You & Me Scratch & Snooze Station Cat Tree
Each type of cat prefers something different in and by getting one that suits them best you can ensure that they will actually use it and enjoy it. Luckily, this tree suits every type of cat because it has features built into it that they all like and prefer.
To make this cat tree, you will need the items listed below, though you may want to alter the design to fit your cat and home. Perhaps you want it shorter or wider, bigger or smaller platforms, whatever— simply adjust the sizes to fit.
As I have done in previous articles, I'll offer some general guidelines without going into intricate detail about any one process. In this way, I ( ) hope to touch on a greater variety of different aspects of this topic. Maybe you'll find something here that has stumped you, & maybe you've thought to yourself, "There must be a better way to handle this! If only I knew a guy who makes this stuff for a living!." Since I don't get into this type of restoration for others, and I don't advise people on individual projects, here's a guide for you to use as you go through the process or bringing your old cat tree back from the brink of the landfill.
Lots of cat furniture sold on the net these days is made in China. The Chinese are not really that big on replacement components, so be careful just how far down that road you go. If you are willing to replace your components with something a bit more heavy duty, here's your chance to upgrade this favorite cat tree. Some US vendors like me sell "sisal rope columns" & other components You may need to do a little drilling, but usually HOLES (for bolts) are not too tough to make, adapt, or to enlarge. Anyway, consider replacing some of those carpeted parts with sisal (a.k.a. sissle or sissel or sizel - but properly known as sisal, and pronounced SYS-ul or SIZE-ul). You can use sisal rope or sisal weave (i.e. a woven sisal fabric). I happen to lean toward genuine 3/8" diameter sisal rope. It is a larger diameter than what most cat furniture makers put on theirs, which normally measures 1/4" in diameter. The obvious advantage is the longevity of the finished product. I sometimes have a "buy in now" sale posted here on eBay for 120 feet of my own preferred brand of 3/8 sisal rope. If you Google "3/8" sisal rope bundle," you'll be able to zero in on a supplier there, as well.Hardware is only supplied with replacement column for Foster/Smith trees. For any other brand, you need to retain your own hardware. The interior nuts at either end will be compatible with your bolts. though. We will not take back your columns if you have discovered that you need hardware to complete your restoration. More information concerning this is located at Hardware is only supplied with replacement column for Foster/Smith trees. For any other brand, you need to retain your own hardware. If the thread size you identify to us matches our hardware, and we tell you that we can provide your column, then the interior nuts at either end will be compatible with your bolts. We will not take back your columns if you have discovered that you need hardware to complete your restoration. More information concerning this is located at