As we sit here writing this blog post, we get a feeling of being watched from above and realise Jet is looking down from 'upon high' as he relaxes on his ‘high plate’.
This is what our life has become since installing the Catipilla Pro Cat Climbing frame in our home!
We had noticed that as indoor cats, Turbo & Jet had no ‘safe zone’ where they could escape the clutches of our friends/relatives’ young children around our house. They also had no great view point to observe their ‘territory’ and we also noticed that whichever room we are in, they’ll always try to find the highest point to sit at...that’s where Catipilla comes in.
Now we all know that cat scratchers and products are a must for any cat owner, but they’re not always an attractive piece of furniture in your home and certainly don’t often coordinate with your theme. That’s where Catipilla is different.
The climbing frame is a modern and sleek design, they pride themselves on creating quality products and it looks great in our modern home. Having looked through their website, this was a pet product that we KNEW we had to test out! As they put it themselves:
"it will excite, intrigue and bring years of enjoyment to your cherished companions!"
Installing such a large product on the wall of our lounge was slightly risky.. ‘What if they don’t use it?’ was a question that we asked ourselves, so we were determined to make sure they did. Installation was easy enough as Catipilla provide all the parts required and you just need a handy screwdriver and power drill.
Can we also just take a moment to appreciate the incredibly satisfying and neat packaging.. love it!
Luckily, curious cats who like to climb don’t require much training to work their way up the frame to the top! Unusually for our two.. Jet was literally up there within 5 minutes, whilst Turbo was slightly more cautious! Completely the opposite of what we expected but there you go!
After a little persuasion with some early dinner biscuits and a foil ball (if you didn’t know, that’s Turbo’s favourite toy) and he was up the top and observing us from ceiling height! It was literally like watching Simba and Mufasa looking out over the pride lands! (Lion King reference for those few who haven't seen it...)
Since that day, Turbo climbs up almost every morning and Jet almost every evening. We often come home and Jet is just observing us from above. We can’t find him for ages before we hear a little chirp and he’s blinking at us with his big blue eyes.. so sweet! They both tend to use the high plate at the top but occasionally we find them hanging out on the hammock which, incidentally comes in different colours to match your home.
Also, quite often they’ll climb up to the top of the frame when we’re in the lounge, sit there and meow at us whilst we’re watching TV as if to say -
“HELLO?? ATTENTION ON ME”
'I'm the king of the castle and you're the dirty rascal' - never a more appropriate phrase applies to Jet when he's up the top!
If you haven't yet seen it, check out our Catipilla Installing video on our YouTube channel to see more of Turbo & Jet testing out the frame.
We think this is genuinely a really fun product, it makes us laugh every time we get caught out looking for the cats only to find 20 minutes later they're above our heads looking down! Fingers crossed when the time comes for us to have a little human crawling around they can escape up the frame and get a cat nap in up there!
Let us know in the comments your thoughts on cat climbing frames and if you've seen any other cat products you think would be perfect for Turbo and Jet to try out! x