Man Turns His House Into Indoor Cat Playland and Our Hearts Explode
– The cats make the house feel alive. When we bought this house in 1988,it came with two outdoor,like, feral cats. And then one of them waskilled, hit by a car,and then the second one was hit by a carand had to go to the vet for quite a bitof reconstructive surgery,so we made her an indoor cat. And then to get her company,because the other onehad been killed, we went to the shelterand adopted a couple cats, and that’s juststarted down the road. Cheesecake, Chocolate, Nutter, Butter,Crumple, Rumple, Cookie, Poppy-seed,Kuro, Noui, Secret, Wasabi, Coffee-bean,Donut, so they’re all rescues. We adopt them from sheltersas far south as San Diego,and as far north as San Francisco. – We start getting kittens every year. Over time we are getting more and more,and then we realized,there are so many cats. – After a certain point,there’s like, no turning back, it’s like,this is their house andwe’re living here with them. – All the rooms are connected. At night sometimes, at twoor three in the morning,they’ll start chasing eachother on the cat walks. And they can go reallyfast, and it’s pretty loud. It does wake us sometimes. The catwalks, I think thefirst one I build in 1995actually was this one. For the walk, just the walks,I’ve probably spent 40 or $50,000And they can be done a lot cheaper butthe catwalks are for thecats, they’re also for me,they’re architecturally interesting to me,the colors, and we always tryto do something interesting, the shapes. There’s spirals, there’sbridges, there’s arched bridges. A lot of the tunnels have faces on them,and one of my favorites is in the upstairsbathroom there’s a tunnel with a shark,and the carpenters actually made teeth,and when the cats walk through the teeththey scratch the back of the cat. So the cats like to go backand forth through that. So you can’t really feelever there’s 15 cats,because they never assemble in one group. And they’re very calming. So I like them because when you come homeand if you’re stressed and you sit down,two or three will come andpurr and it just relaxes you. The koi pond is one of thefavorite areas for the cats. They love to watch thefish, they also walk intothe koi pond on the rocks and evensometimes put their hands in the water. They’ve never eaten a fish. So, with 15 cats we have about22 litter boxes throughout the house,and we put a lot of themin closets, where we addventilating fans that run24/7 that ventilates outside. So there’s negative air pressure,so the smell stays in the closets. We also have five Roombas in the housethat we run almost every day,that do a really good jobof picking up cat hair. And then it’s just us, pickingup after the cats a lot. – At first I thought,how can we get rid of these cats?But now I can’t think of a single onethat I’d want to get rid of. – Cookie was the one that we rescuedwho had been traumatized, and this yearwe suddenly found hugetumors on her, took herto the vet and they said, “It’s cancer,”there’s nothing to do. “But we did the surgeries, and after twomajor surgeries they were all benign. And they had never seen anything like it. So, she’s fine now. It brings a lot of satisfaction that,the idea that we can rescue these cats. You know, we can’t solvethe world’s problems,but I can solve this tinyproblem for these cats.