A Message from Grant Smith, Founder

The inspiration for founding CRIJO came from my two cats, Crystal and Josephine, as did the name I chose for the company. I adopted both cats from Humane Societies when they were kittens. For eighteen years they were an integral and rewarding part of my life. In looking at cat furniture for Crystal and Josephine, I discovered that most products on the market were of inferior quality–poorly designed, shoddily made, or both. My cats deserved much more than cardboard covered with carpet, so I built my first cat furniture for them. Later, when my companions were in the twilight of their lives, I decided that making high quality cat furniture would be an appropriate memorial to them.

Today I am both excited and proud of what we have accomplished. We are able to help the animal community to care for the cats they work so hard to rescue and people that adopt these furry friends into their homes.

I would like to personally thank each and every person that has supported our efforts throughout the years and look forward to continuing to work with you all. We may have grown, but I will always remain humble and look forward to speaking directly with our customers.



Grant is an M.A. Graduate of the University of Alabama and a B.A. Graduate of Birmingham Southern College. In addition to his passion for Animals, Grant has an extensive business background in Accounting, Real Estate, Insurance and Human Resources.