Cat Tree Review:
The Cat Power Tower

Whether it is a cat tree or a pet ramp or a set of pet stairs, I am always on the lookout for the best and most creative ways to make use of vertical space for my cats. Vertical space is such a wonderful way for cats to have more territory without taking away critical “human” space horizontally. A cat condo or climbing tree is a simple structure designed to help your cat climb to new heights, have places to lounge and observe his environment, and make use of that unused vertical space in your home to enrich your kitty’s life. The Cat Power Tower, though, is so much more than a simple cat tree.

Imagine a way for your cat to climb to new heights with toys, treats, and scratching posts all along the way. Imagine a cat tree that won’t wobble every time your cat jumps on and off it or come crashing to the floor when your cat is doing his daily floor to ceiling race or chasing his tail on the top platform. Imagine, instead of a traditional cat condo, more of a cat gym and activity center that’s sturdy enough to hold even the most aggressive climbers. That is The Cat Power Tower in a single sentence, and the reason why you need to experience it to believe it.

Needless to say, when I heard of the Cat Power Tower, I was delighted to be able to try it with my cats Tiger, Coco, Pegasus, and Milo, who have conducted their own video review which we will share soon. More specifically, I was excited to try it with Pegasus and Milo, since they were the only two who had never used a cat tree in their lives, despite many efforts on my part.

My cat Milo is quite elderly, quite large, and somewhat arthritic. His world rarely goes beyond the height of the seat of the sofa, and although he seems perfectly content with that, I have always wanted him to have more. Pegasus is young and healthy, but has always had a phobia of cat trees. He would rather scale a wall in a dangerous attempt to reach a 5-foot-high window than use a cat tree. Considering the fact that I have tried numerous solutions over the last several years, I doubted the Cat Power Tower would be any different for either of these cats. Regardless, though, I knew their housemates would give it a fair try and provide a useful, cats’-eye-(re)view of this fancy new cat tree.

Impressed from The Beginning

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When our Cat Power Tower arrived, I was immediately impressed with how heavy and sturdy it was. In fact, the components themselves were so heavy in their shipping box that my FedEx man could hardly maneuver it up the concrete stairs to my porch. Immediately, I knew that any concerns about the stability of this cat tree were probably null and void. That said, though, because of its weight, assembly will go much more quickly and smoothly if you have a little help from a friend when it comes time to tip the tower over to secure all of the platforms in their correct positions on the base.

The Cat Power Tower comes with everything you will need to put it together, except for a Phillips head screwdriver. It also comes in several parts, which at first glance may seem a bit overwhelming. That said, though, the design is actually very straight-forward. There are 3 platforms, 3 pedestals, interlocking crossbars that form the base of the climbing tree and each platform, a scratching board, a cylindrical scratching post, and a toy carousel. Once you’ve laid out all of your pieces, it’s easy to get a vision of what you’re creating, and the step-by-step instructions are simple to follow to turn that vision into a reality.

If you’re someone who struggles to assemble even the simplest store-bought furniture from IKEA, though, you will want to enlist some help. This is primarily because of the weight of the finished product and the need to make sure everything is secured properly to keep the cat tree sturdy for your cat. You will also need to follow directions very closely to make sure that all of your screw holes and mounts for the platforms and attachments end up in the right place, so if you need some visual help beyond the included instructions, Andy, the creator of Cat Power Tower,  has a video on YouTube.

Whether you can do it yourself or even need to hire someone to help, after an hour or so of my assistant putting it together single-handedly, we can attest to the fact that this amazing cat climbing tree was clearly worth the effort!

A Powerful Design

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The Cat Power Tower is a three-platform cat tree designed to create hours of enjoyment for your cat. The first is a Hunting Platform, with multiple holes for you to hide cat toys and treats for your cat to hunt out. The carpeted half is adjustable and customizable, assembled as two separate carpeted wood pieces that can be placed over any set of 4 of the hunting holes. That means, if you wanted your carpet to be in front instead of on the side, wanted it to be diagonal across the platform, or wanted it to only have one section, the choice is entirely yours.

Behind this Hunting Platform is a 27-inch tall sisal scratching post, with scratching material on the front and the back, for your cat to scratch from the floor behind the cat tower or while standing on his hunting perch. I have yet to meet a cat who didn’t love sisal cat scratching posts, and the positioning of this scratching post is perfect for multiple cats to enjoy at the same time.

The top platform is the lounging platform, designed with a removable carpeted “lid” for easy cleaning and to even store toys inside the tree. Even better, though, from a customizable standpoint, if your cat enjoys having a bed with edges, simply removing the top platform’s lid will give your cat tree a lounging box, which you can place a towel or cat bed inside for added comfort.

The middle platform, the Play Platform, is perhaps the most exciting of all, though, with an amazing feature that turns this fun hunt-and-lounge cat tree into a complete kitty gym! Hidden inside this middle platform, to which you mount a 32-inch high scratching post and motorized cat toy carousel, is a spring-activated switch. The Cat Power Tower has a motor inside, with a three-setting switch mounted beneath the spring-loaded platform: on, off, and automatic. Automatic is where the true magic begins.

