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Cat trees--what things do your cats like most?

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
So I am in the process of designing a cat tree for my 6 month old kitten Jack. He is very energetic, likes to hide, likes to climb etc.

I have looked through hundreds of pictures of cat trees but I am curious what parts of the cat tree your cats like best?

I have never owned a cat before Jack so I am clueless as to what they might like.

I'll take any suggestions--if you have to post a picture to show me--go for it!

Thanks

Leslie and Jack
post #2 of 29
Here is my cat tree. The kitten LOVES the house, but the other cats have never touched it. The high platforms are very popular for sleeping, and my cats stopped using every other scratching post in the house when I purchased it, they particularly love the sissel rope.

post #3 of 29
Charlie loves the top with the circle shelf that looks like a donut bed - its about 3 - 4 inches keep. He likes hanging over the edge and looking down.

I think the ones that have the little ladder at the bottom to go up on the shelves are pretty cool. And they love ones with tunnels built in.
post #4 of 29
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Originally Posted by Jack31 View Post
So I am in the process of designing a cat tree for my 6 month old kitten Jack. He is very energetic, likes to hide, likes to climb etc.

I have looked through hundreds of pictures of cat trees but I am curious what parts of the cat tree your cats like best?

I have never owned a cat before Jack so I am clueless as to what they might like.

I'll take any suggestions--if you have to post a picture to show me--go for it!

Thanks

Leslie and Jack
I'm unusual that I do not mind Persi (Alley does not do it) climbing on anything he wants to. I do not mind him jumping on the counter to get to the top of the fridge, etc. Since I hold this unusual opinion, I have never thought about getting a cat tree because there are all kinds of things in the house to climb on and since I consider my cats cleaner than I am, I just don't mind!
post #5 of 29
In my home, HEIGHT is what matters. I have 4 cat condos and one floor-to-ceiling tower, and they all go for the TOP of each of them.

Sisal wrapped posts for scratching, platforms that are big enough to roll in catnip on, and being way up high - that's my crew's wish list.
post #6 of 29
My cat tree has a basket on the top, my guys LOVE it, they share it, I will find two of them snuggled together, and when the foster babies were here they would climb up and lay on top of whomever was in the basket already.

They love the sisel rope posts for scratching, and they love height.
post #7 of 29
we built our own. the 2 top perches are made out of concrete tubes. we cut them down so they are U-shaped perches. we also wrapped 2 of the base legs with sisal, and the other 2 with carpet.
post #8 of 29
I’d be interested in hearing what kind of details on the trees have worked too. We are finally getting to the point with house renovations that we might be able to find a spot for a tree! Not to high-jack the original question – but are there some features that kittens vs older cats like better or is it just individual?

The thoughts I have had is the height – my boys would definitely be looking for the height no doubt. Another is that they are real losers when they snooze – it’s not once that someone has about fallen off the couch, not a graceful feline scramble to witness. I would look for a tree where the top shelves have edges because no doubt the worst snoozer would go falling off the top right away. Also, my cats like to sleep together and I am wondering which company might make models that would have room on top for bigger cats to snooze together without the whole tree toppling over because of being top-heavy? Some local shop models appear awfully tipsy. I can imagine what would happen to those ones when a real chase involving the tree happens too!

Sisal rope scratch boards are hot item – but they get destroyed pretty quickly. Are they any better made in the cat trees/which ones? Would hate the tree looking like our boards in two weeks…


P.S. We considered building our own too. If anyone has workable prints and is willing to share that would be great.
post #9 of 29
Lily loves the little houses on the top. Since I dont have a cat tree (cant afford one) I only know this because thats what she likes when we got to the pet stores. I think she also likes the spiral stairs.
post #10 of 29
Thread Starter 
thanks guys, that all helps.

I have a quick question. How are your posts secured together---like you have a pole, than a flat surface, then a pole directly on top of the other pole. Does that make sense? How is that connected?

I attached a photo because I realized just reading it doesn't make sense. Look inside where I circled.

Thanks
Leslie
LL
post #11 of 29
Aside from what everyone else has already said, my kitties have always LOVED the 45 degree angle (or so) board between the base and main post....great for leverage and scratching, and hiding cat candies under!
post #12 of 29
I don't have one but I think that Chloe would like the scratching sisel, those hanging basket things, and maybe a feather or ball hanging from somewhere. Mattie would like a hidey tunnel thing to sleep in.

