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I am sort of obsessed with our cat trees. I mean I am a cat blogger so hopefully that is not that surprising but while it is certainly not an essential item it is my absolute favorite “non-essential” cat item. At first I was worried it would be too large and take up too much space. Of course when it came the cats only wanted to play in the box. My husband and I were prepared to write an interesting review about how our cats loved the box but ignored the tree! But then we moved the tree to a different room and it became the cats, and ours favorite thing!
Safe Climbing Space
We currently have a fifteen year old cat and two six month old kittens. While they have very different personalities and needs all three love to climb! I have found the kittens attached to a window screen, on top of a curtain bar (the curtain was up so I have no idea how she got there) and on top of a ten foot tall chest. These are not the safest places for them. Once we got the cat tree there was less crazy climbing. They go up and down chasing each other and I think that burns off enough energy that I don’t find them on top of something they can’t get off of anymore.
Meanwhile our fifteen year old cat does not climb much anymore. She is still in really great shape for her age but she is not jumping on the top of doors like she did 12 years ago when we first got her. She usually prefers her heated cat bed but she also really likes the first couple steps of the cat tree. It has a little house halfway up I find her chilling in. While I have never seen her at way top she likes to be up pretty high to keep tabs on the other cats and the kids.
Scratch, Scratch, Scratch
Our cat tree has ten scratching posts. While your cat tree may not have that many it will almost certainly have at least one or two scratching posts. When my cats get wound up and start playing and climbing they also get VERY scratchy. By having the scratching posts right there it gives them a great place to scratch (and saves my furniture a little).
Fun Place to Play
If you have more than one cat and they like each other the cat tree will almost certainly become a cool playing spot. My bonded pair love to jump and pounce on and from it. Lots of cat trees also have toys, usually balls attached which can be fun for singleton cats too.
Cozy Place to Hang Out
Cat trees often have hammocks, little nest areas or even a cat box. These are great places for your cats to get some alone time while feeling super secure knowing they are high up. If you have multiple cats and want peace in your house highly recommend getting several hiding spots for your cats and cat trees can definitely be one of them.
Cat Trees Are For Everyone and Every Cat
There are cat trees for every style and every personality (both the owner’s and the cat’s) . There are cat trees that look like trees and can fit into your decor and trees that can match any color of your furniture. There are also shorter trees for older or less active cats or giant trees if you have lots of space and cats. They are a great addition to almost any home where cats roam!
Which is your favorite cat tree? Check out ours and then tell us your favorite in the comments.