Whether “high-quality plush”, “stable state” or “stylish design” – the manufacturers of the four top sellers Europet Bernina, Kerbl, OmniDeal and Primopet promise a lot on their company websites. Unfortunately, not all test candidates were able to convince us: Especially in the category material and processing we noticed some shortcomings. In addition to loose and rather moderately processed sisal, lack of stability was one of the most common problems of the trees.
However, one should not forget in this context, the comparatively low price of our test candidates. Even the most expensive tree in the scratching tree test, the Cat021 by Happypet, is still one of the bargains among the scratching posts, with € 128.95 and a size of 186 centimeters. Of course you can not expect true premium quality with hand-knotted natural sisal and scratch-tree levels made of solid wood at such a price. Therefore, it was important to us to always see the quality and processing of our test candidates in relation to the purchase price and to find out which scratching post offers the best price performance ratio.
Against this background, there were also test candidates in the low price segment, which surprised us quite positively and did justice to their bestseller status, with the exception of minor blemishes.
Structure & design of the test candidates
Of course, as the well-known saying goes, beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. That’s why our design and design category was less concerned with which cat tree we liked. Instead, the overall impression was: Can the tree be easily assembled? Does it work high-quality or cobbled together quickly? Is his design unusual or is it a more commercial model? Does the cat tree need a lot of space or is it suitable for smaller apartments?
The test candidates under construction
The test models were largely convincing in the subcategory of body construction: Both the necessary tools and the instructions are supplied with all the scratching posts. Although the latter are often reduced to the essentials and there is sometimes only one build step, you should, even as an untrained home improvement, in the smaller models have no problems assembling.
It gets a little trickier with the larger scratching tree test candidates: It took a lot longer for both the Happypet Cat021 and the Eyepower cat scratching post Linus until we found all the right screws and installed the individual parts in the right place. After 40 minutes of “DIY” you should also be able to admire the giants of our cat tree test in their full size.
The design of the cat tree bestseller
The trees also achieved positive test results in the design subcategory: All cat tree models made a good impression at first glance and were quite varied. So there seemed to be something for every taste. For example, if you want a more modest and subtle model, you may be well advised to follow the Trend Scratching Tree Curacao or the Cat021 Happypet. Both scratching posts can not only be integrated into different home furnishings but also look good and are not cheap at all.
Somewhat more unusual are the cat trees of OmniDeal and Kerbl: While the Eyepower cat scratching post Linus with its huge cuddly cave is a real eye-catcher, the colorful design of the Kerbl cat tree can bring life into your own four walls.
In the overall category of construction and design, all scratching posts have concluded well with the test result – except for the trend Cat Scratching Post Curacao by Europet Bernina: This has its “very good” result (4.7) – Thanks to clearer instructions and particularly simple structure – honest earned.
Fun and value for money – that was what the test candidates offered
At one point you could not complain in our test candidates and in terms of price. So all scratching post models are in the lower price segment, although you have to dig a little deeper for the cat trees of Europet Bernina and Happypet. In particular, the latter holds a variety of different beds and play opportunities ready.
On the other hand we found the equipment on the Trend Cat Scratching Tree Curacao and the cheapest test model, the Eyepower Cat Scratching Tree Linus, sparse. The former, however, could still inspire us with a reasonably large and cozy-looking cuddly cave and tightly wound water hyacinth scratching posts. When scratching the OmniDeal GmbH it is with the almost huge cuddly cave, on the other hand, something dangerous. The lying areas we found to be plentifully small and the most important element of a scratching post – sisal – was missing almost entirely. Therefore, we could not give the Linus cat scratching post more than a satisfactory to sufficient test result for this equipment.
The Kerbl Scratching Tree Creativ did not fare any better either. Although it had a great variety of playing, lying and climbing opportunities in store for itself. Unfortunately, the elements are rather small and more suitable for young or very small breeds of cats.
Material & Processing – the test candidates in comparison
No matter how nice a cat tree looks at first glance, what matters in the long term is quality. That’s why we put our test candidates through their paces and looked closely at sisal, plush and co. There were some shortcomings. Although the plush was clean and glued to almost all scratching posts and initially felt soft, we were concerned about the partly loose and poorly processed sisal on the Kerbl cat tree Creativ and the cat scratching post Linus. The former was also characterized by negative, that one of his scratch column already dented arrived in the newsroom. We could not award more than one “sufficient” for these material and processing errors.
By contrast, there was much less objectionable to the Trend Cat Scratching Tree Curacao. The only negative aspect was the water hyacinth paneling of the uppermost lying area, as the material had already broken up at one point. We were also able to report a lot of good things about the Happypet Cat021. However, there were slight prints for the processing of the cat cave and for a scratching column, which was not completely wrapped in sisal. Apart from that, both scratching posts are solid and deserve the distinction “good” (4,3).
Stability – which scratching tree was particularly stable?
A particularly important criterion in our cat tree test was the stability of the individual models. Finally, it can be really dangerous if the tree threatens to tip over with cats or individual sub-elements, such as a deck level, become unstable after multiple use or even break off.
Our clear favorite in this category was the Happypet Cat021. This has the widest Sisalstämme, a large Bodenstandfläche and relatively thick scratching tree levels.
