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We purchased the Frisco 52-in Cat Tree and Condo for our senior cat that’s about 8lbs. I wanted a tall cat tree that she could use to observe her environment while still having something that wasn’t too difficult to climb. The cat tree has multiple sisal rope scratching posts, perches, and one apartment. It also has a bonus scratchboard ramp.
Assembling the Parts
The 52-inch Faux Fur Cat Tree & Condo requires assembly. However, each part is included. The only tool that is needed is an Allen wrench which is provided.
Parts included for the cat tree:
– Four posts wrapped in sisal rope
– One base and three platforms (one with a fuzzy toy attached)
– Sleeping area (they call it an apartment)
– Bag with bolts and an Allen wrench
– Instruction pages with illustrations and safety info
– Wall anchor
The assembly of the cat tree took about 30 minutes. Each of the parts was clearly marked. The assembly instructions were easy to follow.
When unboxing, there were no unpleasant odors from the packaging or cat tree materials. Plastic bags on each piece protected the faux fur covering.
Testing the Frisco 52-in Cat Tree & Condo
Was our 8lb cat happy with her new cat condo?
Meisha was cautious. I placed several of her favorite treats on the platforms to encourage her to explore the levels.
Meisha enjoys sleeping in the apartment with her legs sticking out of the opening.
She seems to be able to jump onto the first platform comfortably. However, I think a better design would include a larger platform.
You can see in the photo that she doesn’t have enough room to stand on it. I haven’t seen her use the top two perches. As a senior cat, it may be awkward for her to jump onto them.
What is the quality like for this cat tree?
Below is a photo of what the inside of the cat tree apartment looks like. It’s not lined on the sides with faux fleece fabric. Also, where the fabric material is tightly wrapped around the perches, there are gaps from overstretching.
With this cat tree, she has multiple sisal rope posts and a scratchboard ramp. For this alone, I think the price I paid for the cat tree is worth it.
How easy is the faux fleece fabric to clean?
It is easy to remove fur with a vacuum attachment or pet fur removal brush.
For fur balls and other marks, we use a spray bottle with mild soap and water. We let the solution soak for a few minutes and then scrub with a paper towel. Because of the texture of the fabric, you may need to use a small brush to remove stains.
Is the Frisco 52-in cat tree for large cats?
Maybe. We allowed Raven and Backslash to test this cat tower. Although they like to sit on the top, they barely fit. To add more stability, anchors are provided with the tower. If we eventually relocate this tower where all of our cats can use it, I would add the Frisco 28-inch cat towers on the sides to provide additional support and platforms.
I think for most large cats, larger platforms would be safer and more comfortable.
Would we recommend the Frisco 52-in cat tree and condo?
For small to medium-size cats, yes.
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