Floor to Ceiling Cat Trees – A Buyers Guide

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Floor to ceiling cat trees can be an ideal way to give your cat what it needs within your living space, whatever the size of your home.

Cats instinctively like heights, but they also like the thrill of the climb, which is both mentally stimulating and feeds their need to explore.

“Vertical space is very, very important to cats,” says Dr. Jennifer Fry, a Pennsylvania-based veterinarian. “You can increase vertical space by hanging shelves on the wall for them to climb, and you should have at least one tall condo for each cat.”

Cat-specific spaces can be a challenge for city-dwellers who may not have the necessary square footage. That’s where using vertical space with a floor-to-ceiling cat tree can become indispensable.

Our Top 3 Cat Floor to Ceiling Cat Trees

Here’s a quick round up of our favorite floor to ceiling cat trees. Read more about this cat trees further down the page. 

Our Favorite Floor to Ceiling Cat Trees

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Why purchase a floor-to-ceiling cat tree?

Check out this video of a cat’s first encounter with her new floor to ceiling cat tree. You’ll immediately see the benefits it can bring to your cat.

Space saver

While it sounds counterintuitive, a floor-to-ceiling cat tree can actually save room by using vertical space. The trees on our list offer different activities such as scratching, climbing, jumping and perching, all without taking up your valuable floor space. In many regards, a floor-to-ceiling cat tree can be the most ideal solution for condos and small living spaces, providing you have the height to accommodate it.

Great heights 

There’s enough research in the field of feline behavior to suggest that many cats are “tree dwellers”, which is to say, they feel safer when higher up. In the wild, a higher place serves as a concealed site from which to scope out prey. Perching on a high shelf or cat tower allows your (mostly) domesticated kitty a great vantage point to scope out potential threats (i.e. feet and children), or to casually observe their domain.

Avoiding scuffles

Cats are notoriously territorial. Nothing spreads peace (or peace of mind) throughout the land quite like a tall, safe structure with multiple levels for your fur family to perch. Everyone gets a designated space based on hierarchy, and you don’t have to break up any sibling spats.

What to look for:

Materials

Whether the game is “race”, “hide” or “climb”, you’ll need a cat tree composed of durable materials with some skid-proof textiles to boot. Natural sisal, for example, not only helps your cats keep their claws healthy and short, but provides a non-slip surface with less pilling and shedding than regular carpet. Natural wood is ideal, if not a little heavy, for most cat trees as the added weight provides more balance and security. Conversely, MDF or particle-board provides easy clean-up for messes and spills, while plush lining offers a snug resting area. Ultimately, the materials you choose will depend on how your cat interacts with his environment.

Adjustable

While it’s more of a “nice to have”, a floor-to-ceiling cat tree with extendable height means you don’t have to rack your brain trying to take measurements and ensure that your pet will have enough height (and security) to maintain his activity level and have fun on his new cat tree.

Security

Similar to materials, the types of anti-toppling features you feel are important to a cat tree’s structural integrity will depend on your pets’ activity levels. If you have frequent chasers who engage in rough-housing, you’ll want to ensure that your structure has wall straps or other fasteners to secure it. Even with a solid, heavy base, a cat tree that extends to the ceiling will require extra safety features to avoid injury. 

Amenities

It’s all well and good to have a cat tree with height, but like the difference between a motel and a resort, there has to be something to do. Amenities such as sisal walls or poles, perches, cubbies and toys keep your pet friend from ennui and help keep them active. Bonus points if your structure can be placed near a window so your cats can sit and observe the world outside.

With a height that extends from 114” to 127”, this adjustable cat tree from Furhaven (manufactured by Tiger Tough) elevates play time. The bottom base is large and sturdy, and an adjustable spring brace at the top rests against your ceiling (up to 10-ft. 6-in.) to keep it stable and secure. Four levels of fun mean something for everyone – including more floor space for you.

An inclined cat ladder at the base encourages your pet’s natural curiosity, and three levels of climbing and discovery await your thrill-seeking felines. The majority of this structure is lined with faux fur plush, providing a luxurious surface for both sleep and play. Each platform brings your pet closer to the soft, snuggly hammock-like perch at the top, where your fur baby can relax while experiencing life at the top.

