We know that our feline friends need cat trees and if you’ve got just one cat, the process is pretty simple.
But what if you’ve got a multi-cat household- what cat trees work best for multiple cats?
While there are some things that you’ll want to see in any cat tree, when it comes to supporting multiple cats you’ll need a tree that’s stable and strong enough to support extra weight from several cats. You’ll also want a tree that has multiple paths to the top so cats don’t have to walk over each other to reach their favorite spot. Finally, a great multi-cat tree needs to have plenty of room on platforms, cubbies, beds, and the entire cat tree.
We’re going to review everything you need to look for along with additional background information but if you just want to see which cat trees made the list you can see my favorites here:
- Best Overall: Sifurni Heavy Duty 68 Inch Multi-Level Cat Tree
- Runner Up: FEANDREA 67 inches Multi-Level Cat Tree
- Best on a Budget: Go Pet Club 62-Inch Cat Tree
- High-Flying Premium Pick: Go Pet Club Huge 87.5″ Cat Tree House
- Best for Small Spaces: Hey-Brother 37.8″ Multi-Level Cat Condo
- Best for Without Carpet: PAWZ 51 Inch Road Modern Cat Tree
- Best for Older Cats: Go Pet Club 72 Inch Cat Tree With Ramps
Before we dig deeper into what makes these cat trees great, let’s learn more about how our territorial cats see the world around them.
Cats aren’t actually that great at sharing anything- including cat trees. Okay, so maybe you’re thinking about all the times you’ve seen your cats cuddled up together on the couch or maybe on your current cat tree.
The idea here isn’t that cats can’t share but that they aren’t exactly great at it. That’s because cats are naturally territorial and in the wild, they would control large areas of land that they protect from other cats. Of course, everything is a little different in the home and the lines of territory can get pretty blurry.
So instead of one cat taking claim over say the entire second floor, they’re more likely to claim just a corner of the couch. One of your cats may claim the window sill as their own, but the path to get there may belong to another cat and so on.
But it’s not for us humans to figure out the complex rules of feline territory. Instead, we want to make sure there are plenty of resources available so there are no scuffles. And cat trees are definitely resources! So while you can get away with one cat tree for multiple cats, it shouldn’t be the only place in the house that cats can get a nice elevated place to sleep and play.
What To Look For In A Cat Tree For Multiple Cats?
With any cat tree, we of course want to find something that fits in our space and hopefully looks good, too! But when we’re trying to find a cat tree for our multi-cat household there are a few other considerations we need to keep in mind.
Weight Capacity and Stability
More cats means more weight that the cat tree needs to safely support. There’s also the stability factor. One of the many benefits of a cat tree is the chance for exercise and we want to make sure our cat tree can handle several cats playing, jumping, and climbing without getting wobbly or even falling over.
That means we want to see cat trees with a nice wide base or with wall attachments as a standard option (or both).
Platform, Cubby, and Bed Size
With multiple cats sharing the cat tree, we may want to see larger platforms and sleeping areas so cats can share if they want to. Not only will larger platforms give more room for kitty cuddles it’s also important when it comes to preventing kitty conflict.
Path to the Top
We want to find cat trees that have multiple paths to the top so that cats can get to their favorite spot without having to step on or over their feline roommates. This is one of the most important factors to consider! Tall cat trees may have a lot of platforms but if there’s only one path to the top you may have problems even with cats that are usually the best of friends.
After all, no one wants to be stepped on while they’re trying to sunbathe or take an afternoon nap!
Best Cat Trees For Multiple Cats
Now that you’re up to speed on what to look for in a cat tree that will work for several cats, let’s look at our favorites!
Best Overall: Sifurni Heavy Duty 68 Inch Multi-Level Cat Tree
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This 68-inch (173 cm) cat tree has everything we’re looking for when it comes to a cat tree for multiple cats.
One of the first things you’ll notice is just how wide this cat tree is. Not only does that give plenty of room for multiple kitties to climb, but it also gives this tree some much needs stability. As cat trees get taller (and 68 inches is definitely tall) they’re much more likely to get wobbly. But with a 20″ by 16″ footprint, this cat tree has a nice wide base that can support several cats. However, between the wide base and the extra baskets, you will need to make sure you measure carefully and have enough room in your house!
This cat tree, like many others, also comes equipped with anti-wobble wall mounts to prevent the tree from tipping over. But with a total weight of 62.8 lbs, it’s going to take a lot of cat to shake this tree.
This cat tree also made our list of the best cat trees for Maine Coons and for good reason! Not only is it designed for heavy-duty use with plenty of large platforms and cubbies.
But what really made me pick this cat tree for the best overall are the several paths that are available to navigate from the top to the bottom of the tree. Besides the two cubbies in the middle, the cat tree has two mirror paths on either side and a center path too. That means cats have plenty of paths to take to the top without stepping on a friend! I also love that there are two baskets so cats don’t have to fight over these super comfortable spots.
