USA – Pets are considered bona fide family members, so it makes sense that more and more pet lovers are designing their homes with their furry friends in mind. And according to a recent New York Times article, people aren’t content to limit themselves to the usual (yawn) bowl-and-bed routine anymore. These folks are upping the ante when it comes to pet decor to include designs that may make some of their two-legged guests jealous.
Thanks to the popular (and lucrative) “modern pet movement,” good taste no longer needs to take a back seat to our animals’ health and happiness. Here are three new home design solutions for that extra cool cat in your life:
1. Catios: Every year, more than 5 million cats are killed by cars, which is just one of the many reasons why indoor cats typically live more than three times as long as outdoor cats. These two cat stats are helping “catios,” or enclosed “outdoor solutions for indoor cats,” make strong inroads in both cities and suburbs.
Purr-fect for small courtyards, balconies and yards, they range from simple and inexpensive DIY structures fashioned from wood and chicken wire to off-the-shelf, easy-to-assemble Ikea-like kits to elaborate, custom “kitty Disneyland” installations replete with tunnels, ladders and scratching posts. When it comes to creating a safe outdoor enclosure where your cat can explore, you need only be limited by your imagination and your pocketbook.
And even indoors, a cat enclosure can be a huge plus for cats struggling with “inter-cat hostility.” Some proponents go as far as to say that catios have benefits that transcend mere aesthetics and may even help deter people from unnecessarily abandoning unhappy pets. Kittywalk Systems and Kritter Kommunity are two companies that offer modular cat enclosures:
2. Catty Stacks: Here’s the dilemma: cats LOVE the thrill of climbing in and out of boxes, but who wants to keep a pile of drab, ratty cardboard lying around the house?
Catty Stacks to the rescue! This slick, durable and stackable system of fun-for-your-cat, modern-looking houses is made from 100% sustainable materials and comes in an assortment of happy colors.
While each “house” is roomy enough for your kitty to explore or simply curl up in and take a snooze, it’s also smartly designed to pack flat for easy shipping and storage.
3. Modern Cat Condo: This super cool, compact climbing gymnasium for cats from Modern Cat Designs offers endless options for playing, perching, pouncing and lounging.
And best of all, it’s completely carpet-free! Foam scratching pads give kitties something to dig their claws into, while the clean, steel frame-design is easy-on-the-eyes and built to stand up to lots of paw traffic. Just more proof that fun feline decor doesn’t need to be an eyesore.