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10 Best Cat Trees in the UK in 2022 – Reviews & Top Picks

Cat trees combine multilayer climbing frames with scratch posts and usually incorporate additional features like hammocks, houses, and hanging toys. They offer cats exercise, somewhere to laze around, posts to sharpen and strengthen their claws, and somewhere to vent their frustration. They can vary from smaller trees, that are suitable for confined spaces and for use by kittens, to floor-to-ceiling models that literally span the entire height of the room in which they’re placed.

To help you wade through the huge selection of cat trees available, we have compiled reviews of ten of the best that are readily available today. You will also find a guide to help ensure that you get the best cat tree for your feline friends.

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A Quick Comparison of Our Favourites

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
SONGMICS Cat Tree Cat Scratcher SONGMICS Cat Tree Cat Scratcher
  • Feature iconReinforced for stability
  • Feature iconPlenty of different activities and features
  • Feature iconReasonable price considering the size
  • Best Value
    Second place
    GIOPACO 2-Tier Small Cat Condo GIOPACO 2-Tier Small Cat Condo
  • Feature iconCheap
  • Feature iconDoesn’t take up too much room
  • Feature iconGood stability
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    Vesper V-High Base Cat Tree Vesper V-High Base Cat Tree
  • Feature iconBetter looking than other trees
  • Feature iconMemory foam mats can be removed and cleaned
  • Feature iconReplaceable parts
  • Best for Kittens
    Rabbitgoo Cat Tree Scratching Post Rabbitgoo Cat Tree Scratching Post
  • Feature iconIdeal for kittens
  • Feature iconMultiple levels to play on
  • Feature iconEasy to assemble
  • Feandrea Cat Tree Multi-Level Feandrea Cat Tree Multi-Level
  • Feature iconLarger house opening than most trees
  • Feature iconAdditional horizontal scratching platform
  • Feature iconStable construction
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    The 10 Best Cat Trees In The UK – Reviews & Top Picks 2022

    1. SONGMICS Cat Tree Cat Scratcher Activity Centre Scratching Post – Best Overall

    SONGMICS Cat Tree Cat Scratcher

    Materials: Particleboard, Plush, Sisal rope
    Dimensions: 154cm x 50cm x 84cm
    Weight: 15.9kg

    The Songmics Cat Tree Cat Scratcher Activity Centre Scratching Post is a large cat tower with a hammock, house, bed, and three hanging toys.

    It is made with a particleboard base that is engineered to provide stability, so it won’t fall even when your cats get vigorous with the sisal covered scratching post sections. Assembly is easy and all tools needed are included in the purchase. It is a little more expensive than some other cat trees, but it is over 1.5 metres tall and should last years.

    The only real drawback with this tree is one that a lot of similar items share: the hanging toys, which are balls, in this case, are very easy to pull off and they won’t last long. Overall, though, the stability and ruggedness of this tree, as well as its reasonable price point and the great range of activities that it offers adventurous cats makes it the best overall cat tree in the UK.

    Pros
    • Reinforced for stability
    • Plenty of different activities and features
    • Reasonable price considering the size
    Cons
    • The hanging toys are easily destroyed
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    2. GIOPACO 2-Tier Small Cat Condo House – Best Value

    GIOPACO 2-Tier Small Cat Condo

    Materials: Particleboard, Plush, Sisal rope
    Dimensions: 53cm x 32cm x 66cm
    Weight: 9.6kg

    Strictly speaking, the GIOPACO 2-Tier Small Cat Condo House is a condo rather than a tree, but it has multiple layers and scratch posts, so it qualifies as a cat tree condo.

    The two rooms provide your cat with privacy and somewhere to lay, while the top platform allows them to sit at a reasonable height and survey their domain. There are two scratching post sections, one at base level and one a floor up, so whether your cat prefers to scratch in a horizontal or upright position, there is the sisal rope to cope. This is an inexpensive cat post and doesn’t take up as much room or fill your gaze quite as easily as the 6-foot giants, but it is stable and of good quality, making it our choice as the best cat tree in the UK for the money.

