The Cats’ House – A Real Feline Paradise

An American couple decided to drastically modify their home to fit the needs of their pet cats, transforming it into a modern-day feline temple known as The Cats’ House.

Bob Walker and Frances Mooney are both mad about cats. They proved it on their wedding day, when they adopted their first cat, who ended up sharing a bed with them that night. But that was only the beginning of their obsession with purring balls of fur. Knowing that cats love to climb to high spots, Bob first built a giant scratching column, using 395 feet of rope. The cats would just run up it at full speed and stop at ceiling. That’s when he realized that to keep his beloved pets happy, he and his wife needed to expand their installation throughout the whole house.

Bob and Frances ended up creating multi-level staircases, a 140-feet-long cat highway and a colorful catwalk, all connected by cat-shaped holes in the walls.They even fitted them with neon lights, so the cats could see where they were going, at night. I thought cats could see purfectly in the dark…but I guess some help couldn’t hurt, right? The Cats’ House also features scratching poles of various sizes, cat shaped statues, portraits and paintings of cats, and even carpets printed with leopard and tiger models.

The Cats’ House started out as the wish of two people to enrich the lives of their pet cats, but it became something much bigger than that. Cat lovers from all around the world started following Bob and Frances’ example and transformed their house into a feline paradise, and The Cats’ House soon became one of San Diego’s minor tourist attractions. The last time the couple opened up their house for visitors, they received 900 guests in four hours.

Since the unusual home became famous, Bob Walker has become an author and photographer, and has written successful books on his amazing cat abode. He admits it’s amazing how trying to change their cats’ lives for the better, ended up changing their lives completely, as well.





Photos by BARCROFT MEDIA via Daily Mail and

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  • Transfer Switches Posted on November 10, 2010

    Thanks for sharing such beautiful feline paradise. Its the dream of every cat to have a home like this. Keep it up…..

  • Nancy Posted on November 24, 2010

    A few years ago the Walker’s opened their house to the public to raise funds (a $5 donation) or the National Cat Protection Society. At that time they had 9 cats and a huskie (?) that had jumped in their car at the supermarket. Gets along beautifully with the cats. The house is awesome; the cats beautiful, the dog nonchalant, and the couple were warm and friendly. They signed books and posed for pictures readily.
    It was a fun thing to do for the day and a good example of caring for God’s critters!
    God Bless ’em all!!

  • Someone Posted on July 28, 2011

    ohmygosh ah mazinggggg luvvv