Cat Trees – Condos – For A Cat’s Wellbeing!

June 2, 2018 in Articles

Are you a pet parent?  Do you have a beloved feline family member?  If so, you may find this article to be of interest and of value.  It is my intention to help you to understand why it is a good idea to have a cat tree for your kitty and also the reasons why cats like to “hang out” in them.

Comfy Cat

There are quite a few different styles and designs of cat condos so it is a good idea to take a little time to see which is best suited for your living quarters and also for your cat.

You can take a look at the 4 Cat trees I’ve listed.  By clicking on the image, you will be taken to the page that provides you with all the information you need on that specific cat tree.

I hope you have fun reading this post, and it is my wish to help you choose a cat tree that is suitable for your cat (or cats) in the event that you are contemplating to buy one or two.

 

Cat Trees – Condos.  What are they?

Having fun in our cat tree

 

Have you ever heard of cat trees – condos?  If not, I would like to share with you exactly what they are.

Cat trees are designed to be your cat’s vertical home, so to speak.  It’s their “home” inside your home.  Cat trees are elevated structures wherein your kitty can have lots of fun playing and also spending time napping.

This piece of furniture is your cat’s “den” where he or she will enjoy spending a bit of time each day.  They play in it, use the scratching posts that are normally made of sisal rope (which is excellent for their clawing pleasure!), exercise on it by stretching their bodies and scratching simultaneously, and lay on the perches for napping.  Instead of clawing at your couch, they can now easily use their condo’s posts to claw away!

The cat trees (or cat condos) seem to be very comfortable.  This is not because I have tried it out personally, of course!  But I can say this from observing that my cats are having a blast with the one I’ve bought for them!  They play on it until their hearts’ content, and when they are tired, there are places situated in the tree for napping.

As you will see, the ones I have listed have scratching posts and also sections where they can take a “cat nap.”  Two of them have stairs.

Most come with different levels so if you have multiple cats in your home, they can choose their “spot” and everyone will be happy.  Some cat trees are higher or wider than others.

Many models are lined with faux fur and certified board as the materials.  The scratching posts are normally made of sisal rope.

 

Does Your Cat Get into Trouble?

Kitty scratching the couch

 

This might sound like a silly question.  But, for anyone who has ever been a cat parent, you will know that you feline babies can sometimes get into more trouble than you’d like, especially when they are kittens or young cats.

So you have a cat — or maybe several cats — and want something that will keep them busy and happy at the same?  Have you ever wondered why your cat gets into so much trouble?  I often wondered about this myself, as I now am the proud pet parent of four (4) cats.  I have had house cats for the past 24 years and can say that we’ve had our share of torn, broken and scratched household items.

Cats are very active and inquisitive animals and can get into a bit of trouble if they are not able to keep busy and use up all that stored energy.  I have found that, over the years, they are good at knocking things over and breaking things in the home that I really did not want to be broken.  Nevertheless, I love my cats very much and I am sure you do, too, and that’s why you are here reading this!

I’ve written this post to help you decide which cat tree is best for your cat and to let you know it’s a good idea to have one of these condos for your pet.  Some of the cat trees (or condos) have toys on them to entertain your cat further.  If not, you can buy toys that hang and secure them in place for extra fun!

Are You Considering a Cat Tree for Your Kitty?

Just recently, I purchased a Cat Tree for my 4 babies!  I actually just learned about cat tree condos recently, although I’ve had cats for the past 18 years. 

Two of my cats are older (3 years and 12 years), and the other two, who are brother and sister, are just 1 year of age.  They spend a bit of time in their cat tree each day.

The cat tree that I purchased is “Cat Tree #4.”  It is spacious and the color goes well with my decor.  There are also a couple of hanging toys that they play with.  I can say that they have a lot of fun playing on this cat tree and also LOVE sleeping in it!  Sometimes one will try to get to a specific perch and try to scat the other away.  They are so funny!

It is a great investment to make and these can certainly last for years!  As you continue reading, you will see several different cat trees that are available.

 

 What Are The Benefits Of Having Cat Trees – Condos?

Cats are naturally inquisitive by nature and like to investigate each corner of the house.  I have noticed this!  How can a cat tree help your cat?  Having a cat tree in your home is a wonderful way for your cat to have fun and exercise, too!

By nature, cats enjoy scratching immensely.  By putting one of these cat tree pieces of furniture in your home, you will notice that, instead of clawing and tearing your furniture up, they may use the scratching posts as an alternative.  (These have been my observations with my cats.)

