Welcome to our complete guide to cat towers. Helping you to decide between the best cat towers for your furry friend.
Are you considering purchasing a cat tower for your favorite feline friend, but aren’t sure what type would be best for him or her?
Well then, you’ve come to the right place!
In this article, we’ll talk about several types of cat towers, including those that range from 6 feet tall to ceiling height, towers made for large cats, cat condos and scratching towers.
Towers that will look nice in any room, and modern towers that are fashionable enough to be
mistaken for decoration.
What is a cat tower?
A cat tower, also referred to as a “cat tree” or a “cat tree tower,” is a wooden or cardboard structure.
It is covered in feline-friendly material, such as carpet, faux fur, or sisal rope (typically used for scratching).
Your cat tower may have shelves at varying heights, covered sleep or hideaway areas, scratching posts, or even dangling toys!
Why do cats love cat towers?
You may have found your cat on top of your kitchen cabinets or even on the highest shelf of a book case from time to time.
After all, it’s a well-known fact that many cats love a good perch, especially if it keeps them away from pesky things like dogs or children’s hands.
One way that some owners allow their cats to indulge in their pursuit of new heights is to provide them with a cat play tower.
Let’s take a look at some various types of cat towers that are available on Amazon.
Cat climbing towers
Cats are naturally curious animals that enjoy exploring their environment. You can vary the “terrain” that your house cat traverses with a cat climbing tower!
Here are a few of our favorites.
With this climbing tower, your cat will have three tiers to climb and lounge on! Each tier is wrapped in luxurious fabric, and four sisal-coated scratching posts support the weight.
If he gets sleepy, he can take a “cat nap” in the spacious condo. There’s also a pom-pom toy that he can bat at from the second tier!
This wooden tower doubles as a set of steps for your aged feline to access her favorite spot on your bed when she’s not as mobile anymore.
Standing about two feet tall, the three faux fleece-covered steps make it easy for kitty to get where she needs to go, or perhaps a kitten will enjoy pouncing from step to step! This model can withstand 70 pounds.
Your kitty will love prancing up this 40-inch climbing tower’s three spacious steps to her very own “throne” at the very top! The pressed wood steps are wide enough for lounging, if she desires.
But they also have sisal scratching pads for her to get a manicure on her way up or down. The non-scratching areas of the climber are covered in soft, yet durable faux fur.
Cat scratching towers
We all know how much cats love to scratch on things…including your legs, furniture, and other places where they shouldn’t!
Fortunately, there are cat scratching towers that should entice Sassy to sharpen her claws in a more appropriate place. Here are several good ones:
Who says that scratchers have to be on posts or flat boards? This adorable scratching castle is “purrfect” for your little princess to get her scratches out, with a condo that has its own tower for when she’s ready for beauty sleep.
Comes with two plush cushions that can be washed if they get soiled. This tower is sized for kittens or small cat breeds.
This miniature tower provides your kitten or small cat with a safe haven for scratching, playing, or napping! The “tree” is wrapped in faux fur, with three scratchable branches that have toys dangling from them.
The all-natural sisal scratching bridge gives your cat another place to sharpen his claws, or he might sneak an afternoon nap underneath it!
Here’s a tiny cat tower that’s perfect for your tiny tot! Kitty can sleep on or observe his surroundings from the plush faux-fur perch at the top of a 17-inch scratching post.
Or he can snooze underneath the sisal scratching arc once he’s done using it. When he’s not busy sleeping or scratching, he can bat at the pom-pom toy dangling from the perch!
Modern cat towers
Simple cat towers don’t have to be plain-Jane!
In fact, many simple cat towers have a modern, almost elegant appearance that makes it look more like a piece of artwork than a cat tree! We like these models.
Here’s a fashionable tower for your prim and proper cat! Like the V-Base model, the V-High Base model has a selection of scratching posts and soft places for Fluffy to land.
The walnut finish goes with all kinds of furniture, making this both a lovely cat tower and a nice accent piece for your home. This tower stands a little over 47 inches tall.
We love the variety of the textures and colors of this 30-inch cat tower.
The beautiful, furniture-grade base and trim feature a lovely chestnut brown color that contrasts nicely with the stark white of the upper perch and round cubby.
It even comes with cat nip spray to make your cat’s play time extra fun!
Large cat towers
Big cat towers are a necessity for cats that are medium- to large-sized.
Some cat towers aren’t made to withstand more than a kitten or small cat’s weight or the weight of multiple cats. Fortunately, Amazon has a wide selection of cat towers that are specifically built to hold more weight.
Here’s a large cat tower for a large kitty (or several)! With a whopping 13 levels, the tower features 13 scratching posts, one condo on the third level, and a second, larger one on the seventh level. Along with countless places for your kitty cat to take an afternoon siesta.
It may be 80 inches tall, but the tower is made of compressed wood, making it nice and sturdy.
