The first thing I noticed about photos of the Cento was its simple, natural design. Where most run-of-the-mill cat towers are mass produced and fully coated in carpet-like fabric, the Cento towers are handmade with real, sustainably sourced wood and wicker. Mau’s professional craftspeople treat the wood (naturally) so it should last for a long time. The base and machine-washable cushions are incredibly soft. Both wood pillars double as scratching posts. The result is a sturdy, two-tiered tower with a large cave that my cats are obsessed with.
Why my cats love it
As we were unpacking the Cento, my cat Foxy clawed at the rope around the wood, belly up, playing with it before it was even assembled. (Yes, Jacques initially focused more on the cardboard box, but can you blame him?) Once assembled, before we had even moved it to its final place, Foxy made the highest tower her new spot. This is remarkable, as most new beds take at least a week or so for my cats to embrace.
Both cats enjoy high perches—especially Jacques, who is about 12 pounds. I admit to being a bit worried about the stability at first (our old cat condo’s tallest perch eventually buckled under the weight of our cats, and we had to remove it). But Mau assures users the Cento supports cats up to 25 pounds. Sure enough, even as my kitties leap up, into and out of the Cento, it stands solidly.
I’ve even caught Foxy snoozing in the cave at the base, which again, is remarkable because she’s never once used the cave in our other cat condo. I think what sets this cave apart is the plush fabric and spacious interior. (Cannot emphasize how soft the fabric is.) There’s plenty of room for her to move around in there; if they were still kittens, both would fit easily with room to spare.
It’s also worth noting the strategic shape of the wicker baskets. The rims have little dips that make anatomically agreeable resting spots for kitty chins. So, as my cats sleep, they can rest their heads comfortably on the edge of the basket. They haven’t gotten into playing with the dangling pom poms much, but this is probably because they’re too busy snoozing in their new favorite baskets.