ABOUT MY CAT TREES
I make bespoke and unique cat trees to suit cats and homes of all shapes and sizes, and can design to your individual needs and preferences.
Cat trees can be thought of as glorified scratching posts. My cat trees are mostly made from windfallen tree branches, usually of beech and Scots pine, they are anchored upright securely to stable wood bases. Bare wood or tree bark is visible, sometimes with lichens attached, the rest wrapped tightly with natural sisal rope. The photos on this page show 16mm rope, but less chunky 10mm rope is also available (it generally looks better on smaller trees).
Although many people think of cats as sedentary, curled-up-cosily-on-cushions type of creatures, they are also naturally agile and energetic creatures who need exercise and play for physical and mental health. Although this is especially true for young cats, most cats are equipped for and enjoy climbing. They have an instinct to scratch their claws in order to maintain their sharpness, a trait evolved for hunting and survival in the wild. Stretching limbs and muscles is beneficial for serotonin and endorphin levels, improving mood in humans and cats too. Cat trees provide ample opportunity for cat yoga!
Although many city cats are necessarily confined to an indoor life, opportunities to climb, play and sleep in high, safe places will greatly increase their quality of life and well-being. However, even cats with access to the outdoors will approve of an indoor climbing tree and novel places to (literally) hang out. With cross branches and/or sleeping platforms added on request, a cat tree can be an new exciting development in any cat's world.
Made to order, they can be as short or tall as you or your cat would like - as long as they can go through your doorways and fit in your home! I make simple cat scratching posts around 1m high and the largest I've made is around 2.2m tall (>7'). Trees between 1.5 - 1.8m (4'10" - 6') are the most popular, being reasonably practical to transport and accommodate in most homes. Much of the wood used to make platforms and bases for my trees is made with recycled material, and I never cut down living trees for my craft.
Prices start from around £80 for a simple, natural wood scratching post. I welcome enquiries, however tentative, by phone or email, and don't believe in hard-selling. So if you'd like to ask a question or have a friendly chat, I'd love to hear from you.
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A BIT ABOUT ME!
I am a botanist at heart, passionate about biodiversity and conservation. I grew up in Midlothian, Scotland, a county of beautiful woods and hills south of Edinburgh, where I still source most of my material. I also work as a part-time Visiting Researcher at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, where I study the micromorphology of petal cells (in particular the conical-papillate cells in Gesneriaceae. Well, you did ask!). Before this I worked in the world of community food growing and am an experienced gardener and landscaper. Before that I trained as a forest botanist, working and gaining experience in Thailand, Papua New Guinea and Nepal. I now live in Edinburgh with my beautiful nurse-midwife partner Jan and our two dearly loved rescue-cats, Isla and her daughter Zalika (aka Fannybritches).