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Armarkat Cat tree Furniture Condo, Height -70-Inch to 75-Inch
- Great unit for scratching, climbing, sleeping, and exercising
- Made from attractive plywood with faux fur covering
- Looks great in any room
- Easy assembly
- 2 ramps, instruction manual, and necessary tools included
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As the manufacturer, AeroMark is sure your pet will get years of enjoyment from its products. If, however, any part is broken within six months due to a manufacturing defect, AeroMark will gladly replace it free of charge. After six months, pay only a small amount for broken parts,which are available at the official website.
*Pet toys not included in product warranty. For more information you can contact the official customer service or visit the official website.
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AeroMark manufactures the Armarkat brand of Cat Trees and Pet Beds. For the last 20 years, Armarkat has been internationally recognized as the most reliable brand for quality, endurance and style at affordable prices. As the innovator in the field, AeroMark offers the deepest line of Cat Trees on the market as well as a growing line of ergonomic pet beds in an increasing array of colors and fabrics.
The Armarkat product line is both pet-centric and pet-friendly. Our Cat Trees, which come in visually appealing materials and hues, blend with any décor. Sturdy bases and foundations support easy-to-assemble structures that are a breeze to put together.
Only pet friendly materials, harmless to pets and their pet parents, are used in fabrication. You can be sure your product is not only well-designed but durable and safely constructed. Additionally, since your cat tree is built to last, you can get replacement parts from the manufacturer whenever—and if ever—they are needed.
The Armarkat line of Pet Beds range from the most practical to the most luxurious. Soft, cozy Pet Bed covers are washable, resilient and stain resistant. These models are uniquely designed to provide the best feline or canine lounging experience you will find.
And with pet-caring customer service, AeroMark is dependable and fast, dedicated to satisfying all of your pet’s climbing, playing and resting requirements.
Model No.: A7401; Covering Material: Faux Fur; Covering Color: Beige; Board Material: Plywood; Post Diameter: 3-1/2-inch; Overall Dimensions: 50-inch (L)X26-inch (W)X74"(H); Max Holding Weight: 60 lbs;
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Sturdiness: Like a rock. the base is 28x24 inches, very generous, and the way the posts are anchored and the higher perches positioned, it allows the entire structure to remain solid, even when an active cat leaps on it. I have not yet had both cats on simultaneously (they are not yet socialized) but do not anticipate a problem at all. I should note here that the 62 inch Armarkat I got last is not quite as sturdy; the smaller 24x20 base makes a difference. And as others have noted in reviews of that product, the top perches wobble a little, but not so much as to discourage the cats. But since I have a point of comparison, it reinforces my positive opinion of this one.
Value: Triple aces! The pricing is extremely low for the number and quality of the 10 sisal posts and the number of perches and condos, as well as the workmanship. I mean, half the price of the popular pet chain store trees, and to me, better quality. Also, the faux fur, while not plush, is certainly comfortable, and to my surprise the whole apparatus looks quite handsome despite its size.
Ease of Assembly: A breeze. The wordless instructions are nonetheless clear, and the lettered pieces and screws virtually idiot-proof, unless, as can happen with the cats around, you are not paying attention! I was very happy with how tightly the sisal posts can screw in, which along with the wide base is what assures the solid structure. I assembled the first in just over 30 minutes, the second, as I knew how to do it, in about 20 minutes.
Usability: This of course trumps everything else. If the cats don't like it, nothing else matters. My somewhat reticent female just sniffed it the first day, but by the second she was using the scratching posts, and by the third she had claimed the top condo as one of her favorite resting places. On both pieces, upstairs and downstairs. My male is fearless and started jumping on it approximately four seconds after I showed him what it was. He was in a cramped foster apartment before I adopted him a week ago, so who knew he had strong acrobatic tendencies? But he does, and he has had more exercise the last three days with these trees than he did the previous month.
