I am aware of – but we only have personal experience with the first one.  Would love reader input!  Do you have a cool cat tree that your kitty adores?  Tell me about it in the comments so I can include it on this post – please!

Cat trees are extremely exciting for your cat. Equipped with scratching posts, perching areas, hiding holes, platforms to climb, sleeping areas, and many other fun things, these are true entertainment centers. This makes them a very good choice for cats that spend a lot of time each day alone around the house. With a cat tree, they can enjoy themselves up until their human family returns home.

With so many cat tree options on the market, choosing the best cat tree for your kitty is going to be a lot of fun. But how do you make the choice? What makes a good cat tree?

  • Choose according to your budget – cat trees range from very affordable to quite extravagant, so make sure you set your budget to begin with.
  • Choose according to your cat’s preferences – Each cat has its favorite activities, so choose a cat tree that focuses on what it likes. For instance, if your cat enjoys perching, then choose a tall cat tree that comes with a good perching spot. If the cat loves scratching, then opt for a cat tree that has lots of scratching posts.

Choose a cat tree that fits well in your home – Even though the cat tree is for your kitty to enjoy, it still goes into your house, so it should be a good match. Opt for a design that you like and that is in line with the room where you will place it in.

3 Tips for Selecting a Cat Tree for Ragdolls

Ragdolls are large cats that love to play, but that will also spend a lot of time perching. When you choose a cat tree for a Ragdoll cat, you should keep in mind these three valuable aspects:

1. Size  

Ragdoll cats are significantly larger than regular cats. Don’t lose sight of that as you browse cat trees. You should choose one that is large enough to be exciting for Ragdoll kitty. Small and most medium-sized cat trees are basically a stack of boxes, as far as your cat is concerned, so don’t expect a lot of enthusiasm from them. Your ideal choice is a large cat tree for your large cat, one that can offer generous perching areas, large hiding spots, and plenty of lounging areas. In fact, the bigger the better for Ragdoll cats.

2. Quality

Invest in a cat tree that is made from quality materials. Not only does this ensure that the cat tree is durable, but it will also keep your cat safe. High-quality materials are free from chemicals or dangerous substances that could harm your cat. They are specially designed for cat interaction and you can rest assured that your cat can scratch the tree, chew on it, and sleep on it, and it will stay safe in the process.

3. Height

Ragdolls adore perching more than any other cat, so choose a cat tree that is tall enough to provide them with a good view. Small and medium-sized cat trees will not be good for perching, so, if you can accommodate it in your home, then opt for a tall tree. In fact, the higher, the better for your Ragdoll cat.

  1. Vesper Cat Furniture – The Vesper line has several different styles.  We reviewed the V-Tower (below).  You can check out all the varieties hereThe cat trees from Vesper Cat Furniture come equipped with a cube cave with two platforms, tall scratching poles where your cat can scratch and stretch at the same time, soft memory foam cushions, where your cat can simply lay back and relax, and an exciting ball toy made out of rattan, which is simply irresistible to kitties.There are several models to choose from, with different designs ranging from classic to modern. There are also plenty of color options so that you can choose the one that is best suited for your home. The Vesper Cat Furniture cat tree models also differ in size. The V High-Base, for instance, is the tallest, at 48.7/22.1/ 22.1 inches. This makes it a good option for large cats.Another good option for large cats is the V-Tower, which comes with two cube caves and one tunnel cave. The base is 25.6 x 25.6 inches and it measures 46.3 inches in height, which makes it excellent perching material.  All the models are easy to assemble and they come with instructions. They are made out of high-quality materials – MDF with walnut-look or oak-look, with a laminated finish and a water-based lacquer that is safe for cats.  Purchase on Amazon.

Hagen Vesper V-Tower Modern Cat Tree Furniture Product Review 2

Unboxing the Hagen Vesper Cat Furniture V-Tower Cat Tower.

Honest Review of the Hagen Vesper Cat Furniture V-Tower Cat Tower

 

2. Wiser Pet Products Cat Power Tower – The Cat Power Tower is rad. We have done a review and the cats are on it daily. A Reader did a DIY here.

The Cat Power Tower is a full-on cat tree extravaganza. It comes with three platforms – the hunting platform,  which has holes where you can put delicious treats and fun toys for your cat to play with, and two carpet platforms, where it can lounge away all day long.  It also comes with a scratching post (32 inches long), a carousel, and a sisal scratching board (27 inches).

What sets this cat tree apart from the others is its “automatic” setting for the tower. How does this work? The springboard turns the tower on and off as the cats jump on and off of it. Take a look at the video to see how this happens and just how much fun it is.

The Cat Power Tower is easy to assemble, but also easy to disassemble and clean. The carpet platforms can be easily vacuumed and then just put back. This cat tree is made out of high-quality materials. It is very sturdy and it is made to last.

The powered carousel has several toy options – the bird toy, feather teasers, furry mice, scrunch balls. This part is located at the very top of the Cat Power Tower and it is aimed to be an incentive for the cat to climb all the way up there.

Cat Power Tower

3. Designer Pet Products Designer Cat Tree on Amazon.com – This modern cat tree features 6 different levels with scratching sisal on the first level.  It comes in black or white and is made of non-toxic materials.

This cat tree is an excellent choice for those looking for a modern design. It comes with as many as six separate levels for the cat to climb, where you can place toys or treats as an incentive. The first level also comes with sisal scratching material, so the cat can enjoy a bit of scratching first.

The second and fourth levels come with a carpet material, making them comfortable lounging spaces. The second level also features a cubby hole where the cat can go in and hide. It has a cat entrance hole that is 7.5 inches wide and  8 inches high, which makes it a good fit for large cats as well.

