Meowhaus: Architect-Designed Home For Disabled Cats

By Lloyd Alter, TreeHugger

I recently learned the shocking news from the Fluffington Post that 70% of cat architecture does not comply with the building code. It’s probably because most cat architecture isn’t designed by architects. That’s why I am so proud to support the Graduate Architecture Club (GAC) at The Spitzer School of Architecture in New York City in their Indiegogo quest to raise money to finish the Meowhaus. This talented and concerned group of young architects, who know the Cat Construction Codes, is building a home for disabled cats.

They describe it:

“We have been asked by a non-profit animal hospice (in the CATskills!) to design a new home for 10 cats living in their care with Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH). The CH cats provide a great challenge, as they have the potential to live full long happy lives as long as their disabilities are accounted for in their environment and care.

The design incorporates the use of recycled materials sourced locally, including windows, doors, siding and roofing salvaged from unused structures and featuring over 100 wood shipping pallets from local stores. The shipping pallets create an exterior shell, or sun screen around the interior core building. Combined with lots of big windows in the interior core, the pallet shell provides shade, ventilation, and also a myriad of shadows to entertain the cats throughout the day.”

They appear to be well along on their construction, but need money to finish the project. You can contribute at Indiegogo.

Photo Credit: Meowhaus/CC BY 2.0



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Terry Vanderbush
Terry V5 years ago

great story, now how about us humans?

Jeni G.
Jennifer G5 years ago

Very cool!

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare5 years ago

Awwwww. My 3 legged Sylvester and blind Shakespeare would have loved it.

Jim F.
Past Member 5 years ago

GREAT! It's nice, and fun when folks take an interest in our feline friends. Mine gives a big M*E*OW and approval!

Kim W.
Kim W5 years ago

I guess we all help where we are called upon

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener5 years ago


Ruth S.
Ruth C5 years ago

Its wonderful to see young people coming together to do something so terrific for these kitties in need!

Debbie M.
Debbie Miller5 years ago

This is just wonderful...may Blessings and the support come to them!

Dale Overall

The 16-year-old blind cat that owns me sends her purrs and kneads of support for this marvellous and thoughtful project!

Phillipa W.
Phillipa W5 years ago

excellent story