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The pedestal just keeps getting higher.
posted by inconsequentialist at 1:23 PM on June 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's not just a shelf, it's a special cat shelf. Specifically made for cats, so they can lay on it. Because, cats always have a difficult time finding some place to lay.
posted by jefbla at 1:33 PM on June 12, 2007 [3 favorites]


Your cat is still going to prefer scratching the sofa, and will continue to lay on your bed with his ass in your face at 6 AM. Even if you give him Crate and Barrel-flavored crap to use, your cat resents you a little bit.
posted by Mayor Curley at 1:37 PM on June 12, 2007 [4 favorites]


Awesome.

However, our cats' favorite furniture are: a paper sack; a cardboard box; us; the couch. Why drop cash on cat furniture when you can just put down a paper bag?
posted by rtha at 1:37 PM on June 12, 2007


Also, that carpet board screwed to the wall? Special.

Anyone who sees something like that and buys it instead of making it him/herself probably also thinks "viking" is a metaph--

I'll be going now.
posted by hermitosis at 1:38 PM on June 12, 2007 [2 favorites]


My wife recognised the fabric instantly, she's good like that: Flor squares
posted by Artw at 1:39 PM on June 12, 2007


There is a great story of cat furniture by Metafilter's own interrobang here. Just keep going forward. The story goes on.
posted by ND¢ at 1:44 PM on June 12, 2007


See also.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:44 PM on June 12, 2007


Damn ND¢ of you, ND¢! At least we used different links.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:46 PM on June 12, 2007


DO NOT WANT.......... the world to seriously be designing cat furniture. My God, the end is so near.
posted by lattiboy at 1:47 PM on June 12, 2007


"...and will continue to lay on your bed with his ass in your face at 6 AM."

Your does that too, eh? The wife keeps saying that one of ours "just adores me", but everytime she gets a chance, it's the old "ass-in-the-face" trick.

The cat, not the wife.
posted by Mcable at 1:55 PM on June 12, 2007


You obviously didn't want people to know the whole story of the potato chair IRFH. What do you have to hide? Where were you when Zeke went missing? Do you yell "Whoo" at your favorite part of "Stargate"? What temperature do plastic chairs melt at? The Potato's Chair Truth Movement wants to know!
posted by ND¢ at 1:58 PM on June 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


We picked up a miniature dog couch for our cats and they were reluctant to use it at first. We finally placed a towel that they liked to sleep on on the couch and they then got the idea and have been using it ever since.

Using it? They fight over it!

Anyhow, since it was on the floor, they needed a familiar smell before they would trust it as a sit-able.

The dominant cat (and if you have only one, it is ipso facto the dominant cat) wants to sit on as high a perch as it can. In so much as these shelves facilitate allowing a cat to sit on a high perch, they would probably use it almost instantly.

That all being said, give me some plywood, a couple of brackets and 20 minutes and - BAM - no need to order it online.

Plus, I could stain it any color your wanted.

I could come to you house.

You got any sandwiches?
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:01 PM on June 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


What kind of dumbass would buy a special cat shelf?
posted by puke & cry at 2:02 PM on June 12, 2007


I maded u a furniture, but I pissed on it :(
posted by Krrrlson at 2:05 PM on June 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


no self respecting cat would jump on a shelf unless there is something on it to knock off. Bonus points if it's loud and is of any importance.
posted by Stynxno at 2:07 PM on June 12, 2007 [3 favorites]


I'm not dissing the post, but really?!? Are they really charging $160 for a plywood square with a carpet sample stapled to it, really? I'm in the wrong business!
posted by Pollomacho at 2:09 PM on June 12, 2007


What do you have to hide?

My extensive collection of cathair suits.

Where were you when Zeke went missing?

I was being interviewed by Chris Hansen.

Do you yell "Whoo" at your favorite part of "Stargate"?

My favorite part of Stargate is when the chick turns out to be a dude. Whoo!

What temperature do plastic chairs melt at?

