Stefan Hofmann, a German carpenter, said his cats became restless with standard feline toys so he transformed a room in his home into an obstacle course. “I knew I needed to find something to occupy them,” he said. And boy, did he ever find a solution! The New York Daily News reports that the obstacle course Hofmann created for his cats now takes over his entire living room. This catification project elevates what Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy calls a “cat superhighway” to a whole new level.
“The cats absolutely love their home and are always occupied, zipping around from obstacle to obstacle and using up all their energy,” says Hofmann. “Before I built the playground they were tearing apart cushions, scratching my curtains to bare threads, and it was getting really bad.” Read the full story on the New York Daily News.
Hofmann created his own company, Goldtatze, which translates to “Golden Paw,” where the fabulous hand-crafted components can be purchased. And while these products may not be affordable for the average cat guardian, looking around the Goldtatze website may provide ideas for cat parents who have some DIY talent.
If If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we discussed the benefits and risks of microchips, on Tuesday, we featured a heart touching story of how a Maine Coon kitten transformed an autistic child’s life, on Wednesday, we introduced you to the musical cats of acclaimed musicians Mark Wood and Laura Kaye, on Thursday, Allegra and Ruby reviewed the Aikiou Stimulo interactive puzzle toy, and on Friday, we reviewed Murder with Ganache by Lucy Burdette.
I know many of us are tired of this relentless winter. I was looking for a video that would make you feel warm, but when I came across this video of a cat experiencing snow for the first time, I just had to share it. It’s a nice reminder that you can find joy in just about everything.
Have a great weekend.
Photo of cat playground via New York Daily News