The Seven Best Cat Shelves

Cats Love High Places

Domesticated cats still retain some of their ancestral behaviors, including a love of high places. A high lookout enables the cat to check out what is happening in the hood without being observed. I can't count the number of times I have been walking the lane-ways where I live with the dog and I see a cat jump to a high vantage point to watch me (often with a dog) walk past. Nine times out of ten the dog does not see the cat but the cat always sees the dog.

We discourage cats from jumping up onto kitchen benches and counters especially whilst preparing food but it isn’t always easy. Who knows what they get up to while we are not at home. Cat wall shelves do provide high spots in our homes for the cat to survey all that is going on.

Plus Points For Cat Wall Shelves

There is the obvious physical benefit for the cat obtained by having to reach a cat shelf where the lounging can then take place. In addition if space saving is a priority, cat wall shelves will take up less space than cat wall towers but achieve a similar result.

Are you someone who is not keen on the appearance of a cat tree? They can be cumbersome and take up floor space. Cat wall shelves are the prefect solution. There is a huge variety of cat wall shelves. There is no reason why you would need to limit yourself to cat wall shelves in just one room.

Shelves for cats can easily be integrated with the decor in your home. Cat wall shelves are made from wood, metal using Oxford Cloth or carpet and faux fur. Some cat wall furniture doesn’t look like cat furniture but more like stylish shelves on a wall. Cat wall shelves are not a one size fits all approach. Cat wall shelves can be added to if necessary to provide more climbing options for the cat. You can design what is going to suit your home and your cat.

The needs of different cats can be taken into account. A senior cat still likes to survey the world from afar but may need cat shelving that is easily accessible and perhaps not as high as a younger more agile cat. Some shelves will definitely hold larger cats like a Maine Coon and we know those large Norwegian Forest Cats love to climb so their size needs to be taken into consideration.

In this article we have outlined the seven best cat shelves currently on the market. Note that because of Covid-19 some products may be unavailable. Where possible we have given different buying options from different suppliers where stocks may be running low.

#1.On2Pets Cat Canopy Wall Shelves

Choose which basic shape you prefer. These different shapes are rectangular, square and curve. The shape shown is curved.

The rectangular and curve shape include fake foliage for kitty to hide behind. This is such a brilliant idea. Cats love to observe but they also like to be incognito and survey what is going on from a top secret position. Are you thinking that your cat might nibble at the leaves? Apparently other people have wondered about this possibility however cats are not attracted to the fake leaves. The shelf is covered with carpet and proves to be a cosy resting place for a cat to have a snooze or watch from up high.

These cat shelves hold up to 32 pounds of kitty weight.

The L brackets and screws and instructions are included for installation. Please do read all the instructions for installation to avoid making placement mistakes. Decide beforehand where you will locate the cat shelves making sure that it is a practical location in terms of access for the cat.

The product includes two wall mounted cat shelves. This is not a window sill perch, this is designed to be installed on a wall. If you are looking for cat window sill perches, there is more information here.

The curved, rectangle and box options all have an overall length of 22 inches and width of 12 inches. Even though this product has been designed and tested to handle up to 50 pounds, the manufacturer recommends not exceeding 32 pounds in weight.

These cat shelves are made in The United States which is a bonus. Trixie Lounger Wall Mounted Cat Shelves


2.Trixie Lounger Wall Mounted Cat Shelves

Look carefully at the photo to see what is included with this set of shelves. This package of cat furniture includes a cat hammock, two steps and a cat condo that is lined with faux fur So basically there are two places for the cat to hang out. If she just wants to lounge, the hammock is the best spot to observe what is happening but if a good old deep snooze is needed the condo may be the best choice. The steps are not cat perches but steps to reach the hammock and condo.

Note: Even if your cat is senior and can no longer access high places, there is no reason that these cat wall shelves and others mentioned here couldn’t be placed a little lower to allow for easier access. Each part has some sisal rope component so scratching is accounted for. These are terrific shelves for cat napping.

The hardware is included for secure wall mounting. The instructions are available in PDF form and are both in diagram form and written. View the instructions here before purchase. Scroll down the page and there are two tabs. One says Description and the other, Instructions. Click on the Instructions tab to see the PDF.

