Cat trees (also known as cat activity trees, cat condos, cat houses, cat stands, cat tree houses or kitty condos) provide felines with a comfortable and safe place to engage in both physical activity and play. They appeal to cats due to their preference for vertical structures – felines depend on the elevation for safety, exercise, and comfort. Cat tree houses usually come with a few levels/platforms, scratching posts, attached toys, and cozy areas for sleeping.
Cat tree houses are ideal and recommended in the following scenarios:
- In a household with more than one cat, a cat tree house can help establish a hierarchy with less physical confrontation than usual. Instead, the higher-ranking cat can simply claim the highest platform. Additionally, a tree house can promote sharing between a number of cats without threatening their senses of safety.
- Tree houses can provide shy and timid felines with a sense of security. When cats are on a higher perch, they have a greater view of their surroundings, thus providing them with a greater opportunity to react to any approaching dangers.
- Tree houses are also able to relieve any symptoms of boredom. Due to the toys and hiding places that often come with cat houses, bored cats are able to entertain themselves from the myriad of play opportunities available to them.
Below is a concise but comprehensive list of the best (as determined by consumers) cat tree houses that are available on the market. Do note that many companies sell more than one model of tree houses, and that the list will not cover all models sold by said companies.
Armarkat Cat Tree Furniture Condo
Armarkat offers other models of cat tree houses that vary in height, but this review will be done on this particular one (model #B5701). This tree house is 57 inches (4.75 feet) tall and offers one condo, six levels, and three main scratching posts. The tree house is constructed out of compressed wood and faux fleece, and the posts are wrapped with natural sisal rope.
According to consumer feedback, this tree house is easy to assemble and clean, and is very structurally stable (marketed for weights up to 40 pounds and can be positioned free standing). Users have also praised the intuitive design of the tree house. Cats over 12 pounds may have problems fitting inside the condo, but reviews have generally been positive.
Best Choice Products: “The Tabby” Cat Nap Cat Tree Condo
Best Choice Products offers other models of cat tree houses, but this review will be done on this particular one. This tree house is 6 feet tall (overall height is 80 inches) and offers two condos, six levels (including two top perches), and nine scratching posts. The tree house is constructed out of compressed wood and faux fur, and the posts are wrapped with natural sisal rope.
Based on consumer feedback, this tree house is easy to assemble. This tree house works best with cats that weigh approximately ten pounds or less – cats that weigh more than ten pounds may encounter problems with the stability of the tree house, fitting into openings, and tearing of structures such as the hammock. Some owners of this tree house also report problems that their felines face in jumping off the top of the tree house, as the platforms are not large enough for grip and purchase. Generally, however, this tree house does well with smaller cats.
BestPet 73″ Cat Condo
BestPet offers other models of cat tree houses, but this review will be done on this particular one. The tree house offers boards made out of E1 Grade pressed wood covered with faux fur, as well as posts covered with sisal rope. There are two condos and seven main levels.
According to consumer feedback, this tree house is easy to assemble and is quite structurally stable (able to hold cats that weigh more than ten pounds). The tree house, however, is not recommended for grown, adult cats that have a tendency to launch themselves off high surfaces.
Feline Furniture Feral Cat House
This cat house measures 24 x 13.5 x 13.5 inches, weighs approximately 10 pounds, and is offered in various colors that provides the added security of camouflage. The house is waterproof, and comes with 1/2-inch thick foam all around the inside as insulation. The two doors are constructed out of plywood (for added weight), and feature 1-inch thick insulating foam. Awnings with an overhang of 11.5 inches are present on both ends, and the house features a roof that is two layers thick for added protection against the elements. The house is able to be used indoors and outdoors.
Go Pet Club Cat Tree (50W x 26L x 72H, Beige)
Go Pet Club has a wide range of products, and sells more than one size and color of cat tree houses (sizes range from 28 inches to 106 inches in height). This review will be done on this particular model. This model offers two condos (sleeping ‘rooms’), ten posts, and fifteen levels. The posts are covered with natural sisal rope, and the tree itself is covered with faux fur. Boards are made out of wood – additional toys can be stapled to these boards if desired.
