The cat house is one of the most important parts of any living space. Cats need a warm, cozy spot to sleep and play which is why this beautiful design features an open-concept with plenty of room for lounging. The gorgeous hardwood floors compliment the modern décor and create a bright atmosphere in your home.

“The cat architecture program” is a game that allows players to design their own house for their cats. The player begins with just a few pieces of the house, and must then use those pieces to build up the rest of the structure.

It may not have been the approach an architect would have chosen, but it was definitely not unwanted. But that’s exactly what happened to Mario Arbore, and he’s never looked back since.

Mario, creator of Square Paws and principal of Arbore Design, says, “In my business, I’ve had the pleasure of handling a broad range of projects, including restaurants, home renovations, workplaces, furniture shops, and much more.” Mario faced a brief slowdown in his career in 2014 after shifting his architectural office from New York to Florida in 2011. Building cat homes was recommended by a friend.

“As an architect, I considered what I might say and do for my animals and my house,” he adds. “I began with a lighthouse since cats prefer to be up high, and I wanted to build something with a little footprint.” That thought prompted me to investigate various sorts of structures, animals, and seats, among other things. As an architect, artist, and craftsman, it became a creative outlet for me.”

The North Shore Animal League wished to devote a space to donor Billy Joel, and Mario’s design abilities and imagination for cat furniture led to a cooperation. Mario created amplifier-shaped furniture and cubbies, as well as a piano/cat body and the Empire State Building.

Susan Whittred, DVM, executive director of the Patricia H. Ladew Foundation, Inc., was so taken with the Billy Joel area that she invited Mario to contribute ideas to the sanctuary.

Pat Ladew, the foundation’s namesake, began rescuing cats in the 1970s when an Oyster Bay homeowner relocated and left two dozen abandoned cats behind. Hungry and on their own, the cats started traversing the town in search of food and warmth, which sometimes resulted in injuries when the cats got into automobile engines. They started reproducing as well. Pat learned of the situation and rushed to their rescue, providing them with food, shelter, medical attention, and houses. People started dumping even more animals on her porch once news got out that she saved them. She couldn’t take in any more cats while looking for homes by 1975, so she bought a house to use as a shelter. Volunteer vets treated the cats, and finances came from contributions as well as Pat’s own pocket (who was an heiress). Visit to learn more about the Patricia H. Ladew Foundation.

Her acquisition caused considerable confusion at the time. She was quirky in the first place, and she acquired a mansion in the second. Mario says, “In fact.” “It was a run-down home that had undergone several renovations throughout the years.”

Patricia died in 2002, but her refuge still exists. Mario redesigned the home to reflect her concept of a free-roaming sanctuary while also making it seem like the cats “own” the space. “Not only would this play off the stereotype of the ‘eccentric heiress,’ but it would also serve as a springboard for our design,” he explains. “The living room would revert to being a living room, the kitchen to being a kitchen, and so on.”

Mario’s design evokes a sense of home while also including features that cats need.

Dr. Whittred claims that “open, cageless ideas are far less stressful to cats.” “They have sections where they can spend alone time and cubbies where they can feel protected, but they also have a lot of open areas where they can interact with visitors in the hopes of finding homes.”

According to Dr. Whittred, other factors were sustainability and ease of cleaning.

The board of directors of the foundation were ecstatic with the outcomes. Any shelter may learn from the North Shore Animal League and Patricia H. Ladew Foundation, according to Mario.

“I urge people to go ‘beyond the box,’ and to be creative in any manner they can to make their shelter as warm and welcome as possible,” he adds. “To be inventive in their own manner.” And to have a good time while doing it!”


Ameowzing-Cat-House-MakeoverPatricia’s original vision was a free-roaming sanctuary that made it feel like the cats “own” the house. Ameowzing-Cat-House-MakeoverMany people thought that Patricia had purchased a mansion. In fact, the house was fairly dilapidated and went through many upgrades over the years. 1647299890_479_Ameowzing-Cat-House-MakeoverChanges to the house included sustainability and that it would be easy to keep clean.



1647299891_438_Ameowzing-Cat-House-MakeoverThe house’s actual kitchen became the cats’ kitchen and features all kinds of fun and amazing details. ©GraphiteNYC 1647299892_216_Ameowzing-Cat-House-MakeoverPat’s Room features a cat-scale replica of the front of the house – which has scratchable columns and multiple levels for climbing and napping. ©GraphiteNYC 1647299892_200_Ameowzing-Cat-House-MakeoverA downstairs cat room became the rec room where cats can play and lounge. ©GraphiteNYC

The decor has a mid-century modern feel to it. President Theodore Roosevelt used Sagamore Hill as his “summer White House,” and the town may seem like a living museum. The cat sanctuary was created to pay homage to the living museum concept by seeming “fixed in time,” but in the 1960s and 1970s. The sanctuary, unlike a museum, is bustling with cat “owners.”

The 150-foot indoor catwalk allows cats to roam from above.


The “catlife company” is a new business that specializes in making your house more appealing to cats. They offer a wide range of services, from cat litter and food to cat furniture and toys.

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