To date the company consists of its two founders Andy and Joseph Sutton, whose office is based in Buckinghamshire. The idea of the father-and-son team to construct a climbing frame for cats grew out of the family's own experiences. After the family's 16-year-old cat Smudge began to have difficulty in climbing in and out of the window, the Suttons built a climbing frame so that their cat could continue to be active. The development and trialling of various Catipilla prototypes ensued."We officially launched our first product line at the National Pet Show in November," explains Joseph Sutton. It has also been possible to pre-order the range for a few months. "We have already received advance orders from Denmark, France, New Zealand and Great Britain," he continues.
Each climbing frame is wall-mounted and manufactured using modern materials such as anodised aluminium, expanded polypropylene (EPP) and galvanised steel. The frame is modular and can be installed inside or outside the home. It comes with treads designed with a non-slip surface, contributing to the cat's safety. "All our products are designed and manufactured in Great Britain," adds Sutton.
Further modules planned