Is Funky Cat the funkiest
feline furniture in the WORLD?
I was both pleased and disappointed
to find your website. Pleased, because you have precisely
the products I want for my cat. And disappointed because
you're in Australia and I'm in the US :(
However, I did want to write and say
I hope you keep producing those products. All the
US producers of cat "mushroom trees" and
hollows have only 1 step before the top perch on a
30-25 inch tree, and you have 2. My cat is 16 years
old, and she just can't manage a 15 or 16 inch jump
up all the trees here would require. Yours though,
look to be only about 10 inches (approx 25 cm) apart
which would be perfect for her. Your design is very
attractive too, and the springies are a nice touch.
If you ever branch out to US distribution,
please let me know.
Thought i'd give you some written feed-back on the 'hollow'
purchased Saturday & how it seems to have transformed
As you could see, Indie is somewhat of a lively Bengal, full
of energy & very playful (as demonstrated when he annihilated
your feathered wand!!). He's temperament had become a little
frustrated over the last 3 weeks, as he just wanted to climb
Since purchasing your wonderful 'medium hollow' -
2 days ago, he has transformed (literally over night) into
a calmer, happier kitten! The pipe cleaners have been attached
to the top springy & he just cant leave it alone - he
entertains himself for ages & goes deliriously nuts when
played with, diving in & out & generally showing off
- purring all the way! Simply put, he is alot happier &
markedly more content.
The workmanship that goes into your product really becomes
apparent when seeing it for yourself, whilst the pictures
are great, they dont do it justice - the quality stands out
in a league of its own ...far better than any carpet covered
pole construction - so hats off to you guys!!
When we get some film of Indie, we'll be sure to forward
Thank you &
Kevin, Jenene & Indie VIC.
Hello Maurie & Jenny
Thanks for the email. Carlos and Ziggy have just turned
5 months and the hollow is well and truly part of their day.
We find that they use it when they are chasing each other
through the house and Ziggy (the brown) particularly likes
to sit on the very top surveying his kingdom. I have attached
a few photos taken a couple of months ago.
Well - What can I say? The cat hollow arrived and it looks
absolutely fantastic. I can't wait to get my little girls.
The colour is just perfect for our furniture. It is certainly
going to be a bit of a talking point with visitors. There
is just no comparison with the el- cheapo ones from the pet
shops. It's certainly worth the money.
Many thanks for all the effort you went to. Very much appreciated.
Hi Maurie & Jenny
The small tree is a huge success! It is especially appreciated
by Bella, Basil still pretends that he's not really interested
but I have caught him climbing on it when he thinks I'm out
of the room!
I think both cats will use it much more as the weather gets
colder and wetter when they'll spend more time indoors during
the day, they have a good view of the back garden from the
Hopefully I'll then be able to get some good photos to send
you. The one I've attached is of a sleepy Bella relaxing on
the tree top.
Teresa Bella & Basil VIC.
"FROM THE MOMENT I SET EYES ON A PHOTOGRAPH
OF A FUNKY HOLLOW I WANTED TO BUY ONE FOR MY 15 MONTH OLD
LIVING IN PERTH I WAS UNABLE TO PERSONALLY
VIEW A HOLLOW SO POOR MAURIE AND JENNY GOT THE THIRD DEGREE
FROM ME ABOUT THEM!
I WAS FULL OF QUESTIONS AND THEY COULDN'T
HAVE BEEN MORE HELPFUL. I AM MORE THAN HAPPY WITH THE QUALITY
AND WORKMANSHIP OF THE HOLLOW AND HAMISH ADORES HIS NEW
TOY AS YOU CAN SEE IN HIS PHOTOGRAPHS. HAMISH IS NOW ONE
FUNKY CAT WITH HIS NEW FUNKY HOLLOW!
Helen & Hamish
THE BEST CAT FURNITURE EVER!!!!!!!
I visited Jenny and Maurie today (they make
FUNKY CAT cat furniture advertised here on (COA)
...well, I am speechless and I feel that I HAVE TO write
about them and their creations, I just HAVE TO share my
impression with everybody who loves unique and beautiful
things in the house, and of course - who has been own by
cats. I want to save real hard to be able to buy at least
three different Funky Cats products for my cats.
What these two people create is unbelievable
- this I call real piece of ART. Not two of the products
are the same, and they are made with such perfection that
it is hard to believe these products did not come from a
factory! The quality of the carpet used is superb, the colours
are fantastic! the web site does not give these people a
justice, not at all!!!!!!! Jenny and Maurie are two artists
who stand behind their work and guarantee for the quality
- if you are not happy you get your money back. I cannot
see who could possibly not be happy with their products!
