Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 7, 2023 by Crystal Uys
Scratching posts are a vital part of sharing your living space with cats. Cats scratch for a variety of reasons: they scratch to groom their claws, the scratching motion helps remove dead sheaths from their front claws (they usually chew them off their back claws). They scratch to mark their territory. Their front paws contain scent glands, and scratching leaves behind their unique signature on the object being scratched. They scratch for exercise; scratching stretches the muscles in the front legs and all along the back. And they scratch simply because it feels good.
When it comes to scratching posts, bigger is usually better. The Scratching Tree from Pet Tree Houses is a beautifully made, solid vertical scratcher. At 36 inches tall, this durable, sturdy tree, made from genuine dragonwood and sisal, should please even the most discerning kitty, and it’s a beautiful addition to any decor.
The story behind Pet Tree Houses
Pet Tree Houses is owned by Joe, a former custom builder of multimillion dollar homes, and his wife Shelley. They designed their first Pet Tree House for their own cats in 2008. They wanted to create an aesthetically pleasing cat tree that would also mimic a realistic outdoor experience for cats. They started their business in their garage, and it quickly grew to the point where Joe and Shelley now have a custom showroom and manufacturing plant in Sanford, Florida.
Their trees range in size from the 36 inch Sprout to the 7 foot tall Mature Tree House. Each tree is hand crafted and takes up to 1,000 individual cuts to build it. The real trees use to make the tree houses are hand selected, as is the cedar that is used for the platforms. We love our Seedling Tree, and it gets used every day.
Allegra and Ruby test the Scratching Tree
Both Allegra and Ruby are vertical scratchers, so I was pretty sure they’d love the Scratching Tree – and I was right. The scratcher is easy to set up: simply take out of the box, place the branches into the pre-drilled holes at the top of the post, and you’re done.
The leaves are beautiful! I’ve had my share of fake plants since I gave up having real plants twenty years ago when Feebee started decimating a ficus tree by methodically chewing off all the leaves, and I’ve learned that not all fake trees are created equal. Some loose their leaves easily, others just simply look awful. Pet Tree Houses foliage looks realistic. They even have an Autumn Foliage option, so your scratcher can change colors with the season!
Within seconds of setting it up, my little Ruby monkey not only scratched, she decided that it made an excellent climbing tree.
Allegra was a little more cautious, but eventually enjoyed scratching both the carpeted base and the sisal post.
These stunning cat trees and scratchers are an investment, but the joy they will bring to your cats and the beauty they will add to your home are well worth the price. For more information and to place an order, please visit http://www.pettreehouses.com/
FTC Disclosure: I received this product for review at no charge. Receiving the complimentary product did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest opinion, or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest opinion.
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.
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Is it strong enough for a 22 lb Ferrell cat. He love to scratch vertical. But in afraid he’ll knock it over ??????
It should be strong enough, Pat. I would check with Pet Tree Houses to be sure.
I love this tree and the fact that Ruby and Allegra love it too! I think that even though it is pricey, I will get one for my Furkids…but after I move. I am going cross country from NY to Arizona within the month so I will have to wait. Thank you Ingrid, Ruby and Allegra for the review!!
I love this. It’s beautiful for my house and very functional for my cats.
We love all of the Cat Tree House products and think its wonderful they have so many beautiful scratching options to help keep our cats happy and healthy! We were lucky enough to win a cat tree from your anniversary giveaway and my gang of seven will be giving their pawtastic review within the next week or so!
Thank you for the kind words and great review of our Pet Tree Houses! So happy the Scrathing tree and Seedling are being enjoyed by Ruby and Allegra
My cats will for sure love this scratching tree! They are quite beautiful and pricey too. Thank you for your honest review, Ingrid.