The dimensions for this cat tree are 22 x 22 x 67 inches, which makes it high enough for Ragdolls or other large-sized cats to climb and perch on. It weighs 66.1 pounds, which makes it sturdy enough to keep up with your cat’s stunts.

The available colors for this modern cat tree are black and white, which makes it suitable for any home. It is easy to assemble – it comes with detailed instructions that are easy to follow – and very easy to clean. It is made out of durable materials, which are painted with glossy non-toxic lead-free paint that is perfectly safe for the cat. Purchase on Amazon.

Designer Pet Products Designer Cat Tree

4. Catty Stacks Modular Cat Condos – they are sold in individual colors and boxes – so you can create your own.  On Amazon.com.

One of the biggest challenges in choosing the best cat tree is finding one that fits properly into your home. With Catty Stacks Modular Cat Condos, you can actually build your very own cat tree to fit into the exact space in your home.

Moreover, by personalizing the cat tree model, you can build it to your cat’s liking. If your cat loves to perch, then you can make it tall. If your cat loves to hide, then you can build it a complex maze. And the best part of it is that you can change it whenever you want!

In fact, this addresses one of the most common cat tree problems. When the cat is bored with the current version of the cat tree, you don’t have to buy a new one altogether. All you have to do is disassemble it and build it again into a different configuration that will capture your cat’s eye. Think of it as a large puzzle that you can do over and over again. It’s going to be fun for you to assemble and fun for your cat to enjoy the exciting models you build.

The Catty Stacks cat cubes are ultra-tough and durable. Made out of heavy-duty corrugated Ultra Board cardboard, the cubes can easily hold even the largest of cats as they jump, play, and lounge in them. To assemble the boxes and secure them, all you have to do is use the clip system included in the pack.

They come in several colors – white, green, brown, and more, so you can choose those that fit best into your home. They come in packs of 2 boxes, so you can purchase as many as you like to bring your models to life. This modular cat tree is fun for the entire family! Purchase on Amazon.

 

 

5. Sturdy Cat Tree

This is one of the simplest cat tree models out there, but it is extremely entertaining for your cat. This sturdy cat tree is made out of wood and it comes with four interior levels where your cat can climb. These are equipped with carpet material to make these levels fit for lounging as well.

The cat tree has two sets of openings – three parallel openings on two opposing sites, and two larger openings on the other two sides. These create several entry opportunities for the cat and then multiple paths to climb from one level to another.

The interior levels are also excellent hiding places for the cat, while the top level is perfect for perching. This cat tree is as easy to assemble as furniture. It comes with instructions that are easy to follow and the final result is a durable piece of furniture that you can keep for a long time.

It is also very easy to clean and to maintain. The carpet areas are easy to vacuum and the wooden exterior can simply be whipped clean. This simple model is a good fit in any home and its light color makes it compatible with virtually any type of furniture. Purchase here on Amazon

Sturdy Cat Tree Tower

6. The Refined Feline Lotus Cat Tower – I believe many Ragdoll cat owners own this tree – do you? Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 69 inches ; 74 pounds

This is one of the largest cat trees available on the market, which makes it worth considering if you have a Ragdoll or another large cat. At a height of 69 inches, it is tall enough to provide large cats with an attractive perching space. Located at the very top of the cat tree, it has generously rounded edges, which also make it a very comfortable lounge space.

At the bottom, the Refined Feline Lotus Cat Tower has a cat box with a circular entry. Inside, there are some soft cushions with washable faux suede covers. These are very easy to vacuum and clean. The cat tree has 4 levels in total and each of them comes with a Brown Berber carpet attached with Velcro. You can easily detach it, vacuum it, clean it, and put it right back.

This cat tree also has a generous sisal pad located at the bottom, where the cat can come and scratch away. You can also put toys or treats on the higher levels to provide the kitty with an incentive to climb. The Refined Feline Lotus Cat Tower is easy to assemble. It comes with easy-to-follow instructions as well as all the tools you need to put it together. There is only one choice of color for this model, a dark brown wood, which gives it a classic look. Purchase here.

 

The Refined Feline Lotus Cat Tower in Espresso

7. Curvynest Cat Tree

The Curvynest cat tree has a unique design – it has 4 stories of swirls and lovely curves that your cat is going to love to climb again and again. But its modern design is not the only appealing point for this cat tree. It comes with a detachable sisal scratching pad that covers the entire cat tree.

The cat tree has sisal on both sides of its curves, leaving the cat with numerous possibilities! It can scratch, it can lounge, it can perch, all in one place. The Curvynest cat tree comes in two sizes. The small version is 19.4”(D) X 19.1”(W) X 22” (H) and weighs 15.4 lbs. At only 22 inches in height, it’s a good fit for small cats only.

The large version is 26”(D) X 19.1”(W) X 39.6” (H) and weighs  32 lbs. While this may not be excellent perching material for Ragdolls and large cats, it will still make for a very good lounging and scratching area. In fact, the design for this cat tree is focused on scratching, but also on lounging. This versatile model comes with detachable sisal.

When the sisal pads are removed, the Curvynest cat tree remains a luxury lounging area for the cat. The sisal can also be replaced when it gets deteriorated, making this a durable model. It also does not require assembling, which makes it a comfortable choice. Purchase here.

Curvynest Cat Tree

8. Modern Cat Tree By Litter-Robot.com

The Modern Cat Tree by Litter-Robot.com is made out of bamboo/ birch, so if you are looking for a cat tree made out of high-quality materials, then you should consider this one. As the name suggests, it has a modern design that makes it fit naturally in any home.

It has 4 inner levels where the cat can climb to and each of them comes with a scratching pad, which also doubles as a lounger. It also has 6 lookout holes, each measuring 19″ x 23″. When fully assembled, the cat tree measures 48″ (H) x 23″ (D) x 19″(W) and weighs 43 lbs., which makes it a good fit for any cat, especially small and medium cats. In fact, this cat tree is large enough to accommodate several cats.