A soft spring-wand toy weaves and bobs for endless batting around. The extended sisal-wrapped pole encourages scratching and claw-sharpening, while keeping your furniture damage-free. In addition, sisal is durable and biodegradable, ensuring long-lasting use while being good for the environment.

While we wish the platforms were a little wider (they measure roughly 15” by 15”) for our big-boned furry buddies, this tree would definitely suit small to medium-sized friends. Available in three neutral colors – Brown, Cream and Gray – this long, lean cat tree will match most decors. Whether your fur family is into feline aerobics, or climbing the highest summit in your home, the Furhaven Tiger Tough cat tree takes playtime to new heights.

Pros:

  • Comes with a 90-day limited coverage against material defects 
  • The faux fur is easy to wipe clean
  • Fits into tight spaces

Cons:

  • The platforms are not ideal for larger cats
  • The structure can wobble if not installed properly

This structure looks like a long-lost remnant from a jungle safari. We love the wild theme of this extendable floor-to-ceiling cat tree. The two platforms and cozy condo are covered in soft plush with jazzy, tiger-like stripes – perfect for bringing out your cat’s inner jungle cat!

The centre condo, also covered in plush tiger stripes, is small and cozy enough for a well-deserved cat nap, or the perfect hiding spot for hunting. Small ball and feather toys dangle from each level, like tempting prey for your feline huntress.

The manufacturer (based in China) claims the structure’s materials are made from “safe and environmentally-friendly materials” such as the tree’s post, which is covered top to bottom in durable hemp rope, perfect for scratching, clawing and climbing.The handy tension rod extends the height from eight to nine feet tall, which suits most room heights and makes the most of your vertical space. 

We’re not sure if the platform placements are adjustable, but if they are, we would recommend staggering them so the levels can jut out for easier jumping. All in all, we think this extendable tree is a great space-saver with lots of whimsy and adventure to spare.

Pros:

  • The height extends from eight to nine feet
  • Hemp-wrapped post provides a durable scratching surface
  • The manufacturer offers a 100% refund if you’re not satisfied with the product

Cons:

  • Does not come with additional anti-toppling measures
  • It might be tricky for older cats to jump from the condo to the top platform

Roypet supplies you with everything you need to assemble this adjustable cat tree, which has an adaptable ceiling height range from 90” to 116”. They understand that the higher the structure, the more you require safety measures to keep it from toppling, which is why they’ve included tools and wall brackets in the packaging. Newer packaging also includes an adhesive fixing device in case you don’t want to drill into your walls, or live in a rental unit. They even recommend that you place it against a wall for increased stability and safety.

Covered in high-quality faux fur with a central sisal-covered scratching post, this structure also comes with dangling ball toys to stimulate and entertain your cats (replacement ball toys are available for purchase). Roypet has increased the width of the plush hammock near the top of the structure to accommodate larger cats, and additional platforms are available for purchase, either for multiple pets or for increased activity for one lucky kitty. But with four platforms and two hammocks, we think this cat tree has more than enough amenities for a large fur family.

Owners of this model strongly suggest taking advantage of the wall attachments, as the extendable post doesn’t have a tension-spring, so it won’t press against the ceiling. They also recommend placing it against a wall for security. However, once it’s properly attached, we think this luxe-looking cat tree will entertain your curious climbers for a long time.

Pros:

  • Additional platforms and hanging ball toys are available for purchase
  • Comes with wall/ceiling mounts and brackets, as well as an adhesive wall fixture to minimize drill holes

Cons:

  • To minimize re-drilling, Roypet recommends that you measure your living space carefully before making a purchase, as the adhesive clips are not removable or adjustable once placed on the wall.
  • The extendable rod doesn’t have a tensioner, so the tree must be attached to a wall.

We had to double check to make sure that the PawHut cat tree tower wasn’t actually a display shelf or a piece of modern art! This contemporary structure is composed of durable steel tubing and braces against the wall using spring-loaded brackets. As solid in width as it is in height, buyers of this cat tree have marvelled at its ability to endure even the most active of cats. With four faux fur-covered movable platforms and a plush hammock, there’s no limit to the configurations – every day can be a new adventure for your pampered pets.

