KITTY KEBAB SUSTAINABLE CAT SCRATCHING POST
UPCYCLED RICE HULLS
Base and Caps
After almost a year of searching for a durable, attractive, and eco-friendly material to use for the Kitty Kebab's base and caps, we haphazardly stumbled upon an amazing new product called ACRE™ manufactured in Mississippi by Modern Mill. ACRE is a groundbreaking new building material, which is as beautiful as natural wood, yet far longer lasting and more resistant to the elements. ACRE is manufactured without harming a single tree, upcycled from locally sourced rice hulls, and manufactured in a zero-waste environment. ACRE also is free of phenol, formaldehyde, and adhesives.
The cardboard we use for the inserts comes from unique origins. Companies who use corrugated cardboard boxes for shipping products (so, pretty much everyone these days), often have rejects (dents, misprints, etc.), which don't actually get used and are just get recycled (or worse... thrown in the garbage!). Now, companies, like Dr. Elsey's, have the option of supplying us with these otherwise brand new boxes for one more journey before being enjoy by your kitty and then recycled by you.
Does your company generate a lot of corrugated cardboard waste? We know you already recycle it (...right?!), but why not add another step to the closed loop? If you're interested, please connect with us!
We are on the hunt for something greener, but, for now, the strongest, eco-friendly material we have found to support the Kitty Kebab is FSC-certified Douglas fir lumber. This certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability.
Note: Eco Cat Co. is not FSC-certified, but the lumber we use for our scratching post's core is. The Tacoma, WA based mill we source the wood from is also certified (C002772).
HIGH BIO-BASED LAMINATING EPOXY
Unfortunately, in order to make the Kitty Kebab as indestructible as possible, we had to resort to using a tiny dab of epoxy here and there to anchor some of the metal hardware. But, you guessed it, we searched high and low for the most eco-friendly option and discovered a company, Entropy Resins (based in Fremont, CA), who uses green chemistry, sustainable raw materials, and efficient manufacturing to conserve energy, minimize harmful byproducts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions of their resins and hardeners.
Maybe someday we'll figure out a way for the Kitty Kebab to snap together like Legos, but, for now, we have to use metal fasteners, just like everyone else. The following is what we currently employ:
Threaded Inserts (5): Zinc-plated carbon steel
T25 Screws (4): 1022 grade steel w/ bronze polymer coating
Socket Screws (4): Stainless steel (18-8)
Washers (4): Zinc-plated steel
Hanger Bolt (1): Steel
If you ordered your Kitty Kebab online, then it was shipped to you with it's two-part base detached and a small, compostable pouch attached to one of the pieces via some hemp cord. Enclosed, you will find four socket screws and four washers, which are required if you wish to attach the base to the scratcher. To do so, you will need a 3/16" hex key/Allen wrench; if you did not purchase one as an add-on to your Kitty Kebab or already have one, then you will either have to take a quick trip to your local hardware store.
Tip: Consider a second set of hands, as things get a little top-heavy and awkward at Step 2.
Place the main section of the Kitty Kebab (the part with the cardboard enclosed by two caps) vertically on the ground with the logo end facing down and the end with the four threaded insert holes facing up. Tip: Do this on a soft surface, like carpet, as opposed to wood or tile. The main section should stand on its own, unless you have some sweet shag carpeting; if this is the case, then you might need to lean it against something.
Place one piece of the base on top of the main section, so the end of the main section with the four threaded insert holes facing up fits into the indentation on the base and the two holes on the base align with two of the threaded insert holes.
First, drop one washer into the hole on the base. Second, place one of the socket screws through the hole in the washer/base and it should rest in the coinciding threaded insert on the main section. At this point, you just need use hand-power to twist the screw in, but leave it a little loose. Repeat this with the other hole/washer/screw.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the other half of the base.
With the 3/6" hex key in your dominant hand, use the other to support and align the two halves of the base where they meet in the middle. When the two halves of the base are flat and even, tighten the screws with the hex key in an "X" pattern: 1) Tighten any screw first; 2) Tighten the screw diagonally across on the other half; 3) Tighten the screw across on the other half (the first half should be fully secured at this point); 4) Tighten the final screw. Tip: If the two halves don't align properly, then loosen the screws a little and repeat this step. If this still isn't solving the issue, then remove all four screws and try switching the base pieces and/or rotating the main section a quarter turn before starting at Step 2 again.
Photos coming soon!