Catification: Custom Cat Tree for Norton & Sam

Custom Cat Tree

Bob and Linda Stafford from Wilderville, Oregon decided to build a custom cat tree for their two cats Norton and Sam using a beautiful natural log from the forest outside as the center pole. Shelves covered in scraps of the same carpet from the floor make the cat tree fit right in. This is a great example of how a little creativity can help you Catify in a way that fits your style exactly!

Here’s what Linda has to say about their new cat tree:

We used a peeled log as the center pole on this cat tree (our home is surrounded by acres of fir and pine trees). The shelves are plywood, edged with some wood trim, each shelf is topped with carpet. At the bottom is an 8″ x 14″ carpet-covered board which can be re-covered when the cats shred through it. The top shelf is about 6″ longer than the others so whoever climbs that high can lie down and survey the living room. Our boys, Norton and Sam, love to sit up there and look out the nearby big window at the bird feeding area just outside.”


Notes from Jackson:

I love this one — a true example of the definition of “Catification”. This piece works for both human aesthetic and utilitarian cat piece. Take a look at how seamlessly it fits into the decor of their home, yet it serves a purpose by creating a killer vantage point of the downstairs, as well as the comings and goings from upstairs to down. Best of all, because it uses nature in the same way that is used in the surrounding architecture, it’s a piece they don’t have to aesthetically apologize for, hence the front and center position in the home. Absolutely love it!”

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The Catification column on is written by Cat Style Expert, Kate Benjamin. Kate specializes in environmental enhancement for living with cats and is the founder and editor of, the premiere online magazine for design-conscious cat people. Kate’s design expertise and Jackson’s cat behavior know-how combine to create cat-friendly environments that are sure to please both human and feline family members alike.


We regret that Jackson does not answer questions posted in the comments. This is due to his demanding schedule and the high volume of requests he receives. But most importantly, since he has not met your cat, it would be contrary to his approach for him to give specific personalized advice for your specific situation. That being said, general questions and issues are addressed throughout this blog, in his book CAT DADDY and of course, the show My Cat From Hell.

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5 Responses to Catification: Custom Cat Tree for Norton & Sam

  1. Betty OBrien July 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    I just watched the episode with Ryio. I want to know if I can buy a cat tree like that one with all the leaves and branches or was it custom made?

  2. Ryan July 23, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    The shaved trunk of tree seems shiny. Did you use any kind of polyurethane or stain? Looks really nice!

  3. Betty Young September 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Was wanting to start my own cat furniture business and was wanting feedback about my ideas. Most ready-made cat furniture is covered in carpet or fleece or something equally difficult to get the cat hair out of or vomit or anything else. Was wanting to make my furniture out of heavy duty twill or denim for the beds/hammocks that is stain resistant and sisal and jute rope covering the legs. Also wanted to use decorative baskets and flower pots for the beds. Am trying to go for very aesthetically pleasing, easy to clean, yet very cat friendly stuff. The pillows for the beds will be detachable and washable. Can even buy different colored pillows to match different decors. Thought of making hammocks out of the same material or macrame’d sisal or jute. What do you all think?

    Hope this is an appropriate post. If not, please let me know as I am a blog newbie. Thanks!

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