In February, 2014 my friend Eliza and her partner Tiffany purchased their very first home together. After seeing a couple of images she published on Facebook, I understood I wished to assist catify their unbelievable brand-new house for their 7 cats. This would be the very first time Eliza’s felines Kirby, Agnes, Monkey, Judd and Naked would satisfy Tiffany’s felines Repetition and Pluto and having perches, sidewalks and feline trees would be a vital part of an easier shift into their new home. In addition to the felines, 3 pet dogs would call this house as well, making it all the more crucial that the felines have their “feline only” area.
Your home was lovely, not only on its own, however the capacity for catification was amazing! Vaulted ceilings and open principle design was ideal for developing vertical areas for cats. A stunning stone central fireplace was a major focal point with long beams running the entire length of your home.
After talking about some ideas about the design with Eliza and Tiffany all of us concurred that it would be perfectly to produce a kitty “incredibly highway” so that the felines might take a trip all the way from one end of your home to the other without setting foot on the floor. Multiple points of access would be very important to allow the cats to obtain up and down so they never ever felt stuck or cornered. About the shift for the felines Eliza stated that the felines are doing fantastic. They are all incorporated and there is no way it would have gone this efficiently without the cat shelves, sets down, and pathway.
From starting to end, the whole task took about three months. The majority of what was installed was customized which added a great deal of time but in the end I was very pleased with the outcome as were Eliza, Tiffany and the cats.
This is how one of the walls in my friends’ house looked before we decided to turn them into cats’ paradise
And this was the result
In February, 2014 my friend Eliza and her partner Tiffany bought their first house together
I knew I wanted to help catify their incredible new home for their 7 cats
After discussing some ideas we agreed that it would be best to create “super highway” so that the cats could travel from one end of the house to the other without setting foot on the floor
Beginning at the southeast end of the house, I installed a 12” x 6’ window perch
It’s perfect spot for the cats to soak up some sun while watching the wildlife. From here, Mountain Cat Climber shelves were installed 24” apart leading up to the southeast corner of the room.
The window perch was made extra large to all the cats could enjoy
I had to create custom shelves to allow access over the sliding glass door
Because of the embedded decorative beams along the walls, the shelves had to be mounted straight down onto these beams and shimmed as the beams were not flat on top. This worked perfectly and now the cats could travel over the door.
Upon reaching the other side of the sliding glass door, the cats would arrive at a custom 6-feet cat tree
The custom cat tree with hammock provides access to the catwalk and shelves. The cat tree provided a way down to the floor and also access to the first catwalk. Extra-large platforms as well as a roomy hammock made the cat tree perfect for this multi cat home.
Back up the cat tree the cats can easily step onto the catwalk which extends approximately 16 feet towards the West to the central post
Above you can see Agnes (the star of the photo shoot) traveling down the catwalk, surveying her kingdom.
Multiple points of access are important to allow the cats to get up and down so they never felt stuck or cornered
When the cats reach the central post they can choose to take the steps down to the floor, or continue around the post to the second catwalk on the other side. At the bottom of the post, I used over 200 feet of manila rope to wrap the first two feet of the post giving the cats a very convenient place to scratch.
I added more shelves to allow the cats to travel north along the west wall and access the second floor
I also wanted to create something special and a little different for the wall just below the second-floor railing
I wanted to create a wall of cat shelves that look something like leaves growing off branches
The result is a “leaf wall”
This space gives the cats multiple perching spots and they can even access the staircase from here.
Here’s Encore’s first time exploring the catwalk
Our Wall Mount Scratching Post was a perfect fit to the whole construction
“I bet I can get to the second floor from here”
Agnes leaps to the next shelf
Coming off the catwalk
We were able to use wood that complemented the existing wood in the home
Agnes took to the catwalks and shelves very quickly
It’s pretty cool drinking your morning coffee and having cats treading overhead