The 10 Best Cat Trees

Updated December 30, 2017 by Quincy Miller

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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 it 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 -- or worse, your legs. Just try not to be too jealous when you realize your pet has a nicer bed space than you do. 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. K&H Hangin' Cat

When space is an issue, the K&H Hangin' Cat is a good choice, as it sports a unique design that allows for easy mounting onto almost any door while giving your pets seven peepholes to hide in. It can be rather noisy, though, when the cats rummage about inside.
  • doesn't have any shedding materials
  • folds down for easy storage
  • strong plastic odor
Brand K&H Pet Products
Model 3200
Weight 9.7 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

9. Go Pet Club Huge

Some may consider the Go Pet Club Huge 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 spaces, and has two tunnels for them to run through as they play.
  • tons of stuff to keep cats busy
  • takes up a massive amount of room
  • taller posts tend to wobble
Brand Go Pet Club
Model F216
Weight 137 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

8. Kitty Mansions Redwood

If your buddy loves to pretend he's a mighty jaguar roaming the Amazon, then the Kitty Mansions Redwood will let him feel like the king of the jungle. It has fake leaves snaking around the posts, so it's great for those that like to hide while stalking prey — or toys.
  • easy for cats to reach higher levels
  • can replace posts if they wear out
  • some cats may try to eat the vines
Brand Kitty Mansions
Model Redwood
Weight 60.1 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 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 be careful if you have larger animals, as those perches may need reinforcing.
  • easy to staple on additional toys
  • extra-soft carpet
  • uses low-quality particle board
Brand Go Pet Club
Model F2040-Blue
Weight 67.9 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Armarkat B5701

The Armarkat B5701 is crafted from pressed wood and is covered in a faux-fleece material that won't shed. It offers a variety of stimulating activities, including scratching, climbing, and playing, but the individual platforms are quite small.
  • includes assembly tools
  • easy for pets to climb up
  • shakes when used by heavier cats
Brand Armarkat
Model ARMARKAT-B5701
Weight 45.9 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Molly and Friends Simple Sleeper

The Molly and Friends Simple Sleeper features a bed and cradle that offer resting, lounging, and playing areas for cats of almost any size. It's perfect for homes that don't have a ton of space to devote to cat furniture, yet still want to provide their pet with luxury.
  • securely-wrapped twine
  • comes fully assembled
  • doesn't offer very many activities
Brand Molly and Friends
Model MF-23-blue
Weight 35.4 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Midwest Homes Nuvo Tower

The Midwest Homes Nuvo Tower is a multi-tier piece of 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 and nail maintenance.
  • fabric is easy to clean
  • good value for the price
  • perfect for smaller animals
Brand MidWest Homes for Pets
Model B0051O3DTU
Weight 35.2 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

3. Refined Feline Lotus

If you don't want an obtrusive model detracting from your home's sophisticated decor, then you'll love the Refined Feline Lotus. It's as elegant as cat furniture gets, and the Berber carpet is perfect for the feline that only runs its claws on the finest of materials.
  • washable faux suede covers
  • hide-a-way cubby
  • relatively small footprint
Brand The Refined Feline
Model LOT-ES
Weight 68.8 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Armarkat A7202

The Armarkat A7202 is a massive, 6-foot-tall option that provides ample space to jump, hide, scratch, and play. Everything screws together easily and intuitively, and the end result is a very stable structure indeed, even if your cat has had a few too many treats lately.
  • made with thick fleece-like material
  • handles full-speed cat attacks
  • great for climbers
Brand Armarkat
Model ARMARKAT-A7202
Weight 59.3 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Songmics Condo

If you worry about your large cats cramming themselves into tight spaces, the Songmics Condo has plenty of room for even the most -- ahem -- "ample" felines. Its superior construction ensures the tree won't wobble or tip over, allowing them to truly enjoy their zoomies.
  • incredibly soft perches
  • can be secured to wall
  • a plethora of fun hanging toys
Brand SONGMICS
Model FBA_UPCT85G
Weight 45.2 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 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 December 30, 2017 by Quincy Miller

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