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Cat Tree Buying Guide

cat tree buying guide
Your adorable kitty deserves a place to play (or rest) that suits her needs. In this guide, we take a look at common cat tree features and materials to help you choose the best one for your feline friend.

Cat Tree Features

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Scratching Posts

Scratching posts are a must for cats, since they're a form of exercise. Cats stretch and pull against surfaces to stay limber and agile. By giving cats scratching post, you decrease the chance that they'll use your furniture instead!

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Cat condos provide a cozy and covered spot to sleep or rest for your cat.

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A cat tree with toys built in will help keep cats entertained when you're not around or able to play with them. Generally the built in toys are balls or feathers hanging from a string.

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Cats love to climb, so a cat tree with many levels will keep them entertained for hours.

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Furniture Style

If you don't want your cat's new home to interfere with your decor, opt for a furniture style cat tree. This style is generally made of wood.

Cat Tree Materials


  • A durable and coarse natural fiber, sisal is generally used on scratching posts in cat trees. 


  • Most often used on the flat surfaces and non-scratching post poles, carpet provides a comfortable and soft spot for cats to rest. 

Corrugated Cardboard

  • A budget-friendly alternative to wood models, corrugated cardboard cat trees are lightweight. Corrugated cardboard cat trees won't last as long as sturdier models because cardboard is more prone to rips and tears. 


  • More durable than corrugated cardboard, wood cat trees can often resemble furniture to help them blend into existing decor. Wood will show scratches more readily than carpet and sisal.

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