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 missing 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 manufacture 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 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 post 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 faux fur finish that may require a good cleaning on occasion. Some don’t consider it to be thick or plushy enough. However, the cats aren’t really laying on the covered parts so much as they are laying in the beds.
Orla Senior Cat Scratching
This cat tree by Trixie is really the minimum you may get away with your cat. It has large platform steps making mobility easier and is covered in a soft plus. With the platform steps being so large they will allow for more than one cat to sprawl out on this cat tree.
At 26 inches it is a good height for window viewing. It has a comfy bed at the top. The one pole has jute covering for scratching.
A downside to this one may be that it is considered a small cat scratcher with a diameter of just 11.25 inches. If you have a bigger feline they may not fit in it very well and you may not be able to add any additional bedding.
Of course, we all know the golden cat rule “if I fits I sits” so they will probably make it work.
Good Life Pet Stairs
As the name suggests these are more about helping your aging pet have a Good Life. It isn’t really a cat tree or condo per se. It is stairs for allowing them to get up on things so they can bask in the sun.
The stairs come in 4 or 5 steps and are covered in a faux fleece allowing comfort if they decide they want to lay on them. The platforms are also wide enough they can relax with no problem.
There isn’t any sisal surrounding the post but that doesn’t mean your cats can’t scratch it. Obviously they didn’t care your couch didn’t have sisal.
These steps could also be just what the vet ordered if you want to keep your current cat tree but allow your seniors to continue to enjoy it!
If you have an aging dog don’t expect these to work double duty! We all know that cats aren’t sharing with no drooling dog. But these Good Life pet stairs will work for the mutt of the house who needs a little extra help too!
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.