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NZ$ 3,667
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, February 17 2019 8:10 PM UTC +00:00
NZ$ 3,667
pledged of NZ$ 30,000pledged of NZ$ 30,000 goal
23
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, February 17 2019 8:10 PM UTC +00:00

About

Cat's love to climb!  Whether to simply explore new places, to extend their territory or get to where they need to go.  The MonkeeTree® Scalable Cat Ladder allows your little Monkee to do it all, access an open window, reach an elevated catdoor, climb up to a second storey balcony or entertain themselves inside.

MonkeeTree versatile patented modular design means you can create a configuration to reach many locations currently not accessible by your cat and therefore extend their territory or playground.

Monkee Tree Product Overview

Monkee Tree's are made up of Trunk sections which can be arranged in angular position (1 through 12).  Each Trunk can have a Branch attached to it which forms the step for a cat to use.  The versatile design means the ladder can be extended to any required height and Branch layout.  The 18 Trunk Starter Pack is the base product and all you need to start your Monkee Tree cat ladder.

The assembly is supported on a Stump which can be screwed to the floor/ground and can also be secured using wall brackets supplied.  A rotating wedge under the Stump allows the Monkee Tree to be aligned true vertical when installing it on sloping floors (such as patios/decks).

A 6 Trunk Extension Kit is available to purchase.  When added to an 18 Trunk Starter pack the Monkee Tree height increases by approx. 22.9" (58cm).  You can keep adding these until the height you require is achieved.

Branches are designed to prevent water accumulating and numerous tread surfaces were trailed before the final design was chosen.  Branches include a break away tab feature to prevent people from climbing.

Monkee Trees are easy to clean!  A Scratch Patch can be purchased which attaches to the base of the trunk for your cat to get their claws stuck into.  This can also be easily removed for cleaning. 

The product is durable and constructed from UV resistant materials which are fully recyclable.  People who pick up the Monkee Tree components often comment on how sturdy the construction is.  Dashkitten who reviewed the product is an example of this. Parts were intentionally not glued together to make end of life recycling easy.

Load testing was carried on the branches to ensure they are able to support the design weight of a cat (maximum recommended weight of 27 lbs).   

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Monkee Tree History

Monkee Tree is already at a relatively developed stage.  It has been sold mainly locally (New Zealand & Australia) in its current form for over a year.  Over this period we have received feedback from shows we attend and customers using Monkee Tree's.  Improvements to the design have now been made and with the product relaunch we plan to distribute Monkee Tree's globally.    

The Project

This project is for the product relaunch in preparation of Worldwide product distribution.  It essentially relates to some improvements to make Monkee Tree an "Assemble out of the box experience" and make assembly much easier.   Other benefits of the improved design are:

  • up to 18 Trunk Monkee Tree can be free standing (just secured to the floor)
  • ease of installation and disassembly
  • which means you can easily change the layout to provide some variety for your cat.    

The new design requires a new part, we call the Trunk Connector, and associated hardware. The Trunk Connector design has been developed and numerous prototypes tested to come up with a final design.   

Trunk Connector Part Prototypes
Trunk Connector Part Prototypes

Globex Engineering who undertook the detailed design of other Monkee Tree parts completed the Trunk Connector detail design and testing.   Tooling for the new part is nearly complete with first production samples due shortly in time for the product relaunch in February 2019.   

3D Model of the new Trunk Connector
3D Model of the new Trunk Connector
Trunk Connector Design
Trunk Connector Design
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If we exceed our Pledge goal we plan to develop other accessories for Monkee Tree such as a cat bed and food bowl attachment.

Who's Behind Monkee Tree

We are a family startup business.  James, a mechanical engineer, and his wife Jennie decided to develop Monkee Tree after they needed a ladder for their cat Smudge to access a cat door and they couldn't find a ready made solution on the market.    

The original reason for Monkee Tree - Smudge accessing his cat door
The original reason for Monkee Tree - Smudge accessing his cat door
The rest of the Team (see Smudge's own Monkee Tree access to the playhouse bottom right of image)
The rest of the Team (see Smudge's own Monkee Tree access to the playhouse bottom right of image)

Risks and challenges

Given the developed stage this project is at the risks are generally low. The new components have been tested with full working prototypes. We are now in the tooling/production phase. Timely delivery of the finished product and to the required manufactured quality are the biggest risks. Testing and inspection of parts will be undertaken to manage quality.

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Long-lasting design

Monkee Tree's are designed and built to last. People often comment of the sturdy constructions when picking components up. The 18 Trunk Starter Pack weigh around 17lbs (8kg). UV resistant materials have been used.

Reusability and recyclability

We have intentionally not glued parts together to make separation for recycling easy. All molded parts have recycling symbols.

Sustainable materials

We want to investigate using some recycled materials. This will be another future project. The challenge will be to ensure Monkee Tree's structural integrity when using potentially inconsistent raw materials.

We use unbleached partly recycled packaging materials.

Environmentally friendly factories

We contract manufacture most components local to us in New Zealand. That way we can monitor manufacturing environments first hand. We assemble and pack components ourselves.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

Our next project is to setup effective and efficient fulfillment/distribution of Monkee Trees.

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    Monkee Trees - for Cat Shelters

    For every 25 pledges of NZ$10 we will donate a Monkee Tree to a Cat Shelter, SPCA, or organisation that adopts and looks after stray or unwanted cats. When accounting for shipping this equates to over 42% discount. Feel free to suggest a cat shelter of your choice and a reason why you believe they deserve a Monkee Tree and we will consider them for allocation.

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    Be one of the first in the World to own our new easy to assemble 18 Trunk Monkee Trees and at a 30% discounted price.

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    Be one of the first in the World to own our new easy to assemble 18 Trunk Monkee Trees at a 20% discount.

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    18 Trunk Monkee Tree + Scratch Patch

    One of our new easy to assemble 18 Trunk Monkee Trees at a 10% discount plus a free Scratch Patch valued at US$40). The Scratch Patch is a zip on pad installed on the Monkee Tree Trunk for your cat to scratch.

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    18 Trunk Monkee Tree + 6 Trunk Extension

    One of our new easy to assemble 18 Trunk Monkee Trees and a 6 Trunk Extension Kit with over a 20% discount.

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    18 Trunk + 6 Trunk + Scratch Patch

    One of our new easy to assemble 18 Trunk Monkee Trees plus a 6 Trunk Extension Kit and a Scratch Patch with over a 20% discount.

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    2 Qty x 18 Trunk Starter Packs

    Be one of the first in the World to own Two of our new easy to assemble 18 Trunk Monkee Trees and at a 30% discounted price.

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