Hello there, and welcome to our website.
Our names are Alison & Eddie Murray and we are located in central Scotland. Our main hobby for many years was breeding beautiful Somali cats for type and temperament.
We have however now put this on hold to concentrate on our more recent venture, the creation of unique solid wood cat furniture. More about that below after some information about us and our cat family.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US.......
Alison's cat story
It was only when my family grew up that I found I had some time available ( ...and some money...) to set off on my new adventure of showing and breeding semi long haired cats. It was an expensive hobby and quite an emotional roller coaster with the joy of kittens but then having to let them go to their new homes. However, very rewarding in many other ways for a cat lover like myself to be surrounded by so many beautiful cats and kittens! I soon became known to friends, neighbours and work colleagues as the 'mad cat lady'! The one question everyone seemed to like to ask me was, 'so Alison, how many cats do you have now?'
Then in 2011, I met Eddie.......
Eddie's cat tree story
Since meeting Alison I am now a cat lover and we have travelled to many cat shows around the country together. At first it was simply to show our cats and meet friends. Then one day, initially for our own cat's use, I decided to use my artistic skills and love of making things to start creating cat furniture suitable for the house and our outside cat runs. The problem with the usual ones bought in shops or online that are made with carpet, MDF and cardboard is that while they look lovely to start with, the cats quickly distress them, then they ultimately destroyed them. Once our cats friends saw my hand made cat trees made from solid wood they wanted one. We were then persuaded to take our creations to cat shows setting up a trade stall. It started off slowly but has since turned into an enjoyable small business for us, a little niche in the market. We now have cats trees all over the UK and some in Europe.
When we saw each other across the dance floor it was one of those 'sliding doors' moments and could so easily not have happened, as neither of us has planned to be there that night. But it was love at first sight....awww... and we are so glad we were each reluctantly dragged along by our friends/family to that party.
In June 2012 we decided to elope to Gretna Green and get married :)
2017 Update: We have moved to the seaside .....
We decided to move away from city living for a gentler pace of life. In the summer of 2017 we moved our home, cats and business from Glasgow to a lovely little seaside town called Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae. This is a small island off the west coast of Scotland which can only be reached via a ferry service. We are loving the lifestyle, and so are our cats !!
About Our Cat Family
We are devoted human slaves to our cat family which is a mix of Birman, Somali & Coonali cats.
Now that we live in a safe rural location with sea views to the front of our house and fields to the rear, our cats are no longer restricted to the house and outside cat run. They can roam free which they love (when the weather is dry!!). However, we are not so keen on the little presents they bring us, but that's just cats being cats:)
Our last litters of Somali kittens moved to their new forever homes in the summer of 2015. We miss the joys of seeing the kittens develop but feel privileged to have experienced this. Sooo, cute.....
With all our adult cats neutered we are enjoying the pleasure of them running happily together instead of being kept in separate accommodation when they were entire. For our ex stud boys and ex breeding queens, its pretty much a case of all living in harmony apart from the odd growl at meals time when we serve up their favourite freshly cooked chicken. Its just so much easier compared to when they were all entire, although we will miss the delights of kittens.
The transformation was particularly amazing for our 2 ex stud boys Taggert and Storm who used to want to kill each other! OMG, what a difference after they were neutered, they love being able to be in the house... and even snuggle up side by side! Storm sleeps under the bed covers each night beside me. A great hot water bottle!
How to order a tree
Update 28 November 2017:
We have an internet order process where you can select the style and size of tree that suits your requirements using the examples displayed on our website as a guide. This will be a bespoke creation for your cat(s) that suits their breed requirements, e.g. substantial with large platforms to suit Maine Coons. This means you can ask for a tree where you specify the size and features.
***Please note that we have temporarily suspended our internet order process for a short period***.
The reason we have done this is to give us time to concentrate on moving our business from premises in Glasgow to our new location on the Isle of Cumbrae. A major task due to all the wood stock and tools we have not to mention the ferry service to reach the island!
Our internet order process will be available again early 2018. When this is available again we will reinstate the order template on this page.
Meantime you can still chat with Eddie if you are able to wait a bit longer before we can produce and personally deliver your new cat tree creation. Eddie can be contacted on 07817 141410.
Cat Show Orders/Purchases
You can also see and purchase our unique trees at cat shows around the UK. We bring a wide selection and as many as we can fit into our large van, so you will have a good selection to choose from. (We can deliver your tree after the show if you are not able to fit in your car).
What shows will we be going to?
We will not be attended any further shows in 2017 but plan to visit around 1 cat show per month in 2018 varying these around the country. We will post a list of 2018 shows early next year. If there is any show in particular that you think would be good for us to visit, please let us know.
We will also post our show plans on the Crrailisocats Facebook page with some photos of the cat trees we will be taking with us.
All the very best for Christmas and the New Year.
Alison & Eddie x
Thanks for Visiting!
We hope you enjoy looking at our website.