Stretching on their cat tree, your cat will get a good amount of exercise.  Stretching is good for their backs.  This is good for their health and also keeps them fit.  You might notice that they even chase one another if you have multiple cats!  Climbing up and down or jumping from the cat condos is another form of exercise.

My cats used to sleep on the top of my sofa (or a chair) but now they sleep in their cat tree … except for my old guy who still prefers the sofa.

As loving pet parents, when we see our cats are happy, we are happy!

 

Introducing Your Cats to their Cat Trees – Condos

It will not be long before your cat is spending a lot of time in her or his new cat tree.  Three of mine got accustomed to it within a few hours after it was assembled.  They were so curious to see what this big, new “thing” was!

 

Illustration of a Cat Tree

Tips to Help Your Cat Feel Comfy With Its Cat Tree:

  1.  Do NOT put your cat on its condo and use its paw to scratch; this may scare your cat and then, it may take a long time before he or she goes back on it.  Instead, use your index finger and make the scratching sound so they will get the hint!
  2. Place your cat’s favorite treat or even catnip on the perch or at the base so she or he will feel at ease to approach the cat tree.
  3. Pet your cat while she is climbing on the condo or scratching at the post to make her or him know it’s okay to be on this new piece of furniture.
  4. Place the cat condo in a location where your cats frequent.  If possible, place it against a wall or near the location where they normally scratch most, so that they will have access to the sisal posts.  (I have placed mine in the living room.  However, a bedroom, family room, or any room in your home that works for you is fine.)

 

Now, I would like to show you 4 different cat trees along with their specifications.  Click on the images, at any time, to get ALL the details.

 

Cat Tree #1 – Click Image to Purchase:

  • Size:  38″ Wide x 27″ Long x 62″ High
  • Color:  Beige (Shown above)
  • Top Perch Size: 13 1/4″ Wide x 13 1/4″ Long x 2.75″ High
  • Available Colors:  Beige, Blue, Black, Brown
  • Suitable for cats and kittens
  • Sisal rope posts
  • Faux Fur
  • Multiple levels
  • Comfortable for napping and great for exercising
  • A fun way for your cats to keep healthy

 

Cat Tree #2 – Click Image to Purchase

 

  • Size: 22.8″ x wide x 78″ High
  • Color: Navy (other colors available – click photo)
  • Weight: 48 1/2 lbs.
  • Multiple Platforms for added fun and exercise
  • Faux Fur and Sisal Rope
  • Comfy for your cat to nap in
  • Spacious
  • Suitable for kittens and cats

 

Cat Tree #3 – Click Image to Purchase

  • Color: Brown
  • Spacious enough for napping and playing
  • Size:  23.6″ Long x 19.7″ Wide x 57 1/2″ High
  • Sisal Rope Scratching Posts
  • Weight:  42 lbs.
  • Hanging toys included (as shown)
  • CARB Certified Board
  • Perfect for cats and kittens
  • Plush fabric

 

Cat Tree #4 – Click Image to Purchase

  • Size: 33″W x 22″L x 72″H
  • Color: Black (other colors available – click image)
  • Material: Faux Fur
  • Sisal Rope Posts for Scratching
  • Board Material:  Wood
  • Suitable for cats and kittens alike
  • 5-level condo
  • Posts are covered with Sisal Rope

 

 

Conclusion

Adding a Cat Tree to your home can provide your cat with a good amount of exercise and hours of daily fun.  A cat who is clawing at your furniture or a little too mischievous can use her sisal rope posts for their scratching pleasure. This is true for my cats.

If you have a cat who is clawing at your carpeting or furniture (destroying your sofas), then having a cat tree can divert their attention to scratching the sisal posts as opposed to your furniture.

They will get a good amount of exercise using their cat tree and this can help to prolong their lives.  I am very happy that I invested in purchasing the cat tree for my 4 feline babies!  They have a lot of fun and are getting more exercise than they did prior to me buying it — so that, in itself, is a plus!

These cat trees serve several purposes and actually help make a happier, healthier cat!  Since there are many benefits to having a cat tree in your home, you should seriously consider getting one (or more) for your feline family members.

Please feel free to leave comments that you would like to share.  Thanks, and I hope you will visit my site in the near future!

 

Cat Trees – Condos – For A Cat’s Wellbeing!

12 Comments

    1. Luke says:

      Great article, Cathy!

      We do have three cats that roam the confines of our home and as you mentioned, are quite curious by nature. (Not always a good thing!)

      I purchased a cat tree just like #1 in your article which has helped in getting them to play, sleep, etc. in a more appropriate fashion.

      We had to use catnip to get them interested in the tree at first, but it has become a place where they feel safe and comfortable. It’s a win-win for everyone!