The last feature that’s worth a mention is the ramp. While a cat tree ramp isn’t always the most sturdy, it can make the path up the tree a little easier for older cats and it’s one of the accessibility features we looked for on our list of the best cat trees for senior kitties. Even though accessibility isn’t the main thing we’re looking for here, many multi-cat households will have cats of different ages so it can certainly be helpful.
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What I Love About It: The matching paths on either side of this cat tree really make this one stand out. While it’s rare to find a cat tree with only one path, this cat does a great jump creating plenty of space for cats to navigate.
What I Wish It Had: While it’s not ugly by cat tree standards, I’d love to see some additional color options for this tree.
Runner Up: FEANDREA 67 inches Multi-Level Cat Tree
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Our runner up is still tall cat 67 inches (170 cm) but isn’t nearly as wide as the best overall pick. So if you’ve got limited floor space but still want to go tall, this might make a great option.
Even without a super-wide base, this cat tree is still stable and comes standard with a wall attachment to give you extra tipping protection. The stability of this tree is also backed up by plenty of Amazon reviews including this one from a happy cat parent that had 8 large kitties on this tree at once!
The platform sizes on this cat tree are large at 13.8″ wide but they aren’t the jumbo-sized platforms we see on some other trees. I’m a big fan of the layout of this tree and they’ve managed to create matching paths without going super wide.
Like our best overall pick, there’s also a ramp on this cat which while not a requirement can be a nice feature to have. Ramps can also serve as great scratching areas and some cats will actually prefer the angle of the ramp over other options.
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What I Love About It: It has all the features we’re looking for without a super-wide base which makes it a great option if floor space is at a premium.
What I Wish It Had: I’d love to see some extra width on some of the platforms. The ones on the second level are mostly used for navigating and don’t make great napping areas.
Best on a Budget: Go Pet Club 62-Inch Cat Tree
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Our best on a budget pick is a 62-inch cat tree by Go Pet Club. The folks at Go Pet Club consistently make great cat trees at a budget-friendly price so it’s no surprise that they took the best on a budget spot.
This cat tree also has a handful of fun features that we don’t always see- at least not all on the same tree. It has a ladder, basket, hammock, and even an interesting tube that floats below the top platform.
There’s really something for every cat here and I know that my cat Debbie is definitely a tube cat! Baskets and hammocks are also becoming more popular and this cat tree was our best on a budget pick for the best cat trees with baskets and hammocks.
While it doesn’t have the width to support mirrored and matching pathways, this cat tree makes up for it with two huge platforms that give cats plenty of room to navigate around. You can also see this cat tree in action with multiple cats in this photo from an Amazon reviewer. Speaking of reviews, this cat tree has A LOT of them. At last check, there were more than 14,000 five star reviews from happy cat parents.
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What I Love About It: It’s big AND budget-friendly. It’s also packed with a variety of cool features to keep cats interested.
What I Wish It Had: I’d love to see a higher quality hammock on this cat tree. It is our best on a budget pick, but it would be better if this hammock was permanently attached to the cat tree to increase sturdiness rather than just hanging by hooks.
High-Flying Premium Pick: Go Pet Club Huge 87.5″ Cat Tree House
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If you and your cats live by the motto “Go big or go home” then this might be the perfect cat tree for you and as many feline friends as you can legally have you in your home!
But seriously, this cat tree is extremely tall with a height of 87.5″ (221 cm). That’s 7 feet tall and 3.5 inches. To really give you some perspective, consider that this cat tree is taller than Shaquille O’Neal.
It’s also very wide with a 42″ by 23.5″ footprint on the floor. Of course, it needs to be wide to support all that height but it also gives this cat tree a ton of room to add plenty of cubbies, tubes and platforms. This extra-wide base also provides extra stability and you can hear some testimonials from happy big cat parents and Amazon customers here.
While not every platform is huge, there are enough of them that it’s less critical in this cat tree. There are also 5 cubbies which means cats have plenty of areas to nap in without having to be disturbed by another kitty trying to find the perfect spot. While it’s not perfectly symmetrical, there are mostly matching paths on either side of this cat tree and plenty of routes to the top.
I’m also a big fan of the brand Go Pet Club and they’ve consistently got tons of positive reviews across the internet. While this is certainly a premium cat tree, they also seem to have very reasonable prices on their cat trees, especially when considering the size.
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What I Love About It: It’s super tall! This is one of the tallest cat trees on the market and you can let the world know that your cat tree is taller than Shaquille O’Neal.
What I Wish It Had: The cat tree is very focused on cubbies rather than platforms. While this is great for some cats, I’d love to see a little more variety.
