Review: Vesper Cat Furniture

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I first saw the new Vesper line of cat furniture from Hagen at Superzoo in Las Vegas last summer. I fell in love with it on the spot. It’s quite possibly the most beautiful line of cat furniture I’ve seen, and I see a lot of cat furniture. When I saw it again at Global Pet Expo last month, I loved it just as much, and picked it as my choice for Best in Show.

The entire line offers the purrfect combination of beautiful design, cat-friendly materials and absolutely wonderful workmanship. All of the pieces are simply stunning. They feature different combinations of platforms, cubes, and tunnels, and plenty of scratching areas.

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I was offered a choice of models to review and I picked the V-Base model in the walnut finish. The furniture arrived in a box that looked way too small to contain such a beautiful piece, and if you’ve read my product reviews for a while, you know that the words “assembly required” are some of my least favorite words in the English language. Allegra wasn’t the only one who was worried.

The V-Base comes with extremely detailed drawn assembly instructions and all the necessary hardware, including a small Allen wrench that works with all the screws. I made decent progress until I got stumped by assembling the four sided cube, and ended up calling in a friend to help. Between the two of us, it didn’t take us long to put the entire piece together. Having a second person definitely made it easier, but I’m pretty sure anyone who is reasonably well-versed at following drawn directions will be able to put this together without help. Even though no tools are required, we found that it was easier to use a screwdriver rather than the Allen wrench that came with it.

The V-Base is made from walnut veneer. The scratching poles are covered in durable seaweed. The cube features a removable soft memory foam cushion insert. A second memory foam cushion attaches to the top of the unit with velcro strips, making it easy to remove for cleaning. The two round scratching pads are also attached with velcro.

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The unit is extremely sturdy. Ruby runs up and down at full tilt, and it barely even moves. The suspended toys add a lovely touch, and can be replaced easily.

The V-Base was a big hit with both Allegra and Ruby almost right from the start. I had initially placed it in between our living and dining room, but ended up moving it just off to the side of our sliding glass door. The V-Base has become a favorite bird-watching spot. Ruby especially likes to watch from inside the cube. She probably thinks the birds can’t see her when she’s hiding in there…

As far as I’m concerned, the V-Base, as well as all the other pieces in this line, combine the best of both worlds: environmental enrichment and endless fun for your cats, and a beautiful addition to your home decor. Cat furniture doesn’t get any better than this.

 

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The price point of the entire line is much lower than I expected, given the amazing quality. The V-Base model we reviewed retails for $89.99, the other pieces in the collection range from $64.99 to $179.99.

Vesper Cat Furniture is available from Amazon with free shipping for Prime members*. It is also available from Unleashed by Petco and other big and small retailers.

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February 2016 update: You can find a V-Base instruction video to help with assembly in Vesper’s website.

FTC Disclosure: I received this product for review at no charge. I also received a fee for writing this review. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion. Or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion.

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24 Comments on Review: Vesper Cat Furniture

  1. Val W
    November 20, 2016 at 11:57 pm (11 months ago)

    Hi, thanks for the review. I want to know where the country of origin is? i don’t seem to be able to find it on the company’s website nor Amazon. where is it made?

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    • Ingrid
      November 21, 2016 at 6:25 am (11 months ago)

      Please contact Hagen directly, Val, they’ll be able to tell you.

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  2. Lisa
    January 12, 2016 at 2:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I bought a Vesper unit like the one in the photos in Sept 2015 and it was almost like a piece of furniture quality wise and the cats loved it. I recently bought another unit and the quality has declined substantially. There is no longer any veneer on the units, it is all MDF, a pressed wood with no finish. Very disappointed…

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    • Ingrid
      January 12, 2016 at 4:52 pm (2 years ago)

      That is disappointing, Lisa. I’ll pass your feedback on to the company.

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    • Ingrid
      January 13, 2016 at 9:17 am (2 years ago)

      Lisa, I checked with Hagen’s rep. They think this was some sort of mistake or defect. Please call Hagen’s customer service team at 800-225-2700, they should be able to help you.