Does anyone have a rustic cat tree? I love the way those look. I also love the Lotus cat tree and the TrendyCat cat towers.
post #13 of 29
The only thing my cats don't like is the hammock on one of the trees, they'll climb over it but that's it. Ana did sleep in there once or twice but I don't think the boys have ever been in it.
post #14 of 29
This is Riley's new tree http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=155827

He scratches on the posts but really wants nothing to do with the hammock or the little "house". He goes straight to the top perch and lays on it all the time.
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by Jack31 View Post
thanks guys, that all helps.

I have a quick question. How are your posts secured together---like you have a pole, than a flat surface, then a pole directly on top of the other pole. Does that make sense? How is that connected?

I attached a photo because I realized just reading it doesn't make sense. Look inside where I circled.

Thanks
Leslie
Those areas had a double ended screw that went through a hole in the flat board and screwed into both posts.
post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
He goes straight to the top perch and lays on it all the time.
I think this is gonna be IT. And then there will be a tiff when everyone cannot snooze on the highest spot. Anyone know a good tree where 3 cats (2 plump and 1 skinny) can fit on the top slot ?
post #17 of 29
My cats love the TOP platform They do use other levels and the cat house but the top is really where it's at. (It's funny to see them both squeeze into it together to snooze.) If you are designing your own gym, make sure your top platform is roomy
post #18 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tips guys!

I started on the tree tonight. I need to make some more decisions on how to finish it. Right now it is just four posts with a platform on top of each.

I'll post pictures when I get done. So far total cost $27

Leslie
post #19 of 29
Looking forward to seeing what you create My two really enjoy the top part of their tree. Dangling ropes are dun to play with and, of course, sisal or wood to scratch. Have fun!
post #20 of 29
In my opinion they don't like things that move when they wanna lay in them.
They DO like things they can climb to the top and lay in or that leads them somewhere else.

post #21 of 29
Mine both like sisal for scratching. Jaffa, in particular, likes to stand tall on his back legs when he scratches so it needs to be tall for him. Mosi likes height to run up! They both like sleeping on platforms and in hammocks (Mosi loves the hammock on one cat tree I have). Neither use houses or ladders much.
post #22 of 29
Tall being #1, I have a 5 level tree and the top is the favorite. Also the sisal ropes, the taller, the better. And there is a little box to hide/sleep in on one of the upper levels, no hiding or sleeping goes on but lots of popping out, using claws to grip it, flipping, biting, and acting crazy to the cube does. Toys hanging off of it, also a huge plus.
post #23 of 29
Here are the 2 trees I have for my fosters:

68" tall -



74" tall -



All my fosters love these cat trees, but I do notice the shelves are small for good sized cats. My current foster is about 15 lbs and he has a hard time trying to get comfortable. I would like to see shelves made bigger. Both trees are by Armarkat - http://www.armarkat.com/

They offer inexpensive cat trees that are good quality. Sometimes, you can do better in price in their ebay store.
post #24 of 29
Blossom doesn't use the box cat house on the bottom of her tree. She used the tunnel for a while, but I haven't seen her in it lately. She prefers the top 2 shelves. She uses the sissal posts to scratch as well as the kitchen chairs & April's bed, the dog.
post #25 of 29
We have the same cat tree as AlleyGirl, and they love everything but the hammock. Namine slept in the little house for awhile after we got it, but now she rarely does. She loves to sleep on the very top perch, and Kairi will sleep on the level before that.
post #26 of 29
Thread Starter 
Well so far its a success. I have a few more things to add. I'll try and post pictures tomorrow.

Leslie

**Thanks again for all the great tips
post #27 of 29
Thread Starter 
Okay I need some more advice or help. I am trying to think of things around the house that Jack loves to play with, that I can incorporate into the tree. I am adding a couple spring door stops and he also loves to scratch on my corkboard bulletin board that is laying flat currently.

Any other things you can think of?

Leslie
post #28 of 29
That sounds like a fantastic tree!

I don't have a cat tree. I did make scratching post about 4 feet tall, and, although my cats lazily stretch on it sometimes, they don't use it very much.

They love my dinning room table legs. Specifically, they adore a section only about a foot off the ground!

I don't know how close you are to finishing the tree, but do consider leaving a leg or two as completely uncovered wood, as at least two cats vastly prefer that to sisal rope wrapped posts.
post #29 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Yeah my husband saw it for the first time today, he's been outta town and he said cover the whole thing in sisal. One, its expensive, two its time consuming and three I wanted to leave some bare wood. I am going to use a bit more sisal but I am planning on leave at least one bare.

Leslie
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