Well, it might not be the tallest, but it sure is tall - over 13 feet! Mike wanted to make this pole for Sophie before we even got Zena because she loved to climb and her current posts are the typical cat posts - too short to climb unless you're a kitten. And Zena has been climbing up my ficus trees and knocked one over. We came downstairs one morning and it was lying on the living room floor! Neither claimed responsibilty, but we knew who the guilty party was. These are trees I've had for at least fifteen years and I really don't want them destroyed. And Zena is so active we decided the post would be a good thing to keep her busy and keep them both in shape. Here's Zena on top of one of our regular scratching posts:
And Mike working on the post yesterday - putting the rope around the wood (I helped):
And here is Zena climbing up the post and Sophie rolling her eyes at her showing off. She is so fast. She goes from the bottom to the top in three seconds - if that! Then she runs down the stairs and does it again. Sophie was the first to go up, but keeps getting shown up by Zena because she is so much faster. I think Sophie doesn't like the competition. So she's giving me the "Oh please..." look in this picture.
Here is another shot showing more of the post. It looks lop- sided, but it's not; it's just the angle I shot from. The armoire is a resting place about halfway up if they want to stop there.
And here is a view looking down from the top of the post. I was trying to get Zena to run up, but she was just lolling about on the floor with her toys and wasn't in the mood. Pardon the messy room; it hadn't been straightened up yet. There are towels on the top of the armoire in case they want to sleep up there. Those who have cats know how they love being up high.