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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone. We have a couple of medium size scratching post/toys combo things, that Frodo uses now and then.

Was thinking the other day, as Frodo grows older and bigger... he may outgrow those scratching posts.

Do cats love those big cat condos with multi-levels and perches? Is it necessary? Do they use them?

The price tags on these things are pretty high at the Pet Stores.... $200-$400.

Any suggestions on good places to get them? Are they sold online for comparable prices to local Pet Stores?
post #2 of 26
I got mine on Ebay for a fraction of the cost (about $75 including shipping) and Ebony absoutely ADORES her cat condo. We used this seller:

Armarkat

Please PM me if you have any questions. But we are really really pleased.
post #3 of 26
I got this one recently because I will soon have 3 kittys and the old one only had a place for two to lay on. Mischka & Linx love it and use it to climb scratch and snooze, it was 100$ but well worth every penny! I got it on ebay too.

post #4 of 26
We got a 5' tall cat tree at Costco for $65! It's awesome, Chloe loves it!

post #5 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by berylayn
I got mine on Ebay for a fraction of the cost (about $75 including shipping) and Ebony absoutely ADORES her cat condo. We used this seller:

Armarkat

Please PM me if you have any questions. But we are really really pleased.
We bought our cat condo/tree from the same seller. The one I won at Ebay is also made by Armarkat. My cats love it and it has been worth the money.
post #6 of 26
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MissCharlotte
We bought our cat condo/tree from the same seller. The one I won at Ebay is also made by Armarkat. My cats love it and it has been worth the money.
Wow! Glad I asked. I will definitely check out the Ebay avenue. Thanks peeps.
post #7 of 26
We have one taller cat tree, one medium one and one small one - all three are actively used - and I want to get a cat tower that goes to the ceiling now - because I know they would love that too!

Here is the tallest of the three . . .



Bear is on the top perch, Lion in the middle and Abbie down below.

I highly recommend getting a cat tree. I got all of mine from Petsmart - 2 of them on sale, and this one as my birthday present last year from my husband:-). I have since covered the longest upright post with sisal rope and they love to stretch up on it and scratch to their hearts' content.

Kathryn
post #8 of 26
I got my Armarkat Cat Tree off ebay too, even with the shipping it was cheaper than the Armarkat Website! My cat loves it! You can not see the whole tree in this pic, it also has a hammock hanging down on the bottom for Monte to lay in!
post #9 of 26
Here are some other websites to take a look at and see what is available. Some of these are also available on ebay and some of them have some of their own special values that make them worth considering. My three favourites are first, and then the best cost for value is 4th. Enjoy.

Kathryn

www.kittykornercatfurniture.com
www.katwallks.com
www.iroquoisinnovations.com

www.yugisoft.com/Pet/index.asp

http://www.acecatfurniture.com/Fiest...reDetails.html
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by Luvmysphynx
I got my Armarkat Cat Tree off ebay too, even with the shipping it was cheaper than the Armarkat Website! My cat loves it! You can not see the whole tree in this pic, it also has a hammock hanging down on the bottom for Monte to lay in!
That is the same tree I purchased! LOVE IT!
post #11 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by Extier
Hi everyone. We have a couple of medium size scratching post/toys combo things, that Frodo uses now and then.

Was thinking the other day, as Frodo grows older and bigger... he may outgrow those scratching posts.

Do cats love those big cat condos with multi-levels and perches? Is it necessary? Do they use them?

The price tags on these things are pretty high at the Pet Stores.... $200-$400.

Any suggestions on good places to get them? Are they sold online for comparable prices to local Pet Stores?
I can definately answer this one for you. Almost all cats love cat trees and the taller the better. I have tons of customers pictures of cats enjoying cat trees however I
am only posting a few.
Be sure that with whatever cat tree your buy that is is stable and sturdy as you would not want the tree to collapse on the kitties.

