Ever wondered what living in an "aquarium of cats" would be like? What if you could stroll through your house, find a furry friend above you, around you, or follow you with playful curiosity?
Welcome to the surreal reality of Peter Cohen, a man who has turned his home into a 'purr-adise' for over 20 rescued cats, a project he lovingly calls House of Nekko.
A Walkthrough The Ultimate Cat House
Stepping into the House of Nekko, you are transported into a world from a cat’s dreams: bespoke catwalks, intricately designed tunnels, plush perches, and an array of toys.
It's a sight to behold. Peter's house is not just a dwelling; it's a living, breathing ecosystem where humans and felines coexist in harmony.
The Genesis of a Cat Sanctuary
Peter's journey began in 1995 when he came across a book by Bob Walker, "A Tiny Cat House." Inspired, Peter, a general contractor, decided to bring that vision to life, but with his unique flair.
It started with a few catwalks, and as his furry friends showed love for their new play zone, Peter continued to 'cattify' his house. Fast forward to today, the house has seen over 30 years of modifications, additions, and love.
An Aesthetic Feline Haven
For Peter, 'cattification' is more than creating a cat-friendly environment. It's about striking a balance between aesthetically pleasing designs that humans love and the spatial dynamics cats need.
His house oozes warmth with shades of blue, green, and yellow, and features aesthetically intriguing structures like floating catwalks and spiraling tunnels.
Peter's efforts don't stop at providing a haven for his 24 rescue cats; his mission extends to a cause far greater.
He heads a non-profit, ZenByCat, dedicated to raising awareness and funds to fight against Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP).
This life-threatening disease affects up to 2% of kittens and was 100% fatal until a recent breakthrough in medication.
A Cat's Tale of Triumph
One such resident, Smokey, holds a special place in the history of ZenByCat. Smokey was one of the first cats in the world to be cured of FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis), a typically fatal disease.
After losing Miss Bean, his first cat diagnosed with FIP, Peter was determined to make a difference. He adopted Smokey and enrolled him in a drug trial at UC Davis.
The success of the trial led to Smokey's recovery and the birth of ZenByCat.
The spirit of ZenByCat also extends to their online shop, selling high-quality cat products. Every purchase made contributes to the research and development of FIP treatment, making it a store for a cause.
ZenByCat also welcomes direct donations through their website, with 100% of the proceeds directed towards the ongoing battle against FIP.
The Ultimate Cat House is not just a house; it's a living testament to the power of compassion and love for our feline friends.
It's proof that when designed with thought and love, a house can become a home that benefits both humans and animals.
Peter concludes with advice for all cat lovers out there. He encourages everyone to start small. You don't need to invest heavily to 'cattify' your house.
A few shelves or a plush toy can be a start. The most important part is to create a space that is pleasing to you and enjoyable for your cats.
Check out more about Peter's inspiring journey, his cause, and his love for cats on his ZenByCat accounts.
Peter Cohen, a man who has taken being a cat lover to the next level, shows us that our homes can become sanctuaries that nurture our bond with our pets.
Final Thoughts: Catify Your Space
It's a heartwarming tale of love, compassion, and an undeniable penchant for interior design. Next time you are wondering how to spoil your cat, remember Peter's Ultimate Cat House, and maybe you'll find some inspiration.
If you're looking to catify your home, Peter has some advice for you. First and foremost, do things that you like.
Don't buy a cat tree that you think is ugly because you don't want that in your house. Spend a little more money upfront on quality cat-friendly features that will last.
And most importantly, have fun!
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