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Oct 19, 2008

A House Optimized for Kittehs

We've just been alerted to an epic Kitteh House in Japan. Not only is this place modern and beautiful, it's optimized for kitteh livin'.

Check out how cat steps lead to cat walks...(left) cat beds built under the bathroom sink (right)


Special, um, kitteh bathrooms (left) and nest/nooks built under the stairs (right)


Ceiling walks (left) and special stairs (right)


Don't make me say it—the folks across the pond are kicking our asses yet again, aren't they Heather V.?
These fine pics and many more over at My Himalayan Cat Goma Blog!

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Wow, just wow. I want this house!

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 01:26 AM

No, you can't have that house. :)

Stef's Husband
 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 01:29 AM

This would make dusting a challenge.
But is uber awesome!

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 01:29 AM

Eh, for once they copied us... The cat house in San Diego (Bob Walker and Frances Mooney) has been around for at least a dozen years. They even published a book about it.

Still, there are some improvements in the new house. I must say I like the shelves/stairs!


[Hey, I actually built a system of jewel-toned cat ramps into our first house because of that book! Lockable trapdoor into the upstairs bedroom & everything. One day I'll probably do something like it again, though not in our *current* house... - Ed.]

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 01:38 AM

oh Hai - I want this house too - so much ...

and the cleaners ...

and the pawsome kittehs ...

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 01:48 AM

Awesome! My husband and I want to buy a house, and amongst all the many difficult choices we'll have to make, we're keeping our kitties in mind too. I want them to have lots of windows and spaces to explore.

Crystal T
 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 01:54 AM

I love that house! Not because of the kitties, but because it's so lovely and light and spacious! That's so hard to find in Britain.

One day, I'm gonna build a house like that. With kitties. *looks determined*

Which reminds me, I forgot to buy a lottery ticket.

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 02:06 AM

I don't think I'd let my cat have this much free reign for the simple reason that it would be IMPOSSIBLE to get him into the carrier and/administer any pills/retrieve 'borrowed' items.

The outdoor courtyard bit would be nice, though.

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 02:27 AM

I want this house. Otherwise I will modify whatever house I end up getting to make it very kitteh-friendly.

And then I'll populate it with adorable (rescued) orange kitties!

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 02:40 AM

Tineh cat windows at the end of the cross beams !!

Mmm. Am going to build the cat steps (Köt Gösteppens from Ikea?) and maybe the catwalk. Nothing too good for my bebehs.

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 03:46 AM

That is just wonderful! It's a really nicely designed house not just in terms of cat friendliness too! Lots of light. I like.

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 03:57 AM

Do any humans live in this house? Or do the servants just come in during the day to clean, feed, and change litter boxes?

Von Zeppelin
 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 04:03 AM

I shudder when I think of having to clean up there...

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 04:10 AM

OMG, that's fantastic, I'm just having my house renovated and a new extension put in - I'm totally going to put in some of those kitty steps and a little raised walkway near the ceiling. Look out CO for piccies next year of an Enflish kitty house on a smaller scale:-)

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 04:11 AM

:O That house is gorgeous!
However, this does mark a dangerous turn in the kitty world-takeover plan... we are finally starting to LITERALLY build our lives around them.

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 04:53 AM

This house is pretty cool! But, does it deprive kittehs from developing their own inherent creativity----using the curtain rods as walkways, perching on top of the refrigerator, luurkensproinging from behind ze bookcase??

OR, should we be imagining what kittehs could get into if they had these built-in advantages??!?!! Dramatic slap-fights dangling from a walkway? Luurkensproinging on top of your head? Oh, the mind boggles....

Gail (the first one)
 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 05:18 AM

Awwww. 'tis very cute and looks purrrfect for kittehs. But what about cat hair raining down from everywhere? Need a super-suck ventilation system that cleans kitteh part from air before dey reach da floor! Nao house good for peoples, too.

Two Cents Worth
 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 05:46 AM

And when the cats decide they don't want to go to the vet... you can't catch them :).

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 06:09 AM

you beat me to it daytime deb. although, i have to say, the japanese one is very soothing and minimalist, while the u.s. one is quite psychedelic!
i love them both.


 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 06:10 AM

That is a beautiful house! Love it for kitties, love it for humans. But about those plants on the little shelves? Those would totally be on the floor in our house, courtesy of Mr. Bonkie-head Kitteh. (As for dusting, don't the kitties do that?)

How many kitties live in that happy place?

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 06:16 AM

Wow! My socks are officially knocked off.

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 06:19 AM

Amy,in top right picture 2nd kitty from the top is in process of attacking a plant!

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 06:31 AM

ED. Would you mind confirming for me the correct e-mail address for Meg? This is a business-related question. I have tried [the correct address] -- once without success. My program will not accept [at] in an e-mail address...Really appreciate your help!!

[The addresses listed to the right under "Email Me" do work, but the "[at]" gets replaced by the "@" symbol, and there are no spaces in them. So, the one you tried was correct. And, unless you got an error email back which said something like "undeliverable" or "address does not exist", then you did in fact send your email successfully. The reason we don't put a click-able email address right on the front page is to reduce the amount of robotic spam we get. - Ed.]