The Modern Cat tree comes in two color/ material options: the unfinished birch and the bamboo, both of which are sustainable raw materials, entirely free from chemicals that could harm your cat. Unlike traditional cat trees that are often difficult to place in a home, this cat tree looks like regular furniture, so it will not look out of place next to your wardrobe, cupboard, or shelves. The model may be simple, but it promises a lot of fun for your cat.

Give your kitty a place to climb, perch, and nap away the day with this modern cat tree. Purchase here.

Modern Cat Tree

9. THE REFINED FELINE Metropolitan Cat Condo Modern Furniture for Multiple Cats

 

The Refined Feline Metropolitan Cat Condo lives up to its name with 5 stories of cat fun. This cat tree has a simple metal frame, but modern design. It is available in 4 color options – black, white, gold, and gray and it also comes with an assortment of cushions – brown,  gray, and white faux fur for extra zaz. You can mix and match these however you like so that you get the best possible fit for your home.

Each platform is 13.25″ x 18.5″ and there is a 13″ difference between the platforms. This cat tree requires assembling, but it is easy to put together following the instructions from the manufacturer. It also comes with 4 cushions and a sisal scratchpad.

Both the cushions and the sisal panel are attached to with a velcro-like material, which makes them steady enough for your cat to sit, jump, move on, and scratch vigorously at, but also easy to remove and clean up. When the cushions and the sisal panel get deteriorated, they can be replaced separately, which makes this cat tree a durable option.

Aside from the basic model (which comes with the 4 cushions and the sisal pad), you can also purchase some add-ons. You can purchase a platform with an incorporated bowl, where you can place its food or treats. Another ad-on is the hanging cat toy, which fits into a pre-made hole in the platform that accommodates it. The toy can be placed across the lounge area of the platform to make the chase more fun for the cat. Purchase on Amazon.

10. Sebastian Modern Cat Tree in White

The Sebastian Modern Cat Tree is yet another excellent choice for large cats. The product dimensions for this one are 22 x 22 x 67 inches, which puts it among the tallest cat trees out there. But this cat tree is not only tall, but also a lot of fun. It has as many as 6 levels that your cat will have to figure out how to climb to get all the way to the top, where it can look victoriously over everything down below.

The first level is the sisal scratcher level. From there, it can go on to the second level, where there is a layer of carpet material, which is great for lounging. Next to it, there is a cubby hole with a hiding place that is irresistible for your cat. The cat entrance is 7.5 x 8 inches, which makes it a good fit for large cats as well.

The third level is a simple one, where you can place toys for your cat to play with. These also serve as an incentive to get it to climb up there. Treats also work very well. The fourth level also comes with a carpet area for lounging inside an open cubby cat hole that offers a hint of seclusion.

The fifth level is also simple with an open cubby. Place some toys or treats up there as well to get kitty to climb the first time. It will surely come back many times after that. As for the sixth and last level of the cat tree, it is the victory point, the ideal perching spot.

The Sebastian Modern Cat Tree comes in black or white and it is painted with glossy, non-toxic, lead-free paint that is made to last through kitty’s scratches. This lovely cat tree has a simple design that makes it easy to place around the house. While it is tall enough to accommodate large cats, it does not take up a lot of space in your home. Every inch is maximized to make this cat tree a lot of fun for your cat.

Tree Options Not Sold on Amazon:

1. Contempocat

Cat furniture can be quite difficult to place in your home because while it might be cute, it is not something you want to have out when you have guests over. This is precisely what Contempocat wanted to fix!

Their cat trees are discreet, modern, and made from high-quality materials. And that’s not even the best feature! The cat trees from Contempocat are modular, which means that you can build your custom model to fit the particularities of your home and your cat.

If your cat enjoys perching, then you can build your cat tree to be tall enough to make it exciting for kitty. The ceiling’s the limit with Contempocat! The main piece is a  floor-to-ceiling “tension pole” that comes in several sizes: 93″-99″, 98″- 104″, 105″- 111″, 114″-120″. To the tension pole, you can then attach a multitude of levels.

You can choose from steps, platforms, feeders, and even plant holders. The platform options are as follows: with groves or with integrated carpet areas. The tension pole as well as the attachments are made from 100% birch plywood, which makes this cat tree a good investment. This is a high-quality material that is durable and perfectly safe for your cat.

While this cat tree follows a simple model, the attention to detail that goes into making each of the parts sets it apart as a high-quality product. It is an excellent choice for large cats because you can build it all the way up to the ceiling.  

Contempocat also offers a horizontal modular cat tree. The difference between this one and the vertical modular cat tree is that this one does not follow the “from floor to ceiling” model, which makes it an alternative for those looking for a cat tree with a modern design that does not extend all the way up to the ceiling. 

2. Spiral CatStaircase

Cat trees typically come with multiple levels attached across a central body. The CatStaircase optimizes this layout. It looks like a spiral staircase, where each of the stairs is a place for the cat to lounge, play, and jump. This layout permits it to include the largest number of levels, making this cat tree one of the most exciting ones on our list.

It also comes with two tall sisal scratcher pads placed behind the stairs to make it fun to reach out for them.  There is also an optional scratching element – jute-wrap posts that provide extra clawing opportunities on the support posts. The cat tree can also be ordered without the jute-wrap posts.

In terms of height, the Contempocat maybe its only rival. The CatStaircase is 5/8″, nearly 7′, which makes it tall enough for cats of all sizes. It has as many as 16 birch-wood stairs with aluminum trim connecting them to the central area. The CatStaircase has a large steady base to keep it sturdy. Additionally, the top step is attached to the wall and fixed in place with screws.

