The best cat trees ever...tried and tested by the Bombadillo kittens!
Over the years we have tried out many, many cat trees! Some are fantastic, others are terrible, and some are fairly average. Prices vary greatly, as does quality. So we decided to list some of our absolute best cat trees for you here, so you can go straight to the good ones and avoid wasting your hard earned money!
The best option for your home will depend on a few things: how many cats you have, how big they are, how well they get along and what budget you have.
Best cat trees: XL cat tree
Natural Paradise Cat tree
Price: around £109 for full height, or £60 for a shorter version
This cat tree is ideal for large cats, adventurous cats who like climbing and multi-cat households.
It comes in 3 sizes: Compact, Standard and Premium. We have the Standard size and find it more than adequate. If you are a little short on space, try the Compact version, or have a look further down this list.
Our cats love this cat tower. And we love the fact that it is easy to clean. The fabric parts detach and can be machine washed at 30C. The wood can then be hoovered and cleaned with a suitable cleaner. This gives it a huge advantage over the usual fabric type cat towers, which are very difficult to keep clean.
It is incredibly sturdy - very strong, solid and stable. Be aware that it is quite heavy, so a little hard to move around. This is one of our absolute favourites. It also comes in a much shorter version that finishes with the layer of the house - great if you want a god cat tower that won't dominate a room. That version is around £60 so a fair bit cheaper as well.
For more information, see our Natural Paradise Cat tree review.
Best cat trees: most economical cat tree
Natural Heaven II Cat tree
Price: around £47
This is a fantastic cat tree: it is very economical, fairly compact, solid and sturdy and easy to clean. This cat tree has all of the benefits of the Natural Paradise XL, but is cheaper, more compact, and easier to put together (it literally took about 10 minutes to assemble). It is also much lighter and easier to move than the Natural Paradise XL. The bed on the top seems extremely comfortable and is very popular with our cats. If you have more than one cat you may need an additional option for them, or a bigger tree, to avoid disagreements about the bed!
Best cat trees: mini cat tree
Wicky Scratching Post
Price: around £15
Great for very small kittens learning to climb, or as a scratcher and alternative hang out for an older cat. A great price, easy to put together and loved by all of our kittens! Less long lasting than other options, but a great option for very small kittens.
Best cat tree alternative
Price: around £40 for the Medium
These barrels are really excellent. They are neat and compact, so don’t dominate the room, but our cats absolutely love them. Being entirely covered in sisal makes them irresistible for cats to scratch, and they love hiding inside them.
These are not as easy to clean as the wooden cat trees, but are still an excellent option. They come in a range of sizes and prices. We like the Medium ones, but are sure our cats would love the super large ones as well! These barrels have lasted the test of time very well indeed.
For more information, see our Diogenes Barrel M review.
Cheap cat trees
On the internet you can find a multitude of very large, expansive and fun looking cat trees for very low prices. Many of these are on Amazon, Ebay and other market places. We did once buy one of these options...it was around £40 for an enormous cat tree and on the photographs it appeared to be fantastic value. Unfortunately it was destroyed within a few weeks and needed to be disposed of! So be very careful when shopping online. Cat towers need to withstand your cat's weight, activity levels and claws! Most of these cheaper cat trees that are available online are simply not built to last - which means they cost you more money and ultimately just increase the amount of rubbish going into landfills every year. When looking for a cat tree consider how thick the supports are, how well attached the sisal is, whether the fabric will last, and how well designed the item is. Opting for options that are easy to clean means that your cat tree will last longer: saving you money, and going a little way to helping the planet as well. It is well worth investing in one of the best cat trees you can.
All of these cat towers are available from Zooplus.
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