Anyone who loves cats can relate to the feeling of excitement when the aloof pet decides to grace you with its presence. Cats are fickle creatures when it comes to attention-seeking, though. Some cats love to snuggle next to you, like a dog, but others prefer their alone time. My roommate’s cat will occasionally curl up in the corner of my bed, coexisting peacefully. But if I shuffle too much or, God forbid, try to scoot him over so that I have space to lie comfortably on my bed, he’ll get up and leave.
Dang it, I think, when this happens. I ruined the moment.
My needy, pet-loving self has tried to create a comfortable resting space for this cat. I’ve left nests of beach towels on my floor, hoping he’ll curl up on top of them. Sometimes I wonder, What could I do to make my bedroom his favorite place? The Gatrimonial bed frame, made by a company called CatLife, made this dream a reality. They make furniture that doubles as an adventurous cat’s dream. At first glance, the bed frame looks like a hollow base with circular entrances in each corner. It has plenty of space for your cat to stretch its limbs underneath your bed. When you lift the mattress, it reveals an elaborate maze to keep your feline entertained. The frame also has two sections with a splattering of tiny paw-sized holes that could either be peep-holes, or a little trap for unsuspecting paw swipes. Your ankles will not appreciate it, but your cat will love the hunt.
The idea behind the Gatrimonial bed frame is that it should be a comforting space for the pet and owner. The cat gets a secure, comfortable den, and does not feel as if you are invading his/her space. The furniture also provides plenty of stimuli to keep him/her entertained. I can already hear my roommate’s pet darting through his maze while I lie on the bed above him. Perhaps this cat-friendly furniture will encourage some casual bonding time between the two of us.