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What do cats want? Or...design for the cool urban cat. Fantasies welcome!

 
 
dlowan
 
Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 09:19 pm
We have intruded thoughts about designing cat perches/playgrounds into another thread, and felt we should start one.


Most cat perches, scratching posts, playgrounds are bog ugly and a terrible eye-sore for any but the most besotted human.


The more fun for the cat, the more horrible, I think.

Eg:

http://edge3.dealsdirect.net/images/products/14290/2/product1_14290.jpg


Any practical (or not so practical) ideas for making what makes cats happy while allowing humans to enjoy the space they share with the cats, unfilled with items whose tastelessness is beyond imagination?
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margo
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 09:20 pm
@dlowan,
The Possum-cat justs wants someone to play with him - and he can climb up them!
dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 09:24 pm
@margo,
Hmmmm...common, but not really a design question!
roger
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 09:27 pm
@dlowan,
Position is all. They want to be able to spy on the neighbors. Design is secondary, but should be tall enough for a full length, back curving stretch while scratching.
dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 09:29 pm
@roger,
Yes...but how do you make that ok for the owner?

(Mine's post is hiddden behind a chair....but has a great view..through my main living room windows).

I used to have a much bigger one, which greatly delighted and entertaiuned the cats, but was so butt ugly I couldn't take it any more!


This was kind of it:


http://www.cozycatfurniture.com/images/stablecatgymscratching_m.jpg
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 09:35 pm
@dlowan,
What's wrong with some thing like this in a corner?

http://www.catsplay.com/best_loft.jpg

Or this?

http://www.catsplay.com/trcatmedium.jpg
dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 09:44 pm
@dlowan,
You should SEE what they have!!!!


You WILL see some of what they have,

They have trees:

http://www.catsplay.com/kholl1.jpg

They are hollow.

Mushroom type trees:
http://www.catsplay.com/mushroom.jpg

Anything you want:
http://www.7thheavencatfurniture.com/?goldencancid=1066366&goldencanp=2

http://www.cozycatfurniture.com/catgyms_cattowers.html

The garden walkabout system:

http://www.catsplay.com/kittywalk3.jpg

The terrifying:

A LITTERBOX COVER!!!

http://www.catsplay.com/kcotnew1.jpg

The Lord "Ellpus:

http://www.catsplay.com/th40.jpg

The Lost Weekend:

http://www.catsplay.com/th16.jpg


Now....this is a little promising:
http://www.catsplay.com/rflotus1a.jpg

It ain't THERE, but it's trying.




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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 09:46 pm
@Robert Gentel,
The top one is understatedly butt ugly, but still butt ugly.

I like the second one better....


This has potential, I think:

http://www.cozycatfurniture.com/images/rustic_cattree_m.jpg



Thing is, all the carpet ones look like **** after a few days, because of the scratching.
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 09:53 pm
@dlowan,
That's one of the ugliest ones to me.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 09:57 pm
@dlowan,
In the other thread I started to ask questions about what cats like..

and started with tops of kitchen cabinets, tops of bookshelves, and tops of chair backs - so they want PERCH (didn't get around to scratching..) It seems to me most of these purchaseable contraptions are fairly skimpy re cat comfort.

I also surmise they like VIEWS.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 10:06 pm
@Robert Gentel,
The tree one, using the REAL tree, or the cubistic one you added?

I think the real tree one is ugly as is.....but I am kind of thinking how one might use a natural object, and add cat possibilities to it, while maintaining the beauty of the natural object. As cats do all the time when allowed outside...they make all kinds of viewing spots and perches...usually kind of hidden, unless they are sunning.


Osso, yes, they love to scratch, and need it in their play equipment.

They do love to look! I like my evening walks, because so many cats are just hanging out on their walls, or on the footpath, watching the world go by.
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 10:08 pm
@dlowan,
The tree one, it's horrid.

But if you really don't like these why not have one built? I can't find any cat trees at all here in Costa Rica, so I may end up designing one and having it built.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 10:10 pm
Here's my current idea:

Ever seen these "floating bookshelves"?

http://www.boingboing.net/2006/05/06/invisible-bookshelf-.html

I want to do something like that for my cat, and have staggered perches for it built into the wall.
dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 10:15 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Well, I WOULD likely have one built if I can figure out what to have built! That's partly what this thread is about.

That shelf idea is great.

What wuld they look like when Fiona isn't on them?

Like...perspex? Be an interesting feature themselves?
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 10:18 pm
@dlowan,
Yeh, like the floating shelves.. or even good looking non-floating shelves, say with brackets of some style.
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 10:40 pm
@dlowan,
I was actually thinking of doing the book thing as is so they'd be both bookshelf and cat hideout but I'm waiting for a better idea.
NickFun
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 10:49 pm
@Robert Gentel,
A friend of mine had an elaborate 37-foot-long tube thing that his cats used to love to climb into. It extended from his basement to the back yard. I guess cats don't get claustrophobic.
dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 29 Aug, 2008 01:08 am
@Robert Gentel,
Well, the books would suffer when the cat jumped on them.....so, yes, I think betterness is warranted....but it IS a very promising idea.

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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 29 Aug, 2008 01:13 am
@NickFun,
I think cats like a degree of tightness and such...perhaps they are evolving into rabbits? Wink

The outdoor cage thing, with tunnels between them, which kind of loop around the garden are becoming popular here, and can have little visual impact if carefully designed..but they are made of metal netting and wouldn't be claustrophobic.

I bought a play tunnel for my cat, but she never used it. Luckily it concertinas up and can be easily stored, so I'll bring it out for the next kitten.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 29 Aug, 2008 01:15 am
@ossobuco,
I had an aviary as an outdoor cat place before I moved here, and had shelves on brackets put up inside..as well as a perspex "nest" with carpet floor, in case it got cold.

It hid in a nook in the garden, so you couldn't see it from the house.

But the shelves were too ugly to have inside.
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