Anyone who’s lived with a cat knows they are capable of decimating your furniture. Cats love to scratch, often at the expense of your couch, your curtains, your carpets, your upholstery...the list goes on and on.
Cat trees help keep your feline friend occupied, but they take up precious floor space and ― let’s face it ― aren’t very stylish. CatastrophiCreations founders and couple Mike Wilson and Megan Hanneman weren’t inspired by the selection of cat furniture at their disposal, so they decided to build their own.
“We got a couple cats, and then it started off just making furniture for them around the house,” Wilson told The Huffington Post. “We made shelving and then an Indiana Jones bridge. It was kind of playing with the cats and just seeing how they liked it and then building more stuff from there.”
The cats’ collective obsession with their Indiana Jones bridge led Hanneman and Wilson to think about selling their creations online. “My mom had the idea of us opening up an Etsy shop,” Wilson said.
The cat complexes are quite elaborate, featuring interconnected bridges, shelves and cat hammocks. Some structures have a theme, like CatastrophiCreations’ PacMan and Mario-themed cat complexes. “Honestly I have no idea where he gets his ideas from,” Hanneman said of Wilson’s designs. “I feel like they just come out of thin air.”
Hanneman and Wilson feel that these structures do a lot to improve feline behavioral issues. “Giving a cat a space of its own is pretty important,” Wilson said. “We’ve been trying to create something that looks good on the wall, that you wouldn’t mind having in your apartment or your home, but that’s also helping your cat by giving it its own space.”
The best part? This kitty furniture only takes half an hour to mount on your wall. “All you need is a drill and a stud-finder,” Hanneman said. “Pretty simple installation, I’d say.”
CatastrophiCreations furniture ranges in price from affordable to extravagant. One cat hammock costs $38, while an entire PacMan Cat Complex will run you $600. Check out the cat furnishings below at your bank account’s peril.