Monday, June 25, 2012

Advice Request

Tabitha left the following comment the other day:

 Hey every one!! We have three cats (1 huge tabby and 2 smaller Burmese) and we are thinking of getting a cat tree. Any one have ones they like, or know what I should be looking for in a cat tree?!?!? THANKS! cat people rock.

The Armarkat tree I got for Scarlett about four years ago, which has since been taken over by Melly, has worked out nicely. (It's this one, if you want the specs.)  It's stable--crucial for when Melly does this--and has held up well to frequent vacuuming.

Anyone else have any advice for Tabitha?

On an unrelated subject, here are Scarlett and Melly, keeping a close watch on the living room and the great outdoors.


Fuzzy Tales said...

Well, we say the taller and sturdier the better, with multiple levels that are large enough to curl up on comfortably. If they can get more than one cat tree, even better! :-)

Rene said...

We got ours at a local pet store. Make sure to test it out for sturdiness before buying. Some are quite flimsy. Ours has a tunnel on the lowest level, which is very popular with our guys.

You might be able to find someone who can custom make a tree on craigslist. I've seen posts regularly on our list, and they look very nice. They can even add the colors/shelves/etc that you might want.

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

All I can say is that if your cats are jumpers like me, make sure the tree is good and heavy at the base. My sister Constance is a real jumper, too. Sometimes she races in and takes a flying leap at things. Light stuff topples in these instances. purrs

Katnip Lounge said...

We have several Amarkat of them we put a cinder block on the bottom for extra stability. They vac up great and last.

BeadedTail said...

We have an Armarkat tree too and love it. It stands up well to bunny kitty the ledges too.

You kitties need to knock that picture down so you can see out better!


Our Daddy makes cat condos so he is our source!!



Emily and Laura said...

Thanks for pointing out the Armarket trees -- I've been looking for the right one for Emily, who's getting older but still loves to be up high. We had a homemade tree for her that we'd gotten on Freecycle, but it was pretty much dead so we had to toss it when we moved last year, and I've been trying to find the right replacement ever since. I think I just found it -- and with ramps, it should last her even when her jumping days are over! (Which they aren't yet -- she still jumps to the high closet shelf from the top of the TV -- not bad for a 16-year-old kitty!)

Sparkle said...

How nice to see Scarlett and Melly sharing space with nobody getting hissed off!

Anonymous said...

Thanks everyone for the tips. I am going to take a look around and see what I can find. I did look at the Amerikat site and found a few things I liked, however, Amerikat shipping to Canada is a little crazy (51 dollars plus tax and customs) so I will take a look local. Great advice on a sturdy base thank you!!

Nermals Mom said...

See if there is a cat expo coming up in your area - we have one here once a year -- go on the last day and most of the vendors don't want to haul everything back - and you can get a great deal on a kitty tree.