I didn't have that one (mine had a sort of "house" on a
platform near the top), but mine also had a comparatively
narrow base, with a tension pole at the top. Where I
originally had it (in an "old fashioned" California-bungalow
style house with real plaster walls and ceilings) the
tension pole kept it pretty stable - never had any problems
with it. Then I moved to a condo with "acoustical"
ceilings, where the tension pole just didn't take hold
well. My cats were used to chasing each other up and down
the tree, so after a few loud crashes after midnight, when
their activities sent the tree collapsing to the floor (my
poor neighbors!) I got rid of it. Tension poles hold fairly
well, I think, if they have something solid to push against,
but that pebbly acoustical plaster didn't seem too
satisfactory (although it may have been because I was afraid
of damaging the plaster by setting the pole firmly enough).
> Hi everyone... been a long time since I've posted.
> Saw that there's been some discussion about inexpensive cat trees, and
> others have recommended the Drs Fosters/Smith collection.
> Before I buy, I wanted to check if anyone's had any experience with
> the Regular Traditional Cat Tree (seen at this link). It only has a
> 12" square base. I've got 2 cats who are occasionally rambunctious.
> Is this 12" base along with the ceiling support sturdy enough? Do any
> of you own this model?