This is a completely new approach to cat climbing furniture, and I’m pretty excited about it. It’s the Kitty’scape from Solvit Products. It’s a modular climbing system, kind of like Tinker Toys for cats! It comes with a kit of parts and you put it together any number of ways. That means you can continuously re-configure it to keep kitty interested, and you can order different components and expansion kits to keep building on, as your budget allows.
To start, choose from one of three kits:
- Basic Kit for $79.95, which includes a base platform, 1 oval platform, a penthouse perch, 5 long columns, including 1 seagrass scratching column, 2 short columns, a teaser toy, and multiple connectors. Can reach up to 33” high.
- Intermediate Kit for $119.95, which includes a base platform, 1 oval platform, 1 carpeted half-oval platform, a penthouse perch, 7 long columns, including 2 seagrass scratching columns, 4 short columns, a teaser toy, and multiple connectors. Reaches up to 48” high.
- Deluxe Kit for $145.95, which includes a base platform, 2 oval platforms, 1 carpeted half-oval platform, a penthouse perch, 10 long columns, including 3 seagrass scratching columns, 4 short columns, the penthouse canopy, a hammock hideaway, a teaser toy, and multiple connectors. Can reach up to 71” high.
You can add on to your structure with a number of different accessory packages including an adjustable scratching tray, the penthouse canopy, or the platform and column expansion kit. It looks like Solvit will be adding more accessories to the line soon.
So they sent us a deluxe kit to test and I have to say, I had so much fun putting this thing together! Also, I was pleasantly surprised at the overall look and quality of the structure. The colors are not hideous and the finishes are decent for the price. The support columns are plastic, so it doesn’t have the same look and feel as one of the high-end cat trees like those from Square Cat Habitat or The Refined Feline, but this is in a different price range.
You do have to be careful about how you assemble your structure, because there can be stability issues, so you’ll have to experiment with the right configuration that gives you the levels you want, plus adequate stability. The instructions are easy to follow and assembly is a breeze. The only tool required is a little plastic wrench that comes with the kit. As you can see, everyone loves it. Andy especially loves the seagrass wrapped columns and the hammock hideaway. He got right in there before I was even done assembling the whole thing.