You want your cat to have lots of space to roam, but you don't want your living room centerpiece to be a giant cat tree and scratching post. After all, you might be a cat owner but you're a stylish cat owner! And while our cats might not care much about decor, it's important.
That's why we've put together a list of awesome furniture and space ideas that combine cat functionality with human aesthetics; in other words, they're fun for cats but look great!
Image: LYCS Architecture
This beautiful table was designed by Hao Ruan of LYCS Architecture, a design company that knows how to make cat-friendly furniture look awesome. The slick CATable and its sequel -- the CATable 2.0 -- provide cats with lots of nooks and crannies to hide and explore while the humans can busy themselves on the table surface. Imagine typing on your keyboard while your cat sits under it instead of plopping down on top.
Unfortunately, at this time the CATable exists only in concept (and in our dreams).
Here's a table that you can get a hold of now: a gorgeous glass coffee table that comes with a hammock installed underneath. While the design website states that the hammock can be used to store fruit and decorative items, we all know it's really for your cat. The price for this one is a bit steep (nearly $2000 USD), so we've found an alternative: buy a much cheaper pet hammock and install it on any of your existing furniture.
Cat shelves are a perfect way to give your cat some space, and no one makes cat shelves quite as well as the German company Goldtatze. This company specializes in kitty playgrounds, and sells individual pieces that you can assemble however suits you and your cat -- even if it means creating a playground on the ceiling (just make sure everything is attached securely!). If you're looking to shop around, check out Haus Panther's selections http://www.hauspanther.com/gearguide/cat-climbing-perching-cat-trees-condos-shelves-perches/cat-shelves-perches/, Catastrophic Creations https://www.catastrophicreations.com/ , or Catswall http://www.catswall.com/ .
What about that unsightly litter box? Just hide it! Many designs, like this one or this one, combine the litter box with a functional table or other piece of furniture. You get a good looking table instead of a kitty litter box, and your cat gets a quiet and private place to do his business. Everyone wins.
DIY cat tree
And finally, if you're handy with a powertool you can always build your own cat try, using whatever carpeting and design you prefer! This guide over at Dadand is a good place to get started.
Now your home is cat-friendly but still looks fantastic. Who ever said you have to sacrifice style for comfort?