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Best Tall Cat Trees (Buyer’s Guide 2022)

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Some cats just looove to climb! A good tall cat tree is not easy to find, but we did the work for you. We spent a few hours building up different trees and testing their performance. Here’s a list of five very tall scratch trees that are absolutely perfect for an Abyssinian cat. Order yours today!

Abyssinian cats are true climbers at heart. If you own one, (or read our breed profile) you already know that this cat is happiest when it has plenty of opportunities for vertical exploring. So, a scratch post is pretty much one of the most useful pieces of furniture you can ever buy for an Abyssinian kitty. But where do you find the most challenging and tallest cat trees for such a talented climber?

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Product Reviews

1. Frisco 88 to 106-in 3 Level Floor to Ceiling Heavy Duty Cat Tower

What we liked:

  • Plenty of room for talented climbers
  • Very sturdy base
  • Adjustable height (88 – 106 inches)
  • No wall-mount needed

What we didn’t like:

  • Only the bottom part is sisal wrapped

You can’t get it much taller than this. Cats that love to climb will have the time of their life with Friscos heavy-duty cat tower. It measures 106 inches (floor-to-ceiling) and can be manually adjusted to go from floor to ceiling. There are three lookout posts to scale, and a sisal-wrapped bottom part where your kitty can sharpen its nails.

The padded bed perch is the perfect place for your talented climber to rest their head during those cat naps. This tower is extremely sturdy once you secure it to your ceiling with the supplied tension rod.

2. Cat Craft Floor-to-Ceiling Carpet Cat Tree

What we liked:

  • Adjustable tension rod for securing to ceilings
  • Very easy to assemble
  • Price tag

What we didn’t like:

  • It’s not as sturdy and durable as the other tall trees we tested

Being one of the cheaper floor-to-ceiling trees in our test, Cat Craft’s tall tree held up very well against the others. The old addage is true though; you get what you pay for.

This tree is easy to assemble and looks good enough, but you definitely need to anchor it to a wall in order to stabilize the whole structure. If you don’t mind doing a bit of drilling and mounting in your wall, this is a very good option for those who are on a tight budget.

3. Yaheetech 79-inch Plush Cat Tree & Condo

What we liked:

  • Room for 3 adult cats. Ideal for multi-cat family
  • 3 perches and 2 fluffy condos
  • Includes an activity center with nine different posts
  • Available in various colors
  • Eco-friendly materials

What we didn’t like:

  • Needs to be attached to a wall to prevent wobbling
  • Perches at the top are on the small side

While not a full floor-to-ceiling tree as the others, this extra tall cat tree from Yaheetech is still an impressive tower and an excellent choice for families with multiple cats. It allows up to 3 adult cats to lounge, scratch, play and climb at the same time. We were able to assemble the entire thing in just over an hour, which was quite astounding when you consider the size of the thing.

Is it suited to very large cats? According to Chewy, the perch can hold up to 15 pounds, and the condo can hold up to 26.5 pounds, which should be more than enough for two adult cats. We did find the top perches to be a little small for larger cats, so keep that in mind.

Buyer’s guide: What to look for in a tall cat tree

Tips for climbers

A cat tree is a solid investment as indoor cats need a tree to climb and scratch. Is a tall scratch tree not enough for your strong climber? Have a look at these additional tips for breeds like the Abyssinian and the Norwegian Forest cat:

  • Floating sisal posts and wall-mounted perches are an excellent way to introduce more verticality to your living room
  • Set up multiple wall-mounted pieces, tall furniture, and your cat tree in succession to create a challenging parkour route. Your cat will love it!
  • Have a look at our enrichment section for ever more creative ideas and guides on how to enrich the life of an indoor cat

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