Best Cat Trees for Older Cats
As your cats gets older, they becomes less active and playful and probably wants to sleep for a lot of the time. However, it is important to keep them motivated and interested in life. Cats still need to take part in normal cat behavior such as scratching and this is where a cat tree comes in useful.
Perhaps you have a tall, multi-leveled cat tree which your cat now struggles to get on and off. If so, it’s time for a change and you would do well if you purchased a smaller cat tree, preferably one less than 50 inches. The platforms should be close together so your cat doesn’t have trouble moving from platform to platform. It needs to be sturdy as well so that your cat doesn’t fall off and hurt himself. Perhaps it might be an idea to fix it to the wall.
Cats need some sort of exercise as it helps them to fend off illnesses. However, at their time of life, exercise can take the role of stretching and using scratching posts rather than jumping on and off a cat tree.
This guide gives our top ten cat trees for older cats, including recommendations for larger elderly cats. Hopefully this will help you to choose the right cat tree before spending money on one that won’t suit.
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Songmics Cat Tree with Sisal-Covered Scratching Posts
This is a fantastic cat tree which is why it’s got our number one spot. This Songmics Cat Tree is highly suitable for the older and larger cat. It is made up of three levels, two being condos, and they are close enough together to make it easy for your cat to go up and down. The top perch is extra large, measuring 23” long by 17” wide, which will fit a big cat or even a small dog.
There are two thick scratching posts to encourage your cat to take a little exercise and the dual condos will give your cat somewhere to chill out away from the attentions of a younger cat.
This cat tree is very stable enabling your cat to get on and off without it toppling over. It is strengthened with batons on the bottom and the top has anti-toppling fittings.
- Has a soft carpet for the comfort of your cats
- Covered by a 30-month warranty
New Cat Condos Premier Triple Cat Perch
If you are looking for a cat trees which is sturdy and won’t fall over with your elderly cat on it, you won’t go far wrong with the New Cat Condos Premier Triple Cat Perch. It is made of solid wood so it won’t collapse each time your cat gets on. It is on three levels, all close to each other so your elderly cat won’t have to go a great distance to reach any of the perches. It is layered with household grade carpet so is particularly comfortable for your cat.
- Perches large enough to fit even large cats such as Maine Coons.
- Two scratching posts, both made out of sisal rope.
- Comes in beige, brown, green and grey.
Vesper Cat Furniture, V-Double
The Vesper Cat Furniture V-Double is quite different to most cat trees. It has a modern boxed design which is unusual and would go well in a room with very trendy and up-to-date furniture.
This cat tree is sturdy which will suit your older cat and is built with high-quality New Zealand pine. The levels are all close together so your cat doesn’t have to jump very high.
Instead of carpeting, memory foam cushions are used in the condos and on the platform on top. This is real luxury for your cat, but of course he deserves it for being such a good friend to you.
- Scratching posts made of sea grass
- Dangling balls to entertain your cat
- Easy to Assemble
PetPals Paper Rope Natural Bowl Shaped with Perch Cat Tree
The PetPals Paper Rope cat tree is excellent for the older cat as it’s only 24 inches high making it easy for your cat to get on and off. It is also sturdy which is an added bonus as it won’t topple over when your cat jumps on it.
This tree has a bowl and a perch, both made out of paper rope which is recyclable. It’s always good to be eco-friendly so this is a good choice. The bowl is large and deep so should suit a larger older cat. It also has a fleece pillow. What comfort for your cat! There are two sisal rope scratching posts which will give your cat a chance to sharpen his claws while not ruining your furniture. You’ll probably find that he will probably also enjoy scratching the baskets.
It has a stylish design which will suit most homes.
- The tree is made of solid wood, which makes it strong and sturdy
- The sisal rope is unoiled which is safer for your cats
- It is easy to navigate between the perches
Go Pet Club F709 44" Kitten Tree
The Go Pet Club F709 may be called a kitten tree, but it’s suitable for your older cat as well. It’s a great compromise if you have both young and old cats. In this tree the old ones can nap, while the young ones can play a little.
This tree has four perches and one condo and the levels are all close together, making it easy for your older cat to navigate. The edges on the perches are all raised so your cat will be safe and won’t fall over the edge.
The condo is quiet and roomy and your older cat can sleep in here while the younger ones play with the dangling mice.
There are 5 sisal rope posts for your cats to scratch on. Not only will this protect your furniture, but it will also give your older cat a chance to exercise. What cat doesn’t love scratching?
There is a scratching ramp leading up to the condo which has double benefits. Your cat can have a good scratch and it’s also an easy way for him to get up to the condo.
