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cat trees?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
This is probably a dumb question, but what the heck. I'm thinking about getting a cat tree for Snickers since I've moved into a bigger apartment and she could probably use the exercise. But how do they work? For the big tall ones, do you need to install them. I mean, do they need to be bolted to the floor or attached to the ceiling so they don't topple over when the cat jumps on it? Though you would never suspect it from her kitten picture below, Snickers is a big girl. And I wouldn't want the tree to fall on her. So are they generally pretty stable or do they need extra support? Any recommendations as to good brands or styles?
post #2 of 13
i think it depends on the brand. i have 2 Armarkat trees, a tall and a short. the short one is very stable, but the tall one worried me, so i screwed it to the wall [i own my home]. i don't have a tall one of any other brand, so i can't talk about them...
post #3 of 13
We have a tall one, but my husband made it himself so it's pretty stable (Bijou is 16+ lbs so when he jumps on or off you know!). I'm not sure about store-bought ones, but I think you really need to have a good look at what you are buying. I had thought about buying one on-line, but was afraid it might turn out to be junk when I got it home.
post #4 of 13
We have a medium to tall Amarkat tree. My 12 lb Chessy loves to sleep on the top ledge. It does wobble a little when he jumps up there (just the top ledge, not the whole tree), but it seems very sturdy. You could get one and then closely observe your cat with it to see if it needs to be bolted to the wall.
post #5 of 13
If the base is good and sturdy you don't have to bolt it down. I'd get one no taller then 6-7 feet at the most - around 6 would be fine for most cats. Most trees do NOT come apart - its all one piece. So you need a truck if its over 4-5 feet tall.
post #6 of 13
Hi, I have something called a 'cat condo'. It is not a tree and not really all that tall but tall enough so she can sit in it and look thru my dining room window. The top is sort of like a saddle where she sits comfortably. Under that is a barrel where she also sits but can run thru it if she wants to play. She loves it, it has a nice stable bottom and it does not tip over. Rather than buy a really tall tree, get a shorter one since I heard where the tall ones can topple over. Sorry I don't have a pic to show you of my cat condo.
post #7 of 13
I have a ceiling high one which has a disc on the top that rests against the ceiling. You're supposed to adjust that so that pressure holds the tree in place. It didn't work very well though and the tree snapped in 2! It's still in 2 pieces and the cats are using it like that so I'm in no hurry to sort it out, but it really needs to be attached to the wall or a stable piece of furniture.

I'd recommend getting a tree that has solid wood posts rather than the cheaper cardboard ones as they're much stronger and less likely to cause the tree to topple over or snap. If you have platforms, hammocks etc hanging out the side of the tree I definitely wouldn't go for one with cardboard posts - mine was like that and the weight of an average sized cat sleeping in the hammock was enough to cause the post to snap.
post #8 of 13
Drs. Foster & Smith has some floor-to-ceiling ones:
(If I had space, the Kitty City looks totally fun! )

And CatsPlay has ones that are 84 inches (7 feet), and even one that's 90 inches (7-1/2 feet)!

Those huge kitty trees/gyms are HEAVY, and unlikely to top over, unless you've got jumbo-crazy-cats , then maybe I'll put it a corner, braced by the walls...
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the links to the web sites where they are sold. Now I just have to start saving up for one. I didn't realize they were so expenseive!
post #10 of 13
you can make your own 'cat condo' out of those big rubbermaid/sterilite containers for quite a good price. cut holes in the sides for access [i think a hot knife-tool from michael's/hobby lobby works best] & then stack them, with lids attached. cats can get inside, or lay on the top. there's someone here that has made one, but i can't remember who it is - it's very cool!
post #11 of 13
In the long run they are not expensive. Consider if you are putting out $100-200 dollars for a good treehouse.

Then compare to the little ones they sell in WalMart for $10-15 and are very small. The small ones will not last long (IF they even use it). And the treehouses lasts for years and years - I've had some for 10+ years that are still in good shape - divide that and you are only spending $10-15 a year

But do you put carpet pieces in or on the rubbermaid one?
post #12 of 13
i guess that would be your choice... i think it's Mike, slave of the jellicle tribe, who has them? i think he put carpet pieces inside the boxes. they're really condos, not scratching posts.
post #13 of 13
Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
i guess that would be your choice... i think it's Mike, slave of the jellicle tribe, who has them? i think he put carpet pieces inside the boxes. they're really condos, not scratching posts.
Yep, here is the link to Mike's post about his Tupper Lair:

Edit: I don't think there are scratching surfaces (that I could see) but you may be able to use your imagination to come up with something. Perhaps attaching carpet to the sides of one? My guy loves his cardboard scratcher and never uses the cat tree for that purpose.
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