By setting your Cat Power Tower to automatic, every time your cat lands on this spring-loaded platform, the carousel on top of the cylinder-shaped sisal scratching post turns on, sending the carousel toys of your choice into an enticing, spinning frenzy. We have the feather carousel, but furry mice and scrunch balls are options as well.

One of our newest favorite cat toys is available as a carousel attachment, as well, which is the Furry Teaser Carousel by Tiger Teasers! Our cats absolutely love this new carousel option, sold separately in the Cat Power Tower store.

In multi-cat households especially, this is a neat feature for so many reasons. First, our cats seem to tag-team on the tree. One will activate the spring board and attack the feathers from below, while another will attack from the top lounging platform or the five-foot high window ledge our Cat Power Tower is positioned to help the cats access.

You can, of course, turn it to “on” and have set play times, as well, if your cats seem to enjoy attacking the carousel toys from above the spring-loaded Play Platform. By setting the switch to the “on” position, your cat won’t have to be standing on the spring board to activate the spinning toys above. It’s all about determining the personal preference of your particular cat or cats! For the most part, our cats enjoy attacking the toys from above, so we make sure the carousel is turned “on” for play sessions every day and leave it in the “automatic” setting most other times.

An Amazing Cat Tree Surprise

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Perhaps the most welcome and surprising feature of the Cat Power Tower, though, is one we never even expected. We knew we would love the automatic carousel feature, but the size and sturdiness of the tree was our most welcome delight. Each platform measures 19-inches square, which is plenty of space for even the largest, heaviest, and oldest cats to feel they can climb it comfortably. And all that weight that might force you to enlist help in assembling the tree contributes to how sturdy it is when it is complete.

I have mentioned that 2 of my 4 cats would probably never go near the Cat Power Tower, due to their own little quirks and limitations, but both Milo and Peggy have proven me wrong, which is the best surprise a cat parent could ask for when it comes to things you’re trying to make them happier!

While Milo, my resident senior citizen, who is easily one of the longest and tallest mixed domestic breed cats I have ever met, seemed content to sleep on a bed or a sofa or in his little wicker basket on the floor, I’ve always been saddened that he doesn’t get to experience the windows in the basement, which are a full 5 feet above the floor. The window ledges are so large, I have always known he would love to sit in them, but his age and size have long prevented him from even trying. Since the Cat Power Tower has been introduced to his space, though, Milo has been caught sitting on the spring board watching the feathers spin above his head on a few occasions now.

Our previous cat trees have all had platforms that were about 11-inches wide and 13-inches long, with steep, narrow paths to navigate from platform to platform. For an elderly or large cat, these trees are essentially useless. With the Cat Power Tower, though, the design has made it possible for Milo’s world to reach new heights. It makes my heart sing to see him poking around on the Hunting Platform or sitting on the Play Platform watching the “birds” fly above his head when he had previously never explored anything above sofa-height due to his age, arthritis, and overwhelming size.

Overjoyed by seeing Milo experience a cat tree for the first time in his life, I became hopeful that Pegasus, the young cat who feared all cat trees, might just give this a try. Never before in my life have I met a cat, especially one so young, who didn’t like to climb or didn’t seem to even understand the concept of a cat tree. For over 2 years, Pegasus would access the basement window by jumping from the edge of a bed 4 feet high and 3 feet across to his window ledge, literally jumping right over our other cat tree. It was amazing to watch, but I cringed every time he did it, expecting that inevitable day when he seriously injured himself.

Over the past two years, we’ve tried chairs, dressers, moving the bed closer and further away, building ramps, and even blocking all possible accesses to the window beside the old cat trees we have tried. When we did the latter, Pegasus would sit on the floor, looking at the window, crying… for hours. The old cat climbing tree bought specifically to help Pegasus (and Milo) would wobble significantly when any cat landed on it. While the other, younger cats seemed to ignore this shortcoming, it was so significant for Pegasus, he would rather be miserable on the floor in front of the window than use the tree to access it.

Then the Cat Power Tower came into my home, and Peggy’s fear melted away. He no longer jumps over the new cat tree or attempts to scale walls to access his favorite window. He won’t sit and cry for hours if he feels he can’t make the jump. Most importantly, though, he doesn’t make my heart stop every time he makes a daredevil attempt to explore his vertical space. The sturdy, wide platforms allow him to comfortably climb the tree to his destination, or even lounge on the tree if that’s his heart’s desire for the day.

At least we think it’s the sturdy design that makes Pegasus, the cat with a climbing tree phobia, suddenly willing to use a cat tree. And we think it’s the size of the wide platforms and ease of vertical navigation that makes elderly Milo feel confident enough to explore his vertical world.

But maybe it’s something we can’t see… Maybe it’s the hidden power of the Cat Power Tower! Only Peggy and Milo know the answer for sure, and for the time being, they aren't talking!

Learn more about this great cat tree on the Cat Power Tower website and TRY your own Cat Power Tower today!

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