Cat trees are often beds, scratching posts and play centres all rolled in to one, so the fact that most start retailing at around £40 shouldn’t put you off – this is actually great value all things considered.
This can reach up to almost £200. At the lower end, you will likely find two storey models which are quite short and lack huge flat surfaces, whereas at the upper side will be those with four or five levels, extras such as hammocks and ladders and wider surfaces.
But do match up price and quality. Paying £20 for something every six months doesn’t make much sense when you could buy a tree for £60 which could last for a cat’s entire lifetime.
Those at the higher end tend to be made with stronger materials and thicker coatings, so are less likely to disintegrate after a day of boisterous behaviour.
This is most important in terms of the impact it will have on your home. If you are stuck for space, you can find trees which take up very little diameter yet are still tall, and likewise, some which are built outwards as opposed to being too high for your cat.
If you have multiple cats, think about how spacious the tree is for them all to use at once.
Think having a platform for each to sleep on, as well as a scratching post for each to use just on their own so they can still leave their own scent and display territorial behaviour.
Also, check it won’t be too tall for your cat to jump between levels, and whether it is tall enough for any who like to be up very high.
The majority of cat trees are made from sturdy woods and board, which gives them stability and strength when it comes to cats jumping on and off.
For the soft fabrics, this is often felt, polyester or fleece which gives somewhere soft and comfortable for them to rest. This is in contrast to the scratching posts, which are often sisal or jute as with tradition, so your cat can learn what each section is for.