The Purrfect Perch: Why Natural Wood Makes the Best Cat Trees
My cat, Luna, loves to climb. She scales every tree and post in the backyard, gracefully ascending until she reaches the highest spot to survey her forest kingdom. When I decided to get Luna her own cat tree for in the house, I wanted one that would capture the spirit of her outdoor climbing adventures. As I browsed the options, the cat trees made of natural wood immediately drew my eye — and Luna’s new tree has become her beloved throne.
Wood elicits a sense of the natural world that engages a cat’s instincts. The straight, bark-covered posts resemble the trees cats climb outside, inviting felines to shimmy up to the top. The wooden platforms are like sturdy branches where cats can sprawl or nest, feeling the solid support and slightly uneven, organic surface beneath their paws. With sisal-wrapped posts for scratching woven between the wooden columns, a cat can satisfy multiple urges in one place.
The warm, rich tones of natural wood also provide a welcoming ambiance in the home. Woven with shades ranging from cream to chestnut, a wooden cat tree harmonizes well with a variety of home styles. Rather than an eyesore requiring camouflage, a wooden cat tree can be an attractive furniture piece that blends into your space. For Luna’s tree, I chose a model with posts made of twisted branches to enhance the rustic, nature-inspired atmosphere.
Most importantly, wood is a durable material that creates a stable structure for climbing and lounging. While carpeted posts may seem cozy, they can loosen and fray over time with scratching and climbing. Sisal or rope can also wear down and become rough. In comparison, wood is long-lasting and strong, with a hard surface that encourages cats to dig in their claws to climb. Well-constructed wooden cat trees are less prone to wobbling or tipping over, giving cats a safe place to play up high.
From the enduring material to the memorable journey of growth from sapling to cat’s sanctuary, a wooden cat tree carries a story and sense of substance. Although more plain options may be cheaper or come in more colors, nothing can replace the unmatched feel and familiarity of wood for cats and the people who love them. When I see Luna scaling her lofty wooden peaks, I know I chose the perfect design to inspire her inner tiger and bring the outdoors in. If your feline companion craves elevation and adventure, a cat tree made of natural, unadulterated wood could become their favorite furniture in the home.