Here is a pic of kitties playing with a tree before it was even put together all the way


and one of the kitties sleeping on the very top of a 6 foot tree
post #12 of 26
i want one!!! Juicy would love it! I placed a bid on an Armarkat one on Ebay. I hope we win!!!
post #13 of 26
Good luck winning the condo Lacey! I put in a bid a few weeks ago and got outbid at the last minute. I'm gonna try again though - Max has already converted a bookshelf into a condo so I'm sure he'd appreciate a real one!
post #14 of 26
Cats love cat condos. My cats love their cat condos. It's a good investment.
post #15 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by MissCharlotte
We bought our cat condo/tree from the same seller. The one I won at Ebay is also made by Armarkat. My cats love it and it has been worth the money.
How was it delivered?
post #16 of 26
It was delivered by UPS. The condo itself comes in parts so you do have to assemble it.
post #17 of 26
HI,

I bought an Armarkat product on eBay, and it broke as I was positioning it in my home.

This stuff is made with some sort of pressed wood product (no grain of any type at all), and also it has plastic parts where it needs to be the strongest.

Beware of cat furniture imported from the far east. When in doubt, you should go for something made in your country. This is not out of patriotism, as much as practicality.

-tomcat31
post #18 of 26
I'm pretty much winning an ebay auction for one of these now. I wish I wasn't though. I guess I didn't read carefully enough, bc the weight limit is only 20 lbs and I know Pixie and Milo together are going to be more than that. I really wish someone else would bid on this thing. It's only $26 + shipping, but I would hate to see one of them get hurt
post #19 of 26
I've had my cat condo since the end of October 2004. Charlotte and Izzie loved it the first month. Izzie is the kitten (7 months now) and she's the only one who has continued to use it. She loves climbing the sisal poss and lounging on the top tier. I absolutely agree that the construction of Armarkat's condos are not top notch and are not the most sturdy condos on the market. However, I read the fine print very carefully and purchased my model simply because I did not want to spent too much money on the condo in relation to knowing if either cat would even use it. I planned on getting a better one in the future, if they use this one.

Here are some pics that may offer some insight on quality.


Fully assembled



Sisal rope covered cardboard tub. Black end cap is plastic.


The posts are screwed into the base and tiers above (I know there is no above in this picture). And yes, Charlotte is sitting on the instructions!!!
post #20 of 26
Thread Starter 
How is this particular cat tree holding up?
post #21 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by Extier
How is this particular cat tree holding up?
The model I bought is holding up well.
post #22 of 26
Either PetCo or PetSmart (i am linguisitically challenged, that's my excuse) sells a cat condo that is basically a two shelf bookshelf with a hole cut in the middle and carpet on the top and insides.

Have you looked around at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army or St Vincent De Paul to see if you can buy an El Cheapo bookshelf (full height, not the little one on the website) and do the hole cutting and carpeting yourself? You could also then hang toys on various levels that are tailored to your cats' preferences, as well as make a few hammocks from cloth scraps.

In case money is the deciding factor. And think of the fun you would have: Tools! Tools rock!

: )

Side note: definitely find a stud or two and anchor the thing to to wall since it will have a higher center of gravity than a commercially available kitty condo.
post #23 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by bengalbabe
I can definately answer this one for you. Almost all cats love cat trees and the taller the better. I have tons of customers pictures of cats enjoying cat trees however I
am only posting a few.
Be sure that with whatever cat tree your buy that is is stable and sturdy as you would not want the tree to collapse on the kitties.

Here is a pic of kitties playing with a tree before it was even put together all the way


and one of the kitties sleeping on the very top of a 6 foot tree


I LOVE THAT TREE!!! CJ WOULD GO NUTS!
post #24 of 26
My two have four .. a tee pee , a one story tunnel house one leval with toy dangles down and a three story... they use all of them
post #25 of 26
That pic of Charlotte sitting firmly on the instructions is marvellous .... what IS it about having to obscure instructions? I'm sure it's just because it makes watching everyone get it wrong more entertaining. I love the tree!! I'm waiting for a new cat gym thing from the only UK firm I've found that makes interesting cat trees

http://www.ukparrotcages.co.uk/cat_trees.html

since getting the good ones imported from the US is seriously expensive. Can't wait to see what the cats make of it!
post #26 of 26
We just won a bid on an Armarkat one, too. I'll let everyone know how the kittens like it and I'll be sure to let you know how well it holds up
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