SUMIKA KIMINOKI series. Tension type wooden cat tower
SUMIKA (TIRAMISU Co., Ltd.) (Tokyo)
This tension-type cat tower takes into consideration both the natural behaviors and safety of cats. In the high-end model, SUMIKA has partnered with factories dedicated to rescue cat initiatives, prioritizing safety in product development. For instance, when fastening the ropes around the support pillars, most manufacturers use small metal fittings due to the ease and cost-effectiveness of machine manufacturing. Recognizing the potential danger of these fittings being ingested by cats, a decision was made to eliminate them. Instead, all rope-wrapping is meticulously done by hand, a decision made after consulting with skilled craftspeople.
The design incorporates natural wood on the base and steps, known to be favored by cats. The ropes used for scratching are made of soft, natural hemp that is gentle on their paws and minimally scented. There is also a choice between two rope materials: natural hemp and white cotton, which adds a touch of interior elegance. To ensure durability, a variety of parts can be obtained separately such as support pillars, beds, and balconies, each with different lengths. This versatile selection allows for customization, catering to your cat’s growth, temperament, household size, and interior aesthetics. For cats that require vertical play, this presents a haven that retains their innate feline essence as they age—a space that embodies their true nature.