There are people who are crazy about cats, and then there are Crazy Cat People -- folks so enamored with their feline friends, they turn their houses into kitty dream homes. In honor of National Cat Day (yes, it's a thing), here are three cat owners who went all-out to provide proverbial paradise for their furry friends with four paws.
Where cats strut their stuff
Peter Cohen is a builder in California who rescues cats with his partner. They have 14: Cheesecake, Charlie, Nutter, Butter, Crumple, Rumple, Cookie, Poppyseed, Mary, Secret, Wasabi, Kiro, Coffee Bean, and Donut.
These lucky 14 have the run of their Santa Barbara home, which includes (to the tune of about $40,000) 150 feet of catwalks, tunnels, sitting shelves, a spiral slide, and even a koi pond (number of fish eaten by the cats to date: 0). As to be expected, Cohen also plays soothing music at all times for his kitty squad.
At first, Cohen was unsure whether his cats would even use the amenities he added to his home, but it wasn't long before they could be heard scampering around on the many ledges and perches at all hours of the night.
"Giving rescued cats a better life means giving them a place that is solely their own," Cohen told Catster. "They give us unconditional love, and building the catwalks is one way of expressing my gratitude for that."
Floor-to-ceiling scratching posts
Apparently, Cohen was inspired by the book " The Cats' House" by Bob Walker. Walker and his partner, Frances Mooney, once owned the justifiably renowned San Diego Cats' House. The pair had 10 pets, nine kitties and a dachshund, and they converted their entire home into a cat oasis, with ledges built high on walls, scratching posts running floor to ceiling, and planks built into the walls so a cat could reach maximum chill. A winding staircase served as exercise equipment for the indoor animals, and there was even a "mouse hole" that led from one room to another.
The couple sold their home in 2015, and it reportedly took only a single day to be snapped up by eager buyers. Sadly, the new owners removed the cat amenities upon purchase.
Cat oasis in the east
Another famous feline abode is The Cats' House in Japan, which was built to serve the 16 cats who run the joint. Modern design, neutral colors, and lots of natural light separate this cat crib from the rest. In addition to the attractively placed cat-size ledges for sitting, architecture firm Fauna +DeSIGN added secret passageways, tabby tunnels, and even rounded corners on the climbing shelves. Safety first!
Of course, if you want to pimp your pad for your beloved cat, you don't really have to call in the architects and home improvement experts. Installing a new scratching pole or a cat door for your furbaby is sure to please your pets and a lot less likely to break the bank.