The Best Cat Wall Shelves – If your cats are anything like mine, they love to climb and explore. So you are always on the lookout for new ways to keep them happy and out of trouble! Providing enough exercise and safe spaces for your cat is critical to their health.
I want to talk cat shelves and how they can really help your kitty. Because there are a lot of benefits to having cat wall shelves, or other cat furniture that I don’t think are talked about enough. So, let’s get started!
Why Are Cat Shelves Important?
There are a lot of reasons people get cat shelves, but the main overarching thing that is usually behind all of them is … Your cats health and happiness.
Something I feel like its easy to forget is how important vertical space is. I would actually label it as one of the top 3 things to consider when you are looking to get a cat, because it’s such a base instinct for your kitty to get up high.
The thing is, while cat’s are predators, they are also small prey animals and have the instincts to match. They like to get up high to survey their surroundings, from a place where can’t be ambushed. Safe and sound.
This can also help reduce kitty conflict in the home, since finding the best cat shelves can give them a place to get away from each other, and help reduce any fighting or standoffs.
Cat’s can be pretty paranoid creatures, and just like everyone else they want to feel safe. That’s why providing them with hiding places and spots where they can be high enough to see everything going on can be so critical to their happiness and willingness to come out and spend time with you.
Since they really do enjoy being up high it’s also a wonderful source of passive exercise as well. So, if you’ve adopted an older or overweight cat, finding good cat shelves can really encourage them to start moving more.
With all that said, lets get into the cat shelves, which ones I think are the best, what brands I like and why!
The Best Cat Wall Shelf Brands & Why I Like Them
I want to introduce you to three of my favorite brands, they all have an array of cat furniture, but in particular they have some really special cat shelves that I think set them apart.
They are all high quality, and there is a price point for everyone in here.
I figure I’ll start off with one of the most versatile of our brands here! CatastrophiCreations make some of the best cat wall shelves I think I’ve seen.
One of the many great things about their work is how customizable it all is, they have everything from kits so that you can do up your whole wall to single pieces so that you can test things out and have one nice addition to your kitty setup.
As you can see they use fabric runways to create spaces for your cats to walk, sleep and jump. You can buy single, smaller pieces, like the cat hammock you can see above, or these floating sisal posts that you can make little stairs out of when you attach them to the studs in your walls.
You may actually remember that we’ve talked about the smaller cat hammock before!
They have slightly bigger cat wall shelves that feel a bit more like a romping ground. This double decker hammock they have gives a lot more space for your cat to stretch out on or climb about, and it’s easy to combine with any of their other products to turn it into something more.
For instance, you could create sisal post stairs down to the smaller hammock featured above (or up to it if you wanted even more height). You could even connect it up to one of their kits if you really wanted to.
For example, this video from Jill sent to CatastrophiCreations of the the glorious cat wall she made. (And yes, they have a bridge cat shelf.)
As you can see, there’s a lot you can do with these pieces to make a crazy cat room. You don’t just need a massive high ceiling room though, as fun as that is to think about!
Their kits are great too, and can be a wonderful leaping off point if you know you are wanting to make a serious investment and jump into making a nice space for your cats. My favorite is this garden set, which features spots to put planters.
That really adds to your decor, but also means you can put your cat grass up high, so that your cat has to really work for their treat.
They are wonderful for the creatively inclined, since you can so easily mix and match all of their cat shelves to make something that works perfectly for your family.
The Refined Feline
These guys have some of the most classically elegant pieces of cat furniture. They are really beautiful and have a polish to it that I haven’t seen many other brands manage to capture. It wouldn’t look out of place in a well decorated home or apartment, like the ones above.
The two shelves we’re going to be talking about are called the Lotus Branch and the Lotus Leaf respectively, with the branch being long with a gentle curve to it. The leaf is a small, curved bowl or hammock shape that cats tend to really love lounging in. And I know I’ve talked about the smaller one once before but it was something I felt needed to be included here!
Their products are made out of solid wood and bent ply and have a beautiful stain finish. With the wood they are made from, you know they are sturdy as well, which I know is always a concern when you are buying these for your cat. We want them to be able to leap around without fear.
Something else I love about these shelves is how easy to clean they are. They have berber carpet installed over the wood, but it’s easily removable for washing or replacement if your cat shreds it over time.
They even have replacement parts, such as the carpet pads, ready to go for the future, so you never have to worry about trying to rig something down the road or having to get an entirely new cat wall shelf.
If you’re wanting an entire suite of matching cat furniture, they also have a cat tree/tower that matches these shelves. It’s also made of stained wood, with the tiers having the berber carpet for ease of cleaning as well.
I feel like it’s worth mentioning the different colors/finishes they come in as well, since they do have a lovely variety. Ranging from black, to mahogany (my personal favorite), a smokey grey and a white. The white is a bit special, since it features a different “carpet” from the lines other colors.
It’s a cloud-like faux fur, and it’s pretty spectacular.
Tuft + Paw
Next up is some really high end cat furniture. Tuft + Paw has it’s own look and style to the products they make and that’s one of the things I love about them.
They have a really modern feel to just about everything they do and are built to last and be easy to maintain. If you like clean lines and a smooth aesthetic, these guys might be something to look into.
Their frames are all solid wood, usually maple or walnut, with the exception of their box design called the Mensola (seen above), which is made out of a durable birch plywood.
The cushions on their cat perches are made from a cotton blend (or the faux fur in their little cubby shelf) and are easily removable for cleaning.
And excellent example of their sleek designs is the Gato Pertica, it’s actually got a lovely curve to cradle your cat and help them feel cozy, but with the “hidden” bracket system this cat shelf has a floating appearance.
The cushion comes in pyrite grey and white, on both the smaller cat shelf seen here and on it’s longer, curvier sibling, Freddo. And yes, that is actually what they are calling their cat wall shelf. I’d like to know the story behind how that got it’s name.
And, much like the Refined Feline, they have lots of other things, like cat trees (this for example), that match the style of their perches so you can make a great big romping room that all goes together, should you decide that is the route you want to go!
So, if you’re wanting to add vertical space to your home, whether you just want your cat to be happier and healthier, are working to reduce conflict between cats, or you are just working to add onto your setup I feel like these are all great options.
I hope I’ve successfully explained and highlighted why I think these are the best cat wall shelves on the market right now and how they could be helpful!
With so many options and so little talk about the “why’s” of it all, including why they are important, I felt like I had to come out and do my best to show and explain.