Catipilla was born due to the deteriorating health of an elderly family cat called Smudge. At the age of 18, she lost the strength in her back legs and could no longer jump up and access our home through a ground-floor window. Her quality of life was diminished and we felt that we had to act. To help, we built her a DIY ramp which improved her daily life and allowed her to continue to come in and out of home as she pleased.
Soon, however, we noticed that all 4 of our cats loved climbing up and down the frame and spent a lot of time relaxing on the higher vantage points. In order to support them all with a more stable setting, we built a second design which also allowed light to come in through the window.
Our second design got just as much use as the first but the wooden structure was struggling to cope with the demand of all the cats and was deteriorating due to the elements. In order to find a safer solution, we decided to work with a design and manufacturing company to develop Catipilla into what it is today. We didn’t know back then that a small idea would turn into a fully-fledged, wall-mounted cat range.
Since our launch at the National Pet Show, we have sold thousands of products to cat lovers, vets and catteries across the world and we’re only just getting started. Our focus on innovative design and delivering high-quality products that help cats lead healthier and happier lives continues to be the driver that gets us out of bed every morning.
In 2020, we went through a significant redesign process to offer more customisation and colour options so our products can be adapted to individual home environments. This was a common request from our customers and we listened! The new range is also easier to install and uses more eco-friendly, recyclable materials that can be reused at the end of their life.
We thank all our customers and partners for their continued support throughout our journey. We have a great community of cat lovers who put the health and well-being of cats at the heart of what they do. As we move further into commercial production, we would love you to become part of our story too.