Cat People often encounter a sticky wicket when trying to convince their significant others to "catify" the house. My hubby doesn't want a house that looks like it could reek of cat pee. You know what he means: ragged blue carpet cat towers, slouchy beds, bright blue litter boxes and Sticky Paws over every square inch of upholstered furniture.
We are in the middle of a reno on our house. Hubby thought we should keep all the cat stuff upstairs and the "nice" people stuff downstairs. But there are issues with that. The cats spend most of their time downstairs, and without the scratchers appropriately placed, they have no choice but to dig in to the new carpeting. No downstairs beds means they'll sleep on the expensive upholstered furniture. Buckaroo needs a high spot to get out of Tripper's way — and he's by nature a tree-dweller type of cat. If you live with cats, you have to accomodate cat behavior. The better you do so, the fewer behavioral problems you'll need to tackle.
What is Catification?
Catification is the process of understanding the natural behaviors of cats and styling your house to provide structures that are similar to what cats might naturally encounter in the wild. If you've watched Jackson Galaxy's My Cat from Hell, you know the drill. And if you follow Hauspanther (is there any self-respecting cat lady who doesn't?), you're familiar with the deliciously stylish offerings that Kate Benjamin features, Jackson and Kate have teamed together in Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!), a book that illustrates the concept in ways both practical and urbane. Almost immediately upon publication, the book leapt to the NYT Best Seller list.
Why Buy the Book?
The best aspect of the book, for me, was being able to show hubby how pawsomely elegant a catified home can look. Catification doesn't have to be ratty sofas and shredded drapes. I still haven't been able to convince hubby to tear down the pergola and build a catio or build cat highways on the ceiling, but the book has helped me nudge him closer in that direction, showing him how beautiful a catified home can look.
Our recent installation of a Katris structure is an example of his new mindset. It has the modern vibe we love, and a configuration that the cats can't get enough of. It looks like it belongs in the house and fits in to the decor more perfectly than I could have imagined. A couple of months ago, Hubby would have relegated it to one of the cat bedrooms upstairs. But I'm happy to report that it is featured prominently in our living room which is slowly being Catified. (I'm hoping the mummification of the furniture with Sticky Paws will soon be a thing of the past.)
Admittedly, some of these catification installations are beyond the average household budget. But there are more that are reasonably priced, and many that can provide fodder for your own DIY solutions. That is, if you're handy with power tools.
GIVEAWAY: Catification Book by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin
Mousebreath is giving away a copy of Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) along with a cool kitty noms bag — it's even insulated.
Just go to the Rafflecopter Giveaway — lots of ways to enter and chances to win! Ends 11/19.
THE FINE PRINT: The publisher provided a copy of the book and Kitty noms bag for the giveaway.