Cat Trees, But Make It Fashion

published Jan 1, 2021
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Yes, cat parents, you love your cat, but don’t you also love not having the eyesore of a cat tree in the middle of your beautifully decorated living room? So did Lora Lombardi of @cathaus_usa, who now makes and sells fashion-forward cat furniture from repurposed materials out of her studio in Portland, Oregon.

Lora’s signature cat trees are a lively blend of textures and bright colors–like yellow, pink, and blue– a sharp contrast to the solid beige and grey color schemes of more traditional cat towers.

The ever-popular Happy Haus is 18 inches tall and features two levels. It comes in “patchwork rainbow” or “chaotic neutral.” You’ll have to wait to snag one of these though because it’s currently sold out.

Spellbound is another popular design. This cat play station ships flat and screws together for easy assembly. It features a puffball and spring attachment that will keep your kitty entertained for hours.

And for a paired down version, there’s Dazzle, which is the puffball attached to a small base, but still tons of fun.

Lora goes to great lengths to source sustainable materials for all of her products. She finds secondhand carpets, rugs, and fabrics from garage sales and stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army. For sturdy cat tree bases, she uses wood scraps salvaged from Craigslist or her friends’ wood shops. And when she does need to purchase new materials, she makes sure to shop locally and support small businesses in her community. And after gathering all of her materials, the real work begins.

All Cathaus designs ship for free, but it can take up to four weeks depending on which item you purchase since every piece is handmade by Lora herself. You can shop the full @cathaus_usa collection here.