The Kerbl cat tree Creativ is already much more unstable with its rather thin sisal columns. A plus, however, are the two floor panels, which can be arranged at right angles and give the scratching post so a relatively high stability.
Real problem children, however, were the Eyepower cat scratching post Linus and the trend cat scratching post Curacao, both of which appeared very shaky. Although the test candidates can be placed in a corner well due to their rectangular shape and thus get more stability, we were convinced of the stability still not. While the trend Katzkratzbaum Curacao still has relatively thick Sisalsäulen and so could just secure a satisfactory test result, the legs of the cat scratching tree Linus very slender and not particularly trustworthy. More than a “sufficient” has the scratching tree of OmniDeal GmbH does not deserve.
Soil test – so easy to care for the test candidates
In terms of ease of care, all the test candidates had one thing in common: their covers could not be removed at all, or only in parts, and washed. We thought that was a great pity, but we did not expect it to be any different with the comparatively cheap cat tree models. We were therefore surprised that the Trend Cat Scratching Tree Curacao took off the pillows on the lying surfaces and cleaned them at 30 degrees in the washing machine left. The only drawback: The inner lining of the pillow clumped in the machine and had to be pressed in the connection again in the right places.
For all other test candidates, on the other hand, there is nothing left to do but grab a rag and sponge. To find out if at least slight soiling can be removed from the plushy material, we rubbed all the scratching posts with a mixture of water, earth and grass and allowed to dry overnight. The result was quite impressive: The dirt could be removed from all scratching posts almost without any problems. All test models were therefore rated “good” in terms of ease of care.
Robustness and practice test in the shelter Hanover
Although we had already set up and tested the scratching posts in our editorial department, the final test verdict could of course only be made with the help of our volunteers from the Tierheim Hannover. Finally, one must never forget that we bipeds often have a very different view of animal toys and accessories than our four-legged friends. Likewise, the direct conversation with the zookeepers was important to us. These could give us important information about the preferences of the animal subjects.
The big loser in the robustness and practical test was the Kerbl Kratzbaum Creativ: “We noticed that the cats do not actually use this scratching post. It has never found much fur on the surfaces, so that the cats probably also at night have hardly been on the tree, “criticized animal keeper Christiane John. “And also in general: Everything is so extremely small at the cat tree. The hammock would probably never be used by a slightly larger cat. Maybe a baby cat at best. “She rated the Kerbl Kratzbaum Creativ in logical consequence as” sufficient “to” poor “.
The 26-year-old zookeeper and her colleagues were also not very enthusiastic about the Eyepower cat scratching post Linus: “The cat tree looks great at first sight. However, the substance lags totally and is processed cheaply. In addition, we find the large cuddly cave dangerous. This is very large, but has no intermediate floor. “In addition, the caregivers also appeared to be too small couch areas, so that the Linus cat scratching tree altogether with a sufficient to satisfactory test section cut off.
The other two test candidates, the Trend Cat Scratching Tree Curacao and the Happypet Cat021, performed significantly better in the cats and zookeepers. For example, the Cuddly Cave of Curacao, which was immediately extensively used by all test subjects, was particularly convincing. By contrast, the Happypet shone with its comparatively high proportion of sisal and relatively large seating and lying areas.
However, there was also something to be said about these models: “The trunks on the cat tree are far too small, so that cats can not stretch properly when scratching,” criticized animal keeper Christiane John on Trend cat scratching post Curacao. On Happy Pet, however, she complained that “some surfaces and the cave are too small.”
Thus, no tree in all categories could convince one hundred percent. Nevertheless, there was a clear winner in our Scratching Tree Test.
Overall conclusion and test winner of the scratching tree test
All ratings in the overview:
The clear winner is the Happypet Cat021 from Primopet. He is not only well-made, but at least partially has large reclining and seating areas. In addition, he is quite stable compared to the other test candidates and therefore cuts off with the overall rating “good”.
Second place is occupied by the trend cat scratching post Curacao. He first lost some points in the stability category, but with his big cuddly cave and tightly wound water hyacinth scratching posts, he is well suited to calmer cat flocks. Overall, the smallest test candidate was therefore able to achieve a “satisfactory” to “good” test result.
Only “satisfactory” was the Eyepower cat scratching post Linus. Although the design not only scored points with us but also with the shelter Hannover, the huge cat tower is not really suitable for practical use.
The same thing happened to our fourth placed candidate Kerbl Kratzbaum Creativ. This offers at first glance a varied equipment, but unfortunately the individual elements are clearly too small and at most suitable for kittens. There were also strong prints in the Material and Workmanship category. The just “satisfactory” test verdict awarded the tree only its good ratings in the categories structure and design, stability and ease of care.
But why are our test candidates actually among the bestsellers in the cat tree segment? One reason will probably be the comparatively cheap price: A more than two-meter cat tree for under 100 euros is actually a real bargain. In addition, the cat trees – at first glance – a pretty good equipment and can convince with their different and sometimes extraordinary design. Although you get yourself with the presented products no cat tree for eternity in the house. However, models like the catfish cat Happypet Cat021 or the trend cat scratching post Curacao can be an interesting alternative to really high-priced cat trees.
Impressions from the shelter Hannover:
Finally, we would like to thank the Tierheim Hannover and in particular his nurses and velvet paws, as this has made the practical test possible and the scratching posts have been tried and tested almost two weeks comprehensive.