Don't know the story behind it, but one day I was leaving for work and a $200 cat tree, dirty but undamaged, was left out for the trash. I'm not proud, so its now mine.
It had been used, but apparently by a declawed cat.
There is no evidence a cat ever sharpened claws on this. But it had been barfed on a few times - as cats tend to do.
Steam cleaning was very effective and after the use of a "Rug Doctor" it looked brand new!
The way the base got brushed makes it look dark in this picture, but yuo can see from the previous photo its now clean. Sugar is still not sure of it. Gandalf has been on it already. The other two cats are too afraid of the steam cleaner to come near it yet. (Now that we have cleaned the cat tree I'm going to do a regular carpet cleaning while I still have this thing rented out)