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The Best Cat Trees on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about other feline favorites before, like cat carriers, litter boxes, and toys, here we’re looking into the best cat trees you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best compact (under three-foot) cat trees

Go Pet Club Brown 28” Cat Tree Condo

“I foster kittens, and this cat tree has really helped a few of them come out of their shells. It’s built well, very sturdy, and has plenty of ways to interact with the kittens. It’s plenty big, but if you have a Maine Coon, then this is probably not for him. This is built for kittens and regular size cats (under 13 pounds). It’s also very pretty.”

Trixie Pet Products Miguel Fold and Store Cat Tower

“It’s a very sturdy and well-made product. My two cats were all over it the minute I took it out of the box. After a few days of just playing, they started to sleep on it, too. It’s great for multiple-cat households because one can sleep on the hammock while the other one sleeps inside the tent. I love the fact that it is foldable. The hanging balls didn’t last long, unfortunately, but I was able to hang other toys up there, and they still love it and play daily.”

Best midsize (between three- and six-foot) cat trees

Trixie Pet Products Baza Cat Tree

“This thing was huge for my little kitten, and he was pretty timid with it at first. After a week of playing and encouraging him with it, though, he flies up and down the thing! He loves it! I personally think it has the best of everything, with numerous scratch posts, a cubby to hide away in, a little hammock (that’s great for naps), the fur ball to play with, and the top ‘tower’ post where he can look down on his minions (us humans). Overall, I’m very happy with this purchase, and so is my kitten.”

FurHaven Pet Cat Furniture Tiger Tough Cat Tree

“My cat loves this tree house. It sits in front of a big window, and he runs every morning to check what’s going on outside. He loves to play with the ball on it. Sometimes he sleeps in the little house. I recommend this to anyone with a cat. It does take up some room, but it’s well worth it.”

Best giant (six-foot and up) cat trees

Go Pet Club Cat Tree 72-inch

“Oh, wow, do my cats love this! They scratch it, climb it, sleep on it, and use it as a launching pad to jump to nearby pieces of furniture. They’ve been using every square inch of this thing for almost two months now. It’s definitely the most used piece of cat furniture or cat toy I’ve ever bought. They were climbing all over it the second I took it out of the box, and I couldn’t put it together fast enough for them!”

Aeromark International Armarkat Cat Tree Furniture Condo

“My Siamese cat started attacking this tree and jumping all over it before we could even get it assembled. He has been climbing all over it and using it daily ever since. It is a very nice, tall tree — taller than my husband — and the cat loves being up in the air where he can reign supreme over the dog and survey his kingdom. The off-white color is very pleasing and subtle, unlike so many cat trees that look like a flashback to the ’70s with brown and orange shag.”

Best cat trees with leaves

Kitty Mansions Redwood Cat Tree

“After doing a ton of research on cat trees, I finally settled on this one. I have an adult cat and a kitten. I wanted something they would both fit on and enjoy for years to come. This is incredibly sturdy. I was worried about the beds being too small or wobbly with my larger cat, but they don’t budge. A big bonus is that it looks nice. It’s not some big, beige carpet contraption. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a nice place for their kitties to lounge, play, and scratch.”

Go Pet Club Cat Tree

“I received this last night and put it together right away. It took about 20 minutes, and the only tool needed is the Allen wrench that comes with it. It is really easy to assemble. The cats were already sitting in the bottom part before I even had the second tier attached. They love it. I like the faux-fur covering on the platforms: much easier to wipe off than carpeting, and no little bits to fall off. The leaves are intriguing to the cats, and you can arrange them however you want. It is very sturdy but still easy to move around.”

On2Pets CatHaven Cat Condo

“This was a huge hit with the cats the moment the box opened! It only took two or three minutes to assemble, and there are only a handful of pieces to put together. The shelves are carpeted and sturdy, and I don’t find it to be any more or less wobbly than any other tall cat furniture. The leaves have wire stems, so you can arrange them, accommodating for hiding space and gaps where cats can jump up. The cats love crouching in the foliage and seem to think it’s an exciting change from the regular carpeted condo.”

Best modern cat trees

The Refined Feline Lotus Cat Tower

“Absolutely beautiful cat tree. I am in love with the design. I wish this style of pet furniture was more common. I love my cats, and I want them to feel comfortable, and I love that I don’t have to sacrifice the style of my home to give them what they deserve. I’ve had a few people come over since I got it, and they all are very impressed. It’s really sturdy and feels like it will last a long time. My cats took to it immediately.”

PetFusion Modern Cat Tree House & Tall Scratching Post

“I am very impressed with the high quality of this item. The wood is a sturdy cherry color that gives the cat tower a modern look. It fits nicely in the living room. I think it looks even better in person than in the pictures. The platform and tunnel have a plush cream-colored material that the cats love. The tower is sturdy and allows the cats to scratch and jump on it without it shaking.”

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The Best Cat Trees on Amazon, According to Reviewers