    However, expect the hanging toy to be torn off fairly quickly and bear in mind that it is quite small so is not likely suitable for large and giant cat breeds. And despite the manufacturer claiming it is easy to assemble, it may prove a bit of a challenge.

    Pros
    • Cheap
    • Doesn’t take up too much room
    • Good stability
    Cons
    • The hanging toy breaks off easily
    • Not as easy to assemble as it claims
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    3. Vesper V-High Base Cat Furniture Tree – Premium Choice

    9Vesper High Base 47.8-in Modern Cat Tree & Condo

    Materials: MDF, Memory foam, Sisal
    Dimensions: 56.1cm x 56.1cm x 81.5cm
    Weight: 18.4kg

    The Vesper V-High Base Cat Furniture Tree offers proof that cat trees don’t have to look ugly or utilitarian to be fun for your cat, although you do have to pay a premium for the walnut finish and memory foam cushions.

    There are multiple scratching posts, which are all covered in sisal rope so should withstand regular scratching. There is also a cube-shaped cave, although the size is only really suitable for kittens and small adult cats. The upper platform and mid platform both have detachable memory foam cushions that can be washed. The V-High Base Cat Tree is expensive, but it will look good in a living room and is robust. It also offers a few different activities and, unusually, the manufacturer sells replacement parts so that you don’t have to buy a whole new tree if one section breaks or needs replacing after rigorous use.

    As well as being the most expensive cat tree on the list, some of the most important features are only really suitable for small cats.

    Pros
    • Better looking than other trees
    • Memory foam mats can be removed and cleaned
    • Replaceable parts
    Cons
    • Very expensive
    • Too small for large cats
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    4. Rabbitgoo Cat Tree Scratching Post Activity Centre Cat Tower – Best for Kittens

    Rabbitgoo Cat Tree Scratching Post

    Materials: Engineered wood, Plush, Sisal rope
    Dimensions: 50cm x 50cm x 99cm
    Weight: 10.5kg

    Kittens start to scratch their claws, as a means of sharpening and maintaining them, when they are as young as two months old. They also start to adventure and develop their legendary inquisitive nature. However, they aren’t big enough to climb up the biggest cat trees and you have to make especially sure that the surfaces are soft for your potentially sensitive kitten.

    The Rabbitgoo Cat Tree Scratching Post Activity Centre Cat Tower is spread over three levels and reaches just under one metre tall. There are scratching post sections at ground level, and plenty of platforms and steps so that even the smallest and most unsure footed kittens have a chance of getting up there.

    However, it is quite pricey for its size, will need replacing when your cats get older and bigger, and even at the paws of a kitten, the hanging toy will not last long.

    Pros
    • Ideal for kittens
    • Multiple levels to play on
    • Easy to assemble
    Cons
    • Too small for adult cats
    • Weak hanging toy won’t last
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    5. Feandrea Cat Tree Multi-Level Cat Play House

    Feandrea Cat Tree Multi-Level

    Materials: Particleboard, Cardboard, Sisal rope,
    Dimensions: 90cm x 55cm x 145cm
    Weight: 16.4kg

    While most cats like to stretch up as far as possible when scratching, many also enjoy scratching on more horizontal surfaces. This means that the base or platform of a cat tree can be susceptible to feline damage. The Feandrea Cat Tree Multi-Level Cat Play House is a 1.5 metre high cat tree with three main levels, multiple platforms, nine scratch post sections, a hammock, house, and an additional cat scratch platform.

    Your cat can choose its favourite scratching position. Although not large enough for giant breeds, it is bigger than a lot of similar cat trees, and the house section has a larger door than is typically seen, which means that most adult cats will be able to use it. The extra platforms, including the bottom step, ensure that smaller cats and even some kittens will benefit.

    As well as being a little pricey and having the weak hanging toy problem, the Feandrea is another cat tree that is smaller than it appears in the pictures and won’t withstand heavy use from something like a Siberian or a Ragamuffin.

