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What's everyone's experience with cat trees? Does your cat like it and actually use it? Are they sturdy and large enough for a larger cat? With cat trees being kind of expensive and my cat never using her cat beds, I'm worried if I get one it'll goto waste.
 

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In my vast experience (not at all), I find that Murphy loves his cat tree and he won't touch cat beds, so I'm not sure there's a correlation there. He naps up on the top level like he's on top of the world. And he's a big 16-pound boy, and while there's a little shaking when he climbs up, it doesn't seem to faze him at all.

Several of us have bought our trees on www.Armarkat.com. They have a great selection, decent prices, and free shipping, although you have to put it together when it arrives.
 

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http://www.mollyandfriends.com/index.html

From Molly and Friends. It is solid, untreated pine with no chemicals in the carpeting either.
That said, it weighs at least 250 pounds and is 6'4. It's called "Treehouse" under the extra large trees.
It cost about $325 but will last for a lifetime.
Wow. That's actually pretty pricey.

My favorite place to get cat trees is www.kittymansions.com . Their prices are great and the quality is amazing. I have this tree

(mind you, I got it for free) the price is right and my kitties love it. It stands at about 5'1" and is solid. My 16lb monster can sit in the basket all day! Right now this particular tree goes for $154.

If your gonna spend 300+ dollars on a kitty tree you can get this
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:love2 or this ...:cry:
:patback No offense tiikiri!


I think they are well worth the money.
 

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I got a small (3 ft high) combination scratching post with perch on top. I keep it in the garage. Midnight, the wild cat, uses it to scratch, but he also likes to lay on top of it in the Summer when a nice breeze is blowing through the garage. I think he likes to be up off ground level too.

 

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I'm guessing it probably depends on the cat. I started with a very small post/nest when I got Apollo as a kitten, and he used that enough that I felt the need to upgrade when he got bigger and we got a second cat.

I ended up splurging on a giant (7ft.) Armarkat tree and my cats absolutely loved it and use it frequently:

However I have fairly hyperactive cats that enjoy jumping on things and flying about the room, climbing all over everything, so it was kind of a guaranteed success with them. I also got a fantastic deal. It was on sale for only $119 or something like that.

As for sturdiness, any tree from a good company should be totally fine. My cats take flying leaps at their big tree and it never topples over. The only issue is if you have a tree too small for the cat. Their little nest is small enough that Apollo sometimes knocks of over when he leaps onto it when they're playing, but that thing is only like 2 feet tall.
 

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It loses something in the photograph. The tree is made from untreated pine, no toxic glues, no chemicals in the carpeting. Made in the USA and constructed to be as sturdy as human furniture. I can climb it, and my 93 pound doberman can't knock it over.


He loves it, and runs straight to the top. I could see him eating the decoration off of the pretty one you posted.
As for the price... well, after spending $1200 for a cat, what's a few hundred more?
 

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He loves it, and runs straight to the top. I could see him eating the decoration off of the pretty one you posted.
As for the price... well, after spending $1200 for a cat, what's a few hundred more?
That's all that matters then :)!!! I can see your concern about the leafs, I just like it because of all the levels and houses...

... but I'm worried about the faux fur. Would they fall off since there's no grip to the faux fur like there would be with fleece?
Our Cat tree is covered in faux fur (not carpet) and the kitties love it! The climb all over it and we have never had they lose their grip. I makes for super soft sleeing spaces too.
 

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My dad has made a few scratching posts and cat condos over the years (takes a few hours to do), the condos were about five and a half feet high with a house or two on the way up with one or two openings. Good thing he made them too, since they're expensive if you buy them in the store and the cats never really used them. I'd stick the cats in the house or on top of the house and they'd just jump down.
 

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Cat trees are a reliable hit with the kitties. I have 3 tress and they all get a lot of use.

If you have a big kitty like my Fay be sure the perches are as large as you can find although I've seen two kitties with a combined volume of 1/2 cubic meter jam themselves into a space of only 0.2 cubic meters. It's cat physics.