Totalee Puppy
 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 06:40 AM

I love this house too! This will have to be an inspiration a for future design for kitties and me. *sigh*

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 06:54 AM

That's the house that i'm trying to make. Since we moved into a smaller apartment, I figured my kitties would be much happier with lots of shelves to jump on. It's not quite as elegant as the ones in the pictures....but, maybe someday....

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 06:58 AM

I love the drawer with the hole in it! So many times putting laundry away I have had to leave a dresser drawer open because of gaining an uninvited guest who wants to rearrange my socks or sleep on my t-shirts...of course, unless there were holes in all of them - and I have to put my stuff somewhere, don't I?

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 07:37 AM

Pretty cool, but I feel sorry for the person who gets a cat who wants to use the bathroom everywhere except for the litter box. UGH.. I don't even want to imagine that.
It is a mighty nifty house though and I'm sure cats probably love it.

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 07:54 AM

Beauuuutiful house, and the orange Scottys killed me ded.

P.S. Extra points for the most precarious of dangling kitties in the last pic on the right!

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 07:55 AM

I count at least 9 different cats, some of the cats are in more then 1 shot.

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 07:57 AM

Japan gets all the fun :(

Selina's Mommy
 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 08:17 AM

Can't see it working for older cats.

My house isn't optimised for humans let alone cats

[Yeah, for older cats, you'd want to include some inclined ramps (not too steep), and/or actual cat-sized stairs. Check out the pink staircase on the right, at The Cats' House front page: http://www.thecatshouse.com/ - Ed.]

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 08:33 AM

Man, if this were a B&B I would be ALL OVER IT.

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 08:47 AM

OMG! I am so jealous...I totally would love to have a house like that.

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 08:54 AM

I have always wanted to do this! I have a door-sitter kitty who would just adore it.

And for those that fear they wouldn't be able to retrieve their kitties from the rafters - never underestimate the power of gooshy food. (or in the case of whitecat - Parmesan cheese o.O)

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 09:28 AM

Awesome house. Makes me wish I was a cat. :) I'm just wondering how humans would get into the nook under the stairs if they needed to, though. Maybe there's a door somewhere out of sight.

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 09:30 AM

I love it, but I'd only live in it myself if A.) Someone else cleaned it, and B.) Someone else had the exclusive job of catching this or that cat for vet appointments! :P

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 09:34 AM

The house is called Plus-Nyan house by Asahi Kasei, a leading house builder in Japan. (http://www.crookedbrains.net/2008/10/designer-house.html)

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 09:48 AM

ummm... that house will be mine, I declare it will be.. MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! ALL MINE! as is... with the cats ofcourse.

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 09:55 AM

OMG I sooo want this house. I'm gonna winz the lottery and hire that architect.

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 10:04 AM

i like the look of the cat who caught caught using the bathroom. he's like ummmmm help!!!

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 10:11 AM

I bet that guy has a great time rounding those cats up when it's time to go see the V-E-T....

I can just see all of those cats running for he rafters as soon as the carriers come out and then sticking their scratchy little tongues out at him.

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 10:11 AM

*Sigh*, no home could ever look that way with me in it- not once I'd scattered around my paints and easels and sewing machines and synthesizers and computers and hammer dulcimers and... How do people get by with so little *stuff*??!

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 10:33 AM

@Zanna- I was just thinking the same thing. Where would I put my vintage dog ceramics and candy-colored pottery collection? Where would my vintage bats go, or my antique sodapop signs? While that place is ultra-cool, give me my quirky clutter any day. Somehow I don't think my house is very cat friendly.

Michelle S
 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 11:02 AM

I wanted to put "Kittie steps" up the wall to a loft in a previous apartment but never got around to it (I was inspired by the original cat house).

We need more cathouses!!!!!

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Is the precariously balanced one the same one attacking the plant on the second picture? Probably!

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 11:30 AM

The Cat House in San Diego has an annual open house for the community. At least they used to. I'm not sure they still do; maybe they got too big (drew too many people) for that.

I always thought the idea was awesome, but I wondered about cleaning, too. I avoid knickknacks for that reason. I hate to dust.

warrior rabbit
 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 11:45 AM

This house is awesome, no doubt about it. I can't help but think of how many way up high places they would probably hwarf from tho... that would be unpleasant!

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Coming soon to MTV, "The Real World: Cat Town." :-)

Not That Mike The Other Mike
 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 12:55 PM

That's awesome! I want that house! Give me! ^_^

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 12:58 PM

I noticed that little guy playing with the plant, littleredhen! I wonder if the plants are glued down - or maybe just put there for the photos? Aside from plants, there definitely is an impressive lack of clutter - part of why it looks so beautiful, I guess. No books, no kitty toys, no piles of CDs or mail, nothing! The people must live in some other part of the house.

 |  Oct 19, 2008 at 01:06 PM

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