Still working on developing new products. This is very time consuming - but the end results will be worth it. Also working toward adding in some other products - this is very exciting.... and costly too! Again, the end result will be a more fun product offering for cat enthusiasts.
News Summer 2018
The past few years with Art Motion and Sound have taught me a great deal about running a small web business: I want to incorporate all that I have learned into a new website and new products. Developing a new website, along with new products this summer and fall. We will be releasing all at once in sort of a "business makeover launch."
New scratcher in development:
This all new design in Black Walnut is one of several nearing completion. This particular design offers a wider scratching area than traditional vertical posts along with a more stable base (six cork feet instead of four.) This one should be in the line by August. The new designs are easy to assemble and lighter weight (to reduce shipping costs.)
News July, August, September 2017
Most important - Deb and I got a new kitten! You can read the whole story on the Cat Site.com, but here is a teaser pic of our little cuttie!
The materials I bought for the cat toys are non toxic and natural.... but they didn't hold up in testing. Now sourcing new materials - I keep relearning that development takes a long time if you really care about what you sell! Even something as simple as a toy takes time!
I bought some new machinery to speed up production: a large industrial band saw, a big edge sander and a new dust collection system (big tools make BIG dust!)
Have kept promotions to a minimum for the past few months so I would have time to develop product. Building this business has been slow, which is okay because this is a hobby at this point. But someday, I will be doing this full time, so I want to do things right. Still learning photography (got to have good images for the site!) and still learning about promoting on the web (small budget and big dreams!)
News April, May, June 2017
Last month I placed some of our scratchers with For Cats Only, a local veterinary clinic here in Quakertown. This is the clinic that takes excellent care of our bengals Makena and Lilia. If you are local you can see several of our scratchers there AND order/pick up there to save on shipping!
Additional shop space has been completed. Currently focused on adding inventory and creating new product. I had originally planned to release a pair of Black Walnut scratchers along with some toys. The new scratchers took a huge amount of time and in the end were found to be too expensive - they have been placed on hold for the time being. Toys are an item we have had demand for and just finished sourcing suitable materials for. Hope to add these in very soon. There is another product I hope to add in, currently building the devices to make it.... more about this one if it works!
News November/December 2016
Congratulations to KKoerner on winning a scratcher in The Cat Site giveway!
Some lucky cats and the new scratcher they won!
We are continuing to expand the shop space and storage space. This is taking much more time than originally anticipated, but should be complete early next year. Until this is complete, we have cut back on advertising and promotions for fear of not being able to deliver product in a timely fashion.
News September/October 2016
Congratulations to Margret on winning a scratcher in The Cat Site giveway!
We are currently adding focused on adding workspace in order to handle more volume. There will be new space for development projects. Currently I have to clean up production space each time development work is being done. This has slowed both development and production. There will also be a larger dedicated packing/shipping desk and more storage for sub-assemblies. Also going to add a window seat for Makena to nap on when he is out working with me in the studio/shop.Hoping to have all construction done before the holiday season, at which point I can get back to new product work.
News July/August 2016
update: Congratulations to Kittensncoffee on winning a scratcher!
FREE! Another Scratcher Giveaway!
Starting June 31th The Cat Site.com will be hosting a Scratcher giveaway for its members! Not a member? Visit the The Cat Site.com and take a look around. This site has very friendly forums and an excellent archive of well written, informative articles on: cat behaviour, health, cat care, adoption, grooming, litterboxes, ferals/strays, special needs cats etc, etc. I am active on this forum under the screen name Bengalcatman, hope to see your there!
New Scratchers, New products
The development of the Black Walnut scratchers has been taking a lot more time than anticipated. The initial designs looked great but there was an issue with ease of assembly. We sent out a few prototypes and the testers LOVED them - but admitted they had problems with getting them put together. This is exactly why we go to the considerable time, trouble and expense of sending out prototypes: the feedback is invaluable. Redesigning now so they go together in a fashion similar to current designs.
Other products are slowly making their way into production, stay tuned!
News April/May/June 2016
update: Congratulations to JAG007 on winning a scratcher!
We are adding some customer images to our site, so if you have pics of your cat with one of our scratchers, we would love to have a copy! Like this:
Rayna and Rhett San Diego
New Scratchers and...
We are getting close on releasing a new design in Black Walnut. The first prototypes are beautiful. Still working on getting everything to look "just right." The Big Scratch we released last month has been doing well and we have received positive feedback on it. We put one in our living room for our Bengals (Makena and Lilia,) Makena plays on it often, he likes to have a toy underneath to bat at and Lilia has slept on it a few times (I suspect she is trying to "claim" it :)
and... We will not just be selling cat scratchers. Over the next few months we will be releasing other products. They will be as unique as our scratchers. Of course, they will have something to do with cats.....
Get Notice of Sales and New Products
In the near future we will be starting special sales for those on our email list. Don't miss out! At the bottom of this page you will find a link to sign up. Don't worry, we will never give your email to anyone else and at most you would get a single email a month from us.
FREE! Upcoming Scratcher Giveaway!
May 1st The Cat Site.com will be hosting another Scratcher giveaway for its members! Not a member? Visit the The Cat Site.com and take a look around. This site has very friendly forums and an excellent archive of well written, informative articles on: cat behaviour, health, cat care, adoption, grooming, litterboxes, ferals/strays, special needs cats etc, etc.
I am active on this forum under the screen name Bengalcatman, hope to see your there!
News February/March 2016
Scratcher Giveaway at The Cat Site.com !
update: Congratulations to Donuttee on winning a scratcher! I Hope your cat loves it! ........ Keep watching The Cat Site announcements - we will be doing this again soon!
The giveaway is for members of The Cat Site.com, so go get signed up at this great forum so you can be eligible to enter! Good luck winning your free scratcher!
New Scratcher Designs!
In the next few weeks we will be releasing some new scratchers:
We have had some inquiries from owners of very large hybids and small wildcats for a large scratcher. The design is being tested now by a family with a 28 pound hybrid. Update: Now in our line, check it out!
Black Walnut Scratchers
We are working on new designs in Black Walnut. Black Walnut looks fantastic in oil finishes, has a beautiful natural glow and a nice feel. I LOVE working with this wood and have experience using Black Walnut in boat building. These will be all new designs to take advantage of the refined look and dark tones of Black Walnut.
News January 2016
Scratcher giveaway for members at The Cat Site.com!
update: Congratulations to LoveMyZeus on winning the scratcher! I Hope Zeus loves it! Keep watching The Cat Site announcements - we will be doing this again soon!
Not a member? Visit the The Cat Site.com and take a look around. This site has very friendly forums and an excellent archive of well written, informative articles on: cat behaviour, health, cat care, adoption, grooming, litterboxes, ferals/strays, special needs cats etc, etc.
I am active on this forum under the screen name Bengalcatman, hope to see your there!