Based on consumer feedback, this tree house is durable and easy to assemble. The faux fur covering and posts are able to hold up against the roughhousing of multiple cats, although strings of the hanging toys will likely be chewed off. The tree house is also easy to vacuum and clean.
K&H Manufacturing Outdoor Kitty A-Frame Cat House
This cat house measures 35 x 20.5 x 20 inches, weighs approximately 7 pounds, and is made out of durable nylon and vinyl backing fabric. The house is water-resistant, and the heated version comes with a removable, ortho-foam, indoor/outdoor heated pet pad that is controlled via a thermostat. It features two entrances, and is large enough to fit up to 4 cats. The house is also easy to assemble, and does not require tools. Recommended for use in protected areas such as garages, porches, and barns.
Note: the heat pad is pressure sensitive, and will not activate if there is no weight on it.
Kitty Mansions Redwood Cat Tree
Kitty Mansions offers other models of cat tree houses that vary in height, but this review will be done on this particular one. This tree house is 75 inches (6.25 feet) tall and offers one condo (and three resting pads), five levels, and four main scratching posts. The tree house is constructed out of plywood and faux fur, and the hard plastic posts are wrapped with natural sisal rope. The company also offers replacement posts.
Based on consumer feedback, this tree house is high in quality, very stable, and easy to assemble. As the bases are made of plywood instead of fortified cardboard/compressed wood, they are able to hold heavier weights compared to other cat houses on the market. Do note that larger cats may not find the house ideal, as the top pads are likely not big enough for them.
Petmate Kitty Kat Condo
This cat house measures 26 x 25.3 x 18.5 inches and is constructed out of structural foam insulation for warmth during the colder months. The house includes a carpeted floor for additional comfort, and has a hooded entrance that diverts any form of precipitation. The house is large enough to fit 2 grown cats and can be used both indoors and outdoors.
The Kitty Tube – Outdoor Insulated Cat House
The Kitty Tube measures 24 inches around (it is circular) and 24 inches in height, is made out of 100% recycled post consumer content, and guaranteed to never chip or crack. It is fully insulated all around, rendering it usable in both winter and summer months. Its built in handles are adjustable, allowing for a range of ventilation flow. This cat house is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and can hold up to 3 felines.
Note: the company offers a feral cat version, which comes with three layers of straw.
TRIXIE Pet Products Baza Cat Tree
This cat tree comes in both small (16 inches in height) and large (23.5 inches in height) sizes, but even the large is considerably smaller compared to the other models discussed in this article. The structure is covered with long-haired plush fabric, and the hammock is constructed with a metal rim for added support. The scratching posts are covered with natural sisal rope, and the cat tree also comes with a dangling toy for additional entertainment.
According to consumer feedback, the cat tree is stable and easy to assemble. The hammock is able to hold cats of varying sizes/weights. The string of the hanging toy, however, is easily breakable.
TRIXIE Pet Products 3-Story Cat’s House
This 3-story cat house measures 22 x 23 x 37 inches, weighs approximately 30 pounds, and is constructed out of pine wood. The shingles on the roof are durable, and the house features a weatherproof finish. There are 2 cat doors (one on the second floor and a side door on the first) and a large back door for the owners to use in order to clean and maintain the house. The side door features slatted plastic flats, which keep out wind and rain. The house is set on a raised platform, allowing air to circulate and keeping the base of the house warm and dry. There are two lounging decks.
Note: this house does not come with inbuilt insulation, so owners may have to purchase additional heating pads or use towels/straw as bedding.
Additional Resources for Commercially Available Cat Houses
Cat tree houses provide felines with comfort, entertainment, protection and shelter from predators and/or poor weather conditions. The type and design of cat trees will depend largely on the size/weight of the cat, the number of cats in the household, and the amount of available space. This list, however, hopes to have aided you in narrowing down your choices by addressing the top cat tree houses available to cat owners, as determined by cat owners.