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any place to buy a reasonably priced decent cat tree?

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any place to buy a reasonably priced decent cat tree?

not petsmart canada or amazon.ca, ideally in Canada, or in US if the price in canada, after conversion and tax and duties, is still much higher. A medium to large cat tree. any place to look for deal or coupon for such thing, has there been deals during black friday or xmas during past years? thank you in advance for info.
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Looking for the same, my kittens are 7 months now and starting to learn that they can actually jump up onto the dining table and dresser. So far they haven't figured out the kitchen counters yet, but I need to find a tree that they'll prefer instead of the counter.

From an older cat tree thread, most of the retail units are made from beaverpuke (particle board) so they are not very strong. Custom made ones may be the way to go.

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I got my cat tree a couple years ago from Little Whiskers. They are based out of London ON and have free shipping. I live in the area and was able to go to their showroom and get a discount on an in-stock model. Reasonably priced and a Canadian company with some neat looking trees.
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Nguygie wrote:
Nov 17th, 2017 10:02 pm
I got my cat tree a couple years ago from Little Whiskers. They are based out of London ON and have free shipping. I live in the area and was able to go to their showroom and get a discount on an in-stock model. Reasonably priced and a Canadian company with some neat looking trees.
prices are good, but i'm not sure for a 70" tree is that base and distribution of the tree weight stable enough? I used to have a about 40"-50" 2-level tree, my cats are adults, 2 are quite big. sometimes when they made a dash jumping on the tree, the tree just tipped over. I had to put 2 dumbbells on the base then. the tree was bought from petsmart for a freaking C$99.99 + tax, and sold for half price to someone had a small skinny cat.

I prefer a big base like this

http://www.gopetclub.com/cat/cat-tree-81-up/fc06.html

or 2 separate bases linked together like this

http://www.gopetclub.com/cat/cat-tree-81-up/fc02.html

but this site is in US, a bit hassle and not cheap. And I don't need that big.
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I'd check Craigslist and Kijiji -- you might find one someone purchased that their cats won't use so it has little to no wear at a fraction of the retail cost.

I got a massive 500 dollar cat tree for 50 dollars off Craigslist and the place it was located was closer than a drive to any pet store in the area! Their cat never used it and they wanted it gone ASAP as they were moving. The thing is like a statement piece in the room it's so big.
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Karala, I'm very curious how your cat tree looks like.
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forgetpwd wrote:
Nov 19th, 2017 12:56 pm
Karala, I'm very curious how your cat tree looks like.
Similar to this one: http://mrpets.ca/cat/scratching-posts/s ... e-5ft.html

But 2 feet taller and thus much wider on base and also all the tiers are wider as well. Very sturdy; I can sit and climb up it as well. One thing that makes it so expensive is that it is made with high quality carpet, which I think is a must. The cats love it. I "hide" toy mice on the underside of the upper most level (there are artist folds in the carpeting you can wedge the toys between) and the cats get to climb all the way up then jump through the air to swat out the toys.
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Karala wrote:
Nov 19th, 2017 2:21 pm
Similar to this one: http://mrpets.ca/cat/scratching-posts/s ... e-5ft.html

But 2 feet taller and thus much wider on base and also all the tiers are wider as well. Very sturdy; I can sit and climb up it as well. One thing that makes it so expensive is that it is made with high quality carpet, which I think is a must. The cats love it. I "hide" toy mice on the underside of the upper most level (there are artist folds in the carpeting you can wedge the toys between) and the cats get to climb all the way up then jump through the air to swat out the toys.
$250-$500 for that (even if it was double the size) is way too expensive. The top 3 mark ups in the world are bottled water, perfume and drugs... Cat trees don't seem that far off.
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joeyjoejoe wrote:
Nov 19th, 2017 2:45 pm
$250-$500 for that (even if it was double the size) is way too expensive. The top 3 mark ups in the world are bottled water, perfume and drugs... Cat trees don't seem that far off.
Cat trees in general are very expensive. I'd never buy the one I have at full price, but it is a very well made cat tree and at the 50 dollars I paid is surely less than the cost of parts and labor.
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Karala wrote:
Nov 19th, 2017 3:26 pm
Cat trees in general are very expensive. I'd never buy the one I have at full price, but it is a very well made cat tree and at the 50 dollars I paid is surely less than the cost of parts and labor.
that price is insane. but $50 is a steal.
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There's a guy I found on Kijiji like 5 years ago who makes them. Bought a decent sized one for like $60... which would go for like $200+ at any retail store. It was carpeted and had sisal on the main post for my cat to scratch.

I'm not sure if he's still around. He was located in Mississauga, so it might be a bit of a drive, but well worth the savings.

Just skimmed Kjiji and there are a lot of decent cat trees for around $100. Not bad considering retail stores charge an arm and a leg.
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We got the "Toronto" cat condo from Little Whiskers and it wasn't the best quality. The carpet material was easily scratched off by my kitties and would end up EVERYWHERE in the house. We threw it out maybe two years later because it started looking really shabby. You get what you pay for. If you're in a pinch and need something relatively cheap though, it'll do the trick.....
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The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten....
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Check Kijiji or the Letgo app. We got ours for $40. PetSmart sells the same one for $160+. I thoroughly cleaned it before letting my cat climb it.

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