Product: Refined Feline Lotus Cat Tower
Height: Almost 6 foot
Available from: Amazon
Finding a large, fun cat tree which matched my apartment was slightly challenging. I really wanted a lovely wooden tower which looked like human furniture. When I spotted the Refined Feline Lotus Cat Tower I immediately wanted to try it out.
This is a very attractive looking cat tree and this version came in the color, Espresso. This is a lovely, dark wood color that matched the wood of my floors. I was immediately drawn to the curved shape and the modernistic look.
The Refined Feline Lotus Tower Cat Tree was advertised as having a sleek, organic design which blends symmetry, functionality and minimalism into a beautiful “flowering” tree. It blends modern design and ascetics with functionality.
Apart from looks it really needed to be very sturdy. And it needed to be suitable for a larger cat such as my ragdoll. This was advertised as being suitable for a range of large cats such as Maine Coons and Norwegian Forest Cats.
Refined Feline Lotus Cat Tower Features:
The cat tree features three platforms which are covered in a berber carpet. These carpet pieces are attached to the platforms with velcro. Therefore, perfect for removing for cleaning and can be changed if they become worn.
Size wise, the middle platform is 8″ by 22″ and the top platform is a generous 20″ by 24″. The top platform also has a lovely curved design and is perfect for a cat to either stretch out on or to curl up.
The base cubby hole is 14″ by 14″ by 20″ and has a hole cut in it for entry. Inside there is a faux suede cushion and there is also a fur suede cushion on top of the cubby hole so this is an extra place for your cat to sit. Again these cushions can be removed for easy cleaning.
There is also a sisal scratch post that is on the lower wooden area before the first platform. For me, this sisal scratch post was a little too low down. Most cats love to stretch when they use a scratch post and if you have a very long cat then its better to get a longer scratch post. However, for me a cat tree’s primary purpose is to give my cat sleeping and climbing perches and I will usually buy separate cat scratchers.
The Lotus flower structure
This is a large tree – it reaches almost 6 foot in height and is about 20 inches wide and 20 inches deep. For something this high the tree does need to be sturdy and this is the case with this tree. It has a weighted bottom and comes with floor levellers and there is an optional support bar for extra stability.
A heavy cat will not be able to tip this over. Even if they jump onto the higher perches. This was a big plus as Dyson is able to tip over less sturdy cat trees.
The actual structure of the Lotus Cat Tower is made from ply with an oak veneer for added strength. It is pretty easy to clean – just wipe down the frame and the carpet pieces can be removed for hoovering or putting in the washing machine.
Putting the Tower together
Delivery weight of this cat tower is 70 pounds and self assembly is required. Luckily you do not have to see if you have the correct screwdriver as all the tools required come in the box. (good for us people who don’t know a posidrive from a philips head screwdriver – trust me I can never find the right screwdriver bit size for screws).
One thing to note is look at the instructions on how to assemble from the beginning. I gave it a go without checking properly and I am sure I started to make it upside down at first. As it was, once I had looked at the instructions (and these are just a series of pictures) it took just under an hour to put together. Not too bad for such a large item.
If you have someone to help you then putting it all together will be easier.
So Did my Cat Climb it?
The manufacturer does advise that if your cat doesn’t take to this straight away then to give it a spray with catnip. Sometimes, if you have a cat used to a carpet cat tree they might find this a little unusual. Most cats though love wood. It is a natural substance and can be cooling in the summer months.
In Dyson’s case she took to it straight away. She is used to wooden cat trees though as she has a smaller wooden cat climber. As a young cat she also loved to climb curtains (and then lie on top of the curtain pole) so I knew she also loved to be up high – and this is a lot safer for her than the top of my curtains.
She really loved being on the top platform and chattering at the birds passing the window. She was not too fond of the cubby hole at the base as she does not like being in enclosed spaces. However, she would also sit on other perches depending on her mood.
