Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
Sophisticated Scratch is a small bespoke business based in The West Country of rural Devon established in 2017 by Di & Mark Gallant cat loving artisans that create handmade reusable natural cat trees and cat scratchers with English oak.
Meet The Team
Hello I am Di Gallant creator and artisan of luxury cat trees and scratchers founder of Sophisticated Scratch and an avid lover of the Siamese breed.
I have had siamese cats and moggies in my life for over fifty years now and could never see myself without one.
Presently we have a chocolate point Siamese and he frequently models our cat trees and cat scratchers his name is Samuel Scampers (Scampi) he is 15 years old now and is my absolute world and yes totally spoilt.
Sophisticated Scratch started in 2017 after I struggled to find ascetically nice cat furniture for our home.
I searched far and wide for something different and unique but found the market repetitious and mainly of poor quality.
Like a lot of people I have nice carpets and furnishings in my home but I found my cat scratcher and cat tree spoilt the decor and I would often end up putting them in a less used room so it could not be seen.
This initially solved the issue I had with my less desired cat furniture now hidden in another room we barely used but this presented a new problem of my cats not being in the same room as us and of course I wanted them around so we could see them and show them our love and the cats wanted to be in the same room as us too.
I had by now exhausted the internet choices and found nothing that I liked or would fit in with my existing decor in my main living areas of my home.
Its then I had the idea to start making my own cat trees and cat scratchers.
I have always had a creative flair but initially I came from a horse loving background and my first career was working with racehorses for champion trainer Martin Pipe in the 1980s but after multiple falls I decided it was not for me.
After a career working with racehorses I entered into the pub trade with my husband Mark here in the West Country which we did for many successful years until the industry started to change as things often do.
In 2007 I qualified as an Emergency Care Assistant for NHS working of the ambulances.
In my spare time I did multiple house renovations with my husband Mark its here I learnt to use the tools of my now trade.
In 2014 I got diagnosed with ME and Fibromyalgia and my current job would not be sustainable long term, working on ambulances is a very demanding role with long shift patterns and switching from days to nights took its toll on my body.
I started to put the wheels in motion in 2015 so I could work for myself and manage my condition better.
Sophisticated Scratch launched in 2017.
I started out on my own with guidance from Mark but It's much busier now so Mark now works along side me and we both hand create these gorgeous cat trees and scratchers together.
Mark is Canadian although he has lived in the UK for well over 20 years now and is very talented in his own right.
Mark has built subdivision houses in Canada and is a qualified home surveyor, we have also done multiple house renovations here in the UK.
Now as a husband and wife team our English and Canadian backgrounds come together and bring a beautiful product to the market for you to enjoy.
We absolutely love making our cat trees and cat scratchers and are very passionate about our creations, standards and customer service and best of all we love to see kitties enjoying our cat trees and cat scratchers and the smiles it brings to their owners.