8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2010
This took me about 20 minutes to put together and it is great. It is very sturdy in my house as I have carpeted floors and I put it in a room with a relatively low ceiling so the spring pole had to be pushed in pretty far. The pressure on it keeps it from wobbling while my cat jumps and climbs. No need to adjust as other reviewers claim. If it is wobbly, you should use the extension because it requires a lot of pressure to stay in place, but it works. I tried pulling it from the middle and it doesn't budge so I know my cat won't knock it over. Since my cat is about 6-7 lbs right now, it easily holds her up. If she doubles in size, it is clear the shelves are going to be too small. While my cat does use this to scratch sometimes and obviously scratches it as she climbs, she has two other scratching posts from twine so this is used more for play. I would not recommend buying this as the only scratching post or if your cat prefers to scratch on soft objects (like couches or carpet), but the expensive towers are made from carpet too. I attached some long toys for her to play with and she loves sitting on the shelves and "catching" the hanging prey. I bought it at Walmart for under $40 so it is totally worth the price, even if I have to replace it in a year. The only "quality" tall towers are more than $300 and weigh at least 100 lbs to withstand the jumping. This is great for small cats who want to play and jump, and the exercise will keep her at a healthy weight.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2011
I had high hopes for this cat tree but within a few short minutes I realized it was a complete waste of money. The base is far too small to make it stable, the upper pads are just as small and not that useful for climbing, landing or lying down. The spring at the top that wedges this to the ceiling isn't powerful enough to exert enough downward force to keep it from wobbling (think shower caddy quality). In fact, my cats stayed away far clear of it after just the first day ... and they climb anything dangerous or not. A jump on even the lowest pad caused it to almost topple over on them. I resorted to tying a rope around it and affixing that to the wall - while this greatly helped stability, it still would teeter and looked ridiculous. The "carpet" is some very cheap fuzz that immediately will pull out under a scratch or two. It looked and smelled toxic.
I keep reading about others who bought this item two years ago and it's still working great. I think they must have redesigned it to save manufacturing costs and the end result is this complete garbage. At best, this is something a single 5lb kitten might have fun on. At worst, this thing will topple over on your adult cat and you'll end up with a vet bill. Stay clear and invest in a real model with a decent base.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
The tower fell apart on day 2. My cat fell off, hit his face, and broke a tooth. Not only did I waste $40 on the tower, I'm spending $250 to pull my cat's tooth.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2011
I usually do not take the time to write a review unless I am very happy or very upset with a product. This cat tree is a piece of garbage. It fell apart in a week. I am a strong man, and I tightened it up very good. I have two adult cats, and they did like it before it came crashing apart. I have purchased several of these cat trees from other manufactures usually from Wal-Mart, or Meijer's in Michigan and they usually last between 4-6 months. They usually wear out because my cats scratch the carpeting off, but this cat tree was structurally unsound and the columns broke apart. They were put together with flimsy material. Stay away from this particular model and manufacturer.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2011
I have two cats that just love to run and climb this fabulous and inexpensive cat tree. I purchased mine at Walmart and will have to check to see if they are still selling it. I bought 4! and pushed them all together in the corner of my guest room and this allows the kitties to stretch out and rub around the poles. You must have a flat ceiling for the rubber stopper to grab onto. You will need to measure the small PVC pipe and cut it to size and place it in the spring loaded top so once you measure and cut off a piece you just push it down and it springs up for a nice fit on the ceiling. This helps to stabilize the cat tree. Hope this helps! Sharon from California
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
My cats love this tree especially Charlette. Got it at Walmart again, the first tree held much much longer It hasn't even been a year because Catcraft which needs to be written too, changed the carpet to this cheap crappy felt carpet, it is totally worn scratched up bad, well ripped apart basicly. Piece of you know what. I know to replace these things but its not even a year. I feel like taking a picture. I think its 8 months. The regular scratching posts holds better. I dont want to take away there tree, but its that bad, it needs to come down. I only give it an extra star cause of my cats love it.