I have a passion for perfection, I admire everybody who
creates perfect things - Funky Cat Cat furniture is just
that: a perfect product of two lovely people's creativity
and passion for what they are creating in their spare time!
The price of their cat furniture is far too cheap compared
to the hours they spend on them and the quality of products
I believe, that having at least one of their hollow cat
trees in the house is a beautiful addition to human furniture...BEAUTIFUL<
BEAUTIFUL< BEAUTIFUL...I cannot praise them enough, I
am full of emotions still - I cannot believe what I have
seen...these two people are really unusual artistic souls
- the colours they use!!!!!!!!!! The trees they create!!!!!!!!
I just hope our cat clubs invite them to their cat shows
(the presence of Funky Cats will sure attract extra number
of visitors I am sure) and allow them to show their products
to the public. They sure need our support - but I am sure,
the beauty and quality of their products will soon make
them in no time well known around the world! I just wish
the cat clubs make it possible for cat lovers to see on
spot what they can actually buy for their pets - I cannot
imagine any cat not being absolutely taken by one of the
I could go on like this for hours...I just wanted to say
- whoever decides to buy one of Funky Cat creations, will
NOT be disappointed, in fact you will sure be pleasantly
SUPRISED - they are above all expectations in every way...
WELL DONE Jenny (she is the creative mind and she does the
art work with the carpet) and Maurie (he is the "handy
man"). I thank you both very much for coming home from
work today just to show me your products!
Another satisfied customer!!!
Dear Maurie and Jenny
Just a quick note to thank you for the wonderful addition
to my cat Ralph's home (that he kindly shares with me!!)
He absolutely loves his tree. His liking to it was immediate.
Actually, he was climbing up the hollow trunk while we were
carrying it inside. He didn't even give us time to put it
down on the ground!! A spoilt pet anyway, he now looks positively
regal perched high on the top, or on one of the leaves.
He truly is now King of this Castle.
He weighs around 5 1/2 kgs at the moment with plenty of
room to move on his hollow. Although he fits on the leaves
without a problem he loves being on the top so he can oversee
all that goes on.
As well as his enjoyment and comfort, the tree blends
really well with the rest of our home, thanks to the wide
choice in fabrics and colours you offer. Also, let me take
this opportunity to thank you for your courtesy call checking
on how Ralph reacted to his new "home within a home".
Its so refreshing to find a business that not only offers
a funky, conceptual, well - built product, but that provides
exceptional customer service too.
I can't thank you enough for everything, his tree hollow
truely is his favourite part of our home.
I have attached some photos so you can see how much the
tree has become part of his
daily routine. I'll be keeping an eye on the website for
new Funky Cat products to add to his collection.
Kerry & Ralph!!
I got my Funky Cat Hollow last week, the one Vicki bought
for me in Melbourne and we had
freighted up to the Sunshine Coast. I bet it is the first
one up here and my Cats love it.
it is such a conversation piece, my friends even think
it is awesome, and they are not cat Lovers like myself.
Thank you so much for the wonderful addition to my house.
I also handed a lot of your Brochures out at the pet expo
in Brisbane ,the ones Vicki brought up with her.
Take care Karin of Thiefohearts Ragdolls and Minnymees
My Funky Cats (medium) Hollow arrived yesterday. What a
fantastic piece of furniture. So professionaly made and
well disigned. My 12 week old British kittens have not stopped
playing and sleeping on it since it arrived. I highly recommend
a Funky Cats Hollow to any cat loving home, just perfect.
A big thank you to Maurie and Jenny Spano for making and
arrangeing the shipping of my Hollow to Albany in WA.
Jeanette WA Britz British & Zula Abyssinian
I'm not sure whether Andy sent any photos through to you
but I've attached a couple anyway just in case. These are
our new Burmese kittens - Tiger (red male) and Velvet (chocolate
female)- who we ordered the Hollow for.
The Hollow is fantastic and they love it. They are having
a great time scrabbling all over it and hiding from our
Border Collie - Oscar - inside it. We think it's so much
better than a standard type cat scratching pole and are
really pleased at how great it looks in our home.
Tiger and Velvet immediately felt right at home in their
new funky hollow. They have made it the centre of their
I can't help but to be impressed by what a great looking
piece of functional art you've created. It looks superb
and gives the kittens a unique and comfortable home within
our home. We will definitely recommend your services to
anyone that we come across who is searching for a home gym
for their cat!!
Regards, Carolyn, Andy, Tiger & Velvet
Hi Maurie and Jenny,
Just wanted to let you know what a success our medium funky
hollow is and the colours (Bordeaux red and charcoal grey)
look fantastic. We arrived home and our Burmese "Eclair"
greeted us at the door, she was very eager to sniff out this
new piece of furniture.
