When we think of pampering our pets, most of the time it's with a new toy or tasty treat. These cat owners, designers and entrepreneurs went above and beyond when they designed over-the-top structures for feline friends. From hidden tunnels to spiraling staircases, these spectacular creations prove that it's a cat world, and we're just living in it.
This San Diego home was formerly owned by Bob and Frances Walker, who designed the cat-tastic abode for their feline family in 1986. The cat lovers built a floor-to-ceiling scratch post, staircases and above-floor walkways to provide the perfect play space for their animal companions. Although the new homeowners removed the cat structures, the Walkers are currently working on setting up a second cat house in Fredericksburg, VA. Photo courtesy of Bob Walker, Frances Walker; TheCatsHouse.com
Out of the desire to make his apartment feline-friendly, German designer Stefan Hofmann came up with the idea to design modular, easy-to-install units. Now the owner of Goldtatze, a cat furniture company, Hofmann handcrafts brilliant, wall-to-ceiling structures. From scratch posts to bridge-like walkways, he ensures that your indoor cat can satisfy the adventurous yearnings of an outdoor pet, without the insecurity of venturing beyond the home. Photo courtesy of Goldtatze.de and HausPanther.com
These Parisian lodgings prove that cat adoration is a global phenomenon. The Aristide Hotel, a "hotel for urban cats," is in the center of Paris and is the ultimate destination for cat owners to leave their furry friends. Whether their owners are out on business or on a getaway, their cats are in for one vibrant vacation. They can practice their pounces from the various climbing cubes and perches at every height, lounge on comfy beds, mark their territory at various scratching posts and play with tons of interactive games and cat toys. Photo courtesy of ARISTIDE Hotel; Cristophe-Beauregard.com
In Japan, the love for cats was initially fostered in cafés where people could go to mingle and play with felines. Ashaei Kasei, a Japanese company, took this devotion to another level and designed a cat-friendly abode, made with every aspect of cat comfort in mind. The house features hidden tunnels, climbing platforms and a special area in the bathroom for a litter box. And for the homeowner's sake, it was even built with scratch-resistant materials. Talk about purr-fect. Photo courtesy of Asahi Kasei Homes Corp and Neatorama
Peter Cohen, co-founder of construction company Trillium enterprises, completely remodeled his home after a cat living on his property was killed by a car. Inspired to create a safe haven for his companions, Cohen constructed 150 feet of walkways, tunnels and spiral staircases so that his 18 adopted felines could have an indoor playground. The structures are as fun as they are functional, with walkways that connect to over 20 litter boxes, concealed from sight and smell by closets and fans in the garage. Photo courtesy of Peter Cohen, TrilliumOnline.com
California-based architecture studio Because We Can built this industrial-inspired, cat-friendly office (dubbed the Mad Scientist Home Workshop) in San Francisco. Jillian Northrup and Jeffrey McGrew designed this cat transit system (CTS) to alleviate the mess cats can cause from jumping around the house. A tubular pipe borders the ceiling and drops down toward the floor, allowing a cat to climb through the room without disturbance. There are also windows throughout the pipe so owners can keep an eye on their friends. Check out the making of this cool cat contraption here. Photo courtesy of BecauseWeCan.org.
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