The 10 Best Cat Trees

Updated October 23, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

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We spent 37 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. If your house is ruled by a furry feline, make sure he or she stays entertained and comfortable with one of these cat trees. They provide large and small cats with enough towers, sleeping areas and scratching posts to, hopefully, stop kitty from clawing your furniture. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best cat tree on Amazon.

10. Midwest Homes Feline Nuvo Tower

The Midwest Homes Feline Nuvo Tower is a sturdy, multi-tier piece of cat furniture with ultra-soft faux fur, designer print fabric, and a dangling bell toy that is sure to keep your kitty comfortable and entertained. All of the posts are sisal-wrapped for scratching fun.
  • fabric is easy to clean
  • 1-year warranty
  • not ideal for large cats
Brand MidWest Homes for Pets
Model 138T-BK
Weight 37 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Trixie Bazar Grande

While not exactly packed full of features, the Trixie Bazar Grande does offer your cat some room to play, scratch, and relax. It has been covered with plush, long-haired fabric and topped off with a cozy hammock for comfortable slumber, and it doesn't take up much space.
  • pom-pom toy for play
  • condo has a padded interior
  • doesn't offer a high perching area
Brand TRIXIE Pet Products
Model 44545
Weight 15.8 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

8. K&H Hangin' Cat 3200

When space is an issue, the K&H Hangin' Cat 3200 is a good choice. This cat tree is made from a 600 denier waterproof fabric, with a unique design that allows for easy mounting onto almost any door. It can be rather noisy, though, as cats rummage about.
  • 7 peep holes for viewing
  • folds down for easy storage
  • seems somewhat overpriced
Brand K&H Manufacturing
Model 3200
Weight 9.6 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Go Pet Club F2040

Available in an attractive cobalt or neutral beige, the impressive Go Pet Club F2040 is like a mini village for your kitties. It includes 10 posts, ramp-style steps, and 3 top perches. But it has a strong odor when it's first assembled.
  • good price for its size
  • extra soft carpet
  • low quality particle board
Brand Go Pet Club
Model F2040-Blue
Weight 72.4 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Armarkat B5701

The Armarkat B5701 is crafted from pressed wood and has faux fleece coverings that don't shed. It offers a variety of stimulating activities, including scratching, climbing, and playing, but the individual platforms are quite small.
  • includes assembly tools
  • supports up to 40 pounds
  • easy for cats to climb up
Brand Armarkat
Model ARMARKAT-B5701
Weight 46.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. ContempoCat Contour

Your cat might not find the ContempoCat Contour as fun as some of the other models, but if you want something that enhances a room's decor and doesn't take up too much space, this is probably your best bet. It does offer your kitty functional simplicity, though.
  • 4 carpeted platforms
  • fashionable and modern design
  • good for cats that like a high perch
Brand ContempoCat
Model pending
Weight 60 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

4. Merax Cat Activity

With a resting perch, a hammock, a ladder, a secluded house, and a jump-through hoop, the Merax Cat Activity provides your cats with everything they need for hours of entertainment, so, hopefully, they will stop ambushing you as you walk around the house.
  • plush faux fur covering
  • environmentally-friendly materials
  • relatively easy to assemble
Brand Merax
Model 0063669
Weight pending
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. Refined Feline Lotus

The Refined Feline Lotus is available in elegant espresso and mahogany color options, and features long lasting Berber carpet on the lounge areas. It also has a convenient, hideaway cubby for when kitty wants some quiet time.
  • soft cushions with faux suede covers
  • sleek and organic design
  • won't detract from a home's decor
Brand The Refined Feline
Model LOT-ES
Weight 70 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Molly and Friends Simple Sleeper

The Molly and Friends Simple Sleeper features 1 bed and cradle that function as resting, lounging, and playing areas for almost any size of cat. It features lots of places to scratch and it comes in multiple colors to match your house.
  • handmade in the usa
  • pine pole construction
  • comes fully assembled
Brand Molly and Friends
Model 23
Weight 36.6 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

1. Go Pet Club Condo

Some may consider the Go Pet Club Condo overkill, but your cat will think it's the best thing since catnip. It features five houses, which is great if you have multiple cats that don't like to share their space, and has two tunnels for them to run through as they play.
  • posts have sisal rope covering
  • two bird-like hanging toys
  • suitable for large cats
Brand Go Pet Club
Model F216
Weight 137 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

A Quicky Cat Primer

Cats have been domesticated for a really long time, but they haven't lived full-time inside the house for very long at all. So, the history of the cat tree is, frankly, short. You just want to know you can put the thing together and your cat will like it. So instead of going into that, I will give you a little cat history, minus the tree part for now.

Like all relationships humans develop, the human-cat relationship is now and has been for approximately 12,000 years a mutually beneficial one. It all started in the Fertile Crescent (aka the Cradle of Civilization) with the birth of agriculture. This area is the sweet spot between desert and mountains that turned out to be perfect for growing crops. In 1906, a University of Chicago archaeologist named James Henry Breasted named it both for its croissant-like shape that crosses the modern-day borders of Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian territory, Turkey and Iran, and, obviously, for its fertile clime.