Multi Cat Households
With the size of the cat tree, I would say that this is also perfect for multi cat households. There is plenty of space on the platforms and each of the platforms was also spaced out pretty well so your cats are not almost sleeping on top of each other.
The Refined Feline Lotus Cat Tower is currently available from Amazon who have the cheapest price that I can find.
If you want to watch a video of how this will look once set up then click on the below:
- Tall tower but sturdy
- Cat loves the top perch (and the platform just down from it)
- Removable carpet for cleaning
- Looks very nice and has an elegant design.
- Very durable and has remained looking nice.
- Did I mention that it is quite expensive?
- Complicated to put together
If you are looking for a piece of cat furniture that is great for kitty and looks beautiful then the Refined Feline Lotus Cat Tower could be for you. It is a tall cat tree so make sure that your ceiling heights can accommodate it.
Overall my cat thought this was a great item. She loves climbing it and can sleep for hours on the top perch. It is very well made and very sturdy. Putting it together can be tricky but the instructions are well written.
I am really pleased with it and visitors have commented on its’ looks.
You can purchase the Refined Feline Lotus Tower from Amazon.
What a great idea to have this fun toy in your home for your cat. At least they might be less tempted to stray.
Do you find that your cat uses this climber a lot and was it worth it to buy it? I just don’t want it to be another useless piece of furniture.
Hi there thanks for stopping by. Yes my cat uses this a lot. She is though an indoor cat as well so I have to use items such as this to keep her occupied and cats love to climb
This looks like a great idea and I know that eventually my cat would love it, but she takes time to take to anything, for example it took her the best part of 6 months to use a cat basket we brought for her!
At $350 I would want her to enjoy it straight away! I couldn’t bear spending that amount of money and have her ignore it for 6 months…
I think I could make one myself although I doubt I could get the finish anywhere near as good as that one though..
Thanks for the idea anyway Evie
Thanks for the comment. I agree that it is pricy but its well made and it is a really nice piece of furniture. My only claim to building furniture is putting together Ikea stuff so this is pretty perfect.
Thanks for this review! It does look really good and the cats seem pretty content on it! But I think a bit out of my price range, as you point out how expensive it is! 🙂 Do you have any more cost effective alternatives?
Also out of interest, could you elaborate on how to build it? What tools do you need and is there a ‘how to’ video anywhere?
Thanks for the comment. I will be reviewing other cat trees in the near future which will be cheaper. This one was for my lounge though so i wanted a certain look. I do have a cheaper wood and seagrass climber reviewed which is in another window of my lounge http://coolstuffforcats.com/pets-at-home-wooden-perch-and-snooze-review . As for putting it together, the holes came pre-drilled so it really was a case of following the step by step instruction guide – its pretty easy to follow as long as you do follow it and dont start assembling without reading as I initially did. All the tools for building came in the box so you dont need to buy anything else.
Hi Evie, what a great post, full of great information. I didn’t know that you could get such nice cat towers, it definately is not your standard cat tower. Yes it is expensive but if your looking for something classy then you have to beige prepared to pay a bit more. I look forward to your next article, all the best, Kerry
thank you for your comment. Yes it is an unusual tower but it really is like a piece of good furniture and can fit in nicely with your deco
Love this, I find it hard to get my cat to lay in anything I actually purchase though. Do your cats actually use it?
Oh yes my cat uses it. She has cat trees for each window and she likes to move between them
This cat tree is so beautiful! I have 2 cats and I’m sure they would love having something like this, as they love to climb (yeah, that’s something specific to cats so I guess you’re not surprised 😛 ).
I absolutely love how it’s structured, it really looks like a tree so cats will feel like surrounded by nature.
Yeah, I agree it’s a bit too expensive, but they have a lot of deals in Amazon so maybe at one point they will also have some important par cents off for this cat tower.
Anyway, nice review, I’m really happy to find out about this cool product.
Thank you for commenting – oh yes I know cats like to climb. Dyson used to like climbing the curtains which is why I started buying taller cat trees. This is good quality for the price though.