Whilst we tried to find the best position in our lounge
room she was not getting out, she sat in the bottom whilst
we maneuvered it around the room. She is already showing her
acrobatic abilities, by leaping from the floor to the highest
leaf and then sliding down the inside so she pops out the
bottom face up. I am sure she will have many hours of fun,
as we will watching her.
Thanks for all your help, we have taken some photos and will
get one to you as soon as we can. We will also have no hesitation
in passing on your details to other interested people.
Take care and good luck with your business.
Nicki, Darren & Eclair
Dear Maurie and Jenny,
I purchased one of your medium funky hollows on February 7th
for my beautiful burmese, Gemma. Just thought i'd let you
know she absoloutely loves it. I've placed it in a corner
which looks out one of the front windows. She loves sitting
on the top so she can look out the window to survey her territory.
She also loves climbing on and scratching the trunk and leaves
which has been great
for my new carpet, she has not clawed my carpet since i got
the hollow. The other
day she climbed up inside from the bottom to the top and loves
to play hide and seek
and attack fingers if you're game enough to put them inside
Next Thursday i'm picking up my new burmese girl to join Gemma
so i'm sure i'm in for some new fun and games with the hollow.
Hi Maurie & Jenny
The Funky Hollow was a BIG hit. Koko, Pepe and Boo wouldn't
even let me get it inthe door before wanting to investigate
further. They love to climb on, through and up it until they
reach the top. They use it to either sit happily and quietly
to watch the world go by, or use it to escape and hide during
some of the great cat chases.
Everyone I have shown the latest cat pictures to, have commented
on how great it looks, and what a great idea it is.
We can't wait for more creative cat adventure designs coming
out of Funky Cat.
Sandra, Koko, Pepe & Boo
We discovered Funky Cat scratching poles about a year ago.
We instantly loved the orignal designs and range of colours
available. Jenny and Maurie have been very helpful and patient
as we tried to make up our minds.
They are solidly built and very stable. Being breeders of
Ragdolls we can have some very heavy cats. Our Premier Neuter,
Alexander Blu, is approx 8kgs. We have found the scratching
poles are very stable, as he often scrambles up the sides.
Also, the ability to lay-by and make fortnightly payments
meant our buget was not affected.
We recommend Funky Cat scratching poles to all the new owners
of our kittens and to anyone else who will listen. We currently
have two and plan to buy more.
After discovering Funky Cat we will not buy a regular scratching
Oh, and our cats love them too.
Vicki & Neil,
Hi Maurie & Jenny
Just a quick update to let you know that Thumps and Dreams
are having a great time
with the hollow. Each morning they go to it and have games
around it.....playing hide and seek around it and sharpening
their claws on the trunk. Then they will wait for one of us
to come and play too.
The other day Dreams decided to go inside....to retrieve
one of her toys.....that was just too much for Thumps...so
he had to try to go in too....they would not both fit at the
same time....so he backed out.
Thanks again for your very attractive creation!
Jenny/Nigel/Thumps/Dreams, South Australia
Dear Maurie & Jenny,
Thanks so much for my Funky Hollow which is still going very
well and has been a huge hit. It's certainly the talking point
of my room and the first thing that catches peoples eyes when
they walk in, I get lots of compliments. Often I get visitors
asking me if they could come back as one of my cats!
Chloe is very taken with the top penthouse position and sleeps
there most of the day. She's quite disgusted when Cassie occasionally
gets on top first and we often have brawls ;) Cassie' bigger
so usually she holds her own however she's also more than
happy to sleep in the bottom where it's quite warm and safe.
Thanks again to both of you for the fantastic product and
excellent service you provided. Even going out of your way
to assist me with my disability was just a breathe of fresh
My two girls certainly love you for it too!
I know you'll be a big hit with any cat lover.
Hi Maurie & Jenny
We would just like to say how happy we are with our Small
Hollow....our two birmans seem very happy with it too. As
you know it took Thumps quite a while to actually get inside
the hollow, but he goes to it in the mornings now...to have
a game, and Dreams goes there too.....the two of them spend
time playing around it and on it.
Dreams loves to stretch to her full length and scratch on
the trunk.....must feel really good! Thumper likes to scratch
on it too.....and also to hide around the trunk and charge
at Dreams....he is really only a kitten...even if he does
look older...and he is still very playful. He will sit and
look around the edge of the trunk to see if anyone is coming
to play with him. Dreams likes to lie upside down and work
her paws on one of the lower leaves. She will go inside to
retrieve toys but Thumps is still a little wary of that.
