All cats need environmental enrichment to be happy and healthy. They need spaces to play, scratch, stretch, hide, perch, nap and climb. Katris a new multi-purpose modular system of precision crafted cardboard does all that and more. The nice folks from Katris, sent us 6 eco-friendly units in five shapes to test. I like that they use no ink, non-toxic glue and the paper is 90% post consumers recycled content. Katris is creative cat enrichment you can build on, one unit at a time.
Everything looked well crafted and even the cardboard shipping boxes were top quality. Cats have a natural affinity for cardboard and boxes and I couldn’t wait to assemble our kitty decor. Endless possibilities of how the units could be stacked or utilized danced in my head. I was excited but I had questions. How strong are these units if they’re made of cardboard. My first clue was carrying two units up a flight of stairs. Each unit was about the weight of an average cat and as solid as a piece of furniture. Then to be sure, I sat down on a unit. Rock solid. I took a close look and compared the Katris cardboard to cardboard stairs from another company. No comparison. It’s no wonder our flimsy stairs were peeling. Who knew not all cardboard is created equal?
I started fiddling around with design options as outlined by the enclosed graphic. You could keep it simple and use just one or two or stack them long or tall, free-standing or against a wall or flanking another piece of furniture. The only limit is your imagination. Since I like to think out of the box, I used my imagination and not the diagrams.
Each unit comes with two clips to secure one unit to another plus a bag of organic catnip to sprinkle onto the cardboard to entice cats to explore and scratch.
Every cat will have different needs and every space will present different design challenges. I’m always trying to make jumping or climbing easier for Merlin who is almost 20. He needs help reaching his favorite window sill perch. I usually keep cushions at the bottom of the bedroom radiator in case Merlin falls off (he’s also blind). This Katris option is more practical and stylish.
Many cats like a leg up getting onto a bed or sofa and I like to use a step stool but these stairs offer another option. If they were placed by the wall the top surface could be an end table.
Merlin gives a solid 4 Paws Rating for Katris.
Utilizing vertical space is an easy way to create a happy feline home. Most rely on shelves or tall cat condos but Katris combines the best of both worlds. The individual units can be hung on a wall with brackets (not included) or stacked to create kitty condo. Best of all, if you move or redecorate, the units can be re-configured in a few minutes. We have lots of vertical space in our home but I was curious to see how high a Katris Kondo I could make. It’s pretty impressive and Katris encourages customers to share their unique creations on their Facebook page.
For more info about Katris visit Katris.com To see more awesome design options or purchase click on Amazon.FTC Disclosure: This is sponsored post and we received both product samples and a fee for our honest review. All reviews at Cat Wisdom 101 reflect our unbiased opinion.