- Hardcover: 92 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1st Printing edition (August 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0836221834
- ISBN-13: 978-0836221831
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 85 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cats' House Hardcover – August 1, 1996
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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.
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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I did not appreciate his "new cat introduction" method ("just throw them in with the resident cats and let them sort it out"). If you want a more positive approach, I recommend Pam Johnson Bennett's books, or to watch some of Jackson Galaxy's "My Cat From Hell" show. His show is actually the entire reason I became informed about making your environment a cat-friendly one, so I highly recommend that show.
The photos feel dated - but it's fun to see the multitude of mods this man made to his house for their cats.
I have also been a building remodeling contractor most of my 63 years. The cat walks, stairs and platforms could be constructed without all the sanding dust described in the book. A simple collection of planks and plywood with a good quality cordless screw gun or two would be sufficient to create the functioning cat walk system and wall cut outs.
The author chose to create a molded seamless look requiring much more filling and sanding...great but messy.
Do not be afraid to start..changes and upgrades can always be made...to kitties delight.
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.