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.
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.