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The Cats' House Hardcover – August 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1St Edition edition (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836221834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836221831
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

What began as a simple floor-to-ceiling scratching post to prevent Walker's nine cats from sharpening their claws on the furniture is now a whole set of ramps, stairs, and cat walks throughout his house. The playfulness of this house, which has been painted in over 40 bright colors and contains Walker and his wife's collection of Dian de los Meurtos figurines and toys, comes across in the numerous photographs. Instructions are included for building ramps, cat walks, and mouse holes through which the cats pass from room to room. This fun book is recommended for large interior design collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

It's not exactly architecture or do-it-yourself art. What Walker has created is a colorful tribute to the roles cats play in our lives by offering a way to reward them for simply being their feline selves--an environment called the "cat house." The directions for reproducing his 110-foot series of catwalks, staircases, mouse (and other) holes, and shelves are admittedly sparse; a few architectural renderings and some minimalist instructions guarantee that an imitator will need to check other sources. But practical advice does appear in the description of how to secure treasured accessories and furniture, and there are some suggestions on remodeling (e.g., don't position the new feline aerie next to the curtains). Above all, it's the spirit that counts as well as the photographs; every one of the nine felines sharing the Walkers' lives is pictured rather contentedly walking, sitting, rolling over, and smiling on one of the structures. Definitely catwalks to heaven. Barbara Jacobs

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Customer Reviews

Now, I think I'll go look at some books about woodworking!
J. Johnston
I would recommend this book for anyone who has cats, loves cats, or knows someone who loves cats..
P. S. Rouse
It is full of great pictures and the spoiled cats who enjoy the items!
susan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2003
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Great book, just make sure you get the FULL sized version, I believe it is ISBN: 0836221834. The pictures are too good to be wasted on the teensy weensy edition offered by Amazon. Oooooops!! It never crossed my mind to look at the dimensions. [(in inches): 0.39 x 3.81 x 3.25]
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Rissa on May 3, 1999
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Don't buy this expecting detailed woodworking plans or construction blueprints because you'll be disappointed if what you're after is a how-to guide. What the author has given us instead, however, is a magical book full of inspiration and cats and color and ideas and cats and textures and cats that will help you decide how you want to design your own special feline walk-ways, steps, balconies, boxes, alcoves, entrance and exitways for your cats in your house or apartment.
The author and his wife are avid collectors not only of cats, but of Mexican folkart as well. Their house abounds with colorful textiles, furniture, masks, frames, pottery and numerous carvings. They have incorporated their love for these things into the type of catwalkers and connecting pieces they designed for their house: everything is done in vivid shades of red, purple, yellow, blue and green and the cat pieces compliment them beautifully. My husband and I don't collect Mexican folk treasures but after reading this book and studying the pictures, I realized how easy it would be to incorporate our own color schemes, style and art objects into making a unique set of catwalkers for our own cats.
The author does provide enough instructions and measurements so that someone who is reasonably well-acquainted with woodworking could install the basics (or you could always show the book and your designs to your contractor). The author also has suggestions on cat-proofing your house and your collectables (such as using "Quake Hold" to attach breakable objects to tables)
Also included in the book are pictures of a cat habitat designed by the author for the National Cat Protection Society in Newport Beach.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2003
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This review is intended only for the 3.5" x 3.5" version of this book. The full-size book is wonderful, and deserves all five stars. I just attempted to buy two copies to give as gifts. Alas, I ended up with the miniature versions, which have most of the content, but at less than a fifth of the size, are hardly worth their present cost of half the price. Check the product details closely, and make sure you're getting what you think you're getting--the product description doesn't make it very obvious. If you're paying less than $$$ for this book, you're likely buying a wallet-sized version.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 1999
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I received this book as a Mother's Day gift from my daughter on the other side of the country, and I haven't stopped smiling since I popped open the package -- It also effectively stopped work productivity for the next several hours as fellow cat-lovers and not-so-enamoured co-workers marveled at the charm, whimsicality, and rich, vibrant colors. If you yearn not to be an 'all-white walls' person AND have been properly trained by your cat(s) to think constantly of their amusement and mental & physical needs, you can only be inspired to let your own imagination get to work. I will enjoy this book for a very long time and love that something so special and delightful was correctly seen as JUST what I'd adore.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1998
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The cat-loving author has designed a fablulous home that caters to the whims and whimsy of his nine felines. Looking at the ramps, walkways, look-out stations and overhead catwalks, a reader can't help but think about how much his/her own housecat would enjoy this fun-loving environment. Every catlover I've shown this book to has been captivated by the wonderful imagination that brought this cat-house to life. The photos are dynamic, and the cats are very lucky, indeed. You won't be disappointed by this fantastic book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. Berkery on November 22, 2000
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What a fun book this is! It's colorful, it has unique photos of cats doing cat things, and it will make you think about remodeling your house for your own feline bundle of joy. I was given this book as a gift a few years ago (before I was able to have a cat due to apartment restrictions) and I enjoyed it even then. But after a recent move to a new house, I discovered the book again -- I enjoy it even more now that I have my own cat. Thanks to The Cats' House, my husband and I have been discussing how we can add our own piece of cat paradise to our home!
One of the best parts of this book is that it encourages readers to adopt homeless cats from shelters and rescues. Shelter cats make the best pets.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By fdr on June 10, 2003
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If you're really into cats, bright colors, and Mexican folk art, this is a five-star book for you! But even if you're just really into cats and Walker's decorating style ain't your thing, this is nonetheless a worthwhile purchase. After introducing the feline family, Walker describes how he and his wife built an impressive overhead cat transport system into their home (it started by accident -- all they wanted was a room divider and a built-in scratching post). Even if you can't imagine reproducing a neon-lit zigzag for cats on the ceiling of your hallway, it's easy enough to adapt Walker's ideas to fit any decorating style. The book includes some construction diagrams and a lot of helpful hints from the wisdom of experience (e.g., Walker found that putting "cat-walks" flush against the wall didn't allow the felines enough space to turn around). The vibrant photography shows the amazing possibilities of what can be done with lumber, a tape measure, imagination, and lots of cats!
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