      Thanks for sharing Cathy, great information for all cat lovers!

      Luke

      • Cathy says:

        Hi Luke,

        Thank you for the comment! I am glad to hear that you have found the cat tree to be useful and also a place that your cats feel to be a “safe haven.”

        They really are good to invest in, as I have found this out myself, having 4 cats of my own!

        The catnip is a good idea for anyone who is having trouble getting their kitties to become accustomed to their new “hang out.” : )

        Hope you will visit again!

        Cathy

    2. oliver says:

      Oh my goodness I had heard but never actually saw a cat tree or cat condo before.
      this is a fantastic idea and the design and intricacies of this piece of equipment provides a lot of factors in satisfying a cat’s curious mind.
      By all accounts cats love elevated positions and the sense of comfort and command it affords them.
      In the video I was intrigued by how the cat instantly took to the tree/condo and figured it out so quickly.

      Thanks for writing this great article as it is brand new information for me.

      Oliver

      • Cathy says:

        Hello Oliver,

        I am glad that you enjoyed this article and learned about the cat trees that are available for our feline-family members!

        They are really a lot of fun for cats, as well as a comfy place for them to nap! Yes, you are correct. Cats love elevated positions and also a sense of comfort, both things that these cat trees (condos) provide.

        My cats truly enjoy spending time with theirs. I have noticed that they especially like sleeping in the “penthouse.” They seem to always choose the highest perches.

        The good thing is that I’ve noticed my cats not scratching the couches as much since they use the sisal posts often.

        Thanks so much for commenting, and I hope you will visit again!

        Cathy

    3. Gary says:

      Very good article that’s filled with some good information. I love the choices of cat trees to choose from. You give us enough details about the product so that we could easily choose from either size or style. The video just before the conclusion was a nice touch.
      We have outside cats and they do love to climb things. Mostly on the fence and in the trees.

      Best Regards,
      Gary

      • Cathy says:

        Thank you, Gary!  I am glad that you liked the post.

        I tried to give a few choices since not everyone would like the same cat tree.  Yes, cats do love to climb on things.  Mine climb up and down their cat tree during the day, and also scratch at it!  (A plus is that my furniture is not being scratched at, much, any longer since we got this cat tree condo.)  

        It’s funny that I noticed the sister and brother cat (they’re 1 year old now), like the top perch best and sometimes fight over it.  They are similar to kids!

        Thank you for leaving the comment!

        Cathy  

    4. Mariem says:

      Amazing post! These cat trees and condos look so interesting I think my cats would like to have one of them
      I have a little which is they keep scratching everything especially my sofa because they like sleeping on it
      Can those trees stop them from scratching things or it’s just for fun?

      • Cathy says:

        Hi Mariem,

        Thanks, and I’m glad you liked the post!

        So, you have a cat who keeps scratching the sofa, and just about everything else?  I’ve been there!  I can honestly say that since I got this big cat tree condo for my 4 cats, I rarely catch them scratching my sofa anymore.

        It is used for fun (and exercise) for the cat but also to help to deter them from destroying our furniture!  One of my cats (who is older and cannot jump up and down that well) does not use it for fun, only to scratch.  The other 3 are having a blast with it.  They also love sleeping on the upper perches, for the most part!

        Hope you’ll visit again!

        Cathy

    5. JenMarie1 says:

      Hello!

      Thanks for sharing!

      Great article! I have a less than a year old cat and he gets into some major trouble! I definitely can relate to the knocking things over and braking them!

      He has toys to play with, and a scratchpad but not a cat tree! This must be what he needs to stay a little more occupied and so he’s stays less out of trouble.

      Thanks for sharing such helpful tips!

      All the best,

      Jennifer

      • Cathy says:

        Hi Jennifer,

        Glad you enjoyed the article!  I know that I have had my share of cats who “get into trouble” all too often.  Two of mine are still quite young and are still very curious but the cat tree condo has helped quite a bit.  Ours are housecats and so, they have free run of the entire house!  : )

        You’re welcome, and I hope that once you get a cat tree for your kitty that he keeps busy either climbing, scratching, or sleeping in it!  

        Hope you will visit again soon!

        Cathy

    6. Noah hogun says:

      Well I think I saw a movie scene where cats own a home, and they’re chilling with yard balls and fluffy petals. The cat trees sound like a good idea.  Like this site.  I see how the cat trees can help cats to get exercise and keep out of trouble.

      • Cathy says:

        Hi Noah,

        Glad you like my site.  The cat trees are a great idea and I know that my cats are very happy with it and have used it since I bought it for them.

        Hope you visit again in the future.

        Thanks,

        Cathy

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