Small Apartment, Big Ideas: 5 Ways to Make Your Compact Digs More Feline-Friendly

Create a Kitty Obstacle Course

Design a fun maze by strategically placing shelves in a pattern on a wall using toggle bolts or wall plugs with prongs. “I recommend cat shelves made of Douglas fir or some other kind of dense wood,” says Walker. “And opt for two-by-six-foot shelves, which are the perfect width for a cat to dangle his legs over the edges.”

Make the Litter Box Disappear

It's easy to make a litter box blend in with your home décor by stowing it in a unit that looks like an end table or another piece of furniture, which Walker says you can scavenge on sites like Kitty Store Online.

Designate Feline-Free Zones

With less room to roam at night, Burke’s cats sometimes prevent her from getting a good night’s sleep because they scratch at her closed bedroom door. Walker suggests placing a battery-powered Scat Mat in the hallway. It will emit a safe, three-second static charge designed to discourage insistent kittens — and she can put it away come morning.

Want to see more ideas? Check out our gallery of Walker's home, the Cats' House.

Welcome to Bob Walker's Feline Fun House

Bob Walker's feline funhouse

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Bob Walker and Frances Mooney share their feline-friendly San Diego digs — known as the Cats' House — with nine kitties, plus a Dachshund.

Cat House

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Indoor kitties often enjoy surveying the scene from up high, so Walker has installed plenty of climbing posts wrapped in colorful sisal and cat ledges.

Bob Walker's feline funhouse

Bob Walker

Wooden planks can be mounted to walls, providing cats with places to hang out.

Bob Walker's feline funhouse

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A winding, colorful staircase enables Walker's cats to explore from all angles — and get in some exercise.

Bob Walker's Feline Funhouse

Bob Walker

Walker recommends using Douglas fir or other dense wood when crafting ramps and perches for indoor cats.

Bob Walker's Feline Funhouse

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The clever "mouse" hole in this wall leads to another room.

Bob Walker's Feline Funhouse

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Providing indoor cats with ramps and toys can help stave off behavior issues.

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