Cat Furniture – Beginning, Growing & Continuing

Well . . . we’re beginning our 4th year with online sales of Purrfectrends
Cat Furniture.

After about six months I realized that retirement meant having to find a hobby or an interest in something to occupy the daylight hours, but the part time offerings required getting up and out too early on cold mornings.

Time moved on when a past employee invited me to see what he thought I might be interested in selling. I was certainly surprised as he opened his garage door . . . there were three outdoor cat houses. Shortly after the visit I declined. When I arrived home and was telling Vivian about what I had seen, we looked on line to satisfy her curiosity We were astounded by the amount and variety of indoor Cat Furniture!

A realization of how to occupy my time soon became an idea . . .

Knowing the experience of my nephew, Ray, with custom cabinet making, we approached him to see if he had an interest in our product idea and he did! We presented him with all the information we found on the internet, magazines, etc., and he took it from there. He considered heights, floor footprint, the Beddy Box, which added the needed weight for stability (we heard this over and over). replaceable All Natural Sisal inserts for scratching on all levels. Also the outside legs* which provided a place for the cats to lean against and gave some added security and safety while lounging and napping! The L-shaped levels let the cats move from one level to another with ease. And, last but not least, the furniture finishes really set us apart from the rest of the feline kingdom suppliers as our towers can blend with any decor.
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Testimonials tell of the quality and professional craftmanship that will make Purrfectrends Cat Furniture last a very long time.

After spending 4 months on the drawing board, design, material selection, connector hardware, sizing, and finishes, by trial and error we produced our first, second and third and final 48″ unfinished prototype in November of 2012 . . .

We surveyed attendees and vendors at Cat Shows in multiple states and set our sights on a Cat Tower with an open design, funiture look and “one of a king” wood grain patterns. We are confident our towers are absolutely the most STABLE, yet have plenty of height for climbing, viewing, lounging and above all, taking “Purrfect Naps On Any Level” . . . like no other.

The Tower Legs* are why we call it a Tower instead of a Tree – Towers have exterior support and levels . . . Trees have a trunk and limbs. The bottom of the Beddy Box is covered in Melamine which allows for occasional Sanitizing.

Enjoy your purchase . . .

Dan

Cats Do The Darndest Things

We’ve observed cats that like the height of the Bedding Box, others evidently feel comfortable at mid levels while the climbers like the upper levels!!

The Bedding Box was two fold, it adds the most to the overall stability – plus we knew cats that would be hiding there. That was born from Vivian’s cat Sasha who would crawl in under the comforter on her bed to hide.

I’ve heard someone say “Kids Say The Darndest Things” – I say “Cats Do The Darndest Things” and they will view, lounge and nap anywhere they decide at the moment.

Well . . . as mentioned in another post about a lady, Carla B. in FL, contacting us about Cat Towers without any Sisal . . . she placed an order today for a 48” Ozark Autumn that doesn’t have any Sisal just finished wood. If the Tower is what she and her cats are happy with . . . she could be in the market for more !

PurrfecTrends Cat Tower featured in Sweepstakes

Received an email in Sept. of 2014 from Amy M. in MI, Purchasing Analyst for a Promotion Company, who was inquiring about featuring our 48” American Walnut PurrfecTrends™ Cat Tower in the Clorox® Fresh Step® online Sweepstakes Prize Program for October.

WOW . . . “absolutely you can,” I replied – the winner was Kim S. in St. Louis, MO – it was December when it was shipped and our understanding is . . . “She was completely surprised & happy at winning!

Our first customer, Laura C. in TX, had suggested we ought to advertise on Kate Benjamin’s online site – Hauspanther.com and so we have – with some terrific response and sales!

NOTE: December 27, 2014 – We shipped her a 62” American Walnut for her evaluation – received it . . . See her review – “I absolutely love it and so do the cats! Here are my thoughts . . . Love the design! Very sturdy, height is wonderful, clean lines, looks great! Very nice finish! Sisal inserts are excellent, overall a very nice cat tower. The Tower assembles quite nicely, it’s very well made. The cats are on it constantly. Photos coming! Please note my comments on the packaging! 1-21-15 . . . Kate B. in AZ

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Joplin Missouri Cat Show

In Sept of 2014 I displayed our 48” Naturally Clear & an American Walnut Tower.   Had lots of compliments and a couple suggestions – one was to make the Bedding Box a litter box!    We really and carefully viewed and re-viewed but came to the decision we will leave the litter box furniture to the ones who are already in that phase of the market.

Did sell the two 48” towers on display and the owners – one in Pittsburg, KS and the other in Lamar, MO, both are happy!

OK, now here is the story.  The show was closing at 4PM on Sunday; at 3PM a nice lady (Debra U.), who is a professional business owner, approached the exhibit space and said, “The only reason I came was their advertising stated there would be Cat Furniture.” After circling the American Walnut, touching, feeling, she smiled and decided to buy a 72” which we would deliver when ready!

After she went home, a 3 story Victorian brick built 1907, where she has a few cats, she decided the 72” was too tall but two of the 48” would be a lot better.   They could be on different floors.   She has some pictures but when she tries to take pictures with the cats on them they hear her coming up the stairs and meet her so they can all sit around together.   She knows they use them because their hair is visible, “They just don’t want me to know how much they enjoy them!”