The cat tree was actually my brother's to start. His cats wouldn't touch it, so when I adopted sibling Maine Coons, he gave it to me. It's been a little over a year now, and this cat tree has been worth its weight in gold. My boys don't just use the tree for napping, it is often the focus of their pretty extreme wrestling matches. After we had them neutered a year ago, we figured they'd slow down a bit but they maintained the same playfulness as always. As a result, this tree has taken some abuse. Each of our boys weighs 20 pounds. Plus, we have an older cat who would watch them play on the tree, so she took to it to, but more for scratching. As a result, the tree sees up to 44 pounds on any given day. That's a lot more weight than I think they were designed to take. The carpeting is tattered and I've had to put some of the sections back into place. Rather than use glue, I used a staple gun and that held it better. I check it daily to make sure the staples haven't loosened. Within six months, the top support/spring-tension pole snapped from the cats excessive play. We were able to replace it with a section of copper piping that was leftover from when this house was built. That pipe has lasted, but now the areas where the posts screw into each other has started to wear away, so the posts are very wobbly. We are replacing this tree with another for Christmas. It's been a favorite of our cats. They don't touch our furniture and spend most of their time on this tree.
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