BRAND NEW! Introducing ZcaT Design

Thu, Nov 5, 2009

Climbing & Perching, Scratching

ZcaT

When California-based architect and woodworker Franz Goebel was commissioned by a client to design a cat tree that worked well with modern furniture, he obviously had some inspiration. That inspiration came from his own four Bengals. Goebel’s new ZcaT modern cat tree is the result and it’s a perfect fit for the Moderncat aesthetic. This sturdy structure is handmade from hardwood with a durable non-toxic finish. It includes two patches of artificial grass and a replaceable corrugated cardboard scratch-and-climb panel.

ZcaT is available in White Oak for $439 or American Walnut for $494. I can’t wait to see what else they have in the works!

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19 Responses to “BRAND NEW! Introducing ZcaT Design”

  1. 1
    Jasmin

    So cool—but doubly cool if you could grow real cat grass in it!

  2. 2
    Carolyn Ross

    I love this design, especially since it’s for a different kind of climbing exercise that indoor cats don’t usually get to do and is fairly tall.

  3. 3
    Linda

    really nice, clean ,practical and yes, perfect for bengals;-)

  4. 4
    sarah, Justin & Nya

    LOVE IT !!! So Green !!!

  5. 5
    Diana

    This is fantastic. I’m so glad there there are more options for people who love cats but also love great design.

  6. 6
    Terrie

    That’s awesome! I wish I could afford it for my cats :)

  7. 7
    Babs (formerly Kush's human)

    Now I understand that the reason Kush and I have never won a Moderncat giveaway is because we’re waiting for the Zcat. Me-WOW!

  8. 8
    Marg Elmendorf

    Wow that is a fantastic piece of cat furniture. It will fit right in with all of our ripped up chairs that we destroyed. It would be the nicest thing in the house. Love the grass deal.

  9. 9
    Elizabeth

    This is pretty, but ABSURDLY overpriced! I’m all for attractive cat furniture, but good grief! I see no reason for it to cost this much.

  10. 10
    jmuhj

    Beautiful and original design — my only concern (apart from the steep price) is that it doesn’t look like it’d be topple-proof if active cat(s) leap suddenly on or off.

  11. 11
    stephanie

    Very creative design but I don’t like the cardboard scratching surface it looks neat for one day then you have shredded pieces of it all over your floor. I think sisal would last longer and look better longer. But I really love the look of this.

  12. 12
    catsrule

    I agree it’s a cool design. It would be great if the maker could find a way to get the price down yet still make a profit.

  13. 13
    Robin

    Say goodbye to those carpeted, hair collecting monstrosities! They are very similar in pricing (re: above comment about getting the price down), and are so ugly!)

    All of us fashionable , green , cat loving, home furnishing loving , people have been waiting for something like this! Love it!

  14. 14
    Wendy

    What i love about these designs is they can soooo easily become a DIY project. The price is OBSCENE, and those carpeted monstrosities don’t cost that much unless they are about 4x the size as this thing but yes they are ugly….

    In any case with 6 cats calling our house home there’s no way we’re paying that much for a few boards with a scratching surface.. it’s off to borrow a friend’s workship.. I’m guessing $40 to make it.

  15. 15
    Franz

    Hello. I appreciate the comments and would like to just set the record straight on the difference between this product and a typical DIY project or cheap import. The wood on this piece of furniture is select grade white oak (or select grade walnut) and is planed (by hand) and jointed to create perfect joints and smooth lines. High quality wood alone, before planing, cutting, and sanding costs more than $40 wholesale. The joints are under extreme stress and are mortise and tenon joinery, reinforced with steel (hidden) so they don’t fail under ongoing use. The panels are attached with twist expansion screws and again hidden, which allow the unit to flatten for shipping. The finish is done in multiple steps after fine sanding. First the wood is sealed with a natural shellac for depth of luster. Then three coats of pre-cat urethane (water-based, extremely tough, and non-toxic) are applied. This piece is designed as fine furniture and when compared to hand-made woodworking, is quite a deal. There is approximately 8 hours of skilled labor from start to finish in this piece, and it truly shows in the final product.
    Most of us are guilty of underestimated what is required in making a product or providing a service with which we are unfamiliar, especially if the end product looks quite simple. Often the best, simplest, and most functional design has had far more work put into it than one would imagine.
    As a culture, we are also bombarded with cheap items built of cheap materials in Chinese sweatshops, in a country which artificially suppresses the value of it’s money. The particle board they use is full of formaldehyde, the carpeting made in polluting plants, the work conditions unsafe.
    So I applaud someone’s ability to make products themselves but would ask that people think before coming to quick judgement on what others do. There are a variety of products available, a variety in levels of quality and design. People make choices, and take cultural and economic stances every day with what they purchase, whether they realize it or not.

  16. 16
    Nancy

    Franz,

    I appreciate the explanation. I’m willing to pay more for a quality cat tree. I was going to purchase the Lotus or Little Lotus Cat Tree but I’ve been in touch with an Amazon reviewer who has one and said the quality is terrible, it’s not sturdy, only one cat can be on the top shelf at a time and the other shelves aren’t big or comfortable enough for a cat to lie on. He said it’s very tough to put together and that he’s going to have to do a lot of work on it to make it work. I find that very discouraging because the initial reviews of it I read were good. I can’t imagine someone like me ordering it, getting it home and not being able to put it together.

    It would also be nice if there was an option to have the piece put together. Animal Connection II on Chestnut Street in San Francisco sells other cat trees. This is a very upscale neighborhood and I would think that there would be people who would be very interested in purchasing something like the ZCA T design.

    I’ve been looking for months trying to find a stylish cat tree for my big tabby & Siamese kitten (who will also be a big cat). I just want to make sure that it’s also enjoyable for the kitties!

  17. 17
    Sally Brisbane

    I like this idea and think the design looks really nice. I like the idea of the synthetic grass sections as our cats are indoors and I sometimes wonder if they miss lying out on the grass. I wonder if the lawn sections or the whole product could be bigger because we have 3 cats that would all want to be on top!!

  18. 18
    Natalie

    Where can this be purchased??

  19. 19
    Rosemary

    This zcat furniture is wonderful. I can appreciate the quality of the materials and the workmanship, but the price did surprise me – I had thought it would be in the range of $250 – 300. I’m attracted, but will have to think for some time about this purchase.

    I like that the scratching surface is replaceable – sisal is great, but eventually wears out. I would not make it any larger or bulkier.

    I have owned the larger Lotus and my cats loved it, but I found that the wood was easily scratched (duh) by my cats and it was just too bulky for my very small home. I now have a ceiling to floor pole that’s ultra modern and a very tall floor sisal scratcher. I’ve been thinking of another/replacement scratcher and this one is the leading candidate so far.


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