Orange County, California, keeps grow- ing. The population
grew 4. 5 percent in the past five
years, higher than the state average.
Know what else is growing?
The cat population. It’s at 85.8
million nationwide, the most since
survey conductors at American Pet
Products Association began keeping records. In 2009, 38. 2 million
homes had cats; in 2015, cats lived
in 42. 9 million homes.
This means it might be the
perfect time for homebuilders to
consider all their homes’ potential
inhabitants. Southern California
development company Brookfield
Residential has already started.
“Cats need their own place.
They have some accessories, like
the litter box, that need to be
privately located and out of the
way,” said Mercedes Meserve, Vice
President of Marketing, Brookfield.
She said the company believes in
creating “the best places to call
home for all members of the fami-
ly, including the furry ones.”
The company recently began
offering “cat caves” in homes. These
cat-only cubbies are created to give
cats some privacy in their litter box
moments, tucked out of sight, yet
in plain sight, within laundry rooms.
“For a long time, we’ve been
offering options for dogs; this helps
accommodate the four-legged
family member who needs his/
her own space inside the home,”
Meserve said. “We’ve taken our
cabinetry in the laundry room and
refurbished it to offer the privacy
and the access for the litter box to
The new features can be built
in the Tustin, Calif., neighbor-
hood development of Huntley at
Greenwood in Tustin Legacy. The
price for the built-in is $300.
Meserve has customized her
own home for her cat, after it was
a bit too late. She and her husband
heard a loud crash in their kitchen
one day, and when they looked
for the source of the sound, they
found their cat had jumped on the
hood above their stove and broken
it, sending it down to the ground.
“We remodeled, and added in
a lot of high places for the cat to
jump,” Meserve said. No word on
whether Brookfield will put in cat
shelves for potential homeowners,
but we