Feline Design has been a brand trusted by
our many dealers and loyal retail customers, constructing quality cat
furniture and scratching products since 1986. This is our bread and
butter, and our primary activity day in and day out. Before you embark
on your project, we'd like you to consider letting us make one of our
great cat scratchers/condos for your cherished feline companion. Our
basic sisal scratching posts are
currently on sale starting at $19.99, and we encourage
you to at least check out this option. The advantages of having us do
this work for you are many, but perhaps the most significant one is
the valuable time you will save. How much is your free time worth? And
what could you do with that precious time that could be gained by investing
in our professionally made product as opposed to doing this work yourself?
We began selling bulk sisal rope as a service to
those who are determined to make their own cat furniture. We often
have a portion of our rope inventory that can be sold to the do-it-yourself-er.
It's evident that most other rope suppliers either don't actually
sell the type of rope needed for this application, or they really
aren't tuned into you as a cat lover. So when we have more than an
ample supply of our rope to meet the needs of our production, we're
happy to offer it here.
This is Genuine sisal rope, a product we have
used for well over 25 years (yes, you read that right). It
has a rough finish which cats prefer scratching, as evidenced
by our loyal return customers, and repeat business from our dealers
throughout many years. The diameter of this rope (3/8") is 50% thicker
than the leading popular imported brand of cat furniture uses
(1/4"). As a result, your cat gets more scratching per post,
and you do not need to replace your cat scratchers so frequently.
You can now buy the same rope we use on our products.
Policy (effective fall 2018)
Our latest shipment of Brazilian sisal
rope allowed us to put into effect some new lower prices
which will stay in place indefinitely. Due to the turmoil in the Brazilian
economy, and due also to the trade wars going on between the U.S.
government and so many countries, it's impossible to predict how long
we will be able to keep your price at this level. If you were on the
fence about buying some of our rope, you shold take advantage of these
reduced proces while we are able to offer them.
rope do I need (a serious factor which needs to be addressed)?
Over my many years of sharing my sisal
rope supply with the "do-it-yourself crowd," questions about
individual project requirements usually haven't been answered to the
asker's satisfaction. This is primarily due to the wide variety of
sizes of posts/columns/shapes being wrapped. It would be great to
hear from another gifted cat owner to let the others know about what
size rope length to purchase. If you are this genius, please
click here to share your genius with the rest of us.
You are likely to find several web sites
with what look to be perfectly logical and completely flawless mathematical
models of how to arrive at this figure. Valerie's ( one of my geniuses
) formula considers some factors which these others do not. The factors
are not likely to be discussed at length in your old, dusty geometry
textbook. So with all due respect to Mrs. Miller, my H.S. geometry
teacher ( who told the class that I was "on the road to ruin"
one time! heh, heh, heh.....are we THERE yet?), I know this from doing
it, and your formula won't work in this instance, Mrs. M.
Fact is, I've taken the time to prove
this in my own shop, using several widths and lengths of columns,
and so I feel confident in offering this particular equation for someone
who wants to do the job right the first time.
I know that there are some of you out
there saying to your computer screen, "Math is math. You can't
argue with math." Let me just ask you one question: "Is
a 2x4 board EXACTLY 2 by 4 inches?" Well, for those who don't
know, it isn't. In fact, it's not. The geometry of your project isn't
exact, either. But you can account for some variations by taking some
practical measures, rather than theoretical ones.
Thanks to Valerie, I am able to provide
you with one possible way of arriving at the footage needed for your
project. You'll see a "footage kit." shown below as a purchase
option. This kit contains a 5' length of our sisal rope, as well as
instructions on how to apply Valerie's calculation to your project.
This length of rope is plenty to make such a determination for most
common sized columns, posts, and tubes from the smallest tube on up
to 16" & even a bit wider. The formula that will be provided
is most applicable to ROUND structures, but you can use the rope provided
to estimate what you'll need to wrap 2x4's, 4x4's, etc... This purchase
is non-refundable, but its $15 cost of this is fully applicable to
your future purchase of a larger quantity of this same exact rope.
The kit will be shipped within 24 hours of your payment, since we
are mindful that this is only step one of getting your rope.
is this rope from?
In recent years, most likely due to
their shaky economy, Brazil has been an unreliable supplier of sisal
rope. We switched to a Mexican rope, which actually did meet all of
our quality standards. So we had used this Mexican rope for two years
or so, & might need to return to it at some point. The 2 ropes
are virtually indistinguishable from each other.
As of October, 2014, we secured a reasonably predictable
supply of the Brazilian rope once again, and it is even better quality
than our previous one in terms of appearance, texture, and lack of
any industrial smell. It's a very nice rope which will look great
on our cat furniture, and will hold up well under heavy scratching.
So we're confident in offering this newer Brazilian rope to you.
about buying this rope at a HARDWARE store?
Buying from a home
center or hardware store can be a disappointment. There
are plenty of sources offering 50 and 100 foot coils of sisal rope.
They can be from pretty much any country, and also can be pretty much
as old as your grandchild on up to your grandpa. These
coils have been produced in huge batches and shuffled around from
warehouse to warehouse, possibly for decades. When you cut
into the shrink wrap on these, be careful not to cut the rope, which
may be so dry as to be brittle. Our rope is always in the pipeline.
We are always using it for our own production, and so you can
rely on it being FRESH.
How our rope is packaged:
The largest size (1200 ft.) is coiled,
banded, & sealed in a carton at the rope mill. Sometimes the
coils are packaged upside down in the carton - not by us, but
by the boneheads at the mill. If your rope from these coils kinks
as you draw it from the original opening, just flip the box &
cut a similar hole. This will avoid kinking.
Our 732 length is broken out of
a 1200 ft. coil (which has had 468 ft. removed from it). So, it
will be unbanded until further notice. It will still be in a relatively
compact coil, and will draw from the box in much the same way.
The 150, 200, 375, 500, & 732
foot lengths are always taken from a larger coil, and are therefore
shipped loose and not in a coil, sklein, spool, etc. However,
every effort is made to place the rope in the carton so it can be
dispensed easily, and the rope end is clearly marked and easily
located. Typically, we tape the rope end inside one of the
note that rope which has been broken out of its coil is not returnable
for any reason.
We do not take returns
on rope which has been broken out of the coil under any circumstances,
unless we've just shipped you the wrong length (i.e. you ordered 500
ft. & we sent 350). You can send back coils that you decide that
you do not want, but you will pay shipping. We've taken great care
to describe this rope as thoroughly as is practical, and are not making
any other claims about this rope (implicitly or explicity) other than
what you are reading here. The shipping timeframes
on our rope are also laid out and explained for the buyer, & may
change from time to time. Our personal confirmation of your rope order
will confirm how long it will take for us to ship your rope.
Tools for the DIY-er
Feline Design makes wrapped sisal rope columns
for you folks who want the most tightly wrapped and carefully
secured components for your cat tree project. If you use our columns,
we can handle the business end of the design, and you can focus
on the aesthetics! Each unit comes complete with hardware. From
this page, you'll also be able to access information on our replacement
parts & other components.
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