A review of new cat furniture from Papercut Labs.
Katris. Image courtesy Papercut Lab.
Building blocks for cats? Modular cat scratcher or cat condo? It’s all of these things in this innovative and environmentally-friendly product from designer Jeff of Papercut Lab. I was fortunate to receive a prototype for review, and have had it in my apartment with tester Miss Kitty Pumpkin for a week now. Her review follows my interview with Jeff:
What prompted you to build this?
I would say our passion to paper design.
We chose Katris as Papercut Lab’s first product to launch because I saw a cat once at a friend’s house and it was scratching on its scratcher. An idea immediately popped into my head for a high quality paper cat scratcher that also can be a great looking accessory in any room. My design team and I started brainstorming and we came up with Katris.
Image courtesy Papercut Lab.
What niche did you see in the market that this product filled, which wasn’t already available?
We saw many cat scratcher products on the market made specifically only for cats but nothing for both the owner and cat to interact. Katris is made for both the owner and cat to enjoy.
What is your background, your experience, what else do you make? Why paper and cardboard products?
As we mentioned on our website, we’re a team full of dedicated individuals who work with paper every day, most of us are in design, paper industry and packaging background. Why paper, because we want to share the possibility of what paper can do with others and have everyone understand the possibility for paper can be endless.
Talk about the environmental aspect of this product.
Our product is made with 100% recyclable and sustainable material. We understand some cat scratchers, cat trees are made with sisal which is not 100% recyclable, so to put it simply, Katris could easily be recycled into paper, then get easily re-born into another Katris.
Katris in production at the PaperCut Lab
Miss Kitty Pumpkin’s Review of Katris
translated by Michael Cox
Miss Pumpkin watches construction of Katris
I was not surprised to hear yet another thump outside the apartment door yesterday, while that guy who feeds me was away. He later came home, I do mean LATER, as in: where’s my dinner??!! later, and proceeded to ignore me while unpacking three large cardboard boxes full of—cardboard. Huh?
And then began construction on a project which, from what I’ve seen since I was kidnapped by him, is what he likes to do for amusement.
He sprinkled catnip on it. Who does he think he’s fooling?
Time will tell if I will use this, but if I do, I’m not doing it for HIS amusement. Perhaps when he’s gone to work today….
Addendum to Pumpkin’s review by Michael Cox:
How to lock together a right-angle?
The clips supplied with each Katris module (two per module, along with a small bag of catnip) lock together the pieces in any combination of LINEAR patterns, but if you want to create an L-shape, you’ll have to hammer (with your fist) a clip into the compressed cardboard of an adjoining piece. Here, I would suggest to the designers that they offer either a tool, or instructions, or better yet cut some grooves into the modules to allow for more varied architecture. The clips are designed to hold together two of the narrow edges, each 1 3/4″ (45cm). Thus, one could cut a groove that distance into a wider end of a module, or just jam it in as I did:
Overall I was impressed by the quality of construction. The plastic clips grip well and are easily clicked into place and removed, and I can only hope that my cat will, in time, try it out. Pumpkin is a shy and reserved five-year-old, and we’ve been housemates not even a month, so I’m not unduly concerned by her reticence to try new things out. That said, she’s probably going to want to scratch the new sofa I have on order, so I’m hoping that Katris will tempt her with its multiple scratchy surfaces. If not, I now have a very odd end table.
Painting by Val Nelson (see valnelson.ca for more of her work). Represented by Bau-Xi Gallery (bau-xi.com) in Vancouver and Toronto, and by Galerie de Bellefeuille in Montreal (http://debellefeuille.com/)
If you have a cat already using a cardboard scratcher, or if you have a kitten who is ripping the place to shreds, Katris by Papercut Lab would be an excellent addition to your cat’s space which adds fun, variety, and an opportunity for creative human and feline play.
Their first production run has sold out, but they tell me they will have more to ship by the end of May.