Thank you both for your excellent and very efficient service...sending
the samples of carpet so that we could choose the colors we
liked......and recommending the heavy duty carpet for our
heavy scratcher too....you certainly have a wonderful and
unique product. Our Funky Hollow is in our lounge room and
it looks really great there....quite a conversation piece...and
certainly an "entertainment centre" for our two
beautiful birmans. They will get a lot of pleasure from your
As many people probably don't have time to check out the
internet for scratching posts....and yours certainly could
not be called just "scratching posts", you should
send photos of the various Hollows to cat clubs so members
can see what lovely creations you make....you will get lots
of orders, I'm sure.
Thanks again to you both
Jenny/Nigel/Thumper/Dreams... South Australia Small Hollow
Hi Maurie & Jenny
Just thought you may like an update.
The Hollow is definitely the pride and joy of our two - it's
their escape piece and look out if you try to pat one of them
whilst they're hiding inside! Amazingly, they share the top
and often sleep up there together.
They use all of it - often sitting on the leaves or on the
top, and sleeping on top. When they're feeling really active,
they will go up and down the middle but it's when they're
sitting inside on the bottom watching us that we have to be
careful. It's virtually always playful but if I haven't clipped
their claws, look out!
They'll also just hide in there if they feel the lounge is
too crowded with visitors and they want to just watch. Quite
By the way, my dad made a suggestion the other day I thought
you might like. He thought having springies hanging upside-down
on the underside of the leaves (more-so the lower leaves)
would be good fun for the cats. Especially if the spring is
a little longer, allowing it to swing more. Not sure if that's
feasible but he's one of my critics so for him to come up
with an idea is amazing! Mind you, he admits the idea of the
Hollow is a great one, so huge credit there :)!
Cheers Jane, Leigh, Ramses & Liea Medium Hollow
Hi Maurie & Jenny
The cats love the trees. They like to dangle over the leaves
and the tall tree means they are at my eye level and they
love it because it means they get heaps of pats as I walk
past. I've received comments from visitors as to how unusual
they are and how good they look. I'm very pleased with both
trees and I'm recommending them to others.
Comments from the cats: "Purrrrrrrrr"
Have a great new year.
Hi Maurie ..
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Was sitting having breakfast this morning and saw the least
acclimatized cat go straight down the middle and out the bottom.
Last night she was clawing so hard it was as if she was trying
to rip the bark off the trunk! They're loving it, and, it
is certainly a talking piece!
My parents arrive tomorrow to stay over Christmas .. can't
imagine what they'll have to say about their 'grand daughters'
new scratching pole!?
Did you ever see The Lost Forest concept when it was in Melbourne.
Theme shops with soft toys and 'talking trees'. The Funky
Hollow reminds me of that concept.
Great Fun! A great idea!
Vicki & Stan, Kismet & Koochi
One lazy Sunday morning over brunch at a cafe, I saw an article
in the Weekend magazine.
What a wonderful idea, someone has finally come-up with a
fantastic pussycat cat play station in the form of a very
clever furniture item. I wrote down the Internet address and
the next day logged on to the Funkycat web site.
I was truly amazed by the design of the "Hollow"
and decided that a "large Hollow" would make the
most wonderful Christmas present for my two pussycats "Suki
(Lilac Siamese) and Roxy (Lilac Tonkanese).
The Funkycat web site made it so easy to determine the dimensions
for size and colour suitability of the large Hollow. I simply
e-mail Maurie and Jenny who promptly sent me carpet samples
and within a week or so I ordered the large hollow in brown
trunk with green leaves.
I was delighted when I saw the "large Hollow" at
time of pick-up some weeks later, the quality of manufacture
was amazing. And well, although I tried to sneak the "Hollow"
into our apartment Suki and Roxy laid claim very quickly.
So I let them have the hollow as an early Christmas present
and they just love it!!
Thank you Maurie and Jenny, it's a great product, worth every
cent and I would recommend it to any owner who loves their
cats and wants to give them something very special!!!
Kerrie, Robert, Suki & Roxy Large
Thank you so much for this amazing creation! My cats - Ramses
and Leia - didn't even let us get their Funky Hollow into
the house before they were climbing all over it...and through
They haven't left it alone since, be it to climb or just
sleep on - they love it!! It gives our lounge a garden-type
affect without imposing and certainly makes for a creative
talking point - even the harshest of critics about my love
of cats concedes this is a fantastic idea and admires it whenever
they come around. My babies just love being in the room on
their own piece of furniture they can scratch without getting
Even better, the incredible creators of the Funky range were
so friendly and efficient in their production of Ramses and
Liea's Hollow, I'm recommending them to anyone with a cat
or two - even the shops that sell regular cat scratchers and
Thank you, Maurie and Jenny, we owe you!
Jane, Leigh, Ramses & Liea
Well our babies love the tree, they think it is just the
We look forward to getting our next one out of Lay-By for
Keep up the good work our Ragdolls give it the paws-up.
VICKI Medium Hollow