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Old 02-23-2006, 03:21 AM
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Where can I find a used cat tree?

I'm interested in a used cat tree after I went to PetsMart and saw the prices. Some were as high as $175. Anyone have any ideas?
Old 02-23-2006, 03:42 AM
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Well, it's not yard sale season yet.
You could try freecycle.org, or craigslist. Would be a crapshoot but won't cost you anything.
Or you could make one, it's not at all difficult. I bet you can find all sorts of instructions online.
Old 02-23-2006, 04:31 AM
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You could run a "Wanted to buy" ad in your local newspaper's classified ad section. Someone might respond. Also, if you have any re-sale shops near you, you could check there.
Old 02-23-2006, 05:31 AM
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A cat tree is a combination of scratchingposts and elevated spots where the cat can sit. In combination, they're expenisive, and take up a lot of space. And, frankly I find them ugly.

You could make both yourself. I bought a wooden pole at the gardenshop (or get one from the woods) smeared glue on it an wound it plain rough rope. (Roundroundround - took me an hour for a 4 feet pole!) Looked quite nice.
You could also nail some carpet, or the back of carpet, or some sacking, against the pole. Then you fasten the pole to the wall. For extra cat-credit, put a little wooden platform on top where the cat can sit after he has climbed the pole. or put a platform halfway the pole, and use the platform to fasten the whole thing to the wall.

Or put these materials on a frame, and nail the frame to the wall. You could even paint it in the colors of the wall.
Old 02-23-2006, 06:31 AM
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We made one of our own - it cost about $60. Pictures of it (and our cat who really isn't as fat as she looks in the picture) are here. Yeah, it's big and kinda ugly, but it keeps the cat from scratching at furniture.

If you do buy or make one, just make sure it's very sturdy. Your cat will likely just ignore it if it's not.
Old 02-23-2006, 07:31 AM
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I doubt a cat will use a used scratching post in the way you want them to - the scratches and scents are territorial markers. You're likely to create a urine sprayer this way.
Old 02-23-2006, 07:40 AM
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We made one of our own - it cost about $60. Pictures of it (and our cat who really isn't as fat as she looks in the picture) are here. Yeah, it's big and kinda ugly, but it keeps the cat from scratching at furniture.

If you do buy or make one, just make sure it's very sturdy. Your cat will likely just ignore it if it's not.
We have rough cedar paneling. Our cats have been scratching on it for 20+ years (we allow/encourage it). The wood is looking rather worn at the two doorways where they do this, but they haven't gone all the way through yet. They absolutely love it. If you pick up some scrap pieces and nail them to a sturdy something-or-other, I'm sure they'll use it. Way cheap, way effective. The only downfall is that you have to vacuum up the shreds. No big deal, though.
Old 02-23-2006, 09:09 AM
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I like Kalhoun's idea. I've found that scratchingposts have to meet three requirements:
1 sturdy, like MsMitey said. If it falls over once, the cat will never use it again.
2 must feel nice to the nails.
3 often forgotten: a scaratchingpost must be in sight. It is a visual marker to the cat, and he feels it must be in a place where his housemates often pass by so they can see and smell (if we had the nose for it) his work. A doorpost is excellent.
If you put the scratchingpost out of the way, somewhere in the back, chances are the cat will ignore it too. It's kinda like taking the drawing your kid made today and proudly exhibiting it....behind the old luggage in the attic.
Old 02-23-2006, 09:11 AM
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First you get some used cats, then you nail them to a tree.

What?
Old 02-23-2006, 09:28 AM
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I agree that they are probably easier to make. I did find some plans online for various make your own cat trees. Frankly, I don't like the idea of carpeting permanently attached to those things, it gets dirty and hairy and you can't clean it and my cats always end up having a hairball on stuff like that.

If you decide to make one, another thing that cats may enjoy playing in is Sonotube (I think that's the name), it's a heavy duty cardboard tube used for a mold for pouring concrete in cylinder shapes. It's usually big enough for most cats to fit in and they love hiding in stuff. I am working on a plan to build a cat play tree using some of the tubes.
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3 often forgotten: a scaratchingpost must be in sight. It is a visual marker to the cat, and he feels it must be in a place where his housemates often pass by so they can see and smell (if we had the nose for it) his work. A doorpost is excellent.
If your house isn't very formal-looking, you could actually frame a doorway or two with the cedar (it's kind of a western-looking or country effect...very casual) in the room where you spend most of your time. When they finally do wear through it (which won't be in your lifetime) you can nail up another piece.

We also have a thick doorway going from the living room to the kitchen (it's probably a 10-inch thick threshhold). Sometimes we just pick up a cat and stick her on the wall like velcro. Then we count how many seconds of "hang time" she gets and applaud when she jumps down.