The height can be adjusted from 89” to 114.75”, and the physical tower can move from room to room, making it a handy and versatile option for most living spaces. Multiple perches mean no angling for the top spot, and the hammock is perfect for an afternoon snooze. While the design is sleek, Pawhut hasn’t sacrificed durability – each platform can hold up to 11 pounds! While we do wish there was some kind of sisal fabric to encourage good claw health, there’s enough space on this activity center to entertain a whole host of feline friends.

If you’re looking for a safe space that is strong and fully-customizable, the Pawhut staggered cat tree will give your cats plenty of vertical space and activity, while sparing your furniture.

Pros:

  • The hammock is big enough to accommodate a larger cat
  • Platforms and hammock can be configured in a number of ways
  • Spring-loaded steel tubing braces against the wall without additional wall brackets

Cons:

  • The platforms may be too small (in length) for larger cats (though they could take the weight)
  • No sisal scratching surface available

Strong, slender and soft would best describe this extendable floor-to-ceiling cat tree from S-Lifeeling. Composed of low pile, felt-like carpeting, this structure still provides lots of good scratching opportunity, though the site claims you can purchase hemp rope separately to wrap the pole, if that’s your cat’s tactile preference. Available in tan or navy, this neutral-hued tower can suit most interiors, regardless of your personal aesthetic.

Though the tension beam is built to accommodate high ceilings (i.e. 9-feet plus), it comes with two pieces of PVC pipe for the top to fasten it securely to ceilings of varying heights. Want more good news? The rubber disc connector won’t scratch or damage your ceiling. The softly-lined perches are wide enough to accommodate larger cats, and provide the perfect vantage point for observing their environment. While we wish the shelves were spaced closer together for our older cat friends, the distance should be no issue for younger, more agile kitties.

Due to its willowy shape, we’d recommend this cat tree for smaller spaces and, perhaps, smaller cats. Well-priced and well-built, the S-Lifeeling cat climbing tower may be slim in profile, but not on sturdiness. 

Pros:

  • Comes with an additional bracket to secure it to the ceiling
  • Easy to assemble
  • Well-priced

Cons:

  • Does not come with any sisal rope for scratching
  • There’s no fabric covering the bottom of the shelves

When the cats get tough, the tough get the Tianzhu floor-to-ceiling cat tree. With super-solid construction and well-balanced design, this climbing structure takes adventure to record highs.

More “mansion” than tree, the strong base is built from E1 level bamboo fiberboard which, according to the diagrams, are thick enough to carry the weight of a full-grown adult man. The support beams are checkered with sisal and plush carpeting, and measure about 8” in diameter. An astounding five layers of platforms can be accessed by the sisal-wrapped ladder at the base, and your fur buddies are treated to a swinging hammock, two plush baskets and a cozy cubby retreat along the way (climbing is hard work after all!) There’s no shortage of space for every member of your cat family, at every activity level imaginable.

While the beams don’t look like their height can be adjusted, the packaging does come with a wall anchoring strap for added security and to prevent toppling, and the structure clearly hits most ceilings. Available in black or beige to suit most room decors, we’re sure this floor-to-ceiling cat tree can take whatever an active cat can throw at it.

Pros:

  • Comes with a wall anchor strap
  • Multiple levels for more than one cat and different activity levels
  • Platforms are sturdy enough for larger cat breeds

Cons:

  • Height is not adjustable

Conclusion

Each of the floor-to-ceiling cat trees we’ve reviewed have features specific to their design that make them stand out; whether it’s the finishes, the security additions or the materials used. Out of everything we surveyed, the clear winner was the Tianzhu Floor to Ceiling Cat Tree. Measure for measure, this tree ticks off most of our boxes. It doesn’t have a tension rod to press against the ceiling, but given how solid and sturdy it is, this structure doesn’t need an adjustable height fixture – just make sure to measure your ceiling height before making a purchase.

We love everything about this tree, from it’s multiple perches, soft plush and lazy-day hammock. Ideal for multiple cats, the base is wide and solid to prevent toppling, and the bamboo fibreboard stands up to feline roughhousing as well as being environmentally-friendly.

Whether your cat is a tree-dweller or prefers the safety of a tall perch, a floor-to-ceiling cat tree is a great solution for your pets, and a great space-saver for you.

Lucie Wilkins

Lucie is a qualified RVN (Registered Veterinary Nurse) with over 10 years experience working with cats. She has had a cat companion or two in the house for as long as she can remember. Read more about Lucie here.

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