Saturday, December 04, 2004

Sionara Dangerous Kitty Condo; We Hardly Knew Ye

As I posted earlier, our kitty condo was becoming a serious danger. The boys have been pulling pieces of carpet off of it since we first got it and it has gotten progressively more dangerous each day.

We've found them chewing more and more fibers (we always rush to throw them out) and we've even found sharp staples exposed on the inside of the condo. We always work hard to remove whatever loose edges or materials we find, but this evening, we decided we could risk it no more. We threw the kitty condo in the garbage, only three weeks after we first bought it.

Here's my question: how do we find a kitty condo that is safe for our cats? They really loved this thing, but we just couldn't bear the thought that they might swallow some pieces of carpet or glue or (gasp) staples! Thankfully, it only cost us $20. If it had cost $120 like some of the large kitty condos we've seen, I'd be even more upset.

What are the people who make these products thinking? Are they thinking at all? Do they know their product is dangerous for the very cats it is made for? Do they even care?

Cats are not toys you can replace when they break. These are living, breathing creatures who deserve a safe place to play and safe toys to play with. If someone made a crib that had loose staples or sharp edges or pieces coming off that a baby could swallow, there would be lawsuits, recalls, investigations, or a company going out of business. Yet I find that many cat condos are made out of cheap materials like this. What gives?

9 comments:

Jenn said...

Timothy took a trip to PetsMart with me to pick out his new condo (outgrew the old one). His looks simillar to the one you just got rid of except the top is lamb's wool. There will always be a few stray carpet pieces on new condos but just vacuum it out and feel around for hidden staples, etc. and it should be ok.
A cute but expensive place to look online is www.sittingprettykitty.com they have some unique kitty condos but like I said, expensive.

Avram said...

The issue with this one is not that it came with loose pieces, but that new pieces kept coming off each day. We did vacuum it out and pull loose strands off on several occasions, but each day the cats pulled off another piece and were chewing on it.

Muddy, BloggingCat.com said...

It sounds like a very poorly-made condo. My husband had a friend with a wood-working shop and together, they made one for us. Otherwise, I would hope the more expensive ones work -- maybe check with a place that has a good return policy? Terry & Muddy

Thumper said...

You need a Supreme Commander Kitty Tower ( http://www.thumperworks.com/maxuphigh.jpg ) It's plastic with carpet covered platforms, but the kitties probably wouldn't be able to chew the carpet up. There are hiding places that have soft coverings that can be removed if they become chewing victims.

It also has little toys attached for the kitties to play with.

I'm not sure what it's *really* called, but our cat loves his. We got it at an independent pet store for $100 about 3 years ago, but I've seen it at Petco and Petsmart recently. Pricey, yes, but totally worth it. It's held up through 2 cross country moves without any damage.

Avram said...

That pic looks interesting. I googled Supreme Kitty Commander Tower and didn't get anywhere in terms of finding a place that sells or make these. Any idea what the company name is?

Thumper said...

I have no idea who the manufacturer is; it's probably stamped on the bottom, but we have it bolted to the wall.

I saw one at Petco a couple of weeks ago; my husband wants to go over there to get some fish, so I'll see if they still have it. Hopefully I can get info off a tag...

I found similar, much shorter versions online, manufactured by Doskocil, but those only seem to be about 3 feet tall, and ours is at least 6 feet tall.

Anonymous said...

I'm a cat owner (3) and a woodworker who is in the process of designing and building a cat condo/tree. I too am not fond of the idea of using staples and had planned on makign something that was a combination of replaceable parts and carpet which was glued into place or used stepped wooden dowels. I'll let you know what I come up with.

Drew McManus
http://www.woodworkingmatters.com/

Jamie said...

We foster kittens for the local animal shelter, and we have gotten 3 condos from Armorkat. I think we first found them on ebay. Some of those great deals are really a rip off, because they want to charge you like $35 for the condo, and $100 for the shipping, but Armorkat is very reasonable.

makati condominiums said...

How cute that Kitty Condo you have shared.

Angelo H