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Finding The Perfect Cat Tree
How to Choose a Good Cat Tree
This photo was taken a number of years back. It is the bottom of my cat tree and is 2 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet high. A nice sturdy base for some wildly crazy cats. The whole tree is 6 feet tall. They would run up the tree and it would shake but with the heavy wide base there was no fear of it falling over. It has gone through many kittens and adult cats over the years.
Spacing of shelves should be for easy climbing up and down. Very important, as your cat will get older and you want them to always love the tree. We had a front hole in the bottom box and also a top hole. The top of tree also had a hole for them to come through and nice 4 inch border all the way around, so they could sleep up there without worrying about falling off.
Built it in 1980 and in the high wear area it has been re-carpeted many times. We made it out of 3/4 inch plywood. It was designed to fit beside a bookshelf and an organ. We even put a thin carpet on the bottom and three unexposed sides of the bottom box. There is still some of the original carpet on the tree, due to the fact it doesn't get any abuse. Our first was to glue the carpet in place, later when replaced we used a staple gun and the last few times we used tacks that were long enough to sink and hold into the wood. Used a hammer to secure them. We cut the loose threads from time to time, but when we can see that the scratching has exposed any wood we replace that section of the carpet.
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For Sturdy Posts!
If building your own tree, use four 3" flat "L" brackets screwed into the base and also into top platform.
Selecting The Best Tree
Build it or Buy it?
Well that would depend on if you have the tools, space and skills to build a tree. The best reason for building your own, you would be able to design what works best for your home and the area in which it will reside.
The good part about building your own you can put whatever carpeting you want on it. Even if you decide not to build your own, there really is no reason to have one really torn up cat tree.
If you or someone you know is having their home carpeted, ask the installer for all the remnants. It is easy to replace the carpet on the tree. When you take the damaged piece off, it will be the pattern for cutting the replacement out and you can just use a black marker on the under side to trace it out. Use a utility knife to cut the carpet, but be sure to protect what is under the carpet just in case you cut too deep. Get some good tacks from the hardware store and separate the carpet fibers and place the tack in the carpet and give it a few whacks with a hammer to secure it. Before long you will have a nicely fixed up tree.
That is why I highly suggest in getting a really good tree so it will last for years by just replacing the carpet, before it gets downright UGLY!
If a cat feels insecure because the tree is not sturdy, you may find that they won't use it no matter how much you try to assure them it won't fall over!
Build It Strong!
If you build a good strong two foot high base, people can actually sit on it. If constructed with some thought it could be used for extra seating in a pinch. Did that after my daughter's wedding and the house was full of people.
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Picking a tree that will last
If you decide to buy a tree instead of make one, get one that will last for years. It should be like a good piece of furniture. Try to find something that will look great in your living room. Remember to cut off loose threads as your cats go to town on it.
Cats love to get up high and survey all their surroundings and up out of little kids reach. Besides it is usually so much warmer up closer to the ceiling and you know how much cats love the warmth.
Don't be intimated by replacing the carpet from time to time. You should be more ashamed of one ratty looking cat tree than taking the road to repairing it. Your cats will love you for it and they will not be ingesting loose threads from the worn out tree.
As they say "don't replace, reface"!
For safety don't use looped carpeting (claws can get hooked on them). Attaching carpet under shelves for those cats that like to hang upside down is an added bonus of play space for them.
Cat Tree Question
Have you ever re-carpeted a cat tree?
Another Cat Tree Question
Have you ever made a cat tree?
Exercise and Fun For Your Feline
The Trixie Oviedo Cat Tree will provide endless opportunities for cats to play and explore and scratch or just relax
This healthy outlet for scratching instincts allows them to sharpen claws on two sisal covered scratching posts instead of on furniture or carpet
If a nap or place to hide is in order cats can crawl into the condo or tunnel both covered with plush inside and out for a cozy retreat
When feeling a little spunky cats can slink in one door and pop out another while hunting for unsuspecting prey or running from a playmate
Beige with brown paw print colors are subtle earth tones easy to match to almost any home decor Size 11 x 19 x 41 inches Weight 30 lbs