This ingenious model will keep cats entertained for the entire day. You can place toys on the steps, as well as treats to get it to climb up, but the view from the top and mystery of the top stair will surely be enough to get your kitty all the way to the 16th step. The CatStaircase is a very exciting choice for cats that love to perch. Even though it is very tall, it is very safe and sturdy, and it is made out of high-quality materials that are perfectly safe for your cat.

3. WiseWisker

The cat trees from WiseWisker have managed to put the fascination that cats have with boxes to very good use and create a true kitty adventure land. Their cat trees are upgraded boxes stacked together to create the ultimate cat tree. This unique cat tree is designed as a 3-stack unit that is easy to put together. First, you have to assemble the 3 boxes individually, and then you can put them all together one to get the tree.  

You can easily assemble and disassemble the units with corners that click and slide together and 3 lids that screw on to secure each unit. You can disassemble the units and stock them without taking up too much space. Each unit can also stand individually, which makes this cat tree very versatile.

There are two types of units available – hexagon boxes and square boxes. They come in stacks of 2 or 3, and they come in various color options. The boxes communicate between them, so they essentially create an inner tunnel that the cat can climb through. Each box also has exit holes that the cat can use to enter or exit the box, or to simply observe the room through.

The boxes offer a very cozy hideaway where the cat can lounge comfortably all day long. They have carpet material on the inside to make these spaces as comfortable as possible. The WiseWisker trees are made out of durable carpet fabric on the outside, which makes them good for scratching as well.

These cat trees are very large cat scratchers with tunnels and cozy hiding places inside, which makes them extremely attractive to any cat. They may not be the tallest cat trees – they are 41 inches tall, but the Wise Wisker promises a lot of fun for your cat.

4. Cat Tower

 

The Cat Tower is a medium-sized cat tree equipped with everything a cat needs for entertainment and leisure. The bottom level is a comfortable cat bed with a very comfortable pillow that is easy to remove and clean. The sidewall is a cat scratcher, which makes this cat bed very versatile. Made out of high-quality sisal, the scratcher is dyed using vegetable-based substances.

The second level is a kitty box with a cat scratcher wall and carpet bedding. This is the hiding spot where the cat can come when it wants a bit of solitude. The kitty box has one wall open, which makes it a nice perching spot.

The third level of the Cat Tower communicates with the kitty box on the second level. It has the cat scratcher pad on the back wall, but it is mainly aimed as a perching area, with three free walls. The top wall has an opening that leads to the top of the Cat Tower, which provides kitty with a good place to sit and admire the world from up high, 53.86 inches high to be exact.

At this height, it is worth considering even for large-sized cats, but the Cat Tower promises a wonderland for small and medium-sized cats. It is available in two colors – white and mystic oak woodgrain. The Cat Tower is easy to assemble, but it does require some tools, which are not included in the package – a No. 2 Phillips screwdriver, a hammer, and an electric drill with 1/8″ or 3/8″ bit.

5. Cat Pyramid

The most interesting feature of the Cat Pyramid is its unique design. It has an A-shaped frame and four levels of fun for your cat. The first level is the sisal level,  where kitty can scratch away on the sisal pad, which is vegetable-dyed and completely safe. From there, it can easily climb to the second floor through a circular cat passage.

The second floor is a comfy perching spot complete with soft felt pads, where you can leave kitty’s favorite toys for her to play with. At the top, there is another circular cat passage to the third level, which is ideal for perching.

The Cat Pyramid also has a fourth level, which is the narrowest, but rest assured, that it is spacious enough for kitty to sly in to see the room from a considerable height. The top of the Cat Pyramid is an excellent place to tie a hanging cat toy, as an incentive for your cat to climb all the way up there.

The Cat Pyramid is 63.82 inches high, which makes it an excellent choice for cats of all sizes. This stylish cat tree is very easy to place in any home because it blends with the rest of the furniture, all while offering kitty an entertainment center.

Keep in mind that there is some assembly required, but the Cat Pyramid is very easy to put together. You will need your own set of tools, though, more specifically  a No. 2 Phillips screwdriver, a hammer, and an electric drill with 1/8″ or 3/8″ bit. 

Tree Options Available on Etsy

  1. Kitty Cat Trees

Each cat tree from Kitty Cat Trees is unique because it is handmade from actual trees. Their products are made from natural wood, sisal rope, and fabric and they are a worthy alternative to factory-line cat trees. With their products, you can bring your kitty closer to nature.

They have several models to choose from made from wood of various colors. Their cat trees come in different sizes, so you can choose one that is appropriate for your cat’s size. The larger ones, which are suited for Ragdolls and other large cats, have four or more lounge areas, and climbing all the way to the top is going to be a true adventure for your cat.

These cat trees are stylish furniture pieces as well that give the room a boho-chic vibe. Introducing them into your home is going to be very easy. You could say that they double as cat trees and art pieces.

The one thing that they do lack is a scratching area, so if your cat loves scratching posts, then you will have to provide that separately. The Kitty Cat Trees are excellent for perching, though, as well as lounging.  

  1. Unique Cat Trees from RshPets

This is one of the tallest cat trees on our list, at a height of 708.60 inches (1.8 m). If your cat enjoys perching, then this is an excellent cat tree option. It is made out of wood and it has a steady base, a supporting square pillar, and a set of shelves, hammocks, and cat beds, which you can add to the central pillar wherever you want.

It’s up to you to mix and match these additions to build the most exciting cat tree for your kitty. Moreover, after a while, you can change the entire configuration to build your cat a new cat tree. This will spark its interest in the cat tree even after months or years. It is easy to assemble and disassemble.

This cat tree is very steady and safe. Aside from the steady base, it also has a wall mount bracket that connects to the wall. Please note that this fixation device is mandatory to keep the cat tree steady. It is made out of thick birch plywood, which is coated with a transparent, odorless oil that is completely safe for the environment and your cat.

