I have one too, and I'm pretty happy with it. It is pretty sturdy. It is not the strongest one out there, but for the money, I believe it is the sturdiest one you can buy. I have a 6 foot one, my daughter has a 7 foot one. They are both good. My youngest boy is a maniac and runs up and down that tree about 50 times a day, and it's holding up pretty well. I can tell you that I had a small one that was a "go pet club" brand, and it was garbage. It was so flimsy, and it was a small one, that my 10 year old cat liked to lay in and it was the flimsiest thing ever. Luckily, someone gave me that one, and I did not pay for it or I would have sent it right back. Armarkat is good. I have another tree from Petsmart, not sure the brand, but it was about $130, and it is very sturdy, probably more than the Armarkat one, but nearly as interesting looking or appealing to my cats as the Armarkat one.