With a herd of cats as large as mine, having spots for them to sleep happily and also be active is important. Especially since we don’t allow them in the bedroom most of the time and would like to actually have some room on the couch for people to sit. As a result, a cat tree has been an absolutely essential part of life around here for a long time.
Unfortunately, not all cat trees are created equal. We were lucky enough to have two that lasted over 10 years between them. The last one, however, lasted mere months. It was expensive, but we thought it would be good, because it had one tall pole. Joxer is over 20 pounds and that’s not all fat: he’s BIG. One consideration that always has to be made is height, so that he can stand and stretch fully while scratching.
So this last one turned out to be a piece of crap and it fell apart quickly and it’s amazing Xena didn’t get hurt, the way she made it tip and wobble all the time. That left us in the market for a new cat tree, and I decided to look online instead of at Petco.
Why in the world did I never do that before? The prices, they are good! And the shipping, it is free!
After some shopping around, we settled on this model. That ramp was a big selling point, because Goblin is officially “geriatric” now and he’s pudgy enough that big leaps can be difficult for him sometimes, so the ramp gives him an easy way up. He couldn’t jump onto the crappy cat tree at all. The sisal poles are tall enough for Joxer and the smaller perch is perfect for Xena’s favorite scratching position, which is laying on a perch with her front legs stretched down the pole. That little pompom seemed silly and we weren’t going to put it on, but I decided to do it for the hell of it, and I’m glad I did, because Goblin gets his fat little butt up to that top perch and reaches down to play with the pompom.
This new cat tree is a huge success, and it’s built quite solidly. It gets the feline seal of approval:
Pay no heed to the messy bookcase in the background. Look at the cute kitties.