Indulge their primal instincts for vertical space with a real tree by bringing nature indoors. This will satisfy the feline need to extend claws, scent territory, and perch on high while protecting your home from incidental damages.
It can be done do-it-yourself style and is a wonderful way to keep your cat safe from predators, while possibly saving a bird or two in the process. Creating a genuine cat tree is easily tackled in an afternoon, if you've got a few power tools. The choice is yours to stick to the basics or go more complex in design as you construct your cat's new habitat.
For a less intensive project, this video shows how simple real cat trees are to make with special guest kitties acting as quality assurance and having fun during the process.
If you do not have a tree to cut, try connecting with a tree removal service to score branches.
Perhaps you would like a more challenging endeavor? Start with a sturdy specimen, trim the branches as you desire and attach a particle board base for support. This base has been doubled and glued together.