Man Completely Rebuilds the Inside of His House for His 22 Rescue Cats
Peter Cohen couldn’t possibly have foreseen the impact that 22 cats would have on the inside over 30 years after he bought his California home in 1988. He was then taking care of two stray cats that appeared to have come with the property.
However, after both cats were struck by cars in separate incidents, Cohen feared for their safety and made the decision to completely redesign his home’s interior to match the kind of perfect living space that cats could only imagine.
In his long research towards the best architectural designs for assuring cats’ happiness and entertainment, Cohen came across catwalks. So he made the decision to build some inside his home. Later, ramps, portholes, perches, platforms, and tunnels joined the catwalks.
What about the several litter boxes? Actually, Cohen figured out the answer to it as well. He went ahead and built specialized litter box closets with exhaust vents all over the house to keep odors away. Cohen uses five Roomba robot vacuum cleaners to regularly scan the house in order to handle the cat hair.
Cohen has invested well over $50,000 to make his house cat-friendly. The total also includes a koi pond to catch their attention, floating shelves and lofts in the master bedroom, and poles wrapped in rope in the home office.
“I thought maybe the cats would just look at it, but they use it all,” Cohen states. “It’s like a freeway sometimes with them all over the place.”
More cat additions also arrived along with the indoor additions. Together with his partner and roommate, Cohen has adopted a total of 22 cats from shelters. They aren’t just any cats though, rather, they are the cats that, for a variety of factors, have the hardest trouble finding loving homes.
Cohen’s cats have been a real source of inspiration for repairs and additions to his house. Cohen told Love Meow, “We have been creating catwalks for 20 years and have learnt a great deal from our cats what they enjoy and do not like.”
Cohen’s dreams to create cats took a completely new turn after meeting a rescue cat by the name of Peanut. A severe, incurable viral condition known as feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) was found in Peanut. Cohen started raising money to find a solution for this terrible disease as a result of Peanut’s courageous battle and passing.
“We humans cannot solve so many big problems,” Cohen stated, “but we can solve little ones. Each cat we adopt from a shelter is one more sentient being that now has a home and love and care. It is that simple.”
Smokey, one of the cats, was found when he was a young kitten. Despite Smokey’s unfortunate FIP, Cohen adopted him and has now started him on medical treatments that have, so far, helped him feel much better.
What began as a clever idea to improve the living conditions for two cats turned into a sanctuary for animals in need of love and care. For each of their kitties, Cohen and company provide more than enough!
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