Among the additions are several cat scratchers. The first is located at the base of the central pillar, giving the cat plenty of scratching space. The rest can be added in the cat tree according to the design you choose for it. It also comes with a cat hammock that is perfect for lounging and, if placed high enough, for perching as well. Another great addition piece is the tower, which comes with a lateral fence and a comfortable pillow.   

  1. Floor to Ceiling Cat Tree Beige Cat Scratch Post

This floor-to-ceiling cat tree has an adjustable height, which varies between 240 and 288 cm. The best thing about it is that the height can be adapted to the exact height of the room. It has a spring-loaded with a grippy ceiling attachment. However, it is not a good fit for ceilings that are smaller than 240 cm or higher than 288 cm. It is very easy to put together and it comes with clear, step by step instructions.

This cat tree follows a simple model with a base and three platforms. It is covered in beige fluffy long faux fur to make it more attractive for your cat. The light color also makes it easy to include in any house.

It also comes with several scratching posts made with natural sisal, so it has the full entertainment artillery for your cat: fluffy furry comfortable platforms, sisal scratchers, and high perching spots. Each of the platforms is generous enough to make for a good lounging area at 45 cm x 25 cm.

This cat tree follows the traditional model with faux fur and sisal, but it provides a significant advantage with its floor-to-ceiling reach. This is one of the best choices for large cats because they finally get perching spots with an impressive view.  

  1. The 4 Step Cat Ladder

This cat tree follows a simple design. As the name suggests, it is a 4-step ladder personalized for your cat’s needs and for your home. This cat tree comes in an impressive variety of colors, which makes it adaptable to any home.

You can choose the finish color for the wood that the ladder is made of and you can also choose the color for the carpet lining for each of the steps. This way, the final product is in line with the rest of the furniture in your home. The carpet lining doubles as a scratcher and a comfortable cover for the steps where the cat can sit and relax. This can be easily removed to clean and then placed back on.

While most of the other cat trees on our list are fixed in place, the 4 Step Cat Ladder is mobile. It is very easy to move around the house, so you can alternate its location to keep the cat interested. It is made out of solid wood finished in warm, rich tones.  

This is not a tall cat tree, so it is best suited for small to medium-sized cats. If you have a large cat that enjoys perching, you might want to consider a taller cat tree, but if your large cat is not necessarily a big fan of heights, then it will enjoy this lovely cat tree.

  1. Three Tier Floor-to-Ceiling Cat Tree

This is another floor-to-ceiling cat tree option, which is worth considering if you have a large cat because these are the tallest models available. The Three Tier Floor-to-Ceiling Cat Tree has a very simple, yet efficient design, making it easy to place in your home, but also very exciting for your cat.

This model is also adjustable, with a maximum height of 89.8 inches. Compared to the Floor to Ceiling Cat Tree Beige Cat Scratch Post, which is included above on our list, this cat tree is suitable for ceilings up to 89.8 inches and no taller. It has a spring fixation device, which keeps the cat tree in tension against the ceiling and prevents it from moving.

The base of the cat tree is 11.2 x 17.1 inches, so it will take up very little place in your home. It has three levels and the entire cat tree is covered in carpet material. The main advantage brought by this tree is the height of the levels, which makes it a very good spot for your cat to perch.

Getting from one level to the other ensures that your cat will get the exercise it needs to stay healthy. For an additional incentive, you can leave toys on the higher levels, you can attach hanging toys to some of the levels (please note that these do not come with the cat tree), or you can leave treats for your cat to discover.

  1. Le “Chat Condeaux”

Le Chat Condeaux is one of the most stylish cat trees on our list. It has a very modern design, which makes it a perfect fit for even the most luxurious of homes. This cat tree is the perfect choice for those looking for furniture for their cat instead of traditional cat trees.

The Chat Condeaux has a metal outline and four shelves made out of reclaimed wood (dimensions – 7 1/4 x 20″). These are sealed with a water-based sealant, which is safe for you and your cat. The base of the cat tree is a comfortable cat bed, which is available in three different colors, allowing you to pick the perfect one for your home.

The dimensions for the Chat Condeaux are as follows: 60” tall x 22” wide x 16 deep” (base), and the steps extend the footprint to 32” wide x 16” deep. The manufacturer also sells additional floating shelves (dimensions 7 1/4 x 24″), which can extend the tree beyond 60″.

This is an excellent option if you have a large cat or one that loves heights. With these additional shelves, you can extend the cat tree as much as you like and build a true adventure land for your kitty.

This model has a superior design and it is made out of high quality materials. It also comes with a lovely cat bed. However, it does not include a scratching post. If your kitty loves to scratch, then you can install one on the Chat Condeaux separately.

  1. Real Wood Cat Tree – The “SAPLING” V.2″ by JMLPets

This is by far the sturdiest cat tree on our list. They say it “Combines Beauty and Durability with Real Wood” and the product certainly lives up to the description. To demonstrate its sturdiness, the Sapling V.2 is strong enough to withstand a human. This makes it a good choice for households with several cats because they can use it simultaneously without deteriorating it.

While this cat tree is sturdy, it is not very tall. Its overall dimensions are 34″ (H) x 18.5″ (W) x 32″ (L) – please note that these dimensions may vary slightly due to the uniqueness of each tree. The manufacturers hand make each of the Sapling V.2 trees.

At a height of34 inches, it may not be particularly interesting for a Ragdoll or another large cat, but it is certainly a good choice for small to medium-sized cats. The Sapling V.2 features three platforms – a small one situated centrally, and two large platforms located on each side.

Each of the three platforms is covered in colorful carpet material, which you can pick out from a pallet of colors. The carpet makes the platforms excellent for lounging, as well as scratching. If you are looking for a simple, yet high-quality durable cat tree, then the Sapling V.2 is worth considering.

