Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: June 30, 2023 by Crystal Uys
Cat trees are a must have for indoor cats. They satisfy cats’ need to climb, they provide a great view of the outdoors if placed near a window, and they offer an outlet for cats’ natural instinct to scratch. Cat trees are especially important in multicat households, giving cats opportunities to share territory on more than one level, without bumping into each other and creating possible altercations.
I really like cat trees that look like “real” trees. In addition to satisfying all the requirements above, they also mimic a relatively realistic outdoor experience for indoor cats – and they look beautiful in your home, no matter what your decorating style is. In my case, they also satisfy the need for some greenery – I gave up on real plants when my first cat Feebee decimated a ficus tree.
I saw the Cat Haven line of cat trees at Global Pet Expo in March, and while the plastic trunks look a little cheap, for the price point, the leaves looked like some of the higher end fake plants, and the trees seem to be reasonably well-made.
These trees are made from pressed wood and feature artificial turf carpet at the base. They come in three sizes, with either a round or square base. They are rated for cats up to 32 pounds in weight, but given my experience with less expensive cat trees in general, I would be cautious if you have larger cats, and would probably consider anchoring the tree to a wall to prevent it from toppling.
The small tree is available from Amazon for $141.02 with free shipping for Prime members.
The medium tree is available from Amazon for $134.99 with free shipping for Prime members (not sure why the medium is less expensive than the small!)
The large tree is available from Amazon for $159.99 with free shipping for Prime members.
A word of caution: some cats will eat artificial leaves, and if your cat is one of them, these are obviously not a good choice!
About the author
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.