Go Pet Club Cat Tree Review: Affordable and Cat-Approved
If you own multiple cats, a sturdy cat tree is a great way to give your furry friends ample space to play. The Go Pet Club 62-Inch Cat Tree comes fully equipped with activity centers, accessories, and plenty of plush spaces for your felines to relax and explore. But is this triple-tiered tower as entertaining as it looks? To find out, we assembled it in our home and observed how well it kept our three cats occupied. Read on to see what we discovered.
Setup Process: Fairly easy to assemble, but instructions were lacking
The cat tree arrived in a large box which weighed about 50 pounds. Since it was too heavy to comfortably lift, we opened the box right in our driveway, took out some of the parts, and brought them into the house piecemeal. The cat tree is comprised of roughly 20 separate pieces and all of the necessary tools required for assembly are included. We received one sheet of paper that lists all of the parts with five instructional diagrams on it. The illustrations were helpful, but there was no wording whatsoever. We would have appreciated some text along with the diagrams to avoid backtracking. Overall, the cat tree was fairly easy to assemble. We had it put together in about 40 minutes.
Design: Spacious and sturdy—just beware of a few flaws
The Go Pet Club Cat Tree has no shortage of features to keep your pets active and entertained. There are three platforms for your cat to climb on, as well as a hammock, ladder, condo, tunnel, and basket. The platforms are covered in a faux fur material that’s very soft to the touch. All of the posts and the rungs on the ladder are covered with sisal rope, perfect for scratching and climbing. Measuring 38 x 27 x 62 inches, this is one of the larger cat trees on the market, making it ideal for households with multiple cats. Fully assembled, it weighs about 42 pounds, so one or two people can easily lift it. We were very impressed with how sturdy the cat tree is. Although we placed it in a room with wall-to-wall carpeting, we assembled it on hardwood flooring and it didn’t slide on either surface. Our cats range in weight from 8 to 15 pounds, and the tree doesn’t wobble at all when they jump on it.
The cat tree has one major flaw, though: the hammock. It’s held in place by four small hooks that screw into the platform above it. However, if you fully tighten those screws, the ends will stick out from the tree. Cats could potentially injure their paws on them if left like these. To avoid this problem, we tried screwing the hooks about three-quarters of the way in. A few times, we came home and found that the cats had knocked the hammock off, though—not surprising since it’s only supported by four little strings.
Our cats range in weight from 8 to 15 pounds, and the tree doesn’t wobble at all when they jump on it.
Entertainment Value: Our cats love it and use it often
We have three cats: two females and a male. The females are 5 years old and our boy is 13. We thought the younger ones would explore the cat tree immediately, but the older one was actually the first to try it out. The other two cats were scared of the tree initially. We picked them up and put them on the lower platforms but they kept jumping off and running away. Later that night, curiosity got the best of them and they both climbed up on their own. One stretched out on the second platform. The other one was a bit more cautious, but she slowly made her way up to the third platform to investigate.
The cat tree was fairly easy to assemble. We had it put together in about 40 minutes.
Over the next week, all of the cats—even our shy one—went up on the tree multiple times a day. They didn’t use the scratching posts that much, but they loved climbing around and sleeping on the platforms. The hanging rope was also a big hit; they were constantly playing with it.
Price: Lots of entertainment at a reasonable cost
Considering the Go Pet Club Cat Tree is jam-packed with fun features, its $70 price tag is certainly reasonable. There are more budget-friendly options available, but you won’t find as many scratching posts and other accessories on those units. If aesthetics are important to you, a higher-end cat tree might be preferable, but those will run you a pretty penny.
Competition: Plenty of options, depending on what you’re looking for
The Vesper Cat Furniture V-High Base: One of the biggest complaints about cat trees is that they aren’t very attractive and tend to stick out like a sore thumb. Retailing for roughly $130, the Vesper Cat Furniture V-High Base is one of the higher-end cat trees on the market. It looks more like a piece of furniture than a massive cat toy. Users love its sleek, unobtrusive design, and prefer the pine fiberboard over the standard carpet material found on most cat trees.
PawHut 45-Inch Cat Condo: If you’re looking for something smaller, PawHut offers a more compact cat tree that’s only 45 inches tall. It includes two platforms, two scratching posts, a condo, and several dangling toys. Retailing for $42, it’s significantly cheaper than the Go Pet Club Cat Tree.
Definitely worth the purchase.
This cat tree’s three tiers, multiple scratching posts, and various accessories make it ideal for a household with multiple pets. Our cats took to it quickly and often play and sleep on it, so it’s well worth its price.