Cat lovers who worship their feline friends – so, ALL cat lovers – might as well make it official with the new Mew Mew Box cat shrine house.
The Mew Mew Box looks like a miniature version of the many Shinto shrines found all over Japan. It's made from heavy-duty corrugated cardboard engineered by Hoei Sangyo Co., Ltd. (Ho-Way), a renowned manufacturer of playing cards founded 67 years ago. Ho-Way partnered with online cat-advocacy org Neco Republic to realize the original concept, which exceeded its crowd funding goal by a whopping 531%!
This charmingly detailed cat house features a number of faithful shrine-centric attributes including a pair of sliding shoji front doors, a braided cord with metal bell for prayers, faux-ceramic roof tiles that can support the weight of an adult cat, and a separate donation collection box for coins – or assorted disarticulated mouse and bird parts.
The Mew Mew Box measures 64cm wide by 48cm deep by 58cm tall (approx. 25” by 19” by 23”), and comes flat-packed with easy to follow assembly instructions. At least, we assume it's easy if you can read Japanese but hey – it's a cardboard cat house, you'll figure it out!
So, what will your proud and pampered feline Lord and/or Lady think of the Mew Mew Box? Odds are, they'll love it! And, you don't have to worry about them preferring the box it came in as it's sort of a glorified, inverted box anyway.
Last but not least, the descriptive copy at PR Times suggests owners can either install a comfy pillow inside the mini-shrine, or conceal a litter box within... which really doesn't sound very respectful. Then again, how many humans do you know who treat their bathroom like a shrine?
The Mew Mew Box is available now so don't you dare keep your angelic pet(s) waiting 'til hell freezes over. Please visit the product page at OMG Japan for more information and ordering details. (images via Kibidango)