The Things We Do for Love: "I Designed My Home for My Cats"

There are plenty of ways to show our pets how much we love them — we buy them special food and treats, bring home the newest toys and, of course, lavish them with affection. Caroline Golon, the human behind popular humor blog Romeo the Cat, will share the stories of pet owners who have gone the extra mile for their pets in this series, The Things We Do for Love. And sometimes, the extra mile is only the beginning!


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Wobbles enjoys the screened-in porch with cat-friendly furniture.

When Linda Rhoades built her house in a Dublin, Ohio, development, she picked out the perfect floor plan, upgrades and a few extras her builder hadn’t even considered before — all for her cats.

“From the beginning, I designed the house so it would be comfortable and convenient for all of us to live here together,” Rhoades says. At the time, Rhoades had four cats. Now she has six: Dusty, Darcy, Dougie, Clarice, Buffy and Wobbles.

The home’s floor plan, which consists of five staggered floors, is the ideal set up for this family of mostly felines.

First Floor: Resort and Infirmary

On the lowest level, Rhoades installed a linoleum floor to serve as an area for times when a cat might be sick or need to be sequestered for some reason. But with an array of comfy couches, toys and cat trees, this part of the house is more like a cat resort than an infirmary.

Rhoades even had the builder build a special staircase leading to the window, so Wobbles, who suffers from cerebellar hypoplasia (a neurological condition that makes cats unsteady on their feet), can safely climb to the window to look outside.

“I also have litterboxes every few feet down there,” says Rhoades. “In case someone’s having issues.”

The screened-in porch on the home’s main level was a feature Rhoades insisted on, knowing that her indoor cats love to watch birds and listen to backyard noises.

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