    Pros
    • Larger house opening than most trees
    • Additional horizontal scratching platform
    • Stable construction
    Cons
    • Expensive
    • Smaller than it looks in pictures
    • Hanging toy easily damaged
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    6. Kerbl Lounge Deluxe Cat Tree

    Kerbl Lounge Deluxe Cat Tree

    Materials: Cardboard, Fabric, Particleboard
    Dimensions: 42cm x 37cm x 70cm
    Weight: 6.52kg

    Visually, it looks like a cross between a gaming chair and a throne. The Kerbl Lounge Deluxe Cat Tree has two cushioned, comfortable lounging platforms, two very short scratch post sections and one taller scratch post at the back.

    This post is better suited to quieter cats that like to lounge around with an occasional break to scratch their claws. They won’t have to go far and the cushions are the centrepiece of the design.  There are limited activities and entertainment to be had, and most of the scratch post surfaces are too low for adult cats. Furthermore, although the cushioned platforms are soft and comfortable, the arms of the two lounge chairs are made from flimsy cardboard and the platforms themselves are small, so it will not suit a large cat.

    If you do have small cats that would like a new bed or lounging area, it is a luxurious looking lounge tree.

    Pros
    • Luxurious looking cat tree
    • Cushioned platforms are comfortable
    • Sturdy base
    Cons
    • Thin cardboard arms
    • Very small beds
    • Not much to do
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    7. Yaheetech Cat Tree Floor To Ceiling

    Yaheetech Cat Tree Floor to Ceiling

    Materials: Particleboard, Plush, Sisal
    Dimensions: 60cm x 45.5cm x 254cm
    Weight: 15.7kg

    Whereas a lot of cat trees turn out to be smaller than expected, the Yaheetech Cat Tree Floor To Ceiling has an adjustable top section. Not only does this mean that the tree couldn’t be any larger and still fit in your room, but it also helps provide stability for a tower that can become top-heavy when your cat reaches the upper levels.

    It has five levels in total. There are multiple cat scratching posts and an additional horizontal scratching surface on the base of the tree. There are two cave houses, two baskets, a ladder, and a hanging ball, so the tree has a lot of different activities for your cats. Considering its gargantuan size, it is also well priced and no more expensive than some of the smaller trees. The height of the tree can be adjusted and will reach between 228cm and 255cm. It is adjusted by screwing and unscrewing the top section to extend and retract it.

    The size of the tower means that it can be unstable, even when you have secured it to the ceiling. And while there is room for larger cats on each of the platforms, big cats will suffer some accessibility problems while trying to climb up to the higher levels. The house and baskets are also too small for larger cats, which is especially a shame considering the amount of vertical room that the tree offers.

    Pros
    • Multiple levels offer plenty of activity
    • Secures to the ceiling
    • Decent price
    Cons
    • Not stable, even when secured to the ceiling
    • Difficult for cats to manoeuvre between levels
    • House and baskets too small for big cats
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    8. P Purlove Cat Tree With Scratching Posts

    P PURLOVE Cat Tree with Scratching Posts

    Materials: Chipboard, Plush, Sisal
    Dimensions: 51cm x 61cm x 170cm
    Weight: 16.3kg

    The P Purlove Cat Tree With Scratching Posts stands at 170cm high, which means it is a tall tree. It is split over three levels, and it has a varied selection of platforms as well as a house, a hammock, rope, and hanging toy. There is also a wave platform that is covered in sisal rope to give brave cats a surface that they can grip onto or scratch. P Purlove claims that the product has been engineered to be stable, is easy to construct, and has a three-cat capacity. The tree is very reasonably priced for its size.

    Unfortunately, the plush fabric is thin, and there is not enough sisal rope to fully cover the scratching posts, which means that cats will ultimately end up scratching at the carpeted section. The very top section can bend when challenged by a large cat, and the house section is not comfortable because it does not have a cushion. Even a thickened carpet would have been more comfortable.

