The year was 1986. Only three
years after graduating from the University of Pennsylvaina's heralded Wharton
School, and after a handful of unremarkable and unsatisfying career starts, I
needed to find a new direction. Afer all, I was just months away from marrying
my long time best friend ( usually referred to as Mrs. Catman, to protect her
privacy ), and was anxious to start out our married life together with a stable
Looking back, it would seem fitting that I didn't
join my fellow graduates in the world of hedge funds and other
exotic finincial instrument trading. After the world economy
came crashing down in 2008, all I can say was "Hey, don't
look at ME. I'm just making cat furniture out here in the forest!"
As far as stability goes, the career move wasn't
that bad, really. At the time of this writing, I've been pounding
out my designs for over 30 years. Cat owners from all over the
country, and even as far away as Singapore, rely on this as
the top shelf of cat furniture lines. And repeat customers have
been there year after year, trading in their well worn Feline
Design scratching post for a fresh one. Or maybe even taking
the plunge into some more complex Feline Design model.
in a tiny shop a little west of Philadelphia, and rarely engaging the assistance
of outside help, Feline Design Cat Furniture is all American made, and the vast
bulk of these products never leave my hands until they are safely on the store
& Gateway: 2 perfect cats
carefully selected sisal rope, only the best hand-picked carpet available, and
with only the most heavy-duty component parts, I'm proud to be a totally "hands-on"
boss. And prouder yet that I can't really get fired. After all, the company would
disappear, now, wouldn't it.
Along with my
wife, and my 2 trusty cats who take a swipe at testing the newest designs, I often
tell satisfied customers that I can "do this for another 29 years".
There are challenges
to this plan, however. Take a look at your buying habits. If you always want to
get what you are looking for for "cheaper," you're driving this small
company out of business, along with many other US-based companies! You can count
on it if you have this Wal-Mart mentality.
I'm happy to bring this line of cat furniture
to you, and I'm sure your own cats will be happy to see
what you've picked up here, and happier yet to begin its