Wondering if there are any good outdoor cat tree houses?
You may be surprised to know that there are!
You’ll be even more shocked to hear that they’re not nearly as expensive as you’d think an outside tree house would be.
Read on to discover my top five favorite picks that are a great value for the money.
First, though, let’s talk about why you’d want one…even if you have an indoor-only cat.
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What are outside cat tree houses and why would you want one?
Let’s start with the question on everyone’s mind: what are outside cat tree houses and why would I want one, especially if I keep my cat indoors?
The first part of that question is easy to answer.
It’s essentially a cat tree that can hold up to the elements (like rain, snow, and wind).
They’re usually made of wood that’s painted and sealed with some sort of weatherproof paint, although some can be made of sturdy plastic (think children’s playhouse material).
As for why you would want one, well, I can think of three scenarios where you’d want one.
1. For feral cats
I have a feral cat community that lives right outside my front door.
Right now, I’m using an old playhouse that my son outgrew years ago as their shelter.
I’d love to get them a kitty condo, though! Something made for cats, with different levels, so they can play and climb.
Yes, I know they have trees, but some of those kitties are old, injured, or both. Climbing a tree really isn’t in the cards for them.
2. For your indoor/outdoor cat
Most of my cats stay indoors, but one was so determined to go outside that she used my sofa as her litter box to prove her point. Needless to say, I caved.
She’s always stayed close to home, and now that she’s 15 she really doesn’t even leave the porch. I want her to have a comfy place to relax when she’s out there!
A cat tree house gives her both shelter and a little exercise as she climbs up the levels.
3. For a screened porch or outside enclosure area
If you’re lucky enough to have a house with a screened in porch or crafty enough to build an outdoor enclosure for your kitty, you’ll want a cat tree that can withstand a bit of rain and wind.
Even with a screened porch, the elements manage to break through. Plus, have you ever sat out on a screened-in porch?
It’s just as humid as it is outside.
Basically, you’d want an outdoor cat tree house any time your cat’s furniture would be exposed to elements OR in a room where humidity is a problem.
High humidity + cheap particle board cat trees = mold and mildew. Been there. Done that.
Now that you know why you’d want one, let’s check out a few that I love!
FYI, these work just as well indoors as outside!
Top 5 Best Outside Cat Trees Houses
Check out the table below for a quick view of these outside cat tree houses, then read on for more details!
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1. Petsfit Outdoor Shelter Review
How insanely adorable is this outdoor shelter from Petsfit? It looks like a little beach-side condo, doesn’t it?
Features & Pros
- Made of super sturdy solid wood that’s strong enough to hold up to 5 cats.
- Top opens up so it’s a breeze to clean.
- Weatherproof roof makes it ideal for feral cats who live outside.
- Petsfit will replace it free if any damage occurs within 1 year.
- Very stylish, so it won’t kill your curb appeal
- Assembly can be a challenge. Many customers mention that the pieces aren’t labeled and there are a TON of screws.
- Not ideal for very large cats (like the Maine Coon).
I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Honestly, just about any outside cat tree house will be a pain to assemble.
There’s no way around it unless you buy one that’s already put together (and pay massive shipping amounts to have it delivered that way!).
It’s a super cute and stylish house with plenty of room for small to medium-sized cats.
- Solid wood make it very sturdy to hold up 1-5 large cats; Any damage within 1 year, Petsfit will send you replacements for free
- Easy to put together with pre-drilled holes and top can be opened for easy cleaning
- Holes are enough large and fun for stray cats to play and offer cats private rooms
- Weatherproof roof can be used for feral cats outdoor use and raised floor makes moisture out and easy to move
- No Odor: a smell from being packaged but it is fine once it airs out
2. Outdoor Cedar Cat Gym Review
If you want something very simple yet super sturdy, try this outdoor cat jungle gym.
Features & Pros
- Super-sized outside cat tree is 5 feet high and offers may different levels to encourage climbing.
- Design makes it challenging for cats who love to jump yet let’s older kitties enjoy the fun thanks to the stairs and ramp.
- Total of 7 perches including: 2 small jumping perches, three 3 large side perches, and topped with 2 full perches.
- Made with bug and weather-resistant cedar sanding down to a smooth surface.
- Surprisingly easy to assemble.
- It’s more “tree” than “house” and doesn’t have a sheltered spot for outdoor kitties.
- The cost is a bit high for smaller budgets. It’s the most expensive one on this list.
If you have a flat backyard and nary a tree in sight, your outdoor kitties will get some much-needed exercise with this jungle gym.