Delivery: Fast, before the promised date both times, and while the box is heavy for some (the thing weighs about 50 pounds), it is easy to unpack by the front door and then carry the individual pieces to wherever the tree is going up.
Height and Bulk: These were the two factors that made me hesitate awhile before finally purchasing it. I was afraid it would be too bulky for my upstairs computer room (the first one I bought), and I wasn't sure about going that high. While it is not petite, it has the right proportions for a serious piece of cat furniture if you are interested in ensuring your cats have a comfortable and inviting plaything and resting place for years to come. I think its size and height are inducements for them to claim ownership. They already know it is "theirs" and do not spend (too) much time climbing on shelves and other places they don't belong--so far. I got the 62 inch tree for my family room, where the height and bulk of the 72 inch simply would not have worked. And while I am not quite as pleased with that one as this, mainly due to the slight (emphasize slight) wobbles and also the faux fleece vs. faux fur, that one still works well. But this one deserves superlatives. Interestingly, neither cat has yet mounted the highest perch, though the male keeps eying the ceiling and I think it's just a matter of time (gives him something to think about, anyway!)
The Toys: Based on others' comments, I did not attach. Good thing, too. the female plucked pieces off one ball within seconds when I showed it to her. But a minor point-just research, buy and put up your own highly-rated cat-tree toys.
Caveat about faux fur vs. faux fleece. As I am/was a neophyte cat tree buyer, and all the Armarkat trees I researched seemed to be faux fur, I didn't catch that the description of the 62 inch tree said it was faux fleece. Not that I would have known the difference before seeing them both in person. The faux fleece is actually somewhat thicker, which some purchasers may like, but it feels like carpet, does not look as elegant, and may cause my cats to associate it with my upstairs and basement carpets as ok to pluck--we'll see. To me the faux fur appears more elegant, and the cats don't seem to care.
So, overall, I could not be happier with this product, for solidity, quality, value, aesthetics and cat-responsiveness.
Addendum, March 19--since I wrote the above, I have also acquired a rescue, rare Havana Brown. He's a sweetheart but very active and assertive. Neither of the other two cats had climbed onto the top perch of any of the three cat trees I got them, and I wondered whether it was worth going for the 74 inch-high version. Well, it was. Hershey loves to climb, unfortunately on everything, and he was slow to notice the cat trees, but he's now adopting the top perch of these trees as his preferred resting place. Definitely, the height was worth it.
First off.... When it arrives it's HEAVY nothing I couldn't handle but you definitely know it's not made of cheap press board it's almost 80lbs boxed.
Second... I was easily able to put this together on my own, directions are clear and with pictures, tree parts were all labeled, screw holes lined up . The only issue I really had was that the lower ramp is a little too short but my cats have no issues just jumping directly into or on top of the cat house the ramp leads to.
Third.... It is NOT carpet covered but covered with a plush silky fur type carpet. My cats love it and so do I as there is no strong off gases like carpet gives off in fact it just smells slightly of plywood.
Fourth.... It's huge!! I'm definitely not complaining about this! This tree would work great for larger cats. I would measure out your spot before purchasing to make sure it fits and if it does BUY THIS TREE!
Fifth..... Lock up your cats while building it. Mine really slowed down the building process because I couldn't keep them off of or out of it! :D
Only things I'm doing to this tree is adding some cat beds in the two cat houses and maybe two on the upper platforms just to give my two cats a bit softer sleeping areas. If I had more room in my apartment I would buy a second one.
My review is for the (53’’ L) x (22’’ W) x (73” H) Cat Condo, I.E. the one with the hammock and Kitty Rope Swing. (I will refer to it from now on as the “Hammock Condo”)
**Box Weight / Dimensions / Cat Size Comparison / Etc are all explained below and separated by a -----, feel free to skip around to the info you need**
In regards to quality, I was pleasantly surprised at what arrived considering how cheap the purchase was. Aside from having to assemble it yourself, it was a fair comparison to the overpriced cat condo / cat posts you would find in a brick and mortar store such as a PetsMart.