I think I need to look into getting a life.
Old 02-23-2006, 10:13 AM
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If you decide to make one, another thing that cats may enjoy playing in is Sonotube (I think that's the name), it's a heavy duty cardboard tube used for a mold for pouring concrete in cylinder shapes. It's usually big enough for most cats to fit in and they love hiding in stuff. I am working on a plan to build a cat play tree using some of the tubes.
The brand I used is called quiktube I think, and it worked well. The cat doesn't really hang out in there, but there's bookshelves in the way, so maybe she can't get inside easily (she's pretty lazy). I vacuum the carpeted parts and they actually stay pretty clean. The carpet isn't very thick, so I can also use a lint roller on it if I'm feeling anal.
Old 02-23-2006, 11:19 AM
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Ugly? Ha! SpouseO and I made a cat tree that really looks like a tree. 'Course, it cost us a pretty penny (even building our own!), but it looks like a tree. So there you go.

To build it, we looked up "how to build a cat tree" (or some such) on the internet, then went from there with our own idea. Took longer than we wanted, but is pretty cool.

Since our cat is declawed (we got her that way), we didn't worry so much about covering it with carpet. Instead, we used corderoy (sp?) and cotton fabric - the trunk's brown tie-dyed corderoy, while the "branches" are a mottled green cotton. It's nice.
Old 02-23-2006, 12:42 PM
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If I may offer another option, you don't have to buy a used one or pay ridiculous retail prices. Try petedge.com

http://petedge.com/jump.jsp?item...DEX&itemID=596

They will sell you one of the same cat trees that they sell to the pet stores to mark up, and they will give you a break on shipping too if you spend a certain amount.
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There are some here that aren't quite as expensive.
Old 02-23-2006, 01:50 PM
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I got one off craigslist for $50, but I had to drive to Marin.
It's now in Reno with the cat.
Old 02-23-2006, 03:30 PM
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Where are you? My cat recently died, and I've been wondering what to do with mine. It's just a small one (base, a few feet of column, and platform) The column's lower third is carpet, the middle is wound rope, and the upper third used to be carpet, but it was torn off. I'd recommend wrapping it with rope, as the carpet just doesn't last long enough when they scratch it.

If you're local, or want to pay for shipping, it's yours.
Old 02-23-2006, 03:58 PM
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Where can I find a used cat tree?
They're on every street corner after Christmas. Pine, spruce, and fir. They smell good, too.

Old 02-23-2006, 05:50 PM
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If you are able to find a used one, use a blacklight to check it for ringworm. Ringworm will glow in the blacklight.

I second the building your own. Much cheaper and lots of fun!
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I picked up a nice 4 story one off Craigslist a few months ago. None of our 5 cats will go near the damn thing, I figure it still has the odor from the previous owners cats. Its been the the garage airing out, I should bring it back in and give it another try.
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My husband built us one with kind of an adobe house / southwestern cave dwelling look, to match our southwestern decor. One of our cats got quite a bit of use out of it, and still climbs it occasionally. The older cat never took an interest.

If you're trying to get your cat to "adopt" a used tree, try Feliway spray. Not sure exactly what it tells the cats, but it's sort of this-belongs-to-me vibe.
Old 02-23-2006, 11:40 PM
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Since our cats are notoriously disdainful of anything we actually spent money on, an expensive cat tree isn't looking too likely for us. I might have to look into a faux door frame, however, since my cat, Scratchy McScratchalot, really likes to do up our door jambs.
Old 02-24-2006, 01:25 AM
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Try craig's list the link is to the Seattle site, but it has links to many other cities. They often have them in the "free" section.
Old 02-24-2006, 07:18 AM
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You could grow one from seed, but it will be several years before it starts producing any used cats.
Old 02-24-2006, 08:31 AM
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Just to clarify, are you interested in having cat furniture where they can play and hang out, or are you looking for a way to keep them from scratching where they should not? If you just want to solve the scratching problem, those cardboard scratch pads work very wel for most cats, especially larger ones.

My own cats go crazy for the 'Whisker City Play Cavern Scratcher' from Pet Smart, and it has definitely saved my door frames and furniture. They have a cat tree too, and it was in my home at least three months before any of them would go near it, but now they like it.
Old 02-24-2006, 09:36 AM
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If you are able to find a used one, use a blacklight to check it for ringworm. Ringworm will glow in the blacklight.

I second the building your own. Much cheaper and lots of fun!
Where were you with this little tidbit, when the blacklight thread was groing on in the last month? This would have fit right in with the other posts.
Old 02-24-2006, 01:35 PM
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I picked up a nice 4 story one off Craigslist a few months ago. None of our 5 cats will go near the damn thing, I figure it still has the odor from the previous owners cats.
My cats are all over anything that smells like another cat! For new stuff, we've found a bit of catnip spray works for three of our cats. The two that don't care about catnip end up getting involved because they want to see what the other three are up to!

Also, when we bring in something new, we hang some dangly toys from it go get their attention. They don't have to be anything fancy. Thread a string through an old tennis ball using a carpet needle and hang it up. Heck, just crumple up a ball of paper on the end of a string!

We have a multi-level stratching structure with carpet, sisal, a play tube, and two platforms. There's almost always at least one cat sleeping or playing on it. Interestingly, one of the platforms is just a flat carpet-covered board. They almost never sleep on it. The other has sides about 2-1/2 inches high, so it's like a little box or kitty bed. That one is used all the time. They play in and on the tube, but rarely sleep in it.
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