Allegra and Ruby haven’t looked forward to a product review as much as they have to this one in a long time. They’ve been dreaming of owning one of these castles for almost a year, so when MyThreeCats.com offered to send us one, we jumped at the chance!
This artistic, colorful cardboard tower has multiple levels for climbing and perching. It is made of heavy-duty cardboard and supported by metal bars for added strength and stability, but yet, it’s lightweight enough to move from room to room fairly easily. It is designed to support cats weighing up to 25 lbs. Please note that this is the total weight it supports, so two cats weighing a combined 25 lbs. could occupy the castle.
Even though I’m pretty sure the girls can’t read, they seemed to know the big box was for them. Meanwhile, I was hoping that this was going to be easy to assemble – given the size of the box, and that the finished product was going to be 60 inches high, and my phobia of the words “some assembly required,” this would be interesting.
Will Mom be able to turn this into a castle?
Assembly was fairly simple – it took me about half an hour, and would probably go faster if you had someone helping you. For the most part, the pieces just slide into each other, and the metal bars are easy to insert. The one piece I had some difficulty with was the lid – the tabs didn’t insert easily into the slots. They provided a supplementary solution for it, but I didn’t see the instructions for it until after I had already taped the lid, which worked for me.
The Catemporary Castle is much bigger than I expected it to be. The photo above gives you some perspective. It didn’t take Ruby long to check it out. Allegra was a bit intimidated and held back, which is typical for her with anything new in her environment.
The Catemporary Castle is much sturdier than I expected it to be. I think it would be virtually impossible to topple it, even with a cat running at it at full speed. I like the pretty design – who says cat furniture has to be ugly? I also like the fact that it’s easily moved. I like to change things up in our kitty playroom, and this makes it easy.
At $69.95, compared to the cost of most cat trees, this castle is a fairly inexpensive way to satisfy your cats’ needs for both vertical space and for hiding places. Jackson Galaxy categorizes cats as “tree dwellers” (typically, confident cats who like to be up high on cat trees or furniture) and “bush dwellers” (cats who prefer to stay on the ground and like places where they can hide.) The Catemporary Castle accommodates both of these behavior styles. It also adds some variety for cats who may be getting bored with their cat trees.
Allegra and Ruby give the Catemporary Castle four paws up, and I’ll add my two thumbs to that.
For more information about the Refined Feline Catemporary Castle, and to purchase, please visit MyThreeCats.com. And while you’re there, check out the many other fun cat products they offer!
FTC Disclosure: I received this product for review at no charge from MyThreeCats.com. I also received a small 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.