A good cat tree can improve the life of your feline friend. But they are a bit expensive, and they don't always last that long. So, here are five fantastic, sustainable cat trees for every situation and every budget.
What to look out for in a cat tree
Cat trees consist of platforms, scratching posts and built-in toys. They are intended to enrich your cat's environment by providing space for playing, climbing, and scratching, and they can actually help to reduce certain behavioral problems of cats (cracks in furniture, scratching of the feet, etc.) .
But what do you expect from a cat tree? How large should they be and what should they be made of?
Here's what to look for in a cat tree:
- Size: How big a cat tree do you need? Cats like to climb into giant trees, but a large piece of cat furniture may not fit in your living room. Try to find a balance that works for you and your cat.
- Features: Cat trees are great for lounging, but they can also work as scratching posts or play areas. Search for features that your cat needs. If they like to scratch furniture, buy a cat tree with built-in sisal scratching posts. If they slap at people, get a tree with built-in toys to burn that energy.
- Build quality: Cheap cat trees are made of cardboard and worthless carpet. They fall apart quickly, and tend to appear (and feel) gross after a while. For the sake of quality, all cat trees in this article are made from compressed wood. If you want to go one step further, buy one that is made with hard carpet (or no carpet).
- Consider trees from floor to ceiling: Some cat trees press against the floor and ceiling like tension rods. These floor-to-ceiling trees are a great space-saving option and they can give your cat even more height than other freestanding trees.
And that's all. Now that you know what you are looking for, it's time to go shopping.
The best overall: Go Pet Club 62-inch cat tree
For less than $ 100, the Go Pet Club cat tree is a fantastic option. It is made from sustainably compressed wood and real sisal rope, so it is just as expensive as cat trees. Moreover, it is 62 centimeters long and has a number of platforms, hammocks and shelters for your cat.
Please note that this cat tree is approximately three feet wide. That is about the size of a real piece of furniture, so you may have trouble finding a place for the Go Pet Club tree in your home.
Go Pet Club 62-inch cat tree
The The 62-inch Go Pet Club cat tree is made of durable chipboard and real sisal rope. For less than $ 100, this cat tree is a bargain.
The budget choice: Go Pet Club 51-inch cat tree
The Go Pet Club 51-inch cat tree is a solid piece of budget cat furniture . It is a simple cat tree with built-in sisal scratching posts, a hanging toy and a few lying platforms. That is really all you need. This cat tree would work great in the corner of a small room (it's less than two feet wide), and it's made of compressed wood, so it should last a few years (if you can keep the plush carpet clean).  Best budget choice
Go Pet Club cat tree Beige color
The Go Pet Club 51-inch cat tree is a simple, well-made cat furniture. It is one of the best cat trees that you will find at its price.
The Premium Pick: Vesper 47.9-inch cat furniture
The Vesper cat tree is a bit strange. It is not covered with plush carpet, it is very geometric and it is clearly made of chipboard. In other words, it is made to last. It is strong and balanced, and it will not take on the dirty feel and smell of fully clad cat trees.
Your cat does not mind that Vesper is not fully lined (sometimes it is nice to feel a cool chipboard on your belly), and he will love the long sisal scratching posts of Vesper and the dangling toys. The Vesper is also only about two feet wide, so it must fit comfortably in most rooms (note that it is only 47.9 inches long).
Best option from floor to ceiling: S-Lifeeling Climber
Cats from floor to ceiling can reach insane heights without to take up too much floor space. The S-Lifeeling boom from floor to ceiling is a particularly good option because it is affordable, adjustable for different height settings (with a maximum height of 113 inches), and made from a relatively tough carpet.
Of course this tree has no hiding places, built-in toys or sisal rope to scratch (although you can always wrap some sisal rope around it yourself).
The huge option: Armarkat 78-inch cat tree
If you are looking for a giant piece of cat furniture, you should have a look at the 78-inch tree from Armarkat. It is a fairly large tree and it has multiple surfaces for playing, scratching, climbing or lounging. Moreover, it is made of durable pressed wood, sisal rope and carpet, so it should last a few years.
Please note that this armarket tree is just under three feet wide. That is quite impressive (considering its height), but it can be too big for some rooms of your house.