Due to a serious backlog of felid-related material, I’ve been slow to post about a German company that designs “cat furniture” for the well-heeled ailurophile. At least a dozen readers have called my attention to the links to the company “Goldtatze” (“Golden Paw), which has a site in German detailing all the amazing devices for the climbing and sleeping pleasure of your cat.
To see their furniture, click on any item in the right column labeled “Was Ihre Katze lieben wird” (“what your cat will love”), or go to Hauspanther (“house panther”), Oh Gizmo!, or quickmeme, sites in English that show Goldtatze furniture.
Here are a few of the items you can buy, though they’re not cheap:
Hanging cat bed:
Top view of above:
I love these walkways:
Now really, don’t you think your cat deserves some of this? You have tons of furniture for yourself, but what does your cat have? Probably just a stupid old basket or a cardboard box. Wouldn’t your King or Queen love a plank walkway to circumambulate your living room? Baihu, Butter, Kink: talk to your staff!
The Style section of the December 18 New York Times has a piece “Cool for cats” that tells the story of Kate Benjamin, a true “cat lady” who has furnished her house with fancy felid furniture and other items for the active or recumbent cat. She designs cat furniture and runs the Hauspanther website, and she’s trying to refurbish the image of “cat lady”:
“The idea is to influence the mass cat-product industry to step up their game,” said Ms. Benjamin, who has teamed up with Jackson Galaxy, the cat behaviorist from the television show “My Cat From Hell,”for this effort. “We just want to be the go-to source for anyone who wants to live stylishly with cats.”
As the tattoo on her arm announces, Ms. Benjamin is positioning herself as a cat lady for a new generation. A vegan with Bettie Page bangs, she has upended the old stereotype of the frumpy, middle-aged woman surrounded by cats. And her two-bedroom townhouse here is a showcase of the latest in feline interior design.
The living room is filled with all manner of cat beds, scratchers, hiding spots and perches, including a miniature sun bed attached to sliding glass doors that open to a catio (a patio enclosed for the protection of her cats). The centerpiece on the dining table is not a flower arrangement or a fruit bowl, but a white porcelain cat bed designed to look like a sink. On the coffee table is a thronelike cat lounge that doubles as a scratcher. And a huge basket of cat toys is stationed next to the sofa.
There’s a lot more to the story, which is two pages long.
Since you asked, Benjamin has 12 cats, and here are some photos from the accompanying slideshow,“A cat woman’s lair“: