How to Make a Cat Tree More Stable?

Cat trees or cat towers are amazing and cool pieces of furniture for our furry friends! This is a place to sleep, a playground, and a scratching post. There is a lot to be said about the benefits of the cat tree.

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How to Make a Cat Tree More Stable?

But many cat lovers have a fear that their cat may fall from a tree or the tree may fall with him and he will get hurt.

How do I stop my cat’s tree from falling over? How to prevent a cat from falling from a cat tree? How to fix a wobbly cat tree?

Cats love climbing trees. It may not be safe for your cats to climb tall cat trees if they wobble.

As a cat owner, I consider this topic very important. So today we will talk about how to make sure your cat tower is strong and safe enough, what to do if you have a wobbly cat tree, and how to make your cat tree more stable in 10 easy steps.

Why is it important to make a cat tree more stable?

There are many reasons why you should pay attention to the stability and safety of your cat trees. Especially the safety of the cat tree is important for older cats.

These 4 I consider the most basic and important:

  1. To protect your cat from injury
  2. To protect the house from destruction and disorder
  3. To avoid a traumatic first experience
  4. To avoid High Rise Syndrome

Let’s look at each of these reasons in more detail.

To protect your cat from injury

Cats have a very flexible and mobile body, they are able to easily endure falls even from great heights. But this does not mean that they are not prone to injury. If the cat suddenly falls off the cat tower, especially if the cat was asleep, it could cause injury.

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To prevent breaking your house

Imagine that you bought a large cat tree and put it in the living room, where there are a lot of different objects and other furniture nearby. If the tree falls, it will cause a big mess and break other furniture or furnishings. Therefore, I recommend that you make sure that your tree is stable enough and improve it if necessary.

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To avoid the traumatic first experience 

For a cat, the first impression of a tree is very important. If the tree falls with the cat the first time he uses it, he most likely won’t want to use it again.

We talked about this in more detail in the article “How to get a cat to use a cat tree”.

To avoid High Rise Syndrome

High-rise syndrome is a condition that a cat develops when it falls from a great height. When your cat suffers from this syndrome, it will likely never want to use a cat tree or a tower.

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How to Make a Cat Tree More Stable? – 10 Easy Steps

Now let’s move on to the most important thing, improving your cat tree.

If you see that the tree is wobbly, not strong enough, if some parts of it are loose or if it leans under the weight of the cat, be sure to make it more stable! Use our step-by-step guide for this.

Step 1. Getting ready to start

First, you need to prepare for work and take all the necessary materials and tools. Don’t worry, you will probably find all these materials and tools in your home or in the nearest store.

So, here is a list of materials and tools that you need:

  • Screw
  • Metal brackets
  • Hemp rope
  • Dowel
  • Plywood sheets
  • Electric drill with a driver bit or a screwdriver
  • Saw
  • Scissors
  • Fleece or thick plastic fabric
  • Cat-safe glue
  • Measuring tape

Step 2. Measure the trees and cats

Find out the weight of all your cats and check the owner’s manual for the maximum weight your cat tree is rated for. If the tree was purchased for kittens, they might have already outgrown it. If your cats weigh more than the weight of the tree, it’s best to buy a new one. Simple reinforcement may not be enough.

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Step 3. Check the base of the cat tree

First, you need to check the base (the platform) of the cat tree. It should be wide and thick enough so that the tree does not sway. If the base is too small, you need to widen the base. Add a few sheets of plywood to the bottom of it. You can saw off pieces of the size you need. They must be larger than the base of the tree.

Step 4: Adjust wobbly bases to have more weight

It is also very important that the base be heavy, heavier than the top of the tree.

Here we also need plywood. If the platform is wide, cut several sheets of plywood of the same shape. A measuring tape is useful for measuring the size of the base. If you don’t have one, you can use the base itself as a template.

Step 5. Secure the new base

Cut sheets of plywood must be attached to the base from below. To do this, you can use glue or screws.

If you choose to use screws, make sure you use the correct length screws. Their sharp ends should not stick out of the platform. It is very important that your cat does not get hurt.

Step 6: Use metal brackets to secure wobbly towers and posts

Check all the posts, branches, and turrets on your cat tree. If you feel that branches are wobbly and flimsy, they can be reinforced with metal brackets.

Metal brackets are L-shaped solid metal tools with varying numbers of screw holes on both sides. Be sure to choose the correct size of them.

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In order to fix the brackets to the tree, you need screws and a screwdriver or an electric drill/driver. With a screwdriver, this process will take you more time and effort. It is much easier and faster to do this with an electric screwdriver.

You will need 2-3 frames for each post of your cat tree.

Step 7: Cover the metal brackets with a safe material

I do not advise you to leave them exposed. This is ugly, and the cat can get hurt on protruding screws. To do this, we need to cover the metal staples with a soft protective material.

An old cat blanket, carpet, or a very dense soft fabric works well for this. Use scissors to cut suitable pieces of material. It is advisable to choose a fabric color that will go well with your cat tree.

Glue the pieces of fabric on top of the brackets. Be sure to use pet-safe glue!

Step 8. Make the brackets safe

Be sure to make sure you secure all the brackets. If you used fabric, you may need to apply several layers to keep the metal from showing through.

Another way to hide the brackets is to wrap them together with the tower post with jute rope or sisal rope. You will also need a safe glue to secure the sisal rope.


Step 9. Add weight to the tree

Check the structure. If some parts of the posts are already worn out on your tree, I suggest you wrap them with jute rope. It is also advisable to replace the jute with a new one on all old scratching posts.

If you want to add more weight to your tree, you can add additional posts with dowels and also wrap them with jute.

Don’t forget to fix the edges of the jute with safe glue.

Step 10. Let your cat test it out

This completes your work. Now let your cat check out the new tree and test it out. I’m sure your kitten will appreciate your work and care!

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How to convince a cat to use a cat tree?

If your kitty is hesitant to start using a cat tree, you can put the tree in his favorite place, put his favorite treats or catnip on it, hang his favorite toys there, and play with him next to the tree. You can read about all the reasons why a kitty does not use a cat tower and how to get him interested in it in this article. You’ll find interesting tips and tricks!

How do I get rid of the cat smell from the cat trees?

The cat tree needs regular cleaning. To remove unpleasant odors, products such as baking soda and vinegar work well. Learn tips on how to clean a cat tree step by step in this article.

Where is the best place to put a cat tree?

It depends on the nature of your cat. If he likes privacy, it is better to hide the tree in a remote place where no one will disturb your kitty. If he loves the company of people, then a living room or salon would be a good option. Many cats like to look out the window, in this case, you can install a cat tree next to the windows. Just make sure that the windows are closed so that the cat does not run out into the street.
Usually, a good solution is to place it against a wall or in a corner. This will give it extra stability.

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How do you fix a broken cat tree post?

To do this, you can use boards of a suitable size, pieces of plywood or wood, and metal brackets. For example, a broken post can be connected using brackets. If it needs to be reinforced, a suitable wooden board can be attached to the post with screws. After repair, the post must be wrapped with jute and fastened with glue.

How do you stabilize a cat scratching post?

If the post is small, it will be enough to strengthen and add weight to the base. You may also need to reinforce the post with metal braces. Don’t forget to hide the staples under the new sisal rope.

What kind of glue is safe to use on cat trees?

You need wood glue or hot glue. It must be non-toxic and safe for animals. Do not use the usual super glue, it is very toxic!

How to Make a Cat Tree More Stable? Final Words

We come to the end of our article. Today we talked about why cat trees should be safe for our pets and how to stabilize them.

I hope you can easily do all the necessary work with the help of our step-by-step guide. And I’m sure your feline friend will be happy with his updated tree! And you will be able to enjoy his tree climbing and fun games.

If you have any questions, I invite you to write them in the comments, I will definitely answer you!

I also suggest you watch a video on how to repair a cat tree.

With love to cats, Julia.

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