One word you’ve probably heard me say over and over again is one you won’t find in any dictionary: Catification. I’m a broken record about it because it is one of the most important tools I can provide you with when it comes to elevating the well-being of your cat companion as well as your relationship with them…through interior design. Don’t believe me? Read on to learn more...
Catification is the art and practice of creating an environment that satisfies the needs of both you and your cat.
Ultimate cat confidence - what I call Cat Mojo - boils down, in part, to what they perceive to be ownership of their territory.
Come to think of it, that’s kind of what humans need, also. We design to satisfy that need for ourselves, right? We hang pictures of loved ones, paint in our favorite hues, burn specific incense and spend entirely too much time and money picking out just the right furniture, all adding up to us feeling at home.
You see where I’m going, right?
We tend to avoid putting effort into giving the same feeling of ‘ownership’ to our cat family members, often because we hate the thought of what it entails – “cat stuff” – strewn about our well-thought out home.
There’s good news to be had, though - that’s where the concept of Catification comes in.
You can give your cats the territory they need and you can have a stylish, comfortable home, too.
Now build on It.
Let’s go back to my original point about humans, no matter how much they love their feline family, they sometimes avoid catification like it was the design version of the chicken pox. Here’s where I reassure you that all of this can be done without sacrificing your aesthetic, or your mojo-making sense of territorial ownership. Don’t believe me? Check out the books I wrote with cat style maven Kate Benjamin - Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) and Catify To Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home. You’ll find inspiration, DIY projects and golden rules galore, but you’ll also see proof that compromises can be made that allow the best of all inhabitants, cat and human, to flourish..
Now, no excuses…go forth and catify!