Square Paws is to cat condos what Frank Gehry is to A-frames. Even if you don't adore cats, you will be in awe of how the architect and craftsman pair, Mario and Benedito, create these made-to-order cat structures. You'll wish you were a cat - one with a good deal of money!
In 2016, Mario and Benedito created their first masterpiece cat tower, the Totem Pole, for their cat Ciccio. This is it!
Though playful, the Totem Pole is a tribute to Native American traditions. And Square Paws quotes Legends of America:
A totem is a spirit being, sacred object, or symbol of a tribe, clan, family or individual. Native American tradition provides that each individual is connected with nine different animals that will accompany each person through life, acting as guides. Different animal guides come in and out of our lives depending on the direction that we are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along our journey.
Native beliefs further explain that a totem animal is one that is with you for life, both in the physical and spiritual world. Though people may identify with different animal guides throughout their lifetimes, it is this one totem animal that acts as the main guardian spirit.
Made of "hand carved wood, compressed cardboard, paper mache, Plaster of Paris, gesso, many layers of paint, cabinet knobs, and bun feet eyes for the mouse and great horned owl." Additionally, "electrical wire forms the whiskers for the orange tabby and his gray-furred friend." (View more details of the Totem Pole here.)
Could you want more for your cat?
Well, probably not, but you could want "different." So, here are some "differents!"
The Giraffe, Square Paws (Geraldine)
A giraffe-lover with four cats had this 6'4" foot multi-level cat tower made, and with ingenuity, Square Paws did it!
"Geraldine" stands 6'4" in her stocking feet and that includes a weighted base and six floors plus a balcony!
The creators write:
"This piece was created for a true lover of giraffes. A tricky design problem, the challenge here was creating a habitable cat tower in an object whose proportions are thin and long. We used the fact that two of this client’s four cats like to nest in a glass salad bowl on the kitchen counter. Thus, the giraffe’s head was formed using a wooden salad bowl, and two salad spoons were used for her ears. Tapered credenza legs were utilized for her horns, and industrial horsehair brush sweeps were attached for her mane. To make the upper part of the neck feel less claustrophobic for the kitties, we used natural sisal rope to suggest the solid background of the giraffe’s neck and let the voids serve as the “spots.”
You will see images from many perspectives on The Giraffe link. They are worth the view!
At 5'7", the Leaning Tower is a bit shorter than the original, but just as awesome to a cat. I love the look of the "window" arches on the Leaning Tower.
"This piece was fabricated using plaster of Paris on a compressed paper tube coated with several layers of gesso and paint. Carpeted interior steps provide quick access to the top perch. Peek-a-boo arches alternate with faux-painted arches, giving one a view into the cats’ ascension"
And here's the lucky kitty on the top perch!
Larger than it looks, the Cando is 34 by 22 by 15 inches, giving kitty plenty of room to loll about inside. The clever sisal covered wooden post is perfect for scratching and peaking at the expressive sardines! The inside of the can is painted yellow to represent the inside of a sardine can. There is an entrance/exit on two sides and one on top.
Created for feral cats in a Carnival-themed room at a local Florida animal shelter, the masters call the Ferris Wheel "one of their crowning achievements of 2016."
Because of the high traffic it would get at the shelter, PVC and vinyl components were used for the perches for easy cleaning and maintenance. "However, in future models, perches will be composed of painted wood and carpet, as cats tend to prefer the tactile gripping qualities of carpet."
Your kitties would not turn their noses up at the Ferris Wheel, feral or not!
In case you're wondering where it will fit in your home... the measurements are 6′ 2″ from outside edge of perch to outside edge of perch, 6' tall and 21″ deep.
I want to show you more! There are so many and they are all magnificent, so deserving of our dear feline companions.
That's the buzz for today!