Best for Small Spaces: Hey-Brother 37.8″ Multi-Level Cat Condo
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If you’re not quite ready to have the cat tree equivalent of an NBA center standing in your living 24 hours a day then this compact 37.8″ cat tree from Hey-Brother could be a great option.
Hey-Brother is well known for making cat trees that are big cat-friendly with jumbo-sized platforms and extra-large cubbies. This cat tree is no different and has plenty of room for multiple cats to share without getting in each other’s way. Just as important are the two large baskets measuring 13.8″ in diameter each. It’s pretty unusual to find two baskets on a cat tree this size and that’s what really earned this cat tree on spot on this list.
There are also two large platforms that each measure 15.7″ by 11.8″ which is quite a bit larger than your average cat tree.
37.8″ isn’t huge, at least compared to some of our other multi-cat picks, but it does meet the suggested minimum height of 36 inches. With most countertops and sofa backs topping out at 36 inches, this cat tree is tall enough to give your cat one of the best seats in the house.
Overall, this cat tree is a great option for two cats or a great addition to the overall cat furniture collection if you have more felines. You can check some great photos of this cat tree in action with some handsome kittens in this Amazon review.
What I Love About It: My favorite has got to be the double baskets. It’s not typical to find two baskets on a cat tree of this size and that makes this a great option for multiple feline households.
What I Wish It Had: I’d love to see a little ramp on this cat tree for our senior kitties, but you wouldn’t be able to squeeze one in without increasing the footprint.
Best for Without Carpet: PAWZ 51 Inch Road Modern Cat Tree
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Not everyone wants to have a giant wall of carpet in their house and there are actually a lot of options for cat trees without carpet. For whatever reason, many of the carpet-free cat trees on the market focus on height above all else and can end up being pretty narrow.
While this isn’t a problem in most cases, this doesn’t exactly line up with what we want to see in a multi-cat friendly cat tree. But this 51.5″ (130 cm) carpet-free cat tree from PAWS is a great option that’s also at the top of our list of the best cat trees without carpet.
With two comfortable cubbies and two plush platforms, this cat tree does include fabric in all the right places but completely leaves the classic carpet look behind.
Which for many folks is a very good thing.
This cat tree also has a lot more style than your traditional tree and I love that they’ve given the sisal rope some color too.
While this cat tree doesn’t have the perfect path for multiple cats, the cubbies make up for this since cats can relax in a cubby while their roommate climbs to the top. However, if you really like this cat tree you could take a cue from one Amazon reviewer and combine two of these trees into one kitty fortress that you can see here.
What I Love About It: This cat tree has a great balance of style and function. While not everyone wants a fully carpeted tree, our cats will certainly appreciate the extra padding on the cubbies and platforms. I also love that everything on this tree has a matching color pallette, including the sisal rope.
What I Wish It Had: I’d love to see a slightly different layout for the top platforms. As it stands, it could be a little tricky for two cats to navigate without interrupting the other but that’s what the cubbies are for!
Best for Older Cats: Go Pet Club 72 Inch Cat Tree With Ramps
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Go Pet Club shows up on our list again but this time with a 72-inch cat tree featuring two ramps leading more than halfway up the tower. That makes it a great option for older cats that may not want to jump or can’t quite jump the way they used to. While there are many cat trees on the market with ramps, it’s unusual to find a cat tree with two ramps which is what really makes this tall tower stand out.
Using only the ramps (and some climbing over some cubbies), cats can make their way up the majority of this cat tree. That means older cats can still get the joy of heights without the discomfort of jumping.
But your cat doesn’t have to be a senior to enjoy this cat tree! At 72-inches it’s tall enough to keep any age cat interested and it has all the other features we’d want to see in a cat tree including dangling toys, scratching posts, and some extra cozy cubbies.
This cat tree also has the kind of path options we’d want to see in a tree for multiple cats. While ramps represent one path to the (almost) top, cats can also jump on to any of the good-sized platforms to start the climb. There’s also a large platform underneath the ramp that’s not actually connected to anything else. While that’s a bit unusual in the world of cat trees, it actually works perfectly for multiple cats since it gives cats a distinct area to hang out. It’s not the best picture, but you can see exactly how this extra area plays out with multiple cats in this Amazon review.
What I Love About It: There’s a lot to love here but double ramps to the top are probably the most interesting and certainly helps this cat tree stand out. I also like the bottom platform that’s set further back on the tree since it acts as its own little kitty island.
What I Wish It Had: Even though it would take up more room on the floor, I’d love to see the ramps stretched out to make it even easier for older cats to climb.
The cat tree market is BIG. And getting bigger every year!
While that’s great for cats, it can make things confusing for cat parents.
I hope you found exactly what you were looking for and have the perfect set up for you and your feline friends!