Unbelievable Cat-friendly House Design from Japan

Wed, Oct 8, 2008

Climbing & Perching, Scratching

I think I’m going to have a heart attack, this is the coolest thing I have ever seen! As you may be aware, the Japanese treat their pets like children, and since they are also masters of good design, it’s no surprise that some Japanese housing builders are now designing homes with special features for pets. These amazing images are from Asahi Kasei’s Plus-Nyan house. Obviously a great deal of research went into the design of these beautiful spaces, from the perspective of both the cats and the homeowners.

Features include open air cat walks, climbing steps, nooks throughout the house for cat hide-outs, cat doors in every door, extra space in the bathroom designed especially for a litter box, an enclosed deck area, and special fences to prevent cats from escaping.

They have even gone so far as to use pet-friendly construction materials that resist scratching and are easy to clean.

Thank you to Sachie at My Cat Goma for finding this and for translating the Japanese descriptions for us!

I want to live in Japan!

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123 Responses to “Unbelievable Cat-friendly House Design from Japan”

  1. 51
    SiameseCaroline

    Oh, this is so cool! I really, really want a house like this. For me, and for my cat. It’s all beautiful, of course, but I like the special cubicle for the litter tray next to the ‘human’ toilet – so practical!

  2. 52
    Sheri

    My Littlez would love this house! However, we would probably never see her again! She would be too busy running around!

  3. 53
    polina khait

    awesome!!! love it! im obsessed with my cat and would love to have half of whats in that house

  4. 54
    katie samuelson

    Your house is something i’ve dreamed about for years. I own 8 cats and im always looking for ways to live happily with them and seeing your house has inspired me to remodle my house from top to bottom. thank you .

  5. 55
    Alrady

    AWESOME pictures and design for cat houses.. wow.

  6. 56
    BarefootFloor

    OMG!!!! This is breathtaking!!! Such a great idea for kitties to feel themselves at home!:)

  7. 57
    LindaJG

    Me agrada venir a dejar comentarios en los sitios como este :) Aunque no estoy muy inspirado por ahora, solo paso rapido a dejar mis felicitaciones, se lo valioso que son los comentarios de los lectores :)

  8. 58
    hepi

    the best cohabitation between human n cat i’ve ever seen

  9. 59
    maria eugenia

    yo quiero una casa igual para mis niƱos….

  10. 60
    Di Chapman

    How wonderful is this? There is nothing better than enjoying the happiness of a cat! Even in the toughest times, they can take our minds off of our stresses. This is just the best for us kitty lovers!

  11. 61
    Hammy Havoc

    I would love to live here with those cats.

  12. 62
    katboxjanitor

    Stellar combination of practicality and beauty across species!

  13. 63
    Janet

    thanks for this I am planning on building a new home and will definately encorporate some of these ideas love this. Janet Cheney,Wa

  14. 64
    cengiz ehliz

    Nice website. Thanks! . Nice Nice !

  15. 65
    Helen

    What a dream living like that!!! :)

  16. 66
    Boodle

    As long as there’s a space where us humans can get to all of the little hideouts (mostly so we can clean them in case of any “accidents” but also in case we need to get to a sick kitteh), this is an awesome house!

  17. 67
    Tysooze

    We are getting ready to build a new home and have included plans in one of our bathrooms for a litter box area complete with a motion light, drain, and faucet! I can’t wait, looks like these people consider their cats a part of their family, as well! Love it!

  18. 68
    Alexandra

    Great! I would like to have house like this for my two cats. I’ll do something like this in my flat. It’s really, really great :)

  19. 69
    Isabel Esteve Bertomeu

    is greaaattt is ideal home for me and my 10 cats !! :) ))

  20. 70
    lizzie

    Wow, great ideas for my cat’s room. She must be ultra rich to be able to afford such a big home for her cats (and herself) in Japan.


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