So, you’re looking to buy a cat condo. As much as you love your kitty, you don’t love having your furniture scratched up. But, which one do you get? There are so many options out there, it’s enough to make your head spin.
There are some things you have to consider before buying that cat condo. For starters, how many cats do you have? If there is only one, then how much does she (or he) weigh? Is she a kitten or an older cat? How much space do you have in your home? While you’re working on that, here’s another way to break it all down.
Though there is no one ideal cat condo, or cat tree as it’s often known, it should provide for 4 of a cat’s basic needs – climb, scratch, sleep, and play. Okay, so there are a few more things. The cat tree should also be stable enough not to tip over, should accommodate multiple or heavy cats, and the materials should hold up to heavy use. Here are a few to get you started in the right direction.
10. SmartCat Multi-Level Cat Climber
Ideal for: small spaces and traveling.
If you live in a small space, you may not have room for a freestanding cat tree. Instead, you might want to try the space-saving SmartCat Multi-Level Cat Climber. It basically attaches at the top and bottom of a door, with four “shelves” that attach to a sisal post in a staggering pattern.
- Space saving and portable.
- Fits on most doors.
- Most owners consider it to be sturdy enough for multiple cats, which is definitely a plus in cat furniture.
- Some owners have commented that the climber had an odor when first taken out of the box. Airing it out helped.
- Some reviewers have commented that it moves against the door slightly, especially if the cat leaps on it, but not so much that it’s a problem. Bolting it to the door or wall is a possibility, though it will no longer be portable.
9. ArmarKat 72-inch 7202 Cat Condo
Ideal for: multiple or heavy cats.
This large AmarKat cat condo is sturdy. The hammock suspended from four posts provides a sleeping place for kitty. The sisal-covered scratching posts give multiple cats their own place to scratch. Two perches and a bell-shaped house keep things interesting for the cat. It can hold up to 60 pounds, which meets the requirement for holding heavier or multiple cats. Soft faux fur is perfect for kitty comfort and enjoyment. Meets requirements for stability, sleeping, scratching, and climbing.
- Very sturdy.
- The base is 28 x 24 inches, providing much-needed stability.
- Toys don’t last very long.
8. Go Pet Club Cat Tree F67
Ideal for: smaller, active cats.
At 62 inches high, this Go Pet Club cat condo has so many bells and whistles, your cat won’t know where to start. There is a hammock, a ladder, basket, a perch, and a suspended rope to provide plenty of entertainment and exercise for a cat.
- The tree is sturdy and durable, has features such as a basket, rope, ladder, and hammock.
- It’s also easy to assemble.
- The hammock and cradle need to be roomier to accommodate larger cats.
- The higher levels also need to be more stable.
7. Go Pet Club F32 Cat Tree
Ideal for: small to medium sized cats.
Standing 51 inches at the highest point, this Go Pet Club F32 cat tree is a little smaller compared to others. However, it still offers a decent pair of perches and a cozy condo. The sisal posts provide a good place for kitty to scratch.
- Provides good climbing, comes in a soft, neutral color.
- Easy to assemble.
- Perch needs to be bigger and tree needs to be a little more stable.
6. Armarkat Cat Tree Model A6501, Beige
Ideal for: scratching.
Made of manufactured wood, faux fur, and sisal, this Armarkat cat tree has five levels, a hammock big enough for one cat, and a small condo on the second platform. Nine scratching posts provide plenty of options for cats to sharpen their claws
- The hammock, perches, and toys are great additions.
- The faux fur may shed a little when first used.
- Toys won’t last long.
- Heavy cats might cause the tree to wobble slightly.
5. Go Pet Club Cat Tree Furniture
Ideal for: scratching and for older cats.
This Go Pet Club cat tree features five scratching posts, a ladder ramp, a cat condo, and two perches. Two toys dangle from the perches to provide a diversion for your feline. It stands 52 inches at the highest point.
- As with the other cat condos, assembly is pretty easy.
- The price is also great.
- Has multiple scratching posts.
- Perching areas need to be bigger.
- Sisal rope needs to be better secured to post.
4. Trixie Pet Products Baza Grande Cat Tower
Ideal for: sleeping.
The plush hammock of this Grande Cat Tower makes this a great sleeping tree. Above that rises yet one more sisal post that leads to a single perch that stands 51.75 inches off the ground.
- Good size hammock accommodates most cats.
- Affordable price.
- Hammock hard to replace when worn out.
- Baseboard needs to be a little heavier for stability.
3. Go Pet Cat Club Tree F2030
Ideal for: multiple, larger, and active cats.
This faux fur Go Pet cat tree stands at an impressive 80 inches. With enough posts, levels, a hanging rope, a basket, 2 houses, and at least 3 perches, your cat is bound to find something to do on this cat condo. It’s big enough to accommodate a medium to large-size cat.
- The tree will accommodate larger cats.
- The product is a good value for the price and the dangling toys are irresistible to most cats.
- Poor packaging (owners complain it looks like it was just thrown into the box for shipping).
- The tree base needs to be bigger for more stability.
2. Armarkat Cat tree Furniture Condo, Height -50-Inch to 60-Inch
Ideal for: most cats.
Covered in faux fleece, the Armarkat Cat Furniture Condo has several levels, two perches, and a house to sleep or play. It also has a toy dangling from under one of the perches for your cat to bat at. It’s also surprisingly affordable for its size.
- Product is durable.
- The faux fleece covering is easy to clean and holds up well.
- Assembly is easy.
- For the lower cost, this is a good cat tree.
- Some owners do feel the product could be more stable.
1. Go Pet Club F2440 72″ High Cat Tree Condo
Ideal for: heavier, multiple, active cats.
At 72” high x 26” long x 50” wide, this Co Pet Club cat tree has 10 posts, 2 cat houses, and 15 levels to keep your cat occupied. All of the posts are covered in sisal rope, the perfect material for scratching posts. Faux fur covers the rest, making it soft enough to appeal to your cat, whether to play or just hang out with her favorite human. The soft beige color makes it neutral enough to put in just about any room.
- Accommodates elderly, heavier, and multiple cats; many levels for younger cats to explore.
- Materials can stand up to scratching and heavy use.
- Makes a good sleeping tree for your cat.
- Could be a little bit sturdier at the base.
Hopefully, this list will help you get started. As the links no doubt illustrated, you don’t have to spend a fortune for a decent quality cat tree. If you want to keep your furry friend even more entertained, you can take a look at the best toys for indoor cats. Happy playing!