  1. Cat Tree of 3-Towers 6-Seats

This is one of the most complex cat tree models on our list – it has tall scratching posts, lounging areas, a cat hubby hiding place, and two baskets to lounge in. It is made out of high quality materials – natural wood, sisal rope, and knitted accessories and you can personalize it to fit perfectly into your home.

There are 4 colors available for the finish that goes on the wood – teak, onyx, deep brown, and antique oak.  As for the knitted accessories, they come in an impressive assortment of colors – egg yellow, linen beige, dark chocolate, rocky gray, powder pink, mint green, dijon mustard, and lavender purple.

And that’s not all! You can also choose between several baskets: the octopus-type basket, the sisal plaited basket, the guarded platform, and the open platform. With so many options, in the end, you will get the perfect cat tree for your kitty and your house.

The base of the cat tree is 1.6″ thick and 31.5″x 21.6″. It is very heavy so that it keeps the entire cat tree in place. The final height of the tree is approximately 5.4 ft, which makes this cat tree a good fit for cats of all sizes.

Aside from its lovely design, this cat tree offers a lot of activity options for the cat. It has three tall pillars all covered in sisal rope, on which the platforms/baskets are mounted. It has a hiding place for the cat, where it can enjoy a bit of alone time, and from where it can also observe the room. It has six levels in total, which makes it a true entertainment center for your cat.

DIY Tree Options

Cat Power Tower from Scratch

Cat trees are excellent DIY projects and we have a success story to share with you. Back in 2017 when we reviewed the Cat Power Tower, one of our readers reached out asking for product dimensions. Cinde, cat mom to Mitzi and Tessa, then sent us an email with her very own version of the Cat Power Tower, which looks amazing.

Cinde and her daughter used solid wood for the cat tree, which they sanded carefully. They rounded all the exposed corners to make the cat tree safe for their kitties. They left the wood natural and did not use any varnish on it to avoid the cat getting varnish in their claws should they decide to claw at the wooden pieces.

They customized a bedding system on the platforms, where she placed plush padded cat beds, which are easy to remove and wash. The filled pillows were sowed by Cinde’s daughter. They also installed a scratching post by wrapping one of the pillars in sisal rope. In the end, they got a lovely cat tree personalized to their needs and to the comfort of their cats and even managed to save some money in the process, so make sure you check out their stories!

Custom DIY Cat Tree from Ikea Furniture

Another Floppycats reader (from Facebook this time) reached out to us and told us about their custom DIY cat tree, which they have made from Ikea furniture. I told them about the post on the Cat Power Tower DIY project and asked them if they would like to share their story as well. Luckily, they did, so here’s what their amazing Ikea cat tree looks like!

Kelly and Bear looked at lots of cat trees in search of one that would be tall and sturdy enough for Chibi, their lovely Ragdoll cat. They told me that in the UK, Ragdolls are a rather new breed, so the furniture options for large cats are limited and quite expensive, and shipping one in from the US would only make a cat tree even more expensive. They were not happy with what they found, so they decided to build her one instead.   

They found a site called Ikea hackers, where they found their inspiration from other people who had built cat trees with Ikea furniture. Then, they started penning out their own model and looked up the parts on the Ikea website.

For their cat tree, they used 2 Birch effect LACK Side tables, the matching coffee table that came with it, and 3 Variera kitchen organizer boxes that are a perfect fit for the bottom shelf and a good place to store Chibi’s toys.  They also added some sisal rope and plushy carpets for each level. The end result is a lovely cat tree that is sturdy enough for Chibi to lounge, perch, and claw at for years to come.  

Do you have a cat tree that your cats love? I want to know what it is to include in this list here! Please share it with me in the comments!

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  1. We made an awesome cat tree for our ragdoll, out of a sheet of chipboard-type wood, some fluffy fabric and pieces of driftwood, I had planned out the measurements and general shape, so, the flat shapes of the platforms, and the heights of the pillars. Then we cut and screwed most parts together, and attached fabric in between each new platform with ADOS glue and a heavy duty staple gun. Our kitty loves it, it’s quirky and cool to look at, and it cost about $15-20 to make 🙂

  2. My cats and I love the cat trees at http://www.pussicat.com. The great thing about these trees is that they are modular. That is, you can buy a particular tree and then reconfigure it into dozens of different configurations. After 6 – 12 months, my cats seem to get bored with their cat trees. That’s when I reconfigure the trees. Once reconfigured, the cats get excited and act as if these are brand new trees. I’ve tried many different cat trees (Amarkat, Foster’s & Smith, Petco, Petsmart, etc.). Pussicat trees are by far the sturdiest of them all. Can’t say enough good things about these trees! Pussicat cat furniture is manufactured in the USA with safe, non-toxic materials.

    1. I too love the Pussicat lines, we have three already! They are VERY sturdy and the hammocks and accessories are large enough to accommodate a large breed cat like Ragdolls. Plus they use non-toxic elements and fleece and it’s made in the USA. They are reasonable when compared to cheaper cat trees!

      1. So you do like the Pussicat lines? I also have a Cat Power Tower for my 3 Ragdolls & they love it!! Sleep, play, relax, hangout & even clean themselves on it! Can’t say enough about it!!!

  3. my 3 Ragdolls love the 2 trees we got cheap from Petco, at 65″ tall, they are for scratching and sleeping. seems some are for looks in upscale homes, not really for the cats pleasure, more like furniture for the home owner.

  4. That is some interesting sculptural cat furniture!
    My favorite choice for large, heavy Ragdolls are cat trees made by Molly and Friends. They are very sturdy with no danger of tipping over, even when multiple cats jump and play on them. Also, the perches are large enough to accommodate them comfortably. (So many cat trees I see are made for smaller-sized cats or kittens.) They are very durable and (even though they are somewhat of an eye-sore) my cats love them!

