Peter Cohen, co-founder of Trillium Enterprises, lives in a 3000-square-foot cat castle in Santa Barbara, and has built 150 feet of catwalks, spiral staircases, tunnels, perches and all manner of cool kitty accessories to accommodate his cat companions.
When Peter purchased the home it came with two out door cats. After becoming attached,both cats were hit by a car and killed. This lead to the adoption of a new cat, and then another cat, and then even more cats. 14 cats, 40,000 dollars in catwalks, and five automatic vacuum cleaners later, Peter has created a feline fantasy.
He now shares his four-bedroom home with Cheesecake, Charlie, Nutter, Butter, Crumple, Rumple, Cookie, Poppyseed, Mary, Secret, Wasabi, Kiro, Coffee Bean and Donut!
But Mr Cohen says he gets enjoyment from his cat-clogged house beyond just feline companionship.
He says: ‘The catwalks are for the cats but they’re also for me. They’re architecturally interesting to me in the colors and we always try to do something interesting with the shapes.
The whisker pad started out with the installation of catwalks in 1995 after Mr Cohen was inspired by Bob Walker’s book “The Cat’s House”, according to Zeezoey.
The builder was unsure whether his pets would use the catwalks when he first built them, but now the animals can be heard scampering around on the ledges at odd hours of the night.
‘Our house was built for us AND our cats. The catwalks are fun for the cats, giving them lots of places to explore, hang out, etc,’ he said.
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