Here’s an interesting and attractive piece of cat furniture that incorporates unique textures and quite a bit of functionality. It’s the Catit Design Home Banana Leaf Cat Tower, available in 2-shelf and 3-shelf versions. The manufacturer sent us one to test and we’ve been giving it a good workout. I admit, I was skeptical at first, wondering if it would be sturdy enough. After a couple of months of testing, I can honestly say that this is an excellent piece of cat furniture! It was relatively easy to put together with just a handful of pieces, it’s quite attractive and would look good with all kinds of decor, but most importantly, THE CATS LOVE IT! It is almost always occupied and they use all the different levels. I often find multiple levels occupied at once.
As for the stability, it is pretty heavy and well-weighted at the bottom, but if you leave it in the center of the room, they can knock it over if they fling their bodies at it, which is bound to happen during crazy cat time. I have mine against a wall and I think they have only knocked it over once or twice.
The banana leaf texture is perfect for scratching and, so far, has remained looking like new, even with regular use. The platforms are covered with a microsuede that’s easy to brush clean. The bottom platform is actually kind of like a hammock, the fabric is stretched over a circular base that is open in the middle, like a donut, providing a little give when kitty curls up on it.
The most shocking thing to me is that the dangling toy is STILL ATTACHED! Honestly, I thought that would be torn off within minutes of setting it up, but it’s still there and they swat at it every time they walk by. Impressive!
The Banana Leaf Cat Tower is also relatively inexpensive, the 2-shelf selling for about $80 on Amazon and the 3-shelf for just under $130. If you’re looking for a nice piece of cat furniture that doesn’t take up a lot of room, you might want to give this a try. Both styles are currently available on Amazon.