Cat trees provide cats with their own space to sleep, scratch and play. When you set about picking a cat tree, think about the number of cats you have and the type of cat tree you want, whether you're looking for a single or multi-storey model. You'll also have to think about stability, dimensions, location and design. A cat tree provides your cat with the perfect spot to sharpen their claws. Cat trees are ultimately designed to enhance your cat's day-to-day comfort. Your cat might choose to rest on the tree or use it to scratch at their leisure. This cat accessory can also be considered a decorative item.
There are many reasons to buy a cat tree. For example:
- giving cats their own space to relax encourages them to spend less time on the sofa or carpet meaning less hair around the home;
- this type of structure provides cats with a space to play whether that involves hiding, jumping or climbing;
- cat trees can be used to sharpen claws preventing damage to furniture and upholstery;
- cats can use the structure to perch and observe their surroundings which is one of their favourite activities!
Cat trees all differ in size.
- Models measuring under a metre in height are best when space is tight. These compact models take up less space and are easier to set up.
- Standard cat trees tend to measure around 1 to 1.5 metres in height. These models provide hiding places and platforms on different tiers to satisfy your cat's need to jump, climb and observe.
- Cat trees measuring over 1.5 metre usually have the most features including hideaways, ropes, platforms and tunnels. However, these cat trees are quite bulky meaning you need a fair amount of space.
There are a few criteria to consider when choosing this type of cat accessory.
- Stability is of the utmost importance as cats rest their full weight on the structure as they relax on the platforms or stretch out to sharpen their claws. An unstable structure is more likely to wobble and fall over, which could damage any items in the vicinity.
- The size of your pet is also an important factor to consider.
- It's a good idea to go for a cat tree that matches the rest of your interior décor.
In short, setting up a cat tree is sure to benefit both cat and owner – not to mention your furniture!