I love that it ships unfinished, so you can either keep it natural or stain it to match your outdoor decor.Buy it Now
3. PVC Frame Outdoor Cat Tree Review
If you want something simple yet strong, this PVC-frame tree is a good option. I know it doesn’t look like much, but bear with me and you’ll see why I like it.
Features & Pros
- Made with patented poly resin frames using two different types of plastic that are fused together.
- The inside plastic is super sturdy, while the outside shell gives it a nice finish.
- Nine levels in all, including a weighted base to prevent tipping.
- The fabric is a “patented, guaranteed chewproof design”
- All parts and fabrics are replaceable, so you can just fix what’s broken and not pay for a whole new tree. Plus, it comes with 1 year warranty.
- It’s not the prettiest outdoor cat tree on this list. That said, you can customize the color of the fabric (although only one frame style works for outdoors).
- No enclosed levels mean no shelter for outdoor kitties.
If you have multiple cats (including larger ones like Coons) and you value functionality over style, this is a great choice.
While I’m not a huge fan of the style with the green fabric, it comes in a nice burgundy or royal blue that’s actually quite nice.
4. Petsfit 2-Story Outdoor Weatherproof Cat House Cat Condo
Another one from Petsfit, this one is a bit cheaper (price-wise) than the first tree, yet still absolutely darling.
Features & Pros
- Super cute design with a shelter and an upper “deck” to encourage climbing.
- The asphalt roof keeps the elements at bay.
- Shelter also includes an overhang roof to prevent rain from leaking in.
- The little house includes an “escape hatch,” so cats aren’t stuck with just one way in and out.
- At 19″x19″x11″, the shelter isn’t big enough for larger cats.
- While it’s “weatherproof” to some degree, some customers say that it’s not ideal for extreme weather conditions. They recommend sealing it.
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If you have a petite cat or want a shelter just for kittens, this is a great (and relatively inexpensive) buy. It’s super cute, so it definitely adds to your curb appeal!
- Free Replacement: Any damaged parts within 1 year, please contact Petsfit to get replacements
- Large and Sturdy: The cat house is big enough for 1-3 cats up to 18lb and 1 cat with kittens; Solid wood material is strong for cats to stay and paly inside
- Weatherproof for Outdoor: The roof is made of asphalt and it is rainproof; The cat condo is raised off the ground to keep it dry when rains
- Two Doors: One door is in front for easy entrance and one escape door under the ladder to prevent predators
- Easy Assemble: Pre-drilled holes make installation simple and only need one screwdriver
5. Scurrty Wooden Cat House 2-Story Outdoor Cat Condo Review
The Scurrty Wooden House is very similar to the Petsfit right above but with a different style.
Features & Pros
- Made with high-quality fir wood that will last for years.
- Environmentally friendly water-based paint is non-toxic and odorless.
- Asphalt waterproof roof adapts to different environments.
- Full 90-Day Money Back Guarantee.
- Although it looks bigger than the Petsfit house above, the shelter is about the same size, meaning (you guessed it) it’s not ideal for large cats.
- Assembly can be a bit tricky. Not horrific, but not exactly a cinch, either. Most customers say it takes about an hour to put together.
While there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the Petsfit in #4 and this one, I do love that this one uses nontoxic paint. Again, it’s ideal for petite kitties.
- ❤【Durable Material】Made by high quality texture, solid and durable wood frame for long term use. SBS modified asphalt water resistant material on top. It can adapt to different weathers, provides long lasting durability.
- ❤【Use】The inner shelter for your lovely pets to protect them from ground chill and wet condition. An Easy Access house will give cats a warm and insulated shelter to play outside.
- ❤【Specification】Overall Dimension: 27.6” x 15.1” x 28.7”, inner dimension of the main house: 18.1”x 13.6”x 10.2”, size of the Door: 6.7” x 8.3”.
- ❤【Multi-tier Design】The Scurrty Cat house is an indoor/outdoor structure specially designed for cats, small dogs and small animal in your home or yard. Includes indoor lounge, climbable stairs and a rooftop balcony with railing.
- ❤【Convenient and Guarantee】Full Satisfaction 90 Day Money Back Guarantee. Easy to install/unstall and easy to clean( Included installation instructions ). All parts can be disassembled optional.
My Final Recommendations
If I could buy just one, I would have to go with the very first Petsfit on this list.
I love the overall style. Plus, it’s the closest thing to a cat tree/house combo that I could find.
However, if you don’t really need the shelter and just want something they can climb on, the Cedar Jungle Gym is pretty cool!
Do you have any other outside cat tree houses to add to this list? Which would you buy for your kitty? Share below!
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