When you build your own cat tree, you can eliminate certain problems which are common with the pre-built cat trees you might buy online or from a local pet store.
Cost is the first and most obvious problem you’ll have when searching for a cat tree to buy. In most cases you’ll need to be willing to spend at least $75 for a well built tree. But $75 is on the low side of the cat tree spectrum.
You can spend more than $300 depending on how elaborate you want to get. In most cases, you get what you pay for, but there are plenty of good cats trees in the $75-$150 range.
Aside from cost, another problem you’ll run into with store bought cat trees is most aren’t designed for larger cats. They simply don’t offer enough support or are made from cheap materials. When a large cat reaches the top it has a hard time maintaining balance because the cat tree rocks all over the place. Many will even tip over because they aren’t balanced properly.
The “tipping factor” will cause your cat to avoid the tree and also poses a health risk if it were to fall and land on your kitty.
By building your own cat tree, you can greatly reduce your costs. Building a cat tree also allows you to design a structure specific for your cat’s needs. You can address things like your cat’s age, your cat’s health, and your cat’s personality. Here are 3 things to keep in mind before you start any DIY cat tree project. Read the rest of this entry