Yes, there are plenty of large cat trees, but very few cat trees are made for large cats. Where do large cats go for exercise and entertainment?
WebMD says a healthy cat weighs about 10 pounds. I have a healthy Bombay cat that weighs about 13 pounds and he will tip over the average cat tree and/or not even fit on the platforms of the average cat tree. What do large cat breeds do for fun?
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The domestic Savannah, Maine Coon, Chausie, Ragdoll, Ragamuffin, Norweigen, Bobtail, and Siberian can achieve a healthy weight of 15 to 20 to 30 pounds when fully grown. Do they have wobbly cat trees?
They don't have to... Cat Tree King, among a few other cat tree manufacturers, designs cat playgrounds especially for big cats. Just to be clear, a cat tree can be tall or tall and wide, but if the platforms are not large and there is not enough space between them for a large cat to climb or jump, or if the tree is wobbly, your cat is not going to use it.
Here are 5 special cat trees for our big guys that not only have platforms for large cats but have the stability to keep them from tipping over when your cat jumps up.
Notice that the levels on these trees are not crowded together; there may be fewer levels, but they are easier to access for a large cat.
Cat Tree King is a Dutch company that makes very reliable cat furniture, including its large cat furniture. (For U.S. customers, Its cat trees are shipped from Texas!)
This Corner Cat Tree For Large Cats is 59 x 24 x 22 inches in full and, as you can see, its spacing and its special spaces are large; it is also sturdy. The bed at the top is 24 x 20 x 4 inches with a 2 inch thick removable pillow, attachable with Velcro.
Even those cushy rotatable hammocks on the sides (above) can hold up to 44 pounds, just in case a few cats want to hang out in one crib. They can be removed for convenience.
I love the hideout on the bottom floor of the cat tree. It's 22 x 12 x 10 inches, just perfect for a big cat.
You will notice how plush the 'carpeting' is on this large cat tree. It is solidly glued to the wood beneath so it can not be peeled off by your cat's scratching. On the subject of scratching, the steps and posts are all covered with sisal rope that is glued on to ABS plastic poles, so the sisal will not unravel.
The Cat Tree King Cat Empire Cat Tree is even BIGGER than the Corner Cat Tree above, measuring 72 x 47 x 24 inches, plenty of room for a whole family of large cats to jump, scratch, or relax.
The base of the Cat Empire is a bit larger than the Corner Cat Tree, measuring 24 x 24 x 1.6 inches, and the hideaway is larger too, a 24-inch square! This hideout is in plain sight right in the middle of the base. It has a large, 8 x 8 inch entry for your big gal or guy.
The Cat Empire has the same cushy cribs and bed as the Cat Tree King Corner Cat Tree, all thick and plush as can be. It has more scratching posts and more room between levels for the comfort of your large kitties. Take a peak at the Cat Mansion too!
Now this a tree for a big cat! You see how she spreads herself out; she doesn't have to curl herself up to fit in the Queensplace because she's a Queen! Hint: Kings can use this too!
I should warn you, though, that this tree is not for every big cat. The height of the bed is 40 inches (the base is 24 inches square) so your cat either needs to be able to jump that high or you will need to place the Queensplace near a stair or sturdy piece of furniture that can be a springboard for him. Don't worry about the cat tree toppling; it's well balanced and designed to hold steady. You may also be surprised to know that the bed's been tested for weight up to 88 pounds!
Customer reviews are very high for the Queensplace, but a few customers are concerned about an attachment screw that can be felt through the bedding. One customer solved the protrusion by placing a piece of thick silicone over the spot and that, reportedly, did the trick.
The huge sisal scratching post (8 inch diameter) is accompanied by a nice thick sisal rope braid; I must admit I've never had one of these for my cat, but it looks challenging. The Cat Tree King Queensplace comes in beige (above), blackline light grey, and light grey.
This is a shorty compared to the others, but it may be just what you're looking for - a place to hide, sleep, swat, and scratch. The 20 x 20 x 33 inch CozyCatFurniture One Story Cat Condo is for big cats; don't let it's simplicity fool you. Cat parents say their 26 pound kitties love it, especially catching a cat nap on the top shelf.
I have not seen this cat tree in person, but I can understand the frustration of one customer who was bothered by the carpet shedding. I have had cat trees with carpeting, and they do tend to shed if your cat scratches it. But if vacuuming the stuff up doesn't bother you, the One Story Cat Condo For Big Cats has other positive virtues.
For example, the condo is made from solid wood, not particle board. The carpet and natural sisal are attached to the base with staples, not glue, so there is not an issue of possible glue toxicity. And you can purchase the CozyCatFurniture One Story Cat Condo For Big Cats in four colors: green (above), brown, beige, grey, and blue. All colors get great reviews, so buy what matches your cat or your decor!
CozyCatFurniture also has a 3-tier cat condo for large cats... check it out here.
Remember when shopping for large cat furniture, it's not the height or the number of caves or platforms that matter; it's the size of the platforms, the space between them, and the condo's ability to balance large cats when they jump from one place to another. With one of the cat condos above, you're sure to find something that will fit your cat's needs.
That's the buzz for today!