    Pros
    • Multiple features offer a variety of activities
    • Decent price
    Cons
    • Not stable enough
    • Not enough sisal rope on scratching posts
    • Not big enough for large cats
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    9. Klife Floor To Ceiling Cat Tree Cat Scratch Post

    Floor to Ceiling Cat Tree Cat Scratch Post

    Materials: Chipboard, Plush, Sisal rope
    Dimensions: 28cm x 27cm x 288cm
    Weight: 10kg

    The Klife Floor To Ceiling Cat Tree Cat Scratch Post is a budget, adjustable floor to ceiling scratch post. It uses a spring-loaded top section that means it can be used in rooms that are between 235cm and 285cm tall. Despite being tall, it has a small footprint, measuring 27cm x 28cm. Three platforms are included, and the rectangular platforms can be placed to improve the ease with which cats can climb to the top. The two middle posts have a sisal rope covering, giving your cats somewhere to sharpen their claws, other than your furniture.

    Despite leaving marks on ceilings, the spring-loaded adjustable section does not stabilise the tower, and the design of the platforms means that it is difficult for cats to get up to the top of the tree. There is very little for your cats to do if they do manage to negotiate the platforms, too, and large cats may end up snapping the chipboard layers.

    Pros
    • Minimal footprint
    • Adjustable for ceilings between 235cm and 285cm
    Cons
    • Not stable
    • Leaves marks on the ceiling
    • Platforms are flimsy and easy to snap
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    10 PawHut 260cm Floor To Ceiling Cat Tree

    PawHut 260cm Floor To Ceiling Cat Tree

    Materials: Chipboard, Flannel
    Dimensions: 43cm x 27cm x 260cm
    Weight: 9kg

    The PawHut 260cm Floor To Ceiling Cat Tree is very similar to the Klife Floor To Ceiling Cat Tree Above. It has an extendable and adjustable top section, although this product will only extend to 260cm. It also has three perches, and it suffers the same accessibility issues, so if your cat is not small and nimble, it may struggle to get to the top.

    The PawHut actually has less for cats to do, too, because it does not have the sisal scratching sections, and is covered entirely in flannel. If your cat does use it as a scratch post, you should expect the flannel to give out quickly. Even using the ceiling as support, this is not a stable tower, and it is liable to wobble when the cat reaches the top. The size of the platforms also means that it does not suit large cats, although smaller cats may enjoy draping themselves over the chipboard.

    Pros
    • Adjustable to reach the height of the ceiling
    • Cheap
    Cons
    • No scratching section
    • Very little activity
    • Unstable
    • Platforms are liable to break

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    Buyer’s Guide

    Cats are curious animals that tend to be inquisitive, energetic, and playful. Cat trees not only provide our feline friends with somewhere to sharpen and maintain their claws but enable them to burn off energy, explore safely, and embark in some staggering feline agility. Read on for more details on how to find the best cat tree for your furry friend and your home.

    Do Cats Need a Cat Tree?

    Cat trees can fulfil a lot of different functions and offer the following benefits:

    • Climbing – Cats love to climb and that’s why they can often be seen in trees, on fences, and in the rafters of barns and other buildings. Outdoor cats may have the benefit of being able to ascend these obelisks, but indoor cats don’t. A cat tree replicates a lot of the features of a natural tree and your cat will appreciate the opportunity to climb up the levels.
    • Safety – One of the reasons that cats like to be up high is that it offers them safety. Although cats are natural predators, they are also prey to larger animals and their nimble, tree-climbing agility allows them to get up and out of the way of land-dwelling hunters. While you might not be hunting your cat, they still feel safer in a highly elevated position. They can also survey their surroundings to see everything that is going on around.
    • Privacy – Even if your cat feels safe, it will benefit from some alone time. Cats are social animals and, for the most part, they enjoy company of people and other cats in their house. Some even like dogs. However, there are times when they just want to be left alone: typically, when they want a cat nap. Being up high limits the amount of contact they have with you, kids, and other animals. If the cat tree has an enclosed house, then all the better.
    • Claw Maintenance – Cat trees incorporate scratching posts, and some have horizontal and angled scratching surfaces. These are offered so that your cat can maintain its claws. Claw scratching is a natural habit for cats because it allows them to keep their hunting tools sharp and gets rid of dead claws. Because cats also have scent glands in their feet, scratching enables them to mark their territory and make your home their own.
    • Relieves Stress – If you’ve ever seen a cat have a go at a scratching post, it won’t surprise you to learn that they use this activity as a means of stress relief. It can be difficult to identify what exactly is stressing a cat out, but it could be that you didn’t feed them on time, failed to empty their litter before they wanted to use it again, or they haven’t been able to sleep long enough during the day.
    • Saves Your Furniture – Cats don’t just love to scratch; it is a natural activity that they need to undertake regularly. As such, if you don’t provide them with a surface that they are allowed to scratch, they will find their own. The furniture is an obvious target, but so too are the carpets, walls, and even your legs.