The tree is covered in high-quality faux fur which is lovely and soft for your cat. You want your cat to have a comfortable sleep after all.
- Made with CARB board which is environmentally friendly.
- To clean, spot wipe with soap and water.
- Perfect for a small space.
PGFUN 46" Cat Tree Cat Scratching Post Cat Furniture
The PG Fun is ideal for an older cat, though probably not for the larger cat. The tree is sturdy and safe as the sisal scratching posts have a bigger diameter than a lot of cat trees out there. This makes it secure and we know that the last thing you want is for your elderly cat to fall off the tree and possibly get injured.
There is a ladder leading up to the condo which your older cat will appreciate. He can climb up this and then relax in the condo and while away the hours.
- Two hanging balls if your cat wants to play
- Cat hammock for small and medium sized cats
- Bottom board with a standing spring ball for gentle entertainment
Songmics 67" Multi Level Cat Tree
The Songmics 67” Multi Level cat tree is higher than most we have mentioned so far, but the levels are close to each other so your elderly cat won’t have a problem climbing.
Your cat will be able to sleep either in two roomy condos or on one of the three comfy perches, all of which have raised edges to keep your cat safe. Put the tree near a window and let your cats survey the world around them.
There is a sisal covered slope which has two benefits. Your cat can scratch his claws on it and also it will give him the opportunity to climb up to his condo without any stress.
The cat tree is very secure even for multiple cats. If you have a mixture of old and young cats they will all be able to find a place to sleep or to play.
- Strengthened with battens at the bottom and anti-toppling fittings at the top.
- Sisal rope scratching posts.
- 30 month warranty.
Firstwell Cat Tree Condo Tower with Scratching Posts, 38 inches
The Firstwell Cat Tree Condo Tower is ideal for the smaller older cat, maximum weight 15 pounds. It has a little staircase leading up to a condo, making it very easy for your cat to reach it and snooze the day away. There are two plush covered perches and a hammock for your cat to relax in.
This tree is made from E1 fiberboard which is very eco-friendly. This board is heavy, making the tree more stable.
All six posts are covered in sisal rope so your cat can get a little exercise scratching and sharpening his claws, very natural behavior for a cat. Hopefully that will stop him from scratching your furniture.
- Hanging rope if your cat fancies a little playtime.
- Easy to Assemble
Bewishome Cat Tree Condo with Sisal Scratching Posts
Your older cat will get excited when he sees his new Bewishome Cat Tree Condo. It’s roomy and there is plenty to do if he wants, but if he just wants to relax, there are two comfy condos for him to choose from. One is even near the floor so he doesn’t have to jump if he doesn’t want to. If he still has a little spring in his step, there are two platforms above the condos, great places to see what’s going on in the yard. Both platforms have raised edges for extra safety, a plus when you have an older cat who isn’t lithe anymore.
There are five sisal scratching posts which will give your kitty a little exercise and stop him from scratching your furniture.
- Comes with a wall anchor for extra safety.
- Has a strong base.
- Good quality plush coverings.
Go Pet Club 72 in Cat Tree
The Go Pet Club Cat Tree is another bigger cat tree, but we have chosen it for a number of reasons. Firstly it has two ramps, each leading to a condo. This is a perfect arrangement for an elderly cat. Secondly, the levels are all close so if your cat wants to go to one of the upper platforms, he should be able to manage it. Thirdly there is a total of 10 sisal rope scratching posts. If they won’t keep your cat from scratching the furniture, nothing will.
This is also a good tree for the larger cat and for multiple cat households. There are so many places to sleep; your cats will be spoilt for choice.
- Materials used are faux fur and compressed wood.
- Two hanging mice for playtime.
Why is a Cat Tree Good for Older Cats?
Even as cats age they still need to go about their normal business. They need to scratch and sharpen their claws and need a place they can consider theirs for sleeping. With this in mind a cat tree is ideal. They can have their own little condo which they can call their own and if the tree has ramps, so much the better. It’s much easier for them to negotiate ramps rather than jumping up which can be difficult for an older cat. It can even be painful for them to jump if arthritis has set in.
You will probably notice that your cat isn’t sitting as high up as he would normally. Cats love to be up high surveying the world around them. In this respect, a cat tree is ideal as with ramps and ladders, your cat can go higher up.
The material used on cat trees is usually plush or faux fur which are both comfortable and soft materials which your elderly cat will enjoy.
As our cats get older, we need to help them out with the changes in their lifestyle. They can’t do what they used to, but it’s still important that they can live like cats. Giving them some furniture is an excellent idea. There they will find somewhere safe to relax, scratch, and sleep.
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