Is it as nice in quality as the expensive store bought examples? Well, for everything that the cat actually cares about, the answer would be a resounding yes.
The only faults I can really think of are related to the materials used. While the Hammock Condo is built very well, and quite sturdy if you make sure to tighten all the bolts, it will still probably be damaged if a human were to be too rough with it. The PetsMart version we have in our house, while overpriced at 180+ dollars, could survive a bomb blast. I would occasionally sit on the lower tier while I tied my shoes, or have kids / young adults “hang” off of it, so it could easily handle a 200 lb person. It was also easily moved without worry of damage, even surviving a moving-truck journey to our new house.
The Hammock Condo on the other hand, while built more than sturdy enough for multiple cats, would not survive children trying to climb on it or a moving-truck. It is well built, but I would suggest at least disassembling it into two halves before moving it a great distance across the house or to a new house. The reason being, unless you have enough hands or people to lift from the bottom base, you will try to grip and lift it via the sisal rope posts. The rope posts are strong enough for cats and to support the structure, but I could see them being damaged if you tried to lift the whole condo via the posts.
The only other comparison I can really think of is the difference in the carpet covering the two cat condos. The PetsMart brand condo is covered in a very thick sturdy carpeting on every surface side sans the very bottom, while the Hammock Condo is covered in a faux fur that is only on the tops and sides of all surfaces. Is it something that you or your cat(s) should care about? No, I don’t really think so, as my cat seems to really like the soft faux fur texture. I am unsure of how long it will last if your cat decides to scratch the fur instead of the sisal rope posts, but since I just assembled it yesterday I cannot unfortunately give you a long term answer.
Overall, the quality is more than enough for what your cat would want, and the actual size of the whole condo is quite large for the cost. It is the same height as my old PetsMart Condo, but twice as wide with many more tiers and accessories, including the giant sisal rope swing that my cat adores.
In relation to Cat Size vs. Condo size, or “Will my X amount of weight cat fit on X?”
Well, my cat is a 12 lb. short-hair tuxedo, so I would consider him a large athletic cat. Not as big as something like a 20 lb. Main Coon, but definitely not tiny. With that in mind, here is a size comparison for the structure of the Hammock Condo.
The top two rectangle sitting posts, the two ones sitting atop the sisal-posts, were a little small for him. He still enjoyed them, and likes to lay up at the higher locations, but his feet or butt will spill over the edges a bit. Not enough to worry that he is going to fall off when he sleeps, but it is definitely a bit of a tight fit so X-Large Cats beware. (For X-Large cats, you may even consider just not installing those two sitting posts, as the giant house and all the other platforms are still more than enough to make any cat happy)
The house in the center of the structure was surprisingly large, and he had more than enough room to relax in there. It even has a window hole for them to look out of, or if you are my cat to squeeze through instead of using the two supplied larger door openings. I would guess that even larger breeds would fit without too much issue, as it is quite roomy.
Something to mention however about the house tier, that you cannot see from the picture, is the hole cut out of the floor. Right in front of the door on one side of the house, directly above the large swing rope, is a medium sized hole cut into the floor. My cat will sit in the house and watch down it like he is at an ice-fishing hole, or will climb up the rope swing through the hole to get into the house. But, if you have an older cat who isn’t as surefooted I would be careful that he doesn’t accidentally fall out the hole when exiting that side of the house. (My cat loooovves that rope swing… Had it for only a day and he already climbs it, hangs from it, chews it and naps in the house with it.)
In regards to the hammock, I honestly feel that it will be a complete hit or miss for your cat. Some cats like it, some do not. If your cat is like mine, he will not like it until he accidentally stumbles into it while playing and decides to nap in it instead of escape. Thankfully, if you do not like it, the hammock easily unclips from the Condo via metal latches on all four corners.