Feels like Walmart changed the products carpet.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2010
I've had the cat trees, which use a spring-loaded top to attach to the ceiling, for over 16 years. I've loved them, and so have my two successive cats. So, when I ordered the new one, I was expecting more of the same. (My old tree, about 6 years old, worked fine but was slowly being stripped of its carpet.) I ordered this one online, and it is far inferior to the one it replaced: it's rickety, and the platforms are too small for even my kitten to sit comfortably on. My kitten gave it the ultimate thumbs down: she used it twice, and refuses to go near it! (She practically LIVED on the old one.) I basically feel that I flushed my money down the toilet; it is SO awful that I will never buy anything this big from Amazon online again unless I've actually seen and touched it up close.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2012
Title says it all, It was easy to put together, But as other people said it was woobly. I finally got it to stop. in the mean time my 4 month old kitten tried to jump on it, I had someone hold him.Once I got it up they let him go and he ran and jumped on it where it fell apart and the kitten ran away.The ends fell off the tubes and I found it was just carpet on cardboard tubes with staples in it, I tried to fix it and the kitten jumped on the second shelve again and more of the tubes lost the plastic ends. do not waste your money on this,
I came here looking for a better cat tree and saw they were selling this one and just had to warn people, I got mine from Walmart too.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2009
My indoor cats live this tree! They chase each other up and down or fight for the highest platform. They use the carpeted column as a scratching post (better than using my furniture).
I would give it a 5 star rating but for one issue. It is supposed to hold in place with a tension rod. My ceiling is too low for this set up to work. There is a possibility of actually sawing part of the carpeted column. I would need a handy man to help out. Also, I have a ceiling with acoustical tiles. The tension of the pole causes this to dent in. I put a piece of Fome Core in place for protection . I will have to make adjustments for this to work properly. For now, I have it set up with two bungie cords strapped around spindles in the room & it works just fine.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2011
I picked up a similar tree when I got my oldest cat about 5 years ago. That one was well made with large shelves & thick walled tubing. Also the overall diameter of the tubes on the older unit have a larger diameter than the tubes on this one does.
On my old one the shelves slip down over one end of the tube and then the next tube slips on over the joint of the previous tube. The carpeting covering the shelves and tubes is a neutral color and thick, all owing plenty of scratching.
I was a bit shocked at how much poorer this one is than the previous one we purchased and still have in place. The tube walls are about 1/2 the thickness of our older tree and the carpet covering everything is even thinner than that. The shelves are about 1/2 as large as our other tree and neither of our normal sized cats can sleep on the shelf without parts hanging out into thin air. The carpet also covered the shelves of the previous one completely top and bottom. This is good as you don't have to see the particle board on the bottom of the shelves. On this one, the carpeting is incomplete. The color of the carpeting is a yellowish tan, not the off white-ish color of the older tree, making it harder to match decor.
The tubes are not put together using the much better "slip over" method I mentioned above, but instead each tube has a plastic end cap with a threaded hole. You insert a threaded rod into each and screw them together. The selves are simply pinched between the tubes. Not anywhere near as strong or secure as the other tree we have. It wobbles at every joint and the way it is put together, I am sure these joints will wear out relatively quickly. Those on my old unit are stiff and I expect them to remain so because of it's much simpler, stronger & more elegant design.
The tree has not fallen over yet, but like another reviewer stated, we expect it to happen at some point too. Our slightly larger, younger cat gives the old tree a real workout. On this new one she doesn't have enough room to do her "pole dancing". Even if she did we are sure this tree would not be able to handle it.
In short, if you don't have a pole for your cat, this one might be worth a try to see if they like it. If they do you can consider building or buying a better one, but no either way, this one is priced about twice the price it is worth... But then, what cat furniture isn't priced at least 2x or 3x what they are actually worth?
If you have a normal or larger sized cat that is active, this one is best avoided unless you find nothing better. If you have a small cat or kitten find the lowest price so you don't over spend.