A while ago Kissapuu.com online shop made an inquiry for Finnish newsletter subscribers and FB followers asking their opinion “What features are essential in cat climbing and scratching tree?” Participants were asked to choose from 3 to 5 features that are essential when buying a cat tree. The options were following:
a) Looks & how well a cat tree fits to own interior decoration
b) Possibility to select materials of cat tree (wood, rope & felt)
c) Possibility to choose number of platforms and their place in the tree
d) Separate & maschine-washable sleeping pads of platforms
e) Durability, eco-friendliness & possibility to replace materials of worn parts (felt, rope)
g) Firmness of cat tree for cat climbing
h) Easiness of assembly
i) Possibility to change place of a cat tree (no permanent fastening)
j) Size of cat tree (how much floor space a tree occupies)
k) Multiple payment options in online shop (bank transfer, credit card, invoice or account)
l) Fast delivery
m) Anything else, what?
101 answers were received. When purchasing a cat climbing and scratching tree the most important features were considered to be the following (ranking from 1 to 5):
This feature was considered preeminent, 70 respondents mentioned this. 19 respondents of them ranked this characteristic as most important giving it position number 1. Overall, the firmness of a cat tree was considered very important, it received most nominations also on rankings 2 to 4.
This feature was considered the second most important (in total 44 answers). This characteristic was given first prize nominations as much as “possibility to choose materials of cat tree (wood, rope & felt).
28 respondents ranked this feature as number 1. However, the outlook criteria was considered less important than firmness and durability.
Price was the fourth most important feature = 33 respondents. This criterion got only one nomination for the 1. prize, but became third in ranking for positions 2. and 3. Equally important feature was considered “Separate & maschine-washable sleeping pads of platforms”.
This was the most important feature for altogether 10 respondents, but 30 mentioned it in general.
Subsequently important elements were: “possibility to change place of a cat tree (no permanent fastening) and “possibility to choose number of platforms and their place in the tree”. The least important was “fast delivery” meaning that cat homes can plan well in advance their purchases.
The results of this small survey confirmed our opinion of a good cat climbing and scratching tree. Kissapuu Cat Tree was born by our own need. We did not find a cat tree in the market we would have wanted to have in our living room. It is important for cat’s well-being that it is able to carry out species-specific activities, i.e. climb and manicure its nails. It is also of primary importance that the tree is firm and withstands bigger cats. At the same time a cat climbing and scratching tree can be a stylish interior decoration element and eye-catcher in your living room. Also a cat tree can be design, your cat’s elegant favourite place that withstands looks and time. Nowadays eco-friendliness is self-evident. Even a cat becomes fond of long-lasting furnitures. Cat is by nature wise friend of nature and environment.