The Best Cat Trees for Apartments

After researching dozens of cat trees, and testing nine of them by clawing at them with artificial claws, throwing bean bags to try to knock them over, and—of course—letting cats climb on them, we think the New Cat Condos Premier Triple Cat Perchis the best reasonably sized cat tree for most cats (and their people) who have a limited amount of space, like in an apartment or small house. In a relatively compact footprint it provides plenty of space for a cat to feel secure, and it’s more stable and well-constructed than the competition.

Our pick

New Cat Condos Premier Triple Cat Perch

New Cat Condos Premier Triple Cat Perch

Stable and well-built

Well-crafted, stable, and built from higher-quality materials than other cat furniture.

The New Cat Condos Premier Triple Cat Perch is solidly crafted out of two-by-fours and oriented strand board (often called OSB, an engineered wood panel commonly used in home construction), with each platform supported by at least two pillars. It’s made of long-lasting materials throughout, including a strong carpet that covers the top and bottom of all platforms and is impossible to pull away. Its side scratching posts are also solidly constructed and are tall enough that your cat can comfortably stretch.

Budget pick

Go Pet Club 23-Inch Cat Tree

Go Pet Club 23-Inch Cat Tree

A more affordable option

The most stable user-assembled model we tested, with lots of lounging space.

If you’re looking for something more affordable, the Go Pet Club 23-Inch Cat Tree is the most stable of the less expensive models that require user assembly, and the top platform is luxuriously large. However, its velour covering is much easier to pierce and pull off than the carpet on our top picks. The Go Pet Club tree is much less expensive, but what you get in return is much less sturdy materials and construction.

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