Another one for our Top Ten Cat Gadgets? Ruan Hao’s CATable could only be the invention of a severely Stockholm Syndrome-impaired cat owner. Designed as a desperate ploy to convince your cat that there’s somewhere more interesting to be than on top of your laptop right now, there is only one possible reaction I can imagine from the world’s feline population: utter disdain.

Nice guys finish last, especially when they own cats. Chinese designer Ruan Hao sounds like a really nice guy. Exactly the kind of guy a cat would take advantage of at every opportunity. Listen to him describe his CATable invention in his own, charming words:

People who live with cats always have these kind of experiences.

1. Putting away the cat from your laptop is like a sentimental ritual of temporary farewell.

2. A proper sized hole could be so irresistible to cats. Their curiosity would be greatly satisfied through repetitively exploring the unknown path behind the hole.

The design of CATable was a fusion of those experiences, as well a locus where the interaction occurs. It is a table for us, and a paradise for cats.

The poor, sweet, battered soul. Does he not understand? Buy a cat an expensive toy, and it will take great delight in playing with the box, and show nothing but contempt for the toy itself. Build a cat a thousand-dollar gorgeous table full of hidey holes, and you’ll do nothing but reaffirm Muffy's deep affection for the window sill and the warm laptop keyboard.

This cat is thinking “Dad has forced me into this hole, and I shall remain here until the time is ripe to attack his unprotected crotch.”

Either way, the CATable is a beautiful piece of furniture as well as a thinly veiled cry for help. Messages of condolence and suggestions for support groups can be sent to Ruan Hao at LYCS Architecture.