|Best Overall||CatastrophiCreations Garden Complex Wall Mounted Cat Tree Shelf Set|
|Best for an Elegant Room||The Refined Feline Lotus Branch Wall Mounted Cat Wall Shelf|
|Best Value for the Price||TRIXIE Lounger Wall Mounted Cat Shelves|
|Best for Limited Space||PetFusion Cat Activity Wall Shelves|
|Best Eco-Friendly Option||7 Ruby Road Cat Hammock Wall Mounted Cat Shelf|
Does your cat jump up on furniture or countertops? Does your cat like to sleep on top of bookshelves or the highest spot in the room? Have you seen your cat try and climb your curtains or window screens?
Cats love to climb. Instinctively they feel safer when they can survey their environment from higher up, plus it’s fun for them to jump and explore. Creating a stress-free spot for your cat to climb, scratch, and relax helps your cat feel comfortable and secure. It may also prolong the life of your furniture.
Without safe places to climb and get above the activity of your home, your cat can get stressed out and end up hiding under the bed or in other accessible spots. The same instinct for protection and security leads them to nap in dark, hidden places but can be a sign of stress rather than comfort and safety.
For our 2022 reviews, we focused on wall-mounted cat trees that maximize your cat’s enjoyment and fun while meeting a variety of budgets.
A-Z-Animals Top Picks for Wall Mounted Cat Trees
#1 Best Overall: CatastrophiCreations Garden Complex Shelf Set with Cat Grass Planter
In our review, the best overall wall-mounted cat tree is CatastrophiCreations Garden Complex Shelf Set with Cat Grass Planter. It’s more than a wall-mounted cat tree; it’s an exercise, play, and stress-relief area for multiple cats.
The Garden Complex costs more and is larger than the other options we reviewed, but it is the best option if you want to spoil your cats and get them off your furniture and out of your plants.
In addition to multiple levels for climbing, scratching, and lounging, the CatastrophiCreations Garden Complex Shelf Set has spaces for cat grass. Your indoor cats get a taste of the outdoors and plenty of comfort and safety.
The set is also attractive and easy to keep clean. You can choose from various wood finishes, and the fabric can be removed and washed. Each component does need to be anchored into a wall stud.
- Exercise, play, and stress-relief area
- Has spaces for cat grass
- Attractive and easy to keep clean
- Fabric can be removed and washed
#2 Best for an Elegant Room: The Refined Feline Lotus Branch
If you love your cat but don’t adore the look of most wall-mounted cat furniture, the Refined Feline Lotus Branch may be the answer for you. Available in different sizes and colors, the flowing wood shape is covered with a comfy Berber carpet. Your cat can perch and doze in style.
The shelf is constructed with a combination of solid wood and ply to give it a curved and elegant shape that is also durable. If the carpet wears out after lots of scratching and happy naps, it can easily be replaced. The shelf is both functional and attractive, adding a polished look to any room.
At 61 inches long and 10.5 inches deep, the shelf is large enough to accommodate multiple cats. The manufacturers recommend installing it into the wall studs, not just the drywall. Heavy-duty wall anchors are included.
- Available in different sizes and colors
- Stylish flowing wood shape design
- Constructed from solid and plywood
- Large enough to accommodate multiple cats
#3 Best Value for the Price: TRIXIE Lounger Wall Mounted Cat Shelves
Your cat has a choice of where to lounge with the TRIXIE Lounger Wall Mounted Cat Shelves. With exteriors of rope and plush, each piece is designed for easy climbing, scratching, and comfortable lounging. The set includes a plush hammock and kitty condo and two steps for easy access.
With two plush sleeping spots and steps to bridge them, your cat gets a luxurious, reasonably priced, out-of-the-way lounging area. The set comes in two colors: cream and brown.
The manufacturer recommends mounting the two sleepers into the wall studs, and all the hardware you need is included.
#4 Best for Limited Space: PetFusion Cat Activity Wall Shelves
While it’s nice to get the cat furniture up and out of the way, not all homes have large, open wall spaces to use. The PetFusion Cat Activity Wall Shelves provide a comfortable, padded perch for your furry friend without taking up much room on your wall.
The three-piece set includes two scratchable stairs and a cozy perch you can arrange to allow your cat to climb up and down with ease. The attractive and straightforward design has an espresso finish topped.
The perch is designed to hold up to 30 pounds, fit for cats young or old. You can attach the nest securely without a drill unless you have plaster walls or want to anchor it into a wall stud.
#5 Best Eco-Friendly Option: 7 Ruby Road Cat Hammock With Two Steps
The 7 Ruby Road Cat Hammock With Two Steps provides compact, attractive, and user-friendly wall-mounted cat furniture with a hand-washable cotton hammock and sustainable, eco-friendly wood.
