Fun, imaginative cat house designs include cat houses built to resemble birdhouses, teepees, lighthouses, and Swiss chalets. Clever cat house designs may use recycled old cabinets and drawers or incorporate the cat house with an existing structure such as a bookcase or coffee table.
Whimsical and attractive cat house designs needn't be expensive; innovative owners use recycled furniture, shipping containers, scrap lumber and cardboard to design kitty dwellings that are amusing as well as practical. One cat owner, capitalizing on a cat's well-known affinity for cardboard boxes, built his cat a home from 40 cardboard storage cartons interconnected and decorated to resemble a condominium complex.
Design professionals produce innovative cat house designs. Chinese architect Ruan Hao is the designer of the CATable, a working drafting table that also functions as a home for cats. Hao is not the only architect to design an avant-garde cat house; the Feline History Museum in Alliance, Ohio, features a modernist cat house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Oakland, California, architecture firm Because We Can designs steampunk-influenced cat transit systems that look like industrial steam pipes.
Cat lovers can also purchase prefabricated feline dream homes. Daytona-based ARNI Says offers the Kitty Kasa collection in a variety of brightly colored geometric shapes; modules include a gym, a bedroom, and a recreation room. Proceeds from the Kitty Kasa collection benefit a nonprofit no-kill animal shelter in Daytona, Florida.