Hot potato salsa-ass.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:13 PM on June 12, 2007


I like these, because they seem to me to make the cat itself the furniture. Put it up on the wall, and it becomes decoration. I like the idea of having shelves on either side of the television, with cats hanging out there like pretty little objects.
posted by interrobang at 2:14 PM on June 12, 2007


Billy, don't forget to put the cat away after you're done playing with it.
posted by 517 at 2:16 PM on June 12, 2007


HATARZ.

I've been developing a similar line of 'contemporary' cat furniture -- it's a testament to my inefficiency that someone totally beat me to it.

There's a popular reason for cat owners to have stuff like this in their home. Mainly that some people don't like how the hippy-home-crafted look of existing cat trees -- even (or especially) those cat trees that look like carpet covered versions of actual trees -- look against a B&B cabinet. They still need a scratching post or proper hangout for the cat so kitty doesn't destroy the Minotti sofa.

$90 bucks for the shelf is not too bad for these people, especially when you consider that most of the price is on those (probably) custom manufactured brackets that kinda look like cat claws.

Just get an Ikea Lack shelf and glue carpet to it.
posted by Extopalopaketle at 2:31 PM on June 12, 2007


My cat would ignore these. Normally she chooses my recyclables as her habitat. After 3 years, I have finally acquired one of those carpeted cat apartment things. It's the first thing my cat adores that isn't a paper bag or an empty file folder box.

I think she really enjoys it so much because she thinks we stole it from other cats. It was so nice of my neighbor to leave it on the curb like that when she moved out.
posted by Tehanu at 2:38 PM on June 12, 2007


Also: Cat Ladders from around the world.
posted by chlorus at 2:42 PM on June 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


wow... that site made my cpu go nuts. and yes, the go nuts are my favorite band.

My cat does fine with an empty beer box or paper bags or scratch pads made from cardboard.
posted by chibikeandy at 3:41 PM on June 12, 2007


Artw I think its something cheaper, the cheapest designs are already 8 or 9 bucks per tile, so Square Cat can't be selling them for $10 per and one or two at a time and making any money, not unless they have a really good deal with Flor or I'm missing something (same company?) I think its just the same idea of modular carpeting, only for walls.
posted by Grod at 4:02 PM on June 12, 2007


I should like to offer my "apple pie" metaphor: Commercial versions can be good, but the best are the ones made at home. The cat shelf seems to me to be the kind of thing that would be best made at home....

'Cause when it comes to making cat shelves, I'm a total Viking.
posted by Tube at 4:09 PM on June 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


INVISIBLE CHALK
posted by rob511 at 4:55 PM on June 12, 2007


Cool! I love LOLCATS! But where are the captions?
posted by RussHy at 5:37 PM on June 12, 2007


Man, those are some really relaxed looking cats. The furniture, eh, not so much, but the photos are amazing. I've never been able to get anything close to a decent picture of any cat, ever.
posted by mosessis at 6:56 PM on June 12, 2007


Ikea hacker covered the cheap Ikea angle on this last week. The cat will never know if you don't show him the receipt...
posted by seymour.skinner at 8:18 PM on June 12, 2007


Oh my gosh, I love the cat ladders!
posted by susanbeeswax at 10:31 PM on June 12, 2007


I'm totally going to build one!

Plank, dowling, some kind of metal bracket at the end for stability, should be pretty easy.

The spiral cat-staircases are pretty cool too, but probably beyond my skills.
posted by Artw at 11:31 PM on June 12, 2007


I had a college buddy who made easy cat ladders by butting together 4x4s, wrapping them up their whole length with a single layer of rope, and nailing them to the wall. The cats just clawed their way up two stories quite easily. Completely vertical, no slope.

As for the mod furniture, if you paid say $25,000 for your sofa, these would be worth the price to not have your oh so precious home cluttered up with towels, paper bags, and carpet wrapped plywood.
posted by BrotherCaine at 2:04 AM on June 13, 2007


http://www.squarecathabitat.com/

Yes, but where does one buy square cats?
posted by Zinger at 10:35 AM on June 13, 2007


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