Special Grey Coir...

Some of you will remember our special grey Concrete Coir finish that we imported a few years ago - this finish went down really well with our customers & we've been on the look out for a replacement ever since.

 

Our special grey Tibet Wolf Wool filled the gap for while but since stock was used up last year we've felt that something was missing from our range in terms of a grey colour so recently commissioned various grey coir samples from India that we've been testing.

Once we've settled on our favourite grey we intend to import this coir ourselves in a limited run as we can't source this type of carpet from the UK.

The special finish option will be similar in colour to the Concrete Coir but batch dyed as opposed to pigment painted so the previous issues with unfinished fibres showing though will be a thing of the past.  

Stock should be with us within a couple of months so if you're about to place an order & like the idea of the new Grey Coir you might want to hold off making a purchase for the time being.

We still have stock of the special Tibet Wild Cat Wool, which is a darker brown-grey version of the Tibet Wolf Wool & of course we are always happy to source other materials as a special order.

Bundle!!!...

We've just received this photo from Ailsa in London & wanted to share it.

All five of the latest Pontsbright Burmese litter make it to the top of their Wool Bobcat.

 

Cat's Cradle Testing...

We started a design exercise a few years ago for a Cat's Cradle accessory to use with Polecat - the idea was to come up with a platform that could be retro-fitted to the unit to give some perching & sleeping options.

Prototype stainless steel frames were produced from our initial design & we thought it was about time that we completed the project.

Our cats have been testing the completed creations & they're smitten with the results - the thick hide seat, which is contoured to make for a very comfy bed plus the ability to position the cradle anywhere on the Polecat in seconds are the big selling points as far as our cats are concerned.

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The materials used in these samples make this a very special & high end piece but we are looking into fabricating a small batch if there is enough interest from our existing Polecat customers.

 

Please get in touch if you like the look of our Cat's Cradle & if you think you might be interested in making a purchase.

God Save The Cat!...

We've just received a wonderful note from Donatella at the L’Associazione Telefono Difesa Animali to say thank you for the Tomcat 4 that we donated last month...the charity's Facebook page says it all.

 

 ∑:) 

Specials Galore...

We've had an unusually high amount of special orders over the last few weeks & wanted to show off one in particular that is currently making it's way to Crace in Australia. 

The order is made up of a 4 Body Catapilla™ that has special Green Twist Pile internals with a colour matched Dulux paint finish on the base & the side cheeks of a Scraaaatch™ Deck.

 

The combination of Bleached Coir, Sisal & the special green paint finish worked really well together & we obviously hope it goes down well with the customer & her cats.

Two Tomcat 4 Units Up For Grabs....

We have two Tomcat 4 units that have been sitting in the workshop for what seems to be forever, one of which is the unit that we used in our photo shoot for our home page website images.

 

They've been gathering dust for years & although they have faded they are basically in new condition so would be put to much better use if cats were climbing them.

The taller Tomcat 4 would fit a 2800mm high ceiling & the shorter Tomcat 4 for a 2700mm high ceiling - they have the old style coir internals as opposed to black twist pile & do need a good vacuum before use.

Both are up for grabs so please get in touch if you would like to be considered for either of these units - as always our aim would be to donate to a charity or rehoming centre but if there aren't any takers then we'll do a draw next month for those that have shown an interest.

Bark Coir, I Remember That...

We've just finished this month's Stock Item, which is a Tall Bobcat & one of the first ever Hicat® units to be fabricated in the new Tibet Wild Cat Wool finish.

This finish is actually a close match in colour to our original Bark Coir finish, which some readers will be familiar with & the material we used on the first Hicat® that we made for our home & our cat Leroy.

Leroy on the first Hicat® made for our home
 

Sadly, this finish was made obsolete a few years ago & it is missed - as its name suggest it gave our units a tree trunk like appearance, which we along with lots of our customers really loved.

Extra Fat Fatcat For The Big Screen...

We've recently finished a very special Hicat® for a customer in New York - the piece was a custom design to mount over an extendable projection screen unit.

The Fatcat 1 was 480mm in diameter with a single Access Hole compartment & Worm Hole Double Deep Bird Nest sitting above the screen housing - it was fabricated with internal collars & turn table that allows the Fatcat to rotate exposing the pull-out screen to the side, which is extended through a vertical channel.

 

The thinking caps were on 24 hours a day to get the internal mechanisms & construction details sorted on this one but the result was worth it - the finished article went down extremely well with our customer & his cats "LOVE" it.

Product Updates & Refinements...

It's taken us 8 years to get our products where we want them to be & the last set of product improvements included larger tilting feet, oversized inserts in the base & top end caps along with some changes in fabrication techniques that give us the best results in forming & finishing our Hicat® units.   

The Wall Fixing Kit also went through a complete redesign last year & the new single piece block with aluminium bracket puts the original four part kit to shame to be honest - if you have one of the original four part kits (not the two part that came after it) & would like to upgrade please drop us a note & we will be happy to replace the original kit free of charge.

 

The only other update on the table at the moment is the use of a ceiling fixing disc as an option to just pre-drilling the ceiling to take the ceiling connector - this has come about because a few customers have experienced some wear around the fixing hole causing the hole to open up, particularly on Polecat units.

 

Again, if you have a unit, that's working itself loose drop us a line & we can send out one of the discs for you to retro fit - it will be sent out with all of the necessary plugs & tools necessary to install it.