Go to a store and check the size of the perches before ordering if you have a big boned kitty.
 

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Saitenyo, is this the tree you have? PETCO Faux Fleece Deluxe Cat Tree at PETCO

I'd like to get this for our kitties, but I'm worried about the faux fur. Would they fall off since there's no grip to the faux fur like there would be with fleece?
Yup, it is. They also sell it on Amazon (where I got mine) or directly from the Armarkat website.

So far I haven't noticed any grip problems. Apollo goes nuts on this thing (doing really reckless leaps) and every time he misses a jump he's able to grab on just fine. I'm not sure if he's grabbing the faux fur or the wood under it, but so far he hasn't fallen off at all despite his reckless vigor.
 

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Yup, it is. They also sell it on Amazon (where I got mine) or directly from the Armarkat website.

So far I haven't noticed any grip problems. Apollo goes nuts on this thing (doing really reckless leaps) and every time he misses a jump he's able to grab on just fine. I'm not sure if he's grabbing the faux fur or the wood under it, but so far he hasn't fallen off at all despite his reckless vigor.
I saw it on the Armarkat site and it's actually more expensive there than it is at Petco. Where would I look on Amazon to find it? While $119 isn't too bad, I'd like to see if I can find it cheaper.

Good to know about the grip on it. There was a review on Armarkat's site by someone who said that their cats slipped and fell while on the tree. But, that was the only negative review. I'm thinking that this person has clumsy cats. LOL
 

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I saw it on the Armarkat site and it's actually more expensive there than it is at Petco. Where would I look on Amazon to find it? While $119 isn't too bad, I'd like to see if I can find it cheaper.

Good to know about the grip on it. There was a review on Armarkat's site by someone who said that their cats slipped and fell while on the tree. But, that was the only negative review. I'm thinking that this person has clumsy cats. LOL
Here's the amazon listing: Amazon.com: Cat Tree, Beige: Kitchen & Dining They have the best price that I've seen so far. Looks like it's back down to the sale price it was at when I bought it. And yeah I think it's more expensive directly from the Amarkat site.
 

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Cat trees

I hope Ritz likes hers, cause I just ordered one, made to order.
Polkat Products/ Your Cat Tree Guy A person I volunteer with at ruderanch.org (for feral and special needs cats near Annapolis, MD) coordinated buying them wholesale, and a certain percentage of the proceeds go to Rude Ranch.
If Ritz doesn't like it, then I will donate it to either Rude Ranch, Alley Cat Rescue, or put it in my friend's Cattery.
Ritz does NOT like cat beds or those really soft blankets. She loves to sit on a hand-hooked rug my mother made 35 years ago, watching the birds on my balcony.
 

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Here's the amazon listing: Amazon.com: Cat Tree, Beige: Kitchen & Dining They have the best price that I've seen so far. Looks like it's back down to the sale price it was at when I bought it. And yeah I think it's more expensive directly from the Amarkat site.
That's only slightly less than Petco's price. It's regularly $149.99 and it's on sale for $119.99. In this case, I think I'll stick with Petco.
 

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My girls love their cat trees. I have various trees throughout the house...some large, some small. They're always sleeping or playing in one or another. However, they have no time for their cat beds. So, cat beds and cat trees don't necessarily generate the same reaction.
 

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Yup, it is. They also sell it on Amazon (where I got mine) or directly from the Armarkat website.

So far I haven't noticed any grip problems. Apollo goes nuts on this thing (doing really reckless leaps) and every time he misses a jump he's able to grab on just fine. I'm not sure if he's grabbing the faux fur or the wood under it, but so far he hasn't fallen off at all despite his reckless vigor.
I looked around and ended up ordering one of these from Petco. It's a lot of tree for the money and the condos were a good size.

Thanks for all the advice. Fingers crossed she gets some mileage out of it.
 
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