The hammock is big enough for two small or one large cat and comes with an optional (add-on) pad for extra comfort. The steps are wrapped in rope for scratching and good traction.
Your cat will lounge in comfort in its special hammock. Everything you need to install the set is included.
Choosing the Best: What to Look For
When choosing the best wall-mounted cat trees, there are three important factors you need to consider: stability, fit, and materials. Here is how to shop for the right fit for your home and cat as you look at these three factors.
There are two ways to look at the stability of a wall-mounted cat tree. The first is the construction. Your cat will jump and play all over it, and you want it to be made of sturdy materials that can withstand the activity without wobbling.
Second, unless you have a very small cat, most cat trees bolted into the wall without any floor support will be most stable when screwed into a wall stud. It is not required for every model, but it’s good to consider that option.
You want to make sure that the sleeping platform is big enough for your cat to lounge and enjoy. You also want all the pieces to fit into the space in your home where you would like to see them installed.
Some wall-mounted cat trees are only wood without any covering or pad. While this can be okay, and some cats don’t mind, beds covered with carpet or material are more comfortable, and stairs covered with rope are less slippery, good for scratching, and easier to climb.
The Different Types of Wall Mounted Cat Trees: Pros and Cons Compared
When shopping for a wall-mounted cat tree, it is good to know about the available types. Each type fits into a different space, is a better fit for single or multiple cats, and has clear pros and cons.
Individual Components: Has three or more separate pieces you mount individually, like two stairs and a platform.
|Easier to fit into smaller wall spaces.||May not be set up for multiple cats unless you use two or more sets.|
|You can arrange the individual pieces to work for your cat.||Limited climbing, scratching, and playing for your cat.|
|They give your cat access to a private, elevated vantage point.||To mount the platform high enough, you may need to use existing furniture as your cat’s first step.|
An Expandable Modular System: You can start with a smaller set and continue to add new places for your cat to rest, play, scratch, and climb.
|You can start small and add new pieces as your budget allows.||Can take up considerable wall space.|
|Great for multiple cats.||Can be expensive compared to the alternatives.|
|There is plenty of space to play, jump, exercise, scratch, and lounge.|
|Can include elevated feeders in houses with multiple pets.|
Includes Floor Base: Usually a single tower similar to a free-standing cat tower, these extend all the way to the floor.
|Stable since they are anchored to the wall and connected to the floor.||Takes up floor space while other wall-mounted options do not.|
|Scratch posts connect the levels.||Most only offer a vertical climbing experience.|
|Can be placed in the corner of a room.||Some are not very tall so your cat doesn’t get that above-everything perspective.|
Verified Review: User Experience
Most users rave about the CatastrophiCreations Garden Complex Shelf Set with Cat Grass Planter, which is why we gave it our top rating. They love how its modular nature allows them to customize an exciting exercise and rest area for their cats. They mention its sturdiness, even for multiple or larger than average cats. Users reported positive customer service experiences with the company who “bent over backward” or “responded promptly” to help them. Others mention that the complex is easy to install and customize once you get the hang of it but that you don’t need to put it all up at once. You can take your time and figure out what will work best in the room and for your cats. One reviewer said the stress relief provided by the wall-mounted system helped stop one cat’s bad habit of urinating in the wrong places. The consensus seems to be that it’s expensive but worth it!
Most reviews for the PetFusion Cat Activity Wall Shelves are positive, saying the shelves are sturdy and the cats love them. However, one user mentioned that his otherwise agile cat was not able to get onto the platform when he arranged the three pieces as shown in the product photo. He had to remove the steps, fill in holes, and place them differently so his cat could enjoy them.
The TRIXIE Wall Mount Cat Tree Lounge Set also has many raving reviews, saying the pieces are attractive and their cats love them. One user said it kept her cat off her desk, which was impossible before buying the set. The most frequent complaint about this system is the included hardware is not as sturdy as it can be, and the instructions are hard to follow. A few went ahead and purchased their own heavy-duty mounting hardware with good results. Several happy users strongly recommend bolting them into the wall studs for stability.
There was a similar consensus for the 7 Ruby Road Cat Hammock Wall Mounted Cat Shelf with Two Steps. Users report it looks good in the room, and their cats were climbing all over it right away. Several users say two cats can fit in the hammock, even when one is heavier than average. However, they strongly recommend mounting at least one side of the hammock into a wall stud and purchasing higher quality mounting screws than come with the set.
Purchasers of the Refined Feline Lotus Branch say it looks like home decor, not pet furniture. They say their cats love it, and many report their kitty was climbing on it before they finished mounting it. They recommend using the wall studs for stability and say it’s easier to install with two people since it’s heavy.
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