This cat lover transformed the inside of his house for his 22 rescue cats! Its a cat heaven now and the cats are having the time of their lives!
When Peter Cohen, who is a big cat lover purchased his California house back in 1988, he could not possibly imagined the transformation that 22 cats would have on inside almost 30 years later. Back at the time, he was caring for two feral cats who just seem to come with the property. However, when both cats were hit by cars in separate incidents, Cohen feared for their lives and then decided to renovate the entire inside of his home to mimic the type of home cats could only dream about.
Cohen did just a bit of research about what structures were best to keep kitties happy and also entertained. That is when he first discovered catwalks. He then decided to build some within inside of his house. Those catwalks were later followed by ramps, portholes, perches, platforms, and also many tunnels.
So what about all of the litter boxes in the house? Cohen actually found the perfect solution for that, too. He went ahead and constructed a specially designed litter box closets around the house that have exhaust fans to keep odors away. To manage all of the cat hair, Cohen has 5 Roomba robot vacuum cleaners regularly prowling around the house and cleaning.
In total, this cat lover spent in upwards of about $50,000 to make his home cat-compatible. That grand total includes the rope wrapped poles in the home office, floating shelves and also lofts in the master bedroom, and even a koi pond to stimulate their attention.
And with the indoor additions came even more rescued feline additions, too! Cohen, his partner, and his roommate all worked together to adopt a total of 22 cats from various shelters. They are not just any kitty cats either. They are ones who, for different reasons, have the toughest time finding their forever homes.
“We have been building catwalks for more than 20 years now. We learned a great deal from our cats what they like and what they do not like,” Cohen explains. One rescue cat, in particular, Peanut, gave him a brand new direction for his cat building aspirations. Peanut was diagnosed with feline infectious peritonitis (FIP),which is an incurable and fatal viral disease. Peanut’s valiant struggle and also passing inspired Cohen to do some fund raising to find a cure for this dreadful cat illness.
What started out as a neat way to make a home better for 2 cats morphed into a sanctuary for cats who need of love, care and affection. Cohen and company provide more than enough for every single one of their cats!