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The Cat Tower and Your Kitty

Updated on November 14, 2010

Everyone just adores those lovable furballs – the way they greet you, the way they play, the way they love you. Because kitty cats bring so much joy to our lives, it is only fair to give them a treat in return! One popular toy for ferocious felines is the cat tower. This piece of furniture can give your precious pets hours of excitement and pleasure. Read on to learn everything you need to know about cat towers (also known as cat condos and cat trees).

Cat Tower Types

Cat towers are tall structures with platforms, cubbies, and places to climb, scratch, and jump. Cats love them for sleeping, lounging, or horsing around with the gang. There is a large variety of cat towers available, in many sizes, shapes, and materials. They will range in price from less than fifty dollars to two hundred dollars or more. The more you spend, the more opulence your cat will enjoy and the bigger the tower. Some cat towers reach over 6 feet tall! If you have multiple cats, you’ll probably need to get a larger tower to prevent any fighting or jealousies. If you have many cats (or fat cats), you’ll need to pay attention to the max bearing weight of the tower; we wouldn’t want it to come crashing down with some passengers! Look for a sturdy tower as well, one that won’t wobble, to ensure your pets are safe when they jump on and off it.

Most towers are constructed out of various types of wood. What differs is the material that covers the wood in particular places. One cat tower might have faux fur or faux fleece, another might have carpeting, and another might just be plain old wood without any special covering.

Some cat towers are more intricate than others. Some towers are just a condo (enclosed space) and a platform. Others can span multiple levels. One cat tower may cavernous appendages, with connections between them; another may simply have platforms that the cats can lay on. In addition, many cat towers come with scratching posts, an accessory that cats love, as many owners can attest to. Some come with hanging toys that your kitty can pal around with.

Before You Purchase a Cat Tower

You’ll want to pay attention to a few factors. First, ensure that construction of the tower is simple. You’ll need to put it together when you bring it back home, so make sure you have all the tools and talents necessary to construct it. Second, you’ll also want to find out if the material sheds all over the carpet due to the cats’ scratching and clawing. Some materials are worse than others, though all coverings have their pros and cons. Third, read reviews of the tower, if possible, to ensure that it is safe for your cats and that it is a good product. Finally, remember the personality, age, and health of your cat. He or she may love or dislike climbing, or prefer to sleep inside a condo or on a platform. Observe your cat’s behavior and make a purchase decision based on these factors.

Build Cat Tower

If you don’t want to or can’t spend a decent chunk of change, much less hundreds of dollars, there is always the option to build a cat tower yourself! To do this, you’ll need to build according to cat tower plans. You can either design the plans of the tower yourself, or look them up online. There are both free and paid cat tower plans available; the paid version will likely be more detailed and assembler-friendly. What is especially attractive about this option is that you can use your creativity to design whatever features you want in your cat tower. Your only limit is your imagination. It’s a great way to give your cat tower the personal touch that your kitty will appreciate. If you decide to build a cat tower, make sure you pick sturdy materials that will take the stressors your cat will place upon it. The material should be able to withstand constant scratching as well. Pay special attention to the base: make sure it is heavy to prevent toppling.

Whatever your choice, your cat(s) will love every minute on their new cat tower. And they will be sure to thank you for it!

To learn more about cat misbehavior, see this article on evil cats!


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      Cordial Cat 6 years ago

      If I ever build a cat tower myself, I'm not settling for one that looks like the ones you can buy. I'm going ALL out and making my entire house into a cat tower for my cats ^_^ Have you ever seen those houses where they have cat walkways on the walls, and nooks and crannies for the cats to climb through? Even individual cat rooms! But until I have the time, money, and slight insane state of mine I would need to begin such a project, I'll just enjoy watching my cats on their store bought cat tower.

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      nikols 7 years ago

      very nice)))

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      equealla 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Congratulations on the nomination. Good luck.

      Cats do love their towers, and if they do not have them, the furniture and curtains will be the next best choice!

      I enjoyed the read.

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      Shawn Scarborough 7 years ago from The Lone Star State

      This is a great hub. My parents have one of these towers and their cats love it. Congrats on your nomination!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      well written. Congrats on your nomination for the hubnugget award. :)

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      mquee 7 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Good information for those who have cats in the home. I also offer my congratulations on your nomination.

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Congrats on the nomination! Very good advice , and I loved the video you inserted which assures a new cat owner that cats DO indeed make use of a cat tower.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Cats adore those towers. My husband built one that serves as a scratching post as well. Congratulations on your nomination.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hubnuggets Announcement to WillGrander. Your hub is found under the Pets and Animals Category of the Hubnuggets! YES, you are a Hubnugget Wannabe!!! Woohoo. Check out all the details right here:

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      fetty 7 years ago from South Jersey

      Nice hub. Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination.

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      I think your cat may have tweeted this... :0) congrats on the Hubnugget nomination!