Note: Handyman skills are needed because of ability to locate studs in the wall. Some people struggled and others did not. Best advice, ask someone with handyman skills to assist with set up if at all unsure.


3. The Refined Feline Lotus Branch Cat Shelf

cat wall branch

The design of the Lotus Branch cat shelf and its smaller cousin below the Lotus Leaf cat shelf, is clever, simple and elegant. Without a feline friend it would not look out of place on a wall and with a cat the reason for the shelf is obvious. This cat shelf at 61 inches long has plenty of room for the cat to fully stretch out. The depth is 10.5 inches .

The cat shelf is made from solid wood and bent ply to achieve the curved shape.

This is a high quality piece of cat furniture, they are sturdy and solid. Once again, make sure, as with any wall mounted cat shelves that they are attached to the stud wall for strength and safety reasons.

The shelf is covered with comfortable Berber carpet which is easily replaceable if it becomes worn. The carpet is attached with Velcro which makes it easy to replace. The white Lotus Branch Shelf is covered with faux white fur.


4. The Refined Feline Lotus Leaf Cat Shelf

The Leaf Cat Shelf is the smaller cousin of the branch reviewed above. The branch and the leaf do complement each other however both are perfect as standalone cat wall shelves. The dimensions are 22" long and 10.5" deep.

There is always the possibility to buy one and then another later. Apart from the size as already outlined the other features are the same as the Refined Feline Lotus Branch Cat Shelf.


5. HumaneGoods Floating Perch with 3X Replaceable Scratch Pads

Many families are multi cat households. The best cat perches will give your cats multiple opportunities to find a cat shelf that is unoccupied. If you have multiple cats, you could opt for steps and shelves.

This is an attractive looking piece of furniture which looks like any shelf on a wall, not necessarily a cat shelf. This is important as it will occupy the same space as your household furniture. The design and appearance would blend with any decor. A great way to catify the house without surrendering style.

Each shelf comes with everything needed to mount to the wall, including three screws, three wall anchors, and three screw caps.

The shelf is made from wood and a big plus is that it comes with three replaceable carpet pieces. They are easily attached and unattached with Velcro.

The size of the shelf is 19 inches by 10.8 inches.. There are lots of possibilities.


6. Trixie Playground Wall Mounted Cat Shelves

A playground for cats. This consists of three sisal rope covered steps, which are good for scratching and to keep purchase and two lounge platforms which are covered with plush fabric for comfort.

Use any configuration or choose the one illustrated. Make sure that the steps are close enough together for your cat to navigate.

All of the installation hardware is included. It is constructed from engineered wood.

One very handy piece of advice regarding installation. Angle the steps so that the cat starts off in lower right and finishes in the upper left. If the cat missteps and has to right himself the step may loosen. The jump from the right means that he would be tightening the step as it rolls to the right rather than loosening the step.


7. RayCC Cat Shelves  Furniture

These is is a set of three shelves. The part of the shelf that the cat stis on is made from Oxford cloth. The cloth can’t be removed for washing but can be spot cleaned if necessary.

One of the best points for this cat shelf system is that you choose exactly how you want to place the shelves, closer together, further apart and so on. Adjustments in planning can be made for height, age and agility of your cat. These cat wall shelves also work well as steps leading to something else for example a lotus shelf.

They are easy to install and the screws and anchors are provided. You will need to drill holes. The shelves can support up to 22 pounds or 10 kg. Although these cat wall shelves can support up to 22 pounds, cat owners have remarked that they best suit smaller cats as a larger cat may be unable to stretch out.


Our First Choice

#1.On2Pets Cat Canopy Wall Shelves


The best cat shelves in our opinion are the on2Pets Cat Canopy Wall Shelves. There are two shelves included. The price is reasonable. They are made in the USA, which currently more than ever, is a positive point.

We love the faux branches. Knowing how much cats lie to remain unobserved the faux branches allow that to happen and give the cat the ability to be on the wall incognito. Obviously the branches can be removed if the cat is not a fan.

This is a good choice, practical and affordable and one of the best cat perch setups for the price. They will also suit any situation whether you live in a one room apartment or a large home.

You can also gauge how well your cat or cats adapt to the perches. If it is positive it may well be something that you think about using in other rooms. As a cat owner of an indoor cat, providing different places for your cat to view their world is a happy result for your cat or cats.

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