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Today we’d like to introduce you to a new partner of ours Catipilla who we first met on the National Pet Show in November last year.
We spent quite a bit of time at their stall checking out the various ways of installing this inside or outside and loved the fact of it being so modular.
As many of you know our little princess Nubia has only got three legs so while talking to the Catipilla team we were most astonished that their idea came about out of the need to help their elderly cat that like Nubia struggled getting up on high places.
Catipilla’s idea initially came about as our elderly family cat, Smudge, lost the use of her back legs. She had always jumped up into our ground-floor window to get in and out of home, and when she could no longer do so, we decided to build her a ramp to help.
Over time, we noticed that all of our cats loved playing and being on the frame and so we decided to look into building a more long-lasting climbing frame for them all.
Over the course of 2017, we went through multiple design and testing phases until we launched our range at the National Pet Show in November. We have since gone on to secure orders from 5 countries and have entered into a retail partnership with Pets at Home.
And we do believe that the team behind Catipilla has produced an amazing innovative solution to making the most of vertical wall space. Their climbing frames are wall-mounted and appeal to a cat’s natural tendency to climb and observe from up-on-high. But the best part is that it’s entirely modular, meaning that every design can be tailored and personalised to suit any cat’s environment. Catipilla’s range is made to a high quality specification and from high quality materials. It can be installed both inside and outside which is largely unique for cat frames. Their design has been approved by International Cat Care as being beneficial to cat health and is being used by the RSPCA.
Being modular means that you can of course you can purchase individual pieces to build your own unique cat frame but in addition to this there are 2 primary pre-configured sets which we believe make a great start for your own installation.
This is the core set for most installations and will provide a great base for building your own unique cat climbing frame either in the house or outside.
And no sadly that’s not Nubia on there! She is currently helping us assess where we can install one safely so her brother’s can’t push her off.
At 1m tall but only 15cm deep, the Mini makes use of vertical space without intruding on any floor space below. This unit can be used stand-alone, or as a stylish stepping-stone from one area to the next. With a short jump and step, cats can climb up and away to find some well-deserved rest. The Mini is a neat unit that is ideal for those tight spaces.
The team behind the brand!
So by now you all are probably wondering who is behind all of this right?
On the left we have Andy Sutton and on the right we’ve got Joseph Sutton who founded Catipilla together.
Our overall verdict?
An amazing innovative product that will help transform any place in a cat friendly 3-Dimensional space! If you’ve been to as many cat cafes as ourselves you may have wanted to create wall climbers of your own already but you always struggled with the whole idea of cutting shelves and fitting them onto the wall while ensuring it’s all created in a way that your cats will have fun / make it easier to get to a place higher up? This is exactly where the Catipilla sets come in handy as it takes away the annoyance of having to build your own ledges and comes with easy installation instructions. Also comparing it to some of the wooden pre-made frames out there their product is an excellent value for money choice!