It’s honestly silly that I do this because I live in a studio apartment right now, but I often find myself looking through Pinterest at pictures of amazing cat jungle gyms other pet owners have, wistfully longing for the day I move into a house so I can join these crazy awesome people in their quest to make their home into a cat paradise.
Being in such a small space makes a lot harder for me to join in on the fun, and while I’m sure my cat is happy in this small apartment, living a cushy, spoiled life with me and my husband, it still kills me a little that I can’t create a crazy cat wall or two in my home, or at least have a massive cat tree for him and (let’s be honest) any other cats I end up adopting thanks to all the wonderful indoor space a larger place would provide.
There are a few tall cat trees that could work in a small space (the Lotus Cat Tower, for instance, or a floor-to-ceiling cat tree like this one); but let’s be honest, they’re not really what you think of when you think “jungle gym” and they certainly aren’t as fun for cats as an all out crazy cat condo would be.
You’ve heard me whine for plenty long enough, though. I might as well let you have a peek at what I’ve been lusting after (weird thing to say about cat trees? Maybe 😉). I’m sure there are way cooler set-ups than the ones I’ve seen, so if you have some cat jungle gyms in your Amazon wishlist, have seen Pinterest-worthy DIYs in blog posts, have a few pins or even links to well-curated Pinterest boards you can show me, please leave them in the comments down below. In the meantime…
Cat Jungle Gyms I’d Love to Get Once I Move to a House
Somebody posted in the Amazon review section that she’s taken two of these cat trees, put them together with an 80 inch corner tree between (this one I’m pretty sure), and made one absolutely massive cat jungle gym. I am completely smitten with how this partial DIY turned out and the final result is probably one of the best cat jungle gym set ups I’ve ever seen. Care to see how it looked? You can find pictures of this amazing DIY here. Cannot get over how cool, yet straightforward the end result is put together. So want.
I’m terrible with visualizing measurements, but looking at the specs, this cat tree is an absolute behemoth! Yet again, a good idea to look to the reviews section on Amazon for a visual; this review in particular has some great pictures of what the final product would look like in a home. Wow is that a crazy jungle gym! Probably the best option if you’re looking for a single, standalone piece. Incredibly wide, which is excellent for encouraging cats to jump longer distances, and really should help them get more exercise.
The seclusion multiple cats will get even if they’re all on this thing simultaneously is awesome. I’m basically a crazy cat lady that’s limited by the amount of space I have being in a studio flat at this point – I know when I move to a house I’m getting at least one other cat, if not two or three, and if I have a bunch of cats, I’ll want them all to be happy using the same cat gym at once. This is 100% the kind of thing I’d imagine would be good for that, as once a cat’s in a hideaway spot, it will be more hidden than most catios allow. Love that.
Kind of a waste of space considering it’s not very tall, but if I had the space, that’s not likely something I would be concerned about. I think this cat tree is extremely unique looking and pretty adorable. Almost looks like a cross between a child’s play pen and a bouncy castle to me. Very fun, and I’m sure it’d be really easy to move around (compared to other very heavy cat condos) in case your cat is anything like mine, and re-obsesses over old things if they’re moved to new places.
Yup, there are already two Go Pet Club cat trees on this list (and there’s even one more to come!), but frankly, I don’t mind seeing as how they seem to be making some pretty rad cat trees. Not that I have first-hand experience with them, but based on reviews, they seem to have high ratings and very happy customers. Go Pet Club also has a lot of variety in the kinds of shapes and sizes of trees they offer. This one in particular made the list because I think as far as cat condos go, it’s a pretty compact product. No wasted space on this baby: it’s got as many platforms for jumping on, scratching posts, and hideaway spots for cats to nap in as I’d expect you can get into a cat jungle gym without overcrowding it.
I’m pretty sure this is currently the largest cat tree that Trixie offers, and I think it’s great. It has a feature I don’t think I’ve seen on other cat jungle gyms before: a slanted scratching “post” at the front – the bit that essentially looks like a slide. Although I don’t find this cat gym particularly good looking (especially compared to the next two cat condos on this list), it’s probably the one Avery would like best of the “smaller” cat jungle gyms because of this feature alone. He really strongly prefers to use scratching posts that are slanted/angled over those that are straight up – meaning he probably wouldn’t use the “scratching posts” made out of the poles of most cat condos. To be fair, he’s so tall that this makes sense – angled scratchers allow him to really stretch, while the straight up ones don’t do much besides let him take his claws to something. Either way, that scratcher feature on this cat jungle gym would 100% be used religiously by my cat, making this one a likely winner.
If I move to a house that hasn’t got too much extra space, I’d be very happy with this cat gym. Tall and slim, it still would leave Avery quite a bit of room to jump, though of course less across than up and down. A bit on the small side for what I’d consider to be a true cat jungle gym, but still very good if space is a consideration. Also, considering the price point, definitely a viable option if you’re looking for something a little cheaper than most of the other items on this list.
This legitimately is not a very big cat condo, so again, almost wouldn’t consider it a cat jungle gym at this point, but it’s on the borderline and I thought it was too cute not to mention. Hella nice in terms of the design, I think. Never seen a cat condo with an arch like that, and then to have the circle vantage point on top, plus a lovely cat hammock beneath – I kinda really just love this thing! Also, I thought it looked really nice with the leaves, but was expecting it not to come with them – it does, however, by the looks of the reviews! Very tree-like and natural/outdoorsy looking! Dig that so much!
Your Thoughts on Cat Jungle Gyms?
I’m not even going to ask if this obsession I have with feline jungle gyms that cannot possibly fit into my studio flat is weird, because I talk to enough cat people about this desire to buy cat “stuff” I can’t afford or don’t have room for to understand that many are in the same boat as me.
Yes, I’ll play my tiny violin in the corner now and hope to move to a house soon (so my cat can have better toys – yes, I’m crazy and I know it).
If you have any thoughts on cat jungle gyms besides a criticism of my obvious need to concentrate on maybe something a little more important than ballin’ cat trees for my kitty, I’d like to hear them in the comments down below:
- Have you ever bought a cat jungle gym/a crazy cat tree that’s pretty enormous? Did your cat like it better than regular “humble” cat trees?
- How many cats do you have at home and do your cats have any problems sharing their jungle gyms with the other cats?
- Misery loves company – are you also obsessed with looking up crazy cat gyms that you could never fit into your current abode?
- And please if you have any pictures of your cat gyms at home (uploaded to Facebook, featured in a blog post, etc.), please link them down below so I can live vicariously through you.
Not sick of me yet? Tune in for next week, where I cry over the fact that I can’t possibly have a catio because I live on the 7th floor..