Man Builds Two Extra-Tall Cat Towers Spanning the Length of His Living Room

Tall Cat Tree Tower

Connecticut resident Rob Coutu really loves his two cats. After noticing that one of his kitties, a Savannah breed named Zach, wanted a structure that would allow him to perch high and survey his kingdom from above, Coutu got to work designing him and his fellow feline an epic tall cat tree. Over the course of nearly a year, Coutu assembled two multi-story towers that are connected by way of a tiny footbridge. It’s a spectacular addition to his living space and best of all, it's a lot of fun for the cats (but mostly for Zach).

Felines are natural-born climbers who also need to scratch in order to maintain their sharp claws. Coutu’s cat towers help them achieve both of these things while seamlessly blending into the overall aesthetic of his home. And the “home” aspect is emphasized in his creation. Coutu made both of the towers very tall—practically to the ceiling—with slanted roofs, a tiny sign that says “Zach Tower,” as well as windows with balconies and box gardens at every level. Along each side are exits that lead onto a traditional cat scratcher with perches covered in carpet.

The expansive cat towers have become a hit on the internet and gone viral—something that Coutu never expected. “Because of the demand,” he writes on Facebook, “I am considering making them for people as a custom install.” He’s also working on ways that you can buy his building plans and create custom designs for anyone that wants them.

Rob Coutu built two tall cat trees that span the length of his living room and are connected by a footbridge.

Tall Cat Tree Tower

They have a lot of homey touches, including balconies, window gardens, and outdoor lighting.

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Rob Coutu: Facebook

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Rob Coutu.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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