The lifespan of your cat tree will depend on multiple factors, including the quality of your cat tower and how much your cats use it. High-quality cat trees can be spendy, but they’ll also last longer than towers made from less robust materials. If you want a long-lived cat tree, look for wooden cat trees and trees that include posts wrapped in sisal or coconut rope, which can stand up to lots and lots of scratching.
Next, it shouldn’t be surprising that highly active cats tend to wear down cat towers faster than more relaxed or older cats. Larger, energetic breeds, like Bengals, Abyssinians, Burmese, Siamese and Sphynx may scratch, chew and pounce their way quickly through a cat tower.
While some cat trees may last only months (especially with an energetic cat in the house), others can last for years. The more cats in your household, the more quickly they could wear out the cat furniture.
When do you know that it’s time to replace your cat tower? Assess your cat tree regularly and look for damage, including:
- Worn down scratching posts
- Worn down or torn carpeting
- Loose platforms or posts
- Cracked platforms or posts
- Bent/sagging platforms or posts
If you notice any of these things, it’s time to toss your cat tower and buy a new one. Fortunately, at Petco, we offer all the cat and kitten supplies, accessories and products you need, including sturdy cat trees.