A normal house turned into a cats playland.
To keep his 15 rescue cats occupied, home builder Peter Cohen has constructed elaborate catwalks, tunnels, platforms and perches.
House builder Peter Cohen takes care of 14 cats in Goleta, California
He has spent around $40,000-$50,000 on catwalks so the moggies can play around
Litter box closets are ventilated, and cat fur picked up by five Roomba robotsHe has transformed part of his home into a fantasy feline adventure land.
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 coo lcat accessories to accommodate his cat companions.
Mr Cohen, who grew up as a dog-lover, turned into a cat fan after he purchased the Goleta, California house in 1988.The property came with two outdoor cats in residence so to speak. However, one cat was killed and the other badly injured after both were hit by cars, so he and his partner decided to adopt a new cat from the local rescue centre to keep the injured pet company.
From that point, they just kept adopting cats, a couple every few years.
He has added a floor to what used to be a 1600-square-foot house and now shares his four-bedroom home with Cheesecake, Charlie, Nutter, Butter, Crumple, Rumple, Cookie, Poppyseed, Mary, Secret, Wasabi, Kiro, Coffee Bean and Donut
The cat lover and his partner Manuel Flores currently only adopt from shelters and try to take cats other people do not want, most often black cats and cats with bent tails.
They have had as many as 18 but at the moment have 14 feline housemates – having lost four cats this year to old age and disease. They also have a human housemate – Hiro Furumoto.
The pussycat 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.
He admits he has spent between $40,000 and $50,000 on the catwalks alone.
No expense was spared for his feline friends – even though the alterations could technically have been done cheaper.
‘At a certain point there was not turning back. It was like, this is their house and we’re living here with them’ Mr Flores told Houzz TV.
Mr Flores, Mr Furumoto and Mr Cohen try to find one-on-one time to spend with the cats, who are rarely all in the same room together. Additionally, some prefer to be left alone.