If you own a computer, and a cat, and do anything on your computer, you know all too well that the keyboard is the cat’s natural enemy. The CATable tries to do something about that by making your desk a kitty-friendly space.
Desk And Cat Habitrail
As a desk, it’s fairly straightforward, if a little whimsical. It’s made of wood and polished smooth so that you can use it as, well, a table. Aside from a carefully placed leg so that the table evokes a cat striding out of the closet after you’ve spent half an hour looking for it, it’s a fairly simple table.
Until you get to the holes drilled in it.
Curiosity Distracted The Cat
The inside of the table is more interesting. Essentially, Ruan Hao, the designer, has created a little kitty play space inside it, completely with holes for your cat to adorably poke its head out and meow at you. It can climb into the little kitty warren from the top of the table, and there are several ways in and out of it. And, yes, you can chuck a bunch of kitty toys down there if you’re so inclined. We might actually recommend it. Those crinkly little Mylar balls in particular, you won’t see your cat for hours with enough of those.
Sadly, it’s not clear when, if ever, the CATable will be available for public consumption. But joking aside about kitties and their playfulness, this is actually quite a good idea. Space-cramped apartment dwellers need as much function as possible in their homes, and this is a good way to have both a workspace and a way to amuse your cat in one place. Plus, it creates a space for your cat that isn’t your closet. They may still attack your laptop, but at least you’ll know where they are.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.