Must Love Cats
By Kimberley Coughlin
February 19, 2014

Peter Cohen lives with 18 cats, which is no easy feat. No matter how much you love animals, when you’re living with well over a dozen of them, there are going to be some space-related issues—not to mention odors. Thankfully, Cohen is a contractor, and he was able to retrofit his humble Goleta, Calif., abode into a cat-tastic living space.

Catwalks, tunnels, scratching posts and platforms are artfully located throughout the house. The whole system connects to a total of 24 litter boxes equipped with fans to ensure that his house doesn’t smell like you’d think it would. So where’d he get the idea? He saw it in a book.

Bob Walker and Frances Mooney performed a similar makeover on their own home in the Bay Park area of San Francisco. After installing custom elements like “a floor-to-ceiling scratching post that also provided support for a suspended leaded glass window” and walkways at various heights, Walker wrote “The Cats’ House.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but let’s be honest—this could’ve turned into a real cat-tastrophe. Fortunately, as a contractor, Cohen had both the skills and the contacts to execute his plan. When all was said and done, the renovations ran him about $35,000. At such a high price tag, I don’t think this will be the newest trend in home décor, but it’s certainly nice to see owners taking such a vested interest in their cats’ happiness.