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Choosing the best cat trees for 2021 wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be!
Throughout all those posts, a handful of brands always seem emerge as the clear winners.
Today, I’m going to round up the top pick in each category (plus some new categories that we haven’t covered just yet)
First, though, let’s look at my criteria for choosing the best cat trees of 2021 (so far).
WHAT I LOOK FOR IN THE BEST CAT TREES
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Stability is probably the most important feature of the best cat trees! I want to make sure my cats can climb safely and not knock over the tree!
It also needs to withstand the Fuzz when he does “zoomies,” because he may be lithe, but he knocks into things with the force of a Cat 5 hurricane!
You might think a wide base is enough to make a tree stable, but it’s not. You also need to look at the poles of the tower.
- Are they wide enough to support the perches?
- Do they screw in tightly or do they wiggle and jiggle like Santa’s belly?
Once I determine the stability of a cat tree, I ask myself “can I afford it?” You’d think that would be the first question, but if it’s not stable, there’s no need for me to go any further.
Affordability is more than just “how much can I afford to pay right now,” it’s also about value for the money.
Just because you can afford a $700 tree (yep, they exist) doesn’t mean you should. Think about how long that tree will last.
If it’s something that you know will last the life of your cat, then it’s a good deal. If it will fall apart in a few months, skip it.
Even the cheapest tree isn’t really “affordable” if you have to replace it in two months!
When I look at cat trees, I want something that, at the least, does three things:
- Gives my cats something to climb on (obviously).
- Provides plenty of surfaces for them to scratch, so they don’t claw up my furniture.
- Offers a cozy little nap spot.
It doesn’t have to be a monster of a tree to meet those three requirements. As you’ll see below, there are some great smaller trees that look unassuming but do all three!
There you have it. Think of them as the three “ilities” if you will! Now, let’s talk top 10 best cat trees of 2019!
TOP 3 BEST CAT TREES OF 2021
Each of these trees meets my top three criteria!
They’re all stable enough for your crazy cat, affordable in the sense that they’re a good value for the cost, and versatile enough to keep kitty happy.
Use the table below for a quick comparison
One of my favorite cat trees for the average house cat is the one I have now: the Go Pet Club 62-Inch Cat Tree. I have the blue one, but it comes in other great color options.
I have three cats of average weight, more or less. Willow is a bit overweight, but she’s 15 and doesn’t climb as much. Zoe and Alex, though, love this tree!
- 4 large levels in all, including the base
- A sisal-covered ladder for more climbing fun (although to be honest, my cats don’t use it except as a scratching post)
- A plush top perch for napping (Zoe and Alex fight over this spot!)
- Plenty of sisal-covered posts, which last surprisingly long! Zoe scratches them constantly, and only one has come undone after over a year.
Like I said, we’ve had this for longer than a year. It’s taken some major abuse both from my cats and from my dogs ramming into it while playing, and it’s still standing!
The SONGMICS 68.5″ tree is my choice for the 2019 best cat tree for large cats for so many reasons.
ASIDE FROM LOOKING SUPER STYLISH, FEATURES INCLUDE:
- Strengthened with battens at the bottom and anti-toppling fittings for increased stability.
- Roomy cat cave with a cute little window, and a luxury top perch.
- Large “basket-style” nap spot that’s deep enough even for Maine Coon cats.
This tree definitely meets all of my requirements! It’s stable thanks to the added features, versatile, and surprisingly affordable!
SONGMICS wins again.
The Multi-Level Cat Tree with Feeder Bowl is just the right size for achy kitties who can’t climb like they used to.
- 3 levels, including the base, with plenty of leeway for climbing or jumping
- 2 comfy caves to give senior kitties a nice retreat from the noise
- 1 cozy perch for people watching
- 3 sisal scratching posts
- Detachable feeding bowl (so your older cat can grab a drink without walking to the kitchen)
Although we’re only months into the year, I can’t imagine my picks for the best cat trees for 2019 will change much. These are all super solid options!
Still, I’ll keep an eye out throughout the year to see if any new trees come out that are better than my choices! If they do, I’ll update you!
WHICH OF THESE BEST CAT TREES FOR 2021 DO YOU LOVE THE MOST?