A cat tree is essential for a cat’s life, especially if it lives in an apartment. For those felines who love to be high up, it can serve as a perch. This will also be their little nest, a cat tree always being equipped with a small “box” which can serve as a cocoon in which they can rest or even reassure themselves if necessary.
And finally, the cat tree will be there to satisfy one of their last needs, and not the least, to make their claws. A good scratching post can save your sofas and wallpapers from the claws of your cat who, in any case, will need to maintain them.
Choosing the right cat tree
If you want to buy your cat tree from a store, it’s easy to get lost as there are so many brands, shapes, sizes, and it’s common not to know which one to choose.
It all depends on the age of your cat first. If you’ve just adopted a kitten that won’t be very comfortable jumping yet, opt for a cat tree with little height instead. If it is too high, it may impress a kitten, who will not necessarily dare to go over it; he might even injure himself by doing it badly and falling from too great a height. Also be aware that it is common to have to change a kitten’s cat tree once it reaches adulthood. This will not necessarily be adapted to your companion in terms of size and surface.
Another characteristic of your cat should be taken into account: its adult size. It will be a question here of checking not the height, but the size of the nest. A Main Coon type cat for example, which is the largest cat breed in the world, will need a larger than average nest, so that it can really enjoy resting in it. Some cats that are not breeds can also grow very tall, so you will need to adjust the size of the cat tree to their own size.
The last parameter to take into account is the weight of the cat. Since a cat tree will always have a scratching post that is narrower than platforms or nests, stability can be challenged by watching the cat jump on it. The heavier and more corpulent your cat, the more damaged the screws that hold the assembly will be. If the cat tree is not suitable, there is a risk that it will fall once the cat climbs, see that it is disassembled by wear. For a heavy cat, opt instead for a cat tree with large scratching posts, as well as a wide base, which will increase the stability of the set.
Finally, without this time talking about the cat itself, take measurements at home where you want to put it. Some cat trees are real castles, which will please your cat all the more, but it would be silly to buy a cat tree which, in the end, would not find a place in your home because of its size, especially if it is one of those very large models, often quite expensive and difficult to transport. So take the measurements, knowing that the dimensions of a cat tree are always marked on the box in which it is sold.
How to make a cat tree yourself?
None of the commercial cat trees appeal to you or seem affordable? Do you have the soul of a handyman? Then the best choice might be to make it yourself. Here we are going to see some cat tree design ideas. There will be various ways to make a cat tree, the main thing being to make the whole thing solid and not dangerous for the cat.
The wall cat tree
It will be a question here of pretending to build a wall cupboard. You will need some boards and screws, with which you will simply build a box, with of course a size adapted to that of your cat. Then fix the box to the wall using brackets, at a reasonable distance from the ground so that your cat has no trouble accessing it, but also not too close to the ground so that he can appreciate the height. ; especially check that it is securely fixed, it is better to avoid any accident. Now you can think about the comfort of the cat, putting a pillow or a blanket in it. You can also put on the roof of the box, a plate of braided rope, fixed with strong glue, so that it can make its claws.
You can even put several on top of each other, sawing holes that can let your cat through, so that he has a little climbing game.
The cat tree with salvage items
Perhaps the easiest and cheapest way to make a scratching post is to use scrap items. We will take as a base a wooden stepladder. On the first landing, attach a sheet to make a hammock: a tight knot should suffice. On the floor above, fix with screws this time, a wooden box type wine box, in which you will put a cushion or a blanket.
All that’s left is for the details, hang toys all over the place (cork stoppers attached to strings will do just fine). You now have an easy-to-build, very economical scratching post that performs the basic functions of a scratching post.
The “ikéa” cat tree
Very simple to make, this cat tree is, quite simply, the result of the misuse of an old shelf that you no longer use. You will already have the bases, platforms and height, all you have to do is adapt it. On the top floor, put a pillow or blanket, the cat will prefer to sleep as high as possible. Around the pillars that support the furniture, wrap the rope so that the cat can make its claws. You can also line an entire floor with braided ropes that you will secure by tying a knot under the platform. On the lowest floor, you can make a mess or toy corner for him. And on this cat tree, too, you can hang toys.
The limit in the cat trees you can build is only up to your imagination. You can create any shape and size you want, as long as you pay attention to basic safety principles: something sturdy and secure. Then it’s up to you!