    1. Geo, I just looked up the cat trees made by Molly and Friends – and I do like the sisal wrapped posts, but I am not a fan of carpet cat trees – I don’t like carpet on cat trees because they then think it’s OK to scratch carpet – even the carpet on your stairs. I hear you on the eye-sore!! They are not purrty! But sometimes function is more important than beauty!

  5. We have 3 cat tree things. We got this one for Mitsy to use while she is a kitten. It was just so stinkin’ cute that I couldn’t help myself. TRIXIE Pet Products My Kitty Darling Castle
    I ordered this one from Amazon because we just love animal prints. Go Pet Club Cat Tree Leopard Print
    Then my daughter made one out of cardboard boxes. She cut a hole out to be a door. She put a pet bed inside, colored and drew all over the outside of the box. Then she got another box and put it on top, so Mitsy can go from one level to the other. So creative!
    Some of the ones posted are pretty fancy! I might have to order another one!!!

  6. We have the Lotus Cat Tower and my two love it! If one Raggie is at the top, the other is at the bottom scheming how to take their place. I have had it since Splash was a kitten and other than a few scratches in the wood from over-enthusiastic climbing, it still looks great.

  7. Hi, Jenny!

    I wasn’t able to share about my cat tree, when you wrote, because I’d had problems. The company was kind in resolving things, though.

    But, looking up a replacement, this evening, I was reminded how very, very much I loved these by Cattreefurnitre.com.

    Thought you might enjoy their gallery of pictures. Seems some are loved by ragdolls!

    http://www.cattreefurniture.com/photogallery

    Enjoy,
    Linda

  8. We just don’t have a budget to get a cat tree. I am happy to see the styles are a lot more sophisticated. I like that. This next week I am planning to make a cat tree out of a ladder (yes, I do know that isn’t very sophisticated) because Alice from the Palace over here really needs something in my office so she will leave me alone. She never finishes her filing anyway, so she might as well have some fun.

  9. I agree with you about carpet covered cat trees Jenny. If the cat tree is covered in raggy old house hold carpets then they can also tangle up in kittys claws. By the way I really like catty stacks modular designs are they simply made out of cardboard though? I also stumbled upon a new site that has some cat trees for a decent price at http://www.cattreecity.com they look a little more stock standard compared to some of the creative designs found on this post …

  10. Most of my cat trees are custom designed and made. That sounds snooty, but I don’t know any other way of saying it.

    The master bedroom is the cats’ playroom. It’s almost all windows with southern and western exposures. Carpeted steps surround the picture window in their room, some with cubby holes, and the cats can leap from some of the upper steps to the cat walk over the windows and sliding glass door on the western side. From there they can leap to a graduated series of trees, gyms, condos, and a carpeted toy box, which gives them a beautiful view of the woods and lake (and critters). The sliding glass door leads to a catio/greenhouse, which has one real tree growing in it, and which is a real pain to trim.

    I’ve removed the closet doors and installed carpeted shelves, some with beds. There’s a small area between the closet and entry door, which I’ve also removed, where I’ve hung all their wand toys out of reach.

    Every room or area has at least two cat trees, again, most custom made, but some by hauspanther and others by Molly and Friends. Most are at least six feet tall because I don’t want the cats feeling like I’m looking down on them. The great room–I don’t know what else to call it–also has a cat walk 16 ft. up.

    I replace the sisal every year or so, and the carpeting has been replaced probably three times, whenever I paint. I trim the frayed edges whenever I get around to it.

    Jackson Galaxy has divided cats into tree dwellers and bush dwellers. An oversimplification, perhaps, but mine have always been tree dwellers. They jump and fly.

    A real estate guy–now in prison for campaign contribution violations–said I’d never be able to sell this house with all the cat cwap. Good.

    1. Always enjoy reading your posts. They are so interesting and love your sense of humor. Know you kitties are in heaven with all the things you have made special for them. They are very luck indeed and so nice to hear.

      1. What a nice thing to say!! It took a long time to get to this point. I love light but I hate sun and heat; otherwise the cats probably wouldn’t have the master bedroom.

  11. I do like these cat trees, much better looking than the ugly carpet ones. However, we bought 2 carpet ones for our cats even though I didn’t want them. I’m glad we did because the cats enjoy them and that’s what is most important, not whether or not it looks good to me. And I had previously thought that having a carpet tower would make my cats think it was ok to tear up any carpet, but that’s not true. In fact, they quit tearing up the regular carpet when we got them the carpeted towers. Who knew.

  12. We made cat shelves for our kitten. They are white with white brackets and hold up to 70 lbs. they look like floating white clouds. They go from a foot off the ground to five other ones all the way to 7 feet off the ground. we have a small sturdy blanket on one that looks out a window (well…she pulled back the blinds to see out but you get the point) and she loves them! we have all her scratchy stuff on the floor beneath it. Vertical scratching, inclinded and flat, all sisal and corrugated cardboard (though she prefers the sisal we think). It is perfect because it isn’t as bulky for us as having a cat tree and is aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.

