Choosing the best cat tree for your cat can be daunting. Cat trees and furniture for your cat has come a long way in recent years. With so many different types of cat trees on the market, there are hundreds of cat trees to choose from.
In this article, we are going to take a closer look at the types of cat trees available. Whether you have a little or a lot of space, a kitten or an older cat, dogs and small children to consider or not, there is something for every cat household out there.
Regardless of which type of tower or tree you choose, here are some important features to look for in cat furniture…
- OSB Wood construction - It’s heavy, less tippy, stands up to constant use, and is more durable than particleboard.
- Stapled carpet - Stays put, even for cats who love to claw.
- Heavy-duty sisal that stays attached.
- Carpeted hiding places.
- Stain-resistant carpet.
Here are some of the best types of cat trees on the market:
REALISTIC / CAT TREES THAT LOOK LIKE REAL TREES / TREE HOUSES
Some cat trees are made with real tree trunks, and with added silk leaves. An actual tree trunk provides a natural scratching post for your cat. Most of these are made from wood or cedar. This is the best type of cat tree if you are seeking a natural look.
MODERN DESIGN CAT TREES
Built to look good in the most stylish, modern homes, many cat trees on the market today are made with eye popping colors, sleek designs, and may have a retro feel. Some might even be mistaken for an expensive piece of designer décor.
STAIRCASE CAT TREES
Built for kittens or more active cats, spiral staircase trees allow cats the joy of climbing up high, or resting on any step on the way. Large cats especially like the challenge of leaping up the stairs.
Built with dangling feathers, jingling balls and other diversions, cat gyms are the perfect solution for cats who are active or in need of more exercise. Some variations come in playful shapes like pagodas or teepees.
CAT LOFT/ CAT BUNGALOW
Some newer models of cat trees feature a loft- style house or bungalow where they can safely snooze and feel warm and protected. Some are made to look like miniature houses, castles, igloos or even stylish baskets.
WALL-MOUNTED CAT TREES
For cat owners looking to save some space, or allow cats a haven safe from small children or dogs, there are wall-mounted options for your cats. In recent years, the selection of wall- mounted cat trees has expanded to include cat shelves, beds, houses, stairs, scratchers, ramps and even feeders. Depending on the size of your cat, there are many options, though these might be best for smaller cats. Larger cats must have shelves that are safely mounted with wall anchors.
TRADITIONAL / CARPETED CAT TREES
Even carpeted cat trees have come a long way from the plain, beige original models of the past. Many of them are modeled now after real trees and include carpet in various colors, including green “leaves” at the top of the brown base, or “tree trunk.” Usually wider at the base and sitting on the floor, these types of cat trees are the safest and most stable for larger cats.
Some of the more whimsical takes on traditional / carpeted cat trees and towers are featured below. Happy searching!