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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Climbing the Cat Tree

A bit of maine coon fun cat tree playing cough on video, "Stalone & Shiva" production presents:

Good Maine Coon Cat Tree Hunting

It you have a maine coon cat or kitten or a couple of them, then you probably know how hard it is to find a cat tree which is big and sturdy enough for them to use.

Most of cat trees out there have too small perches, small hight and too less weight to sustain even one maine coon kitten, let alone 2 adult ones. And now imagine 2 10-12+ pounds cats (that is how much out 7.5mo maine coons weight at the moment, and they are not too big I think) start jumping on these...

Tall and heavy cat tree suitable for a maine coon or couple of them

Our Cats Have "Molly and Friends the Alleyway Cat Tower"

The best option we found so far is Molly and Friends the Alleyway Cat Tower 86". It is 86 inches tall with a 24x24 inches base weighting 130 lbs with 24.5" long x 13.5" wide x 6.5" deep cradles, solid wood construction.

This one worked perfectly for both our maine coon kittens so far (from 3mo to 7.5mo), but I am noticing the distance between cradles being a bit too small for them now to glide between these easily. However they still enjoy jumping on it as you can see on the video.

Contras to Getting This One

Only negative side of this tree carpet and carpeting work. Carpet sheds like crazy, I find bits and pieces of it everywhere, and I only hope that none of it ends up in my kitties stomaches.

Also, as you can see on the video our tree is light in color, but the lining of the carpet material is completely black and so are the threads which stick out from pretty much every joint. I spent good amount of time cutting these off on the beginning, and even now I still do it from time to time.

Needless to say that with black lining all the joints are very much visible, so I needed to figure out how to turn the tree to the wall to hide these as much as I can. But unfortunately I can do nothing about the openings in the cradles.


"Molly and Friends the Alleyway Cat Tower 86 inches" is good built construction-wise (big and sturdy and heavy) to survive maine coon kittens (I am still are to see how it will do for adult cats). It is definitely the best and biggest one out there I could find so far.

It is worth getting, if you don't mind the carpeting flaws. And the price, which seem to depend greatly on shop which sells it, their experience with selling it (I assume there are quite few returns/refunds due to carpeting quality), and, of course, phase of the moon in marketing universe (prices a quite different, and seems at the moment to be more than we paid of it 3 months ago).

And, by the way, cats absolutely love it: they don't care much about carpet or other esthetics issues.

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