All cat trees offer felines exercise and some environmental enrichment. If you don't like the look of the typical pet store options, consider giving your cat a climber that looks like a real tree.
Places to Buy Realistic Cat Trees
Cat trees made from real tree branches, or close simulations, can be difficult to find at your local pet supply store. However, realistic trees make a fun place for your cat to play safely without tearing up your furniture, and they can also be a beautiful addition to your décor. The following online shops sell hand-crafted trees that just might make your cat think she's playing outside.
CatsPlay has an assortment of beautiful trees covered in silk leaves. Each of these cat trees is made in the USA and comes fully assembled, but there's about a four to six week wait for your tree to be manufactured and shipped.
- Seedling - This extra small cat tree measures 17 W x 25" D x 36" T, and it has a square bottom perch and a comfy, semi-circular perch higher up in the tree. It's priced at approximately $250.00.
- Sapling - This model has a small house at its base that sits next to a tree which has one perching platform. It's fairly small with average dimensions of 17" W x 19" D x 48" T, and it runs about $700.00.
- Resort Luxury Tree - This tree has a lot of leaves that conceal three perches. Most cats will love the extra privacy, and the perches swivel so you can occasionally change positions to help prevent boredom. The carpet on the unit can be removed for cleaning. The base is about 30 inches in diameter, and the tree stands approximately 48 inches high. It's priced at $389.00.
Cat Palace carries about eight different realistic-looking cat trees. The trees are made in the USA from real dragonwood left in its natural state. Prices range from approximately $197.00 up to $1,370.00, and it can take anywhere from two to six weeks for delivery depending on which model you choose.
A sampling of their trees includes:
- Sprout Cat Tree - This is the smallest tree Cat Palace offers, and the entire unit measures approximately 16" W 24" D x 36" T. The branches are covered in silk leaves, and a single perch is wedged between a V in the main branches. If you only have a small space or a small cat, this tree might be a great choice. If you have a fairly large and active cat, the Sprout might not offer enough of a challenge to your pet.
- Sycamore - This tree measures approximately 28" W x 28" D x 72" T. It comes with three platforms in addition to the base, and the natural movement of the upper branches is designed to peak your pet's curiosity and make playtime more enjoyable. The carpeting on the unit is removable to make cleaning easier. This is a good unit for a cat that likes to climb high.
- Mature Cat Tree House - This tree stands seven feet tall and has four platforms, as well as a house on the base. Multiple cats could enjoy this large unit.
If you want to give your cat a luxury tree, Fantasy Forest has a number of unique designs that are made in the USA. You can choose the finish on your tree, from fabric to polyacrylic-coated to simple painted wood, and the leaves are made from microsuede. The inside of the trees conceal steps your cat can use to climb up the tree or take a secluded nap.
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- Lil Hickory Tree - This is the smallest model measuring 35" W x 22" D x 32" T. It comes with one tree top platform for your cat to perch on. Depending on the finish you choose, the price ranges from $389.00 to $489.00.
- Enchanted Tree - The dimensions on this tree are 44" W x 28" D x 72" T, and it has two perching platforms. This base price on this model is $789.00.
- Hidden Hollow - This tree comes with three tree-top platforms, and its dimensions are 36" W x 22" D x 56" T. Pricing on this model runs from $649.00 to $749.00. Additional models of this tree are available in six through ten-feet high, and are priced accordingly.
- Fantasy Tree - This tree is available in two sizes. The 50" W x 27" D x 84" T ranges $1,058 to $1,229.00, and the 48" W x 26" D x72" T ranges $859.00 to $1059.00. Both sizes come with four perching platforms, and you have the option of paying for additional features if you want them. This model would be a good choice for a multi-cat household.
There is one major drawback to getting a Fantasy Forest cat tree. There is about a one year waiting list because the company can't keep up with the demand. Unless you're very patient, you might want to consider shopping elsewhere.
If You Can't Find One, Make One
If you can't find the type of cat tree you are looking for in a price range you can afford, consider checking with a local carpenter. If you can give him or her a sketch or image of what you would like, a local woodworker may be able to create a cat tree to your specifications. You might even save a little money by using a local craftsman.