So it goes that once humans had achieved the feat of planting seeds, nurturing them in the soil, harvesting their mature plants, and storing the resulting grains, opportunistic rodents became a big problem. But as the grain had attracted mice and rats, so the rodents attracted cats. After that, it was a mere 1000 years before the cats of yesteryear developed into the domesticated cat we know today.

The first cat cemetery was discovered in Cyprus, and indicates that cats and humans lived symbiotically as far back as 9500BC. They got there from Egypt, and the ancient Egyptians loved cats, and even walked them on leashes, I gather. And, of course, they mummified them. Don't let the photo accompanying this litte essay freak you out. Those are mummified cats. Egyptians loved to breed and domesticate animals. Once they had cross-bred wild cats for size and domesticated them, they really went cat crazy. They treated them like gods. They made strict laws.

If you killed a cat in ancient Egypt, you were killed in turn, even if it was an accident. And you weren't allowed to export them. After all, these were the animals that kept the icky ones away from Egyptian homes: poisonous snakes, disease-carrying rodents and the like. Soon enough, people started putting out a little food for their little protectors. Then they let them in the house. Then the cats had kittens in the house, and the kittens were brought up around humans.

Cats quickly discovered that humans were rodent-magnets. They followed humans onto ships and crossed the seas with them, first to Rome when Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire (around 31BC), then across Europe, and eventually they arrived in Jamestown, VA and Plymouth, MA with the first settlers. They are, in fact, legit DAR - sons, too.

No one really thought about having cats live indoors, because they were mousers. And they were a little weird about burying their poop. And the smell of cat pee just never really comes out. Plus they need fresh meat to live. It took a combination of 20th century inventions to bring them in for good: refrigeration and kitty litter.

Maybe it's this long gap between when humans discovered that cats were darned useful and when they discovered they could keep them inside without stinking up the joint that has kept the cat's outdoor survival skills in tact.

I Am Cat; Hear Me Purr

"In ancient Rome, cats were worshiped as gods. Cats have not forgotten this." --Terry Pratchett, quoted in Chicken Soup for the Soul : What I Learned from the Cat (2009) by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy Newmark.

ME-ow. Yawn. Purrrrr. Kill. Repeat.

As a cat, my days are filled with the best things in life. What are the "best things in life," you ask? Why, stretching out in the sun, furry and supine. Stealing into the back of the closet for a catnap. Perching atop the furniture, feline king of all I survey. Slinking through the backyard, awaiting the occasional bird, or mouse, or lizard, my idiot prey, to stumble into my lair.

But, what is this? The humans have returned. How very droll. What are those two morons up to, anyway? Their excitement has me curious. I shall slink through the window and cast my judgmental eyes upon those hapless beasts.

Wait. A box? The humans have brought home a box. I do ever so love a box. Oh, JOY! I can't wait to jump into that box, and turn around in the box, and then peek out over a box ever so stealthily with my saucerful cat eyes before leaping out and attacking YOUR FOOT, HUMAN!!!!!!!!!

Helleeeew. The humans seem to be assembling something. I shall quietly leap down and, sniper-like, invisible, quiet, deadly, walk through the table legs for a better look. They seem to be putting something together. Carpet? Rope covered poles? What could it be????

The humans have constructed some sort of tree???? But not just a tree... or a table... or a carpet. Because I love tables and carpets. Purrfect for sharpening my claws. No, dear reader, this tree is made for MEEEEEEE. Ow.

They beckon me in with their idiotic kissy-kiss noises -- don't they realize I'm a learned feline, a student of philosophy, having read Kat-eerkagaard and St. Thomas Felinas?

I launch myself upon this so-called CAT TREE and sink my claws into it, sharpening them like Shaolin daggers. I climb atop it. I see you, dog, your moron-mouth agape, tongue hanging out, fool head cocked to the side, wondering why you can't be in the CAT-TREE. Na-na-na-na-na, silly dog!!!!! Cats rule; dogs drool.

I hang from it. I roll around like Caligula on a sea of pillows with a vestal virgin. Then, because I am KING OF THE WORLD, I climb to the very top of this veritable castle and look down upon my vast domain, across a skyline of chairs, tables, humans, and that pitiful dog.

I shout to the heavens: I. AM. CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!!!!!!! Hear me MEOW!!!!!!

Cats Really Do Always Land On Their Feet - Here's Proof

Cats. They have nine lives. Curiosity killed at least one of them. And they always land on their feet. Today, we will prove one of these.

Actually, that's already been done. And, of course, it was a Frenchman who did it. Etienne-Jules Marey was as curious as a cat, being a scientist, physiologist and chronophotographer, and he just had to know if cats really did always land on their feet, and exactly how they accomplished such a feat.

So he invented this super-cool-looking photographic gun. It shot photos at a rate of 12 exposures per second. Then, in 1894, he carefully dropped a white cat onto a padded landing while shooting, shooting, shooting. Here's the result. So stinkin' cool.

Oh, and he tried the same thing with dogs and chickens. Guess what. They do it, too. Who knew?

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Last updated on October 23, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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