This cat tower is made for larger breeds and is a playground by itself! Standing close to 5 feet tall, it has several sisal-covered scratching posts, a ladder that doubles as another scratching post, a condo, multiple plush-covered perches, and even a hammock!
And that’s not all – there’s a rattling mouse and a sisal rope for your cats to entertain themselves for hours.
Need a big cat tower for your big cats? Look no further than this tower! Covered in “Goldenrod” faux fleece (except for the sisal scratching posts), it has six platforms, two condos, a hammock, rope ladder and dangling toy, and two wooly “basket” perches!
At 78 inches tall, the pressed wood structure is strong enough to hold up to 70 pounds.
Giant cat towers
If you’re looking for an extra tall cat tower, you’re in the right place. Give your kitties their very own fortress with these giant cat towers.
This high-rise tower has a little something for every cat! Those that like to perch will enjoy the upper platform that’s 78 inches off the ground, and those that like to play will love running up and down the ladder and leaping to and from one of three platforms.
A cozy fleece-lined condo makes a nice place for some down time, and there are plenty of scratching posts to go around.
Here’s a tower that could touch the clouds! At over 6.5 feet tall, it has several jumping platforms, two condo houses on different levels, and three soft perches.
What’s more is, there are multiple scratching posts on every tier! The neutral beige faux fur looks very nice with virtually any room, and the square base ensures that it will stay upright even with the most rambunctious of occupants.
Cat condo towers
Need a spacious place for your cat to call home? We recommend one of the following cat condo towers.
The name says it all with this “palace” of a kitty condo! The plush-lined condo is on the first level, and two wooden platforms on the first and second level give him places to leap and bound when he’s not snoozing.
There’s also a rounded perch on a third level for when he wants to survey his kingdom, but he may not sit for long with two squeaky mouse toys hanging beneath the perch! This model stands at almost 45 inches tall.
This beautiful blue condo will surely make a statement in whatever room you place it in! The multilevel tower features a spacious clubhouse at the lower tier, a relaxation platform on the second tier, and your cat’s very own perch on the upper tier.
Three sisal scratching posts and two toys on the platform will keep kitty entertained when he’s not cat-napping. This model stands a little over 46 inches tall.
Here’s a gorgeous ivory cream-colored condo that your kittens or small cats will absolutely love! A ladder goes up to an adorable condo house, a hammock hangs beneath it, and your kitty has the option of lounging in two different perches.
There’s also a scratching post attached to the compressed-wood base. At just over 50 inches tall, this tower offers lots of fun for kittens without taking up lots of room in your home.
Wood cat towers
Sturdy cat towers are those that are made primarily of wood. As a heavier material, it’s not flimsy and supports more weight than lightweight cat towers.
Here are a couple of options on Amazon.
This warm-toned cat tower is made of pressed wood covered in rich brown faux fur. The extra wide base supports a leaping platform complete with a condo and two perches.
Kitty can climb the ladder (which doubles as a scratcher) to the second tier, where he can also bite and bat at a sisal rope and mouse toy. Five scratching posts complete this 47.5-inch tall feline paradise!
Here’s a cat tower that’s made of solid wood and even looks like a tree!
It’s covered in carpet that’s plush enough to cover your floor with, and unoiled sisal rope gives kitty something to scratch on. It’s a heavy-weight tower that won’t topple, plus it’ll look perfect in a nature-themed room!
This adorable little cat tower may be pint-sized, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in amenities!
The 36-inch tower features a pressed wood base and two jumping platforms. A hammock is suspended from a support, which is also a scratching post, and a condo makes the perfect cave-like hideaway for your cat to take a nap in. There’s even a rope toy!
Cool cat towers
If you’ve got a cool cat, then why not give her a cool cat tower? We love these towers that are too cool for school.
It may be compact, but this folding, fur-covered cat tower doesn’t disappoint! The 26-inch “Miguel” unfolds to reveal a triangular condo (with sisal scratch pads on the sides) and a super soft hammock over top.
The cushion inside the condo is removable and washable!
If you’re looking for a cat tower with a fun pattern, this is the one for you! The “Casta” features a condo covered in plush faux fur with a bubbly print that’s replicated on the top perch.
Kitty can leap onto the second tier and play with the brown plush ball that hangs from the perch! Three sisal-wrapped posts also give him something to sharpen his claws on.
Floor to ceiling cat towers
Did you know that you can purchase cat towers that touch the ceiling? With these skyscraper cat towers, your cats will feel like mountain lions.
This is the ultimate cat climbing tower! Three tiers at different spots on the carpeted 9-foot pole give your kitty plenty of options to use as a lookout.
The top of the pole may be attached to the ceiling for further support.
This cream-colored, fabric-covered ladder features four platforms and a tiny ladder to access the first platform.
With the adjustable spring brace top, this tower can reach a whopping 127 inches tall!
6-foot cat towers
We’ve mentioned a few extra tall cat towers already in this article. Here are a few more tall cat towers…6 feet tall, to be exact.
If you’ve got larger cats, this would be an excellent tower for them. It’s made of compressed wood that’s wrapped in beautiful beige faux fur, and there is sisal rope on every post for claw-sharpening.
Two ladders lead to two condos (one large and one smaller), and there are three large perches – plenty of space for multiple cats!
Here’s a tall cat tower that even comes fully assembled! The solid wood and pipe construction is covered in house-grade carpet (in your choice of gray, beige, green, or brown), and the 20-inch base makes a sturdy foundation.
Four rounded platforms at different levels give kitty plenty of places to lounge, and the upper perch could provide her with the ultimate vantage point!
Carpet cat towers
Looking for the plushest cat tower possible? Look no further than these carpet-covered models, courtesy of Amazon.
There’s a spot for every cat on this 66-inch tall tower! Two rounded lounging areas and two perches are covered in top-quality carpet, and one solid-pine post is wrapped in thick sisal rope for scratching.
You don’t even have to assemble this tree – it comes ready for play!
This 50-inch tower features three 16-inch kitty cat beds and a sisal scratching post. House-quality carpet encases the entire wooden and tube structure, making it not only durable, but extremely soft and comfortable.
Available in beige, blue, brown, gray, and green.
Here’s a lovely 2-foot tower that features two carpeted platforms and a thick, delightfully plush upper perch with head rest.
Two sisal-wrapped paper tubes provide places for clawing, and a dangling rope toy provides something for your spunky kitten to play with. The rounded design makes this tower most suitable for the corner of a room.
Outdoor cat tower
Who says that cat towers are only for indoor kitties? This cat tower is built to withstand the elements for cats who are indoor/outdoor or outdoor only.
This absolutely adorable cat shelter doubles as a play area! Made of cedar wood with a weatherproof finish, the 30-inch by 22-inch by 29-inch house features a cozy basement sleeping box and either stairs or a scratch pad/ramp (depending on the model that you purchase) that lead up to a lovely balcony.
Choose between a gray and white finish or a red and white finish.
Cardboard cat towers
If you’re interested in an eco-friendly cat tower, we suggest the following cardboard options that we found on Amazon.
Looking at this scratch tower, you’d never guess that it’s made of recycled cardboard! The unique triangular shaped design features scratching areas on all sides and a cubby hole for hiding or sleeping.
It’s even sprayed with organic cat nip to further entice your kitty.
These cardboard cubes are the literal building blocks of a super unique cat tower! Made from Corrugated Ultraboard™ (recycled materials), they are buildable and stackable, and provide your kitty with the box configuration that he always dreamed of.
Lock multiple boxes together, or purchase a two-pack with a bridge for even more fun! One box can support up to 20 pounds.
Gray cat towers
If you have a particularly glamorous girl or a puppy who is a princess at heart, then a pink dog carrier may be the perfect accessory for her!
Here is a selection of some fabulously pink dog carriers that we found on Amazon:
This 46-inch tower features two leaping platforms and a top perch with extra cushion, all covered in gorgeous gray fabric.
All of the posts are wrapped in sisal rope, providing kitty with plenty of opportunities to sharpen her claws or stretch. The base has two adorable white paw prints for added charm, and we think that the pom-pom toy hanging from the perch is the cat’s pajamas!
Ollieroo Small Cat Tree for Kittens – This is the same cat tower as this one, but in a smoky gray color!
Ollieroo Small Cat Tree – This is the same cat tower as this one, but in gray!
Stylish cat towers
Need a cat tower that’s as fashionable as the rest of your décor? We think these two towers are très chic.
This stately coffee-colored piece is a “towering” 69 inches tall, with three perches covered in brown Berber for kitty’s comfort during his sleepy times.
A condo at the base of the tower provides another cushioned place for hiding or snoozing, and a sisal pad alongside the condo provides an appropriate place for scratching.
This tower features multiple scratching posts, a condo box, and four memory-foam lounging areas covered in white faux fur. The modern black and tan coloring provides a nice contrast to the rest of your home.
Additionally, kitty can rest on the wide base while she bats at the toys dangling from the upper-level perch. This model stands just over 31 inches tall.
Hanging cat towers
Short on space, but still want a cat tower? Try one that hangs from a door frame, such as these versions.
This condo tower can hang from most door frames. It has five connecting compartments with seven peep holes for multiple cats to watch the activities of the day.
The 600 denier fabric is waterproof and very durable, and will stand up to lots of kitties playing in it. Available in small and large sizes.
Here’s another tower that can hang from a door frame. The primary wood structure is covered in sisal for lots of opportunities to scratch, and each of the four climbing steps is covered in soft fabric for play or relaxation.
This model fits most doors from 79 to 82 inches tall.
Best cat towers – a summary
There are many types of cat towers out there, from climbers to condo towers to scratching towers, and everything in between.
With so many options, selecting the appropriate one for your cat (or lots of cats) may seem a little overwhelming. We recommend a tower that will fit your cat, the space that you have allotted for a cat tower, and your cat’s play and rest needs.
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