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  3. Ashley
    November 20, 2015 at 10:26 pm (2 years ago)

    I bought a similar vesper, but am having a hard time with the box part. It looks like the holes that are pre drilled are too large? I’m so stumped. Is that the way they are supposed to be?

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    • Ingrid
      November 21, 2015 at 7:06 am (2 years ago)

      It’s been too long since we put mine together, so unfortunately I can’t remember, Ashley. Please call the number provided in a previous comment – someone there can help you.

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  4. Katie
    October 12, 2015 at 4:52 pm (2 years ago)

    I have three cats, two of whom are on the large side (15+lbs.). I love the look of these but can’t find specs for how big the cubes are in this line. Can you help me out? How big are your cats? Are the cubes and platforms big enough for them? Thanks!

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    • Ingrid
      October 12, 2015 at 5:04 pm (2 years ago)

      Allegra and Ruby are small cats at 8 and 9 pounds each. I think the platforms are going to be big enough for a large cat. I’m not sure about the cubes. I think they’ll work if your cats like to be curled up in small spaces, but they might be too small for 15+ lb cats. The furniture is definitely sturdy enough to withstand even large cats jumping up and down. I hope this helps!

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      • Katie
        October 12, 2015 at 5:15 pm (2 years ago)

        Thank you so much for your quick reply! This is helpful. I was so happy to find sleek and modern cat trees…I will probably give them a shot!

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  5. Marina
    July 21, 2015 at 8:45 pm (2 years ago)

    for the love of cat gods, please HELP! We got a similar tower and we unable to figure out HOW to put the cube together!!! The screws do not fit in a base of a cube. PLEASE help!!! TIA!

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    • Ingrid
      July 22, 2015 at 6:30 am (2 years ago)

      I feel your pain, Marina! I’m going to check with the friend who helped me to see if she remembers how we did it, and I’ll update once I hear from her. I’ll also contact Hagen.

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    • Ingrid
      July 30, 2015 at 3:29 pm (2 years ago)

      I found help for you, Marina! Please call Hagen customer service at 1-800-724-2436 – someone there will be able to assist you.

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    • Jess
      August 2, 2015 at 2:27 am (2 years ago)

      I’m having trouble with the same thing! I’m in Australia and that phone number doesn’t work for me :”'(

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      • Ingrid
        August 2, 2015 at 5:57 am (2 years ago)

        I’ll check to see if there’s a different number for you to call, Jess.

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      • Ingrid
        August 3, 2015 at 2:24 pm (2 years ago)

        Here’s what Hagen USA told me: they do not sell directly to retail outlets in Australia. All of their sales go through their distributor for Australia, and they will be able to offer you more information. Please contact: Pet Pacific, PO Box 481, Penrith, 2751 New South Wales, http://www.petpacific@petpacific.com.au, phone 612 4728 6000.

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      • Darren
        September 12, 2015 at 11:20 pm (2 years ago)

        Me too can’t suds out the cubes please help

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        • Ingrid
          September 13, 2015 at 6:03 am (2 years ago)

          Darren, you can call Hagen customer service at 1-800-724-2436 – someone there will be able to assist you.

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  6. Feline Yogi
    April 15, 2015 at 6:20 pm (3 years ago)

    So happy to see that you reviewed this and like it. What purr-fect timing! We just ordered two of these this past weekend and can’t wait for them to arrive. We ordered from All Pets Emporium (http://allpetsemporium.com/) and the prices were very reasonable and the customer service has been great!

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    • Ingrid
      April 16, 2015 at 6:17 am (3 years ago)

      I hope your cats enjoy it, Paige!

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  7. Sue Brandes
    April 14, 2015 at 7:53 pm (3 years ago)

    That looks very nice.

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  8. Caren Gittleman
    April 14, 2015 at 3:22 pm (3 years ago)

    looks like a winner, but I am like you….I get sooo caught up in the instructions. Once I had to have a friend come and check to make sure I assembled the litter cabinet correctly, amazingly…I had!

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    • Ingrid
      April 15, 2015 at 6:16 am (3 years ago)

      Good for you, Caren! And I don’t blame you at all for having someone double check! 🙂

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