Last Updated on: January 22, 2013 by Ingrid King

Ruby on cat tree

Back in December, we were contacted by Your Cat’s Tree with an offer to review one of their cat trees. I picked the 44 inch Bungalow Sherpa Cat Tree shown below. Allegra and Ruby have been  nagging me ever since to put it together so they could test it.

cat tree

My two little product testers were eager to help with assembly when I finally took it out of the box a couple of weeks ago. Those of you who’ve read my reviews for a while know that the words “some assembly required” always instill trepidation, if not outright fear, in me. The description for this cat tree said “assembly instructions included, tools provided,” so I was hopeful that this wouldn’t be too much of a challenge (and I have successfully assembled a similar cat tree in the past!).

cat tree assembly

The instructions weren’t as detailed as I would have liked, but they were in the form of diagrams, which helped quite a bit. It would have been nice if the actual pieces of the tree had been labeled accordingly, but I managed to figure it out. The girls got increasingly impatient as I started to put the tree together. The majority of the tree assembles with the use of a small wrench that is provided with the tree, along with screws and bolts.

The small cave like piece at the bottom doesn’t attach to anything and just sits between the poles. Unfortunately, the middle piece (the piece with the trough and little hut) does require a screwdriver,which is not provided. It screws into each of the three posts, and it’s too awkward for one person to do by herself (or at least, for someone as untalented as I am when it comes to this type of thing.) We’ll have to get help from a friend to complete assembly, but in the meantime, the lack of this one piece did not stop the girls from checking out the tree.

cat tree test

Ruby has become particularly fond of the tree. She loves sleeping on the very top, and she also loves to stalk and pounce on her toys through the little cave like piece at the bottom.

I love that all the poles are covered in sick sisal. Both of the girls love scratching, and since the tree is 44 inches tall, it allows them to really stretch out and get the benefit of a full body stretch. Ruby climbs the poles like a little monkey.

The fleecy cover seems to be attached securely, and I think it will hold up well to use. It’s not the most stable tree I’ve had, but since it’s not very tall, I don’t think it would tip over even with a heavier cat running at it at full tilt. Ruby has gone flying up and down several times without it doing anything more than wobble a bit, but at barely 8 pounds, she’s a lightweight.

All in all, I think this is an affordable, good quality tree. On a scale from 1 to 5 stars, I give this cat tree a solid 4. If if wasn’t for the awkward assembly, I’d give it the full 5 stars. The girls give it four paws up!

For more information about Your Cat’s Tree, and to purchase, please visit their website. They currently offer a 10% discount and free shipping on all orders, and every tree comes with a Happy Cat Guarantee. You can also find Your Cat’s Tree on Facebook.