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Tails of the City: Cat Crazy Crib

 
 
djjd62
 
Reply Fri 22 Jan, 2010 08:51 am
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/pets/detail?blogid=48&entry_id=54631

Cat-crazy crib

Recently, in my late-night perusals of the "Interwebs," I stumbled upon the cat's meow of all homes: The Cats' House, designed by Japanese architecture firm Fauna + Design, was built for the enthusiastic owners of 16 cats. It is truly a feline family's fantasy, showcasing every climbing, playing and perching structure imaginable, beautifully and artistically integrated into a super modern interior. The layout is open and airy and each room is awash in natural light.

Notice the amazing attention to detail, including rounded corners on the climbing shelves:
http://imgs.sfgate.com/blogs/images/sfgate/pets/2010/01/05/catshouse1.jpg

http://imgs.sfgate.com/blogs/images/sfgate/pets/2010/01/05/catshouse71.jpg

Circular cutouts and stairs double as play areas for cats and a means for people to access upper perching areas for easy cleaning:
http://imgs.sfgate.com/blogs/images/sfgate/pets/2010/01/05/catshouse3.jpg

http://imgs.sfgate.com/blogs/images/sfgate/pets/2010/01/05/catshouse4.jpg

Endless shelves and catwalks give way to secret tunnels and passageways:
http://imgs.sfgate.com/blogs/images/sfgate/pets/2010/01/05/catshouse6.jpg

http://imgs.sfgate.com/blogs/images/sfgate/pets/2010/01/05/catshouse5.jpg

And check out this floor-to-ceiling sisal-wrapped scratching post:
http://imgs.sfgate.com/blogs/images/sfgate/pets/2010/01/05/catshouse8.jpg


View additional photos and videos at CatsHouse.jp. http://www.catshouse.jp/
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jan, 2010 10:32 am
@djjd62,
That is the coolest waste of valuable urban space ever!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jan, 2010 10:46 am
@djjd62,
I've either seen this before on an a2k thread of a long time ago, or something similar. Anyway, very cool. (She sneezes, and sneezes..)

There was also some article in, I think, the LA Times that showed how a couple made an outdoor walkabout for cats that protected the cats from predators, and birds from the cats..
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jan, 2010 11:00 am
I just looked at my "The Cats of Venice" photo book by Shin Otani and found one of a massing outdoors of various wood cat 'houses' and 'apartments' - tried to find it on the internet, but not so far. I could scan it but that's probably rude to the photographer..
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jan, 2010 11:33 am
That is beyond cool!
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jan, 2010 11:36 am
@Merry Andrew,
The scratching post = fabulous.
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jan, 2010 01:58 pm
@djjd62,
I think my ki uh, cats would be uncomfortable on some of those unupholstered shelves. Cat needs some traction when launching into space, ya know.
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littlek
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jan, 2010 04:01 pm
I love it!
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Reyn
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jan, 2010 09:01 am
@djjd62,
Wow, neato! I can see that would be a cat's dream home!! Very Happy
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jan, 2010 09:03 am
i don't even have cats and i'd like to live there, i could see using the shelves for books and collectibles
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 23 Jan, 2010 10:49 pm
@djjd62,
What a fantastic environment for cats (& one dog, too, I see) djjd! I love it! Very Happy

But it looks like all that running, jumping & climbing really takes it's toll on a critter.:

http://imgs.sfgate.com/blogs/images/sfgate/pets/2010/01/05/catshouse4.jpg
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