I was sent 12 Catty Stack boxes to review one week ago. I put them together just a few days ago and have finally had time to evaluate them in terms of quality and design after I had them tested from all of my personal cats and a few shelter cats. This jungle gym like cat tower that you see above is comprised of high quality Catty Stacks – a blessing for my agile cats who are infinitely curious about new things and love to explore but have no interest for the modern type of cat tower which is made of faux fur or wood.
The boxes serve as a great place to be for a cat of any personality. Shy cats can observe their environment from above or from the hidey holes while confident cats can have an elevated place to nap. It is a happy medium for feral cats and semi feral cats who need to work on getting used to people without feeling like they are wide open. Stealthy hunters can use the hidey holes and the elevation as a landing strip or a jumping board to chase after or attack cat toys such as the Bird Catcher Pro.
Catty Stacks is a beautiful and cost effective solution for people who cannot afford expensive cat towers or do not like the way that they clash with their decor. This tower might also be a good solution for a house that does not have the vertical space to devote to a modern cat tower. The Catty Stacks are more light weight than most cat furniture on the market and are cheaper than almost any other vertical space system that you can find on Amazon or elsewhere. The lightweight design is what makes them easy to clean and take apart too – especially for senior citizens or people who have a bad back.
Fast to assemble
Great for multiple cats
Can build endlessly
Easy to change configurations
Simple to move around
The design of this cat housing system works flawlessly for attracting cats because cats love boxes – they are driven to them more than anything else in life other than cat food. My cats were already trying to jump up on top of them and inside of them while I was setting them up and clipping them together. You may choose to place beds or other comfortable covers on top of the Catty Stacks or inside of the Catty Stacks for additional comfort.
The Catty Stacks system is unique because of the way that the boxes are made and presented. The Catty Stacks are made in the United States with high quality Corrugated Ultraboard which was a pleasant surprise. The boxes are 100% soy based ink so they are completely safe and non-toxic to your cats for long term use. Each box is 16 inches in width, 16 inches in depth and 15 inches in height.
The creative and innovative design of the Catty Stacks will allow you to create custom configurations and layouts that appeal to each cat’s individual personalty. Rearranging the configuration several times a year can keep the Catty Stacks system interesting and endlessly entertaining for you and the cats. You can continue to rearrange the Catty Stacks throughout their life.
Ensure that the height of the stack does not ever exceed 1 more than the number of horizontal boxes in your configuration for optimal stability.
The best benefit about this system is that you can move the entire design just by moving it or scooting it around once it is assembled because it is just that sturdy and lightweight. Countless configuration along with easy movement of the stacks from place to place is the best way to entice your cat to exercise while keeping their territory novel and entertaining. The boxes are only 2.5 pounds in weight but can hold up to 40 pounds each from my experience.
Five out of my fifteen cats are over 15 pounds and use the Catty Stacks on a regular basis for jumping, pouncing, and sleeping. I like to have my cats chase the Bird Catcher Pro or the Neko Flies from the bottom of the tower to the top and in and out of the hidey holes for exercise. I like to mentally stimulate my cat during play therapy to keep his life both rich and exciting. Playing with your cat is a fantastic way of getting them acclimated to this piece of furniture being in their life and serving his hunting instinct at the same time.
One cat that I have just wants to go to the back of the Catty Stacks on the bottom level and have some privacy for when he is overwhelmed. My biggest cat has the urge to sleep on the top most of the day because he is rather reserved but is confident enough to be out in the open where people might come by. I have seen no problems with the architecture even when there are more than 3 or 4 cats on the design at one time. There is a little bit of everything in this tower for any kind of personality.
You can order the Catty Stacks in boxes of 2 from the main website or from Amazon. The newest model come with a bridge attachment which I have tried on several boxes. The bridge is just as stable as the boxes and help expand the design beyond what was possible with just the boxes.
Some people may worry that their cat will claw up the cardboard but I have not noticed this to be a problem in my house of 15 cats. The cardboard is made in such a way that does not invite your cat to claw them up like they would a scratchpad. Even if they do claw on the boxes, it is much better than clawing up your furniture!
The Catty Stacks are extremely easy to clean and are okay to clean with Trifectant or Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide for rescues or shelters that need to disinfect them regularly. I would avoid bleach or other harsh cleaners. The Catty Stacks would serve a great purpose in any animal shelter because they provide variety and add style to the shelter that they are setup in. It would be amazing to modify the setup every 2 weeks to keep it fresh for the shelter cats and provide entertainment for the staff. People will certainly notice and be more apt to donate to a place that knows what they are doing.
Zachariah Atteberry is a registered veterinary technician and certified cat behaviorist with over 5 years of animal shelter experience. Zach also holds a shelter management and shelter medicine certificate. He looks forward to sharing his expertise with you