  13. We have the big Molly and Friends cat tree. I originally bought it in 2010, for my Angel who passed away in November 2011, from renal failure. She loved being up and looking out the window even if she couldn’t play. Now, my 3 girls, 2 Ragdolls and 1 Maine Coon, love it and use it daily, but mostly for perching to peer out the window and sleeping on the top because it has the sides that some up and kinda cup them.
    Understand what some of you are saying about the carpet and then them scratching on the floor carpet, but mine have never done that because they have about 6 cardboard scratchers and they love cardboard for that purpose. I have never seen them scratch carpet on the cat tree or on the floor, but have seen Illaria scratch infrequently when she is stretching after a nap on the sisal rope of the cat tree.
    The Molly and Friends cat tree is built like a brick house and weighs almost 80 pounds. It was purchased at Petsmart online and they promptly delivered it in a huge box fully assembled. My Angel who had it before my Ragdolls were born, was on it before it could even get up the steps to my room. The carpet on it is great quality and it is very sturdy with no give or movement whatsoever. Put 2 thin blankets as liners on the two levels they use to lie on, so the carpet still looks brand new and just change out the coverlet every week or when necessary. They have launched off of it like a rocket through the air and onto my bed and the base never even begins to move. Also, like it because it takes up very little floor space. Know this one will be with us for the duration.

    http://ww.petsmart.com/supplies-training/furniture-towers/molly-and-friends-cat-tree-zid36-5132951/cat-36-catid-200085?_t=pfm%3Dsearch%26pfmvalue%

    1. You described Molly and Friends perfectly. Those things are sturdy, especially for “rocket launchers.” You’ve given me a new name for my grrrllls–rocket cats.

      The Molly trees don’t budge. I think the cups make the cats feel more secure when they come in for forced landings. I’ve had some hefty cats and the Molly trees have held up to them.

      My Rag tended to be more of a bunny hopper or a billy goat. When he flew, it was an amazing sight.

  14. I am going to keep this great list you posted. We finally bought a cat tree at PetSmart – on sale. The cats didn’t take to it right away, but now they love it. I am not sure if any of them had ever seen such a thing!

  15. I just came home with a Lotus Cat Tree from Craigslist for $75! Prossimo is crazy for the box bottom and was really enjoying the levels to watch the birdies until he decided to get down…

    The top level is wobbly and all levels made worse upon descending. He got scared and jumped from the 2nd level. He’s not a big jumper so I know it’s going to take some more reassurance to get him back up there.

    Does anyone have any experience with this tree and/or suggestions on how to make the levels, especially the top, more stable?

    I was going to wait and get the big Cat Power Tower but it appears that the new design no longer has the vertical scratcher and I loved that about the one featured here because Prossimo loves a good vertical scratcher, the base is different (not that big of a deal but I would love some feedback before committing that much moola) and I knew Prossimo would be nuts about the box in the Lotus.

    I may still get their new product, the Cat Power Tower Scratcher.

    1. Hi Christy,
      I’m familiar with the Lotus Cat Tree, but I’ve never seen one personally. If you’d like to send me some detailed photos of where this cat tree is unstable, I’d be happy to address how to possibly fix it.

      Andy

      1. Thank you Andy!

        While I have your attention, is there a difference in the two Cat Power Tower Scratchers on the Indiegogo site? I see that the $97 ships in July and the $119 one ships in August – is there anything else?

        Upon further research, my initial excitement was seriously dampened.

        I’m guessing that the model I have is old?

        When I watched videos of the product being sold now it shows a “stability bar” that mine does not have (the piece that rests in the back right side of o the hideout:
        http://artexposition.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/lotus-cat-tower-review.jpg

        Here’s one without the stability bar, which mine doesn’t have either:
        http://s1.dmcdn.net/DmJux/x240-_2B.jpg

        There are wide supports on the ones online and on mine, the supports are in the center. Here are pictures of the supports wide apart on the edges:
        http://www.therefinedfeline.com/images/customercats/Lotus/Lotus-Molly-Moe2.jpg

        I can’t find an image with the supports that look like mine with them in the center.

        Also in the video instructions are references to the “stability feet” or something similar. Mine doesn’t have “feet”.

        I’ve researched this product so much but I never noticed those differences.

        I’ll take some pictures tomorrow and email them to you. Thanks!!

      2. @Andy, I didn’t send the pictures because I figured out a solution that didn’t involve me cutting, drilling or otherwise DIY’ing – which usually for me means cutting wrong, drilling the wrong spot and Destroying It Yourself’ing!

        I placed the tree in a corner and put felt pads on the side of the upper platform. This seems to stabilize it enough that Prossimo feels secure.

        He’s on the tree a lot and now loves the top platform more than the hiding box on the bottom!

        If you have time, I would still love to know the difference between the $97 and the $119 Cat Power Tower Scratcher.

      3. @Christy. Glad to hear you got the tree stabilized. I was going to suggest that you use a high quality wood glue, such as Titebond II Premium Wood Glue on the top shelves. There isn’t any difference between the two. The $97 price is for the first 100 customers, then the price goes to $119.

  16. I live in Minneapolis, MN and we have a GREAT cat tree company here: Purrrrniture Inc (http://www.purrrniture.com/)! I found them at the MN State Fair Vet Center, where all sorts of wonderful pet exhibits and shopping occur. They have many different styles and, when the kitties finish destroying the carpet, we can return the wooden stand and they will give us a newly covered one for just the cost of the carpet and labor. It’s a trade in system that we need, since we have four boys that love it(we have the Orbitor)! I realize that a big cat tree is a bit much to ship, but they also have smaller units available. Plus, they will repair cat furniture that you may have purchased elsewhere. I love these people!

  17. Hi Jenny,
    our beloved Ragdolls Finnley and Kimba love their KletterLetter.
    We are so happy because we designed it ourselves.
    You are partly responsible because of your beloved Rags and Floppycats.com

    Thank you so much!!!

  18. I have a Purrfect Post Mondo with cat bed on top and an Angle Scratcher ordered from Purrfectpost.com. Very nicely made. The adult cat I had at one time loved the Mondo. She would make mad dashes into the room and jump on top of the cat bed. She took naps on the bed, and I was able to groom her there. I ordered the 32″ tall, since I have back problems, and that was the best height for me. She also used the post (covered in good quality sisal) to scratch. I’ll be getting a kitten in about a month, and plan to use the same for her. I’m considering the Purrfect View for in front of my patio door, but not sure about that yet. I’ll wait until I’ve had the kitten awhile to see what she likes.

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