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Sandi K
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« on: July 22, 2010, 06:00:58 PM »

We have been pondering the idea of a cat tree for Ms Sophers but we dont know if its something she would really use.  We dont want to spend the money on building or buying one if she wont use it so I thought I would see who here has a cat tree for their kitties?  Do they use it and how frequently and what are the ages of your kitties as maybe its dependent on how old they are?  Anyhow any info you have is appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2010, 06:15:18 PM »

Sandi, I broke down last Thanksgiving and bought one at Petsmart while it was on sale.  Bucky used it initially, he really liked the toy, but after a couple weeks, I never saw him on it again.  Bella got sick on it once, I have never actually seen her on it though.

'Bisi climbed up it yesterday to the top, but she didn't stay up there long.

I'm unsure if it was a waste or not.  I guess it depends on the future.   Undecided
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2010, 06:27:11 PM »

I have a nice multi-layered one - two cubbyholes, sisal rope ladders, and two resting levels. It had a small hammock at the bottom but I was uncomfortable with its construction so I didn't install it. The ladders and posts are sisal rope and the rest of the structure is covered with soft furry fabric. With Scrapper's limited mobility, he does not use it now but Trista and Trevor do. Trevor more so than Trista as she now prefers the small double-decker condo I had for them before getting the tree. When it is placed near the window it is an especially favorite haunt. The highest perch is Trevor's favorite, Scrapper used to like the middle level. Trista used both. Trevor seems to get the concept of the ladders more than the other two and likes to stand with his back end up and front feet scratching on a lower rung.

As long as they are mobile and able to jump/climb, most kitties I've know have loved their cat trees; if there is a good window to place it near, even better.

Trevor perched atop the tree - unfortunately you can see the rest of the tree.


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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2010, 06:35:06 PM »

We have a great big one, and it's my oldest cat (Phantom) who is most often found at the top of it.  She climbs in it the most often, and sleeps at the top at night, but all of them use it at times, even fat little Manx Cameo who you would swear could never make it up to the top.  I think the others consider it "Phantom's territory."

If Sophers likes to climb up on high shelves and things, she would probably like a cat tree.  (Phantom has always been one who heads for high places.)  I agree that cats seem to enjoy them most when they are near a window.

Mine is very large, and was hand-crafted by a local man who fashions them from discarded tree limbs, carpet samples, and pieces of particle board.  Super-heavy to move, but very, very stable and sturdy.
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2010, 06:40:41 PM »

I don't,but mine are in/out & climb the real trees. Also we have a cathedral ceiling with exposed wood beams running across from a balcony & they are all over them too.Oreo is still very active with climbing at 11, but Punkin is slowing down & being more cautious lately. He's 21.
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2010, 06:41:41 PM »

Oooh, yes! Stability is key. Nothing worse for kitty than a cat post that falls over when they take a flying leap off of it. Had a medium sized single level one like that, had to prop it against at least one wall to prevent accidents. The big one we have now has a rather large footprint so takes up more space but is solid as a rock despite any gymnastics they try.
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2010, 06:54:57 PM »

We had some in the past, but they mainly used it for sleeping and looking out of the window. In current flat with bay windows and wall shelves (some with cushions and some with cardboard scratchers), they don't seem to miss the cat trees. I gave them away when we moved to this place, since our built-in wall platforms are not only nicer looking but also a lot sturdier than any store bought cat tree. We'll go with the similar design for the new flat, just put in more of the scratching variety platforms (made of wood, with dimensions to fit cardboard scratchpads which I change from time to tie since my cats only like cardboard scratchers).
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2010, 07:02:59 PM »

Have two cat trees, a very tall one that lets the kitties jump up on top of a tall bookcase, and one that overlooks the foot of the bed with a platform and has a cat house at the bottom. Both are extremely heavy and carpeted and were commercial purchases.
Doozie and Smorgi used both for play and liked the platforms and used them to get on/off
bed and up on top of the bookcase. IQ, not as coordinated. used to in her younger days
love to get up to the top platform of the tall one but could never make the bookcase.
Doozie and Smorgi used them to sharpen claws and tore the heck out of the carpet. So I
wrapped the stiff rope over the torn carpet and nailed it in place and that worked. Smorgi at
19 still uses them both. IQ with arthritis of the hips doesn't.
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2010, 08:15:56 PM »

Oh wow I had no idea so many had them for their kitties!  Its just now Im thinking about one for Sophers.  We did have a small one for her when she was a kitten but she kept taking flying leaps the top straight to the floor so we donated it to our local shelter.  She was sick and we were worried she would break a limp on top of being ill. I cant believe how spendy they are though and we dont have a lot to choose from here.  I could order but shipping would be too expensive and getting DH to build one might take....um...shall we say a very long time? lol The one Im looking at locally has about 3 very good size levels and has a house on top, looks sort of like a dog house and its very roomy so Sophers wouldnt have any problems fitting in it.  Its not incredibly tall, somewhere between 5 and 6 ft I think and its just got carpet but its very sturdy with a big heavy base on it.      

Shadowmice, Trevor looks so cute on top of his twee, glorious in all his stripeyness!  Alek0, I dont suppose you would be able to post a pic of those wall shelves you are talking about?  It sounds intriguing....

Thanks so much for the great information everyone!  Im gonna have to ponder it and decide....
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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2010, 08:43:40 PM »

I have 4.

3 are quite tall
1 is medium sized.

Everyone climbs on them..........Rikers doesn't go too high but she still goes on them.

2 are in front of windows.......in the den and in the cat room
The other two are adjacent to the one in the den and the one in the cat room.

The Maine coon boys hit these things at 100 mph, so a large base, a minimum of 2 feet on each side of the square base is necessary so they don't fall when hit at warp speed.......they do rock though Shocked

They are sharpened on, slept on, played on, hidden behind...........launched from............meowmie look, I'm on top of the 8 foot tall bookcase.............


                                    grumble grumble.......the sound meowmie makes when she goes
                                    to get the ladder to get the damn cat down from the bookcase.
                                    Of course, kitty can get down......meowmie just wants the damn cat down
                                    faster.
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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2010, 08:46:15 PM »

LOL Peg, I can just see that going on in your house especially with those big Maine Coon boys! 
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« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2010, 09:38:24 PM »

Here is the photo of the living room ones, I am sure I have a photo of the bedroom ones
(with scratch pad) somewhere, but can't find it at the moment.


I'll post photos of the new improved design after we move.
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« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2010, 09:48:15 PM »

Oh those are great Alek!  Did you make them and are they made with wood?  And did you make the cushions too?  This is wonderful!  Its a kitties paradise at your house for sure!
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« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2010, 10:07:59 PM »

They are wood, and both shelves and cushions are custom made to fit. The contractor made them
together with all the built in furniture when we renovated the flat, and we'll do the same with the new flat
(with upgrade design for kitty stuff, of course).

These are the bedroom ones, the bottom part contains the cardboard scratchpad, unfortunately not visible on this pic, I'll post
it if/when I find it. The scratching shelf is set at an angle of about 30 degrees, mine like inclined scratchers a lot more than
horizontal or vertical ones.


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« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2010, 10:19:26 PM »

I found one pic on which scratchpad platform is partly visible, Sophie is lying on it:
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