This post isn’t about me, Ellis, obviously. I am the young, spry prince of the house.
Unfortunately, I have noticed some of my siblings slowing down as they age. Unable to keep up with little ole me.
Did you know cats may be considered senior as young as age 7? I didn’t realize senior is different than geriatric. Everyone is older than me! They are considered seniors as they may still be active but just starting to slow down a bit.
Even as they age, I don’t want any of them to miss out on climbing and playing.
I don’t want your cats to miss out, either! It is possible they are still climbing the tree you bought when they were younger if it is still standing, of course. Some of them, though, aren’t really made for taking things slowly, as they expect cats to jump and climb the whole thing.
Height and steps for ease aren’t really considered.
However, if you are looking for a new tree, you might want to get one that will consider their aging bodies.
Some of the things you may look for in a cat tree for the senior cat in your life is:
- Stairs- to make it easier for them to climb
- Lower to the ground- especially if there aren’t steps.
- Plushy comfort
Plushy comfort and sturdiness are probably already on your list of top priorities. Everyone wants their cat to have the best no matter what stage of life they are in!
Let’s go over some of the best trees or condos for the senior in your house.
Trixie Emil Senior Cat Tree
Trixie pet products have a cat tree for each stage of life. The emil senior cat tree in Brown has just the stuff your older feline prince or princess is looking for.
The entire tree is wrapped in brown plush and has a post with a sisal surface. Not only is there the post, but the bottom piece has a flat spot of sisal in case your cat isn’t able to get their paws up for scratching.
Both the condo and the top platform have removable cushions that can be machine washed!
The condo, or hidey-hole, is lined with fleece and has two entryways! Purrfect for getting away from the youngsters.
The “steps,” called mini loungers by the manufacturer, are padded and have adorable embroidered paw prints! Some reviews feel the two bottom ones are hard for arthritic cat bones to maneuver.
However, the top step and lower platform are within jumping range that I wouldn’t count your old furriend out.
This cat tree not only services your senior cat’s needs but is also a piece of furniture that won’t be an eyesore.
Baza Senior Cat Tree
The Baza Senior by Trixie is wrapped with long hair plush in cream. It has post for scratching and a sturdy hammock for resting.
At 27.5 inches tall, it isn’t far off the ground if you still have a jumper, but it has 2 platforms that allow them to climb to the hammock instead. Depending on the location of your windows, many feel it is the perfect height for window peering.
All but one of the posts are wrapped in jute to allow your cat to sharpen their nails.
The hammock has a 14-inch metal frame so that your floofkins can lay in it without concern. Not that floofkins, of course, concerns himself with anything other than the level of food in the bowl.
If there has to be a downside to this product, it may seem like the plush attracts all the fur. But honestly, what doesn’t? Since you can’t take it apart to wash, you will need to find your favorite fur-cleaning method.
Go Pet Club Cat Tree Perch
This Go Pet Club perch is not specifically marked for senior cats. It made the list because it covers all the things to consider.
At only 23 inches high, it is close enough to the ground it allows for jumping. It is also designed in such a way that the lower bed can be used as a step to get to the top bed.
Unlike the Baza senior cat tree, it only has one post with sisal on it for scratching.
Both of the beds are made of wood, making them sturdier than the hammocks some trees have. Reviews have loved it as being sturdy enough for even their bigger-boned felines. Its platform design also allows for adding a pillow or maybe a blanket to spruce up the comfort level more.
It is all covered in a faux fur finish that may require a good cleaning on occasion. Some don’t consider it to be thick or plushy enough.
To sum it up, as purreviously stated, I am not a cat of a certain age, but I still wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to lounge on any of these. That is why I will still give each of them my pawsitively meowvalous seal of approval!
So if you notice your dear feline friends not going to the top of the tree, or maybe they aren’t jumping on things at all like they used to; they are sticking lower to the ground. You may need to consider a new cat tree is in order and give one of these a try.