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The Beloved Pet Furniture Cat Tree

Ever look at your cat tree and suddenly realise it is looking a little bit rough around the edges? The scratching poles are unravelling due to enthusiastic play, the platforms are looking threadbare after being the favourite launchpad for your cat crew. It’s all looking a little bit raggedy and tattered.

You realise that, maybe, the time has come to look for a replacement cat tree. Something that might, with luck, last a lot longer even if it means budgeting to spend a little bit more than you expected. Let me show you the value of a slightly more expensive cat tree that could be perfect for you.

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Choosing Your Cat Tree

This is what I did and I recommend you do the same. Start with a plan – this tree will be with you for a long time. Look at your space, the size you might need and how it will look when it’s set up in your home.

I checked online, and reviewed the many models available (lots made in China but these are limited in style and size). I had a budget, slightly more than usual as this was part of my Christmas present from the cat dad, but set one yourself and try to stick to it, (or near it).

I also visited our local pet supermarket. Their scratcher selection did not appeal to me personally. Many of the scratchers were plush carpet and would look out of place in our chaotic and busy cat filled house. Most importantly, none of them seemed tall enough to fit our very specific location.

Cat tree with carpeted centre  posts and wooden platforms.
Tree Showing Base
  • Then I had a lightbulb moment. The local company that created Jack’s custom made senior cat steps, Beloved Pets, might be able to help.

It turns out that Beloved Pets don’t just make pet stairs and fine dog crate covers (that look gorgeous in any living room!) They make a large range of outdoor catio climbers and, exactly what I was looking for, a tall cat tree! Not only are they already trusted suppliers to Dash Kitten, they are a helpful and friendly company so I could ask questions without feeling silly.

If you are looking for a cat tree built to last, I suggest, wherever you are, you check out local craftspeople. Our tree was made to order for our 3 metre (9 ft approx) ceiling space.

What is in the Cat Tree Package?

You will find a sturdy base that the carpeted poles are attached to as you build the cat tree upwards. The base is plain wood and can be finished with a sealant that fits in with your decor [if this is something you need to take into account].

There are three broad, sturdy shelves that make comfortable perching spots and these are a popular look out point for our cat family. We have one low shelf positioned towards the window for Bird TV and the other shelf points into the living room. This second shelf is useful for watching out for first signs of supper and acts as a strong jumping off point for the cat bed on the next level up.

Ceiling Support

One thing I was worried about. Would the cats find the sleeping area too high to reach? It seemed very high to me and I thought it would take a long time for anyone to jump to it, but I was wrong. Our senior cat Sienna is more than happy to be queen of all she surveys by leaping up with total confidence to the cat ‘sleeping cup’.

Cat Tree Assembly

The tree fits together easily with strong metal rods connecting each section and the pillars screw neatly into place. For those who are unsure of assembly Beloved Pets email a clear set of instructions for you to follow. The instructions advise that you ensure the poles are firmly screwed into place, so cat dad strength came is useful here.

Cat reaches up while climbing a cat tree
Senior Cat Sienna Climbs Confidently

In fact, I would suggest that an extra pair of hands to assist with assembling the tree is helpful. This is especially important when you add the final ceiling brace, (which has a degree of flexibility to fit different ceiling heights).

A second pair of eyes helped me get the cat tree straight and then Paul’s height allowed us to tap the ceiling brace upright into place with a hammer (as the interior spring of the brace is very strong).

It is worth noting that the cat tree is a bit more flexible than you might be used to, simply because it is so tall! However, our cats fly up and down at speed and ignore the slight flex of the tree which you can see from the video when Toulouse leaps up to the top.

View looking down at cat tree platforms from above

Who Was First To The Top of the Tree?

Our old cat tree was about 2 metres (6 ft. Approx.) and no-one ventured up high until Toulouse joined the Dash Kitten Crew about two years ago. Once he ventured right to the top others followed so, I was not surprised that he has been the first to scramble right to the top platform. After this I saw Thomas watching with a calculating look in his eye and knew he would venture up soon after.

If you a supporter of small businesses here in New Zealand or around the world, do not hesitate to explore the world of artisan pet furniture. You will find a community full of invention and creativity ready and able to help you with your own cat tree challenges, crate surround issues or wall platforms.

7 thoughts on “The Beloved Pet Furniture Cat Tree”

  1. That is a mansion of a cat tree! Very awesome! I bet they were super thrilled with it! Beloved Pets sounds like a great business, too! Customizing one is such a great idea! Pinning to share!

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  2. I loe that idea and that it has a scratching post at the bottom is awesome, it looks like so much fun for them. Happy New Year to all of you

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  3. You had a great idea indeed to get this custom cat tree. Sleek and tall, just like cats like. It always amazes me what they can do, especially when we aren’t looking. From the looks of it, there’s nothing slowing down Toulouse and Sienna. LOL

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  4. What a gorgeous cat tree! It looks super sturdy and looks like nice furniture. I’m not surprised Toulouse was the first to get to the top. Great addition to any cat home.

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  5. WOW!!! This is a fabulous cat tree! I bet it’s always occupied and the kitties have fun with it. Such a terrific idea to have a cat tree customized for your space. I would’ve never thought of that one. I know my kitties would’ve loved this cat tree.

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  6. We’ve been eyeing up a few different cat tree options recently. I know that we’re going to have to get a new one soon. I recently rewrapped the scratch post with sisal rope but updating it like that is only going to work for so long haha

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  7. That’s a really, really nice cat tree, impressive! Thanks for joining Angel Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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