What is the best cat tree in the USA? How do you figure this out? I decided on this method:
- Buy from Amazon. They have a large selection from different suppliers. They are reliable and their prices are outstanding. They have customer reviews aplenty. There is one caveat: customer reviews are very useful but should be read with a degree of caution as these days so called, “customer reviews” can be the work of professional writers!
- Digest the assessment of a respected cat lover and professional writer. Who better than Franny Syufy of About.com who regular writes product guides.
- Where the two methods described in 1 and 2 above intersect or correlate, those cat trees or cat tree will be the best. At least it will be one of the best. Caveat: Franny Syufy may have made her selection based on Amazon listings! As usual a best cat tree listing should be assessed itself or at least used cautiously.
This assessment relates to the North American market.
Cat Trees on Amazon.com as at Christmas 2010
|Cat Tree – these are links to the Amazon page||Reviews||No. of reviews x rating||Price|
|1||Cat Tree, Beige 50 x 26 x 74 inches ; 65 pounds
||119, 4.5 stars||535.5||$127.49|
|2||Armarkat B5701 57-Inch Cat Tree, Ivory||102, 4.5||459||$84.99|
|3||Beige 73||22, 4||88||$58.99|
|4||Armarkat Cat Tree Model A6202, Beige||22, 4.5||99||$100.91|
|5||Armarkat A7202 72-Inch Cat Tree, Beige||36, 5||180||$149.20|
|6||Armarkat B5301 53-Inch Cat Tree, Ivory||43, 4.5||193.5||$93.29|
|7||Molly and Friends||27, 5||135||$257.58|
|8||47– Cat Tree Condo in Beige Faux Fur||16, 4||64||$76.95|
|9||62 – Cat Tree in Beige Faux Fur||20, 3.5||70||$59.99|
The best cat trees based on the list above are the ones highlighted in “Alice Blue” when also taking into account price.
Best cat tree — Franny’s top picks
- Armarkat 74″ Deluxe 9 Level Cat Tree – this is item no. 1 above.
- Angelical Cat Rustic Medium Cat Tree (link opens in a new window) – a more natural product that might appeal to outdoor/indoor cats. The support posts are tree trunks.
I will stop there because it is obvious, on this selection criteria, that the best cat tree in the US, is the Armaket 74″ which is listed as No. 1 in the list above.
It is 74″ tall. That is just over 6 feet tall. I think that is acceptable in a room as it is about the height of the male human.
Are there any other reviews that support this assessment? The website: www.viewpoints.com features the 74″ Armakat (item 1 in the table above) and rate it 4.67 out of 5 from 6 reviews (link opens in a new window – links can become defective over time). This is clearly a good product at a very reasonable price on Amazon. A decent sized cat tree would seem to necessary as it is designed to replicate tree climbing, provide a high vantage point and a cat scratcher all in one.