Lastly, As long as you tighten all of the bolts and screws during assembly you will have little to no wobble what-so-ever. My cat takes flying leaps onto and off the cat post and it doesn’t budge an inch. The two top posts may give an ever so slight wiggle when he climbs up onto them, but nothing you or I would even notice unless you were paying careful attention for it. I have ours placed up against a wall, but I can see it being pretty stable free standing if needed. If you have several very heavy cats and are worried about stability you can always place a weight-plate on the bottom baseboard of the Condo structure.
Let’s move onto the actual packaging / assembly:
Fairly easy to assemble, even with cat “assistance”, I.E. wanting to sit on or play with every single piece. I suppose it’s a good sign that they will enjoy it if he starts to play and/or using the sisal-rope scratching posts before it is even fully installed.
It arrived via Amazon Prime shipping, the box in fairly good condition, with the box weighing around 60 pounds with nice sturdy plastic shipping straps around it. I do not have an exact dimension size of the package unfortunately, but it was small enough that I could fairly easily lift it up via its plastic straps and fit it into the back seat of my car. I drive a Chrysler 200 XL, so the back is equivalent to most 4-door sedans. For those of you who drive a 2-seater, this would still fit in most trunks and passenger seats.
When I opened up the package at home everything seemed to be in order, with no damage to any of the pieces. (Though it did smell fairly strongly of wood glue, which is still slightly lingering 24 hours later) It arrives with a simple set of instructions, labeled parts, and an included Allen wrench. My suggestion is to also grab a flat-head screwdriver, as while you can hand tighten everything, you will want to use the screwdriver and Allen wrench for any final tightening to reduce wobble and sway.
Assembling was a breeze, only taking 30-45 minutes, with me leisurely assembling it while fending off my cat and chatting up my wife. If you actually focused on the task at hand you could easily assemble in 20 minutes or less. In regards to Assembling I really only have three or four tips that will make the progress go a little easier.
First, I would toss those cheap cat toys on the elastic strings that come with it. They are easily broken and taken off the post, and as several other commenters mentioned, elastic bands can be easily swallowed and turned into a vet visit. I suggest buying sturdier replacements to use. (No worries, the replacements can easily be stapled to the cat post, or they provide little attached sisal-rope loops on the bottom of the wood boards to tie toys to) I would however attach the thick kitty rope swing. It simply screws into the base and our cat loves it.
Second, you will see during assembly, there are a few double sided screws that will screw into both the sisal posts and into the base of the wooden boards. Your inclination will be to screw it completely into the wooden base all the way first, and then to simply twist the sisal rope onto the other end to tighten both. My suggestion is to only partially screw the double sided screw into the wooden base, as the “teeth” or grooves of where the screw grabs onto the sisal post are further up the hole than you think. If it is fully seated into the base you won’t have enough bolt for it to grab onto, and will spin the sisal-post around and around forever without it actually grabbing onto the grooves.
Third, assemble the Hammock Condo near where you will actually be placing it. I mentioned it earlier, but moving it upstairs, downstairs, etc will put unnecessary strain on the sisal-rope posts and could possibly be damaged in the process. I built half of it about 5 feet from where I wanted it and then just pushed on the wooden bottom base to scoot it across the carpet to its final home.
Lastly, if you want a very sturdy cat post with little to no wobble, than you need to make sure to tighten all the bolts and screws at the end. Some of the bolts will work loose while you are assembling it, so a final tightening will ensure that nothing moves when you cat takes its first flying leap onto it.
I hope my full, and quite extensive, review of the Kitty Hammock Condo was helpful! I tried to cover all of the questions I had myself when determining whether to purchase it. If I missed anything please feel free to ask in a follow-up comment and I will do my best to answer.
I will also upload a photo or two to give you a better view of the Cat Condo. (So, if you see a derpy tuxedo cat....well, that one is mine^^)
Keep in mind though that several cat condos are listed on this page, and the only one I have experience with is the (53’’ L) x (22’’ W) x (73” H) hammock / rope swing version.