What is it about boxes that cats are automatically drawn to? Because I do a lot of reviews I receive several boxes per week, sometimes even during the course of a day. I get massive boxes all the way down to itty bitty boxes. No matter how big or small a box is my cats will find a way to fit inside of them. They love boxes. I have to laugh about that sometimes because I spend a small fortune on cat toys, furniture and bedding and all my cats really want are some boxes which I can get for free.
Because of cats love for boxes a company call Cat House Systems has created a product specifically for our crazy cats and their love of boxes. They are called Catty Stacks.
Catty Stacks are a system of durable, modular boxes that can be stacked and secured together to design colorful “kitty condos” and tunnels. Best of all they can be taken apart and re-arranged, giving your cat a new configuration to enjoy on a regular basis. They can also be taken apart and folded down to store away when not in use.
“Anyone who lives with cats has experienced their intense fascination with empty cardboard boxes,” says Frank Callari, Chief Stacks Evangelist for Cat House System, LLC. “We focused on this cat passion and created a system of durable box-like cat houses that can be stacked and interconnected to form stable, modular habitats that cats simply love.”
Each box is easy to assemble. It literally took me about a minute to do each box once I knew what I was doing (I was assembling it the wrong way on my first try). Once assembled the boxes slide together to form either tall or long designs. The possibilities are endless. There are also included clamps you can use to ensure that your crazy cat doesn’t loosen any of the connections.
Catty Stacks would work in any home. We live in a tiny condo and I was able to find the perfect place for them. I assembled them to be a long “tube” which fit perfectly under the window in the bedroom. I put a small pillow on top on one end so that our cats could use it as a perch to lie on to watch outside the window. The rest of the tunnel they used to crawl and sleep through. I even witnessed two of my cats swatting at each other (playing around) with one inside the Catty Stack box and the other one outside of it.
I was concerned that the boxes wouldn’t hold the weight of my larger cats. As per Catty Stacks they are strong enough to handle multiple pets up to 20 pounds each playing simultaneously. The boxes are made out of a durable lightweight cardboard using 100% non-toxic vegetable based inks and other recycled materials. That makes these boxes more Earth friendly compared to other cat trees and tubes. These boxes can be recycled when you no longer need them.
They also come in a variety of colors to match your décor.
“Catty Stacks were inspired by cats for cats, because cats love boxes,” added Callari. “This is an environmentally responsible alternative to traditional cat furniture that cats love to play, lounge and hide in. I think that cat owners will have almost as much fun watching their cats enjoy the Catty Stacks as the cats do playing in them.”
I always try and take my own photos whenever possible. I neglected to take pictures of the Catty Stacks as they were set up in our home. As soon as we relisted our condo for one last try I had to take the Catty Stacks down and put them in the bedroom closet. We want our condo to look as “roomy” as possible. We were afraid the Catty Stacks in the bedroom might make the bedroom seem smaller than it is.
Of our five cats, three of them played with these frequently. They loved to sleep in them too.
Each box has hole cut out of it on each side, allowing you to set them up anyway you see fit and allowing your cat to enter from any side. The holes can also be made larger if you have larger cats. I left some of the holes the original size and made some holes larger to allow for room for my bigger cats.
Two of my cats, Bella and Anakin, especially love to climb and crawl through the Catty Stack boxes. I was worried Anakin might tip them over (he’s about 20 pounds) but he didn’t.
Each Catty Stack is $14.99. You can buy as many as you want to create the look you want. I would recommend at least 6-10 Catty Stacks if you are interested in making a tall structure. If you are just looking to stack a few on top or next to each other 3-5 would be sufficient. Y
You can also purchase an optional tube that can connect in between your Catty Stack structures for more fun.
I really like these, as do my cats. If our condo doesn’t sell by mid-August we’re taking it back off the market and I’ll put the Catty Stacks back up in the bedroom. If we are fortunate to sell our condo and buy a house I am hoping we can get a finished basement so I can set up all of the Catty Stacks and create different configurations to keep my cats happy and entertained.
For more information please visit www.CattyStacks.com.
*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.