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    Drawbacks Of a Cat Tree

    Most of the drawbacks of a cat tree come from the type and design of tree chosen, so choose the right tree for your cat and you should avoid these drawbacks:

    • Big – Scratching posts can be quite small and fit snugly into the corner of a room, but a cat tree tends to be much taller, have multiple platforms, and includes other features like hammocks and houses. As a result, even the smallest cat tree will take up quite a lot of room in your home. If you have multiple trees, they can start to take over your living space.
    • Ugly – Cat trees need to be appealing to cats and they are known to be particularly picky animals. Most are functional, which means that they are not the best-looking item of furniture for a home. You can get better looking and more premium cat trees that resolve this problem, however.
    • Unsafe – Cat trees are tall, and they encourage your cat to stretch out, lean against, and violently scratch them. In some cases, this means that the cat tree can topple over, while damage to the tree itself can also lead to hazardous sections of the cat tree. Ensure you buy a good quality tree and if you have a large or giant cat breed, you should consider a tree that is designed specifically for these huge felines. Some trees can be attached to walls or even to the ceiling to help provide additional stability and safety.
    • Expensive – Typically made from chipboard or engineered wood, cardboard tubes, plush fabric, and sisal rope, there is a lot of material used in a cat tree, so there is no avoiding that they are more expensive than a simple scratching post. In some cases, it is also true that you get what you pay for, so a cheap cat tree might be easier to damage and break.

    Will a Cat Tree Help Cats Get Along?

    If you have two or more cats in your house that don’t get along, a cat tree could help build bridges and encourage peace. The dominant cat with the higher standing will likely take the top perch or top layer of the tree, but your other cats can still enjoy the other platforms and layers, without there being a confrontation between the two. As well as preventing territorial fights, the cats may get used to being around one another without fur and claws flying.

    Cute cat playing in cat tree
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    Where Should I Put My Cat Tree?

    Cats usually like to be around their owner, which means that they benefit from having their scratching posts and cat trees in a popular living area. This doesn’t necessarily mean putting it in the living room but try to make sure it is in a position where your cat can see what is going on, or it will likely not use the new feline furniture.

    Do Cats Hate Used Cat Trees?

    People might not be able to tell when a cat tree has been used by another cat, but your feline friend can. In some cases, this can be enough to ensure that the tree goes completely unused. Even a thorough cleaning might not be good enough to get the cat smell out.

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    Why Did My Cat Stop Using His Cat Tree?

    If your cat previously enjoyed spending time on their tree but have since stopped using it, something has likely changed. It could be a change in position, the sisal rope may have come loose, or the tree might not feel stable and secure anymore. Look for any changes and try to rectify them to get your cat back on its perch.

    How Can I Get My Cat to Like The Cat Tree?

    Cats know their own mind. You might say they can be quite stubborn. In either case, it is very frustrating when you spend good money on a cat tree and your cat won’t use it. Spend time near the tree. Try gently putting the cat on the lower layer, and, if all else fails, sprinkle some catnip on the sections you want your cat to use.

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    Conclusion

    Cats are lively, energetic, and inquisitive animals. They love to scratch and enjoy activities that enable them to use their agility. They also like privacy and security, and a cat tree can provide all of these benefits and more. Hopefully, our reviews have helped you find the best cat tree for your home.

    We believe that the SONGMICS Cat Tree Cat Scratcher is good value for money, especially because it is reinforced for stability and offers a good range of activities. If you are looking to spend a little less but still provide your cat with an enjoyable and good quality tree, the GIOPACO 2-Tier Small Cat Condo is cute and great for kittens or small adult cats.

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