My cat Paul is loving and lazy, but wiggle a piece of string in front of him and all bets are off. I'm always so aware how much of a wild animal he is — a predator really — when he's in play mode: His pupils get big, his ears flatten, and all the world stops when he finally pounces. Cats may be domesticated, but they are still wild animals when push comes to shove. Cats need ways to satisfy their animal instincts all day long, which is why a cat tree is a wonderful exercise and all-around play option for cats. Cat trees offer a safe space, room to climb, and all kinds of fun areas to scratch (to give your furniture a break). They're like playgrounds for your cats!
Looking for the best cat tree also means considering your space... how much room you have and where you want to put a kitty palace. Does it go with the room? Does your cat like to perch? Cat trees, condos, towers, and mansions come in all different shapes, colors, sizes, and price points. It can be hard to sift through, but that's why we put together the best cat tree, condo, and tower options of 2021.
The cubic design of this modern cat tree is a real treat for both your cat and your home decor. Available in both white and gray, this 54-inch cat tower includes three climbing holes as well as a private cushioned bed. The cat tower also features a sisal scratch pad, making it chic and convenient. No one will know what this is until your cat lounges on it!
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 17.2 x 18 x 54 inches
This mammoth of a cat tree offers so many different places for your cat (or cats) to nap, scratch, and perch. Its tall design allows your cat to jump and climb, activating their animal instincts. At 72 inches tall, the top perch acts as a plush lookout tower. There are 10 (I repeat, 10) sisal scratching posts as well as two ramps, which makes this a very budget-friendly cat tree if you're looking to spoil your cat.
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 23 x 21 x 72 inches
Is that a plant or a cat palace? Hopefully your guests won't even wonder when they set eyes on this leafy cat tree. Get your kitty more connected with their wild side with the many platforms adorned with artificial vines. There's a cat condo at the base for privacy, scratching posts, as well as a soft and luxuriant perch at the top.
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 23.5 x 28 x 61 inches
This sleek cat tree embraces the modern look with plenty of places for your cat to nap and play. The cat tree features sisal rope covered posts as targets for your cat's nails, so your couch can take a breather. At the top, there is a comfortable perch for your cat to lord over their surroundings. There's also a taller cat tree option available.
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 16.5 x 23 x 36 inches
This cat tree and condo doubles as an elegant conversation piece and an all-around nice item of furniture. With five raised platforms, the cat tree comes in at 62 inches tall. It features removable cushion coverings that can be either plush or sisal scratch pad, depending on the color you choose. The sturdy frame of this cat tree makes it great for multi-cat homes.
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 31 x 15 x 62 inches
This durable cat tree is designed with your cat's preferences in mind. Standing at 68 inches, this tall cat tower has five different platforms for your cat to pounce and lounge. This cat tree boasts 10(!) different sisal-covered scratching posts, making it awesome for multi-cat homes.
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 31 x 25 x 68 inches
This plush cat tree features two private condos, two top perches, sisal-wrapped scratching posts, and some built-in hanging toys. Your cat (or cats) will find ample cozy spaces for naps as well as 61 inches in climbing height. Multi-cat homes won't have to struggle over who's king or queen of the castle because every amazing feature of this cat tree is doubled!
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 25.5 x 24 x 61 inches
This chic, durable cat tree features multiple levels with comfy mats and a scratch pad. At 60 inches tall, the cat tower will allow your kitty to perch and maintain a bird's-eye view of everything going on. With a few private hiding holes and a couple of places to nap, this cat tree is a thin and unobtrusive addition to your room.
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 16.5 x 16.5 x 60 inches
The chic, elegant design of this cat tree is as comfy as it is sophisticated. This medium-sized cat tree stands at 43 inches tall and features two plush perches for your cat to rest on. Handmade with real branches, the cat tree also has two scratching posts and a cozy cabin to sleep privately. Could it actually be as cute as your cat? You decide!
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 18 x 23.5 x 43 inches
The sleek, minimalist design of this tower might make you think of an art piece before a cat tree. At 69-inches tall, this cat tower provides many different places for your cat to lounge and nap. It is a lot taller than it is wide so it can fit into just about any room. It's available in mahogany, smoke, and espresso so it will complement many decors.
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 20 x 20 x 69 inches
With four elevated platforms, this 66-inch cat tree can and will accommodate many cats in the many funny positions they sleep in. The sturdy tree features a cylinder at the top so your cat can perch with a little privacy. Its eight scratching posts also provide an outlet for your cat's nails so your furniture can remain unscathed. Win-win!
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 38 x 24 x 66 inches
This four-story medium size cat tree is stylish and compact. Covered in sisal-wrapped scratching posts, the cat tree also offers two separate condos so more than one cat can hide. The plush cushions provide plenty of places for your cat to nap and the various rope pieces will give your cat plenty to play with.
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 15.7 x 31.5 x 52 inches
This modular cat tower is three stories tall, offering three private nooks for loads of fun. Plush and cushioned, the cat tower is also lined with durable sisal — so your cat can get all of their worst scratching instincts out. And, with its funky design, this cat tower will only add to your decor.
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 18 x 18 x 48 inches
This minimalist cat tree is shaped like a pyramid, so it's perfect for cats who want to return to the Egyptian days of cat worship. The sleek design makes it an intriguing addition to any room and its four platforms allow your cat ample playing room. The bottom of each step has sisal scratch pads and the cat tree features two holes so your cat can leap, scratch, and nap to their heart's content.
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 17.25 x 39 x 64 inches
This 51-inch tall cat tree is a vertical safe haven/play room for your kitty. With five different scratch posts, four levels, three perches, two cat condos, this cat tree offers it all. Great for multiple cats, the tower is a solid budget option for a mid-size cat tree.
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 30.5 x 26 x 51 inches
This chic cat tree will make your kitty look like they're sleeping on clouds. Made with real tree branches, the 32-inch cat tree provides sisal-wrapped scratching fun along with a long rope for endless play. The cushy cat tree complements any stylish decor and will be anything but an eye sore in smaller rooms.
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 16 x 23 x 32 inches
This two-story cat condo is a compact and cozy addition for any home. Your cat (or cats) can hide, nap, or play on top of or inside of the two separate condos, which are lined with comfy fleece. One side is covered with sisal rope and features a dangling toy. At 32 inches, the cat tree packs a lot of punch for something its size.
Cat Tree Dimensions (L x W x H): 15 x 15 x 32 inches