Despite being called “cat trees,” most indoor, multi-level scratchers don’t look anything like forest foliage. That’s until Shelley and Joe DelRocco stepped in. The Florida-based husband and wife duo create custom pet tree houses handcrafted from real trees and embellished with silk leaves. Each piece provides a life-like, outdoor experience for our feline friends—and they also make aesthetically-pleasing house plants (that you’ll never have to water).
Combining their love of animals with Joe’s experience in building custom homes, the DelRoccos made their first pet tree house for their own cats in 2008. Their home business soon grew, and today they sell their designs to cat owners all over the U.S. and beyond. Together, they are constantly striving to improve their designs, with the aim to provide the most lifelike natural environment for cats to enjoy indoors.
“Our real cat tree with leaves is designed to focus on your cat’s true nature, bringing out your cat’s primal instincts,” say the DelRoccos. “This method helps reduce captive stress and encourages your cat to stretch and scratch on the gnarled branches, bark, lichen and all.” It’s clear to see just how much cats enjoy their new indoor trees—the PetTreeHouses product photos show various fluffy friends playing, sleeping, and hiding among the silk foliage.
If you know a kitty that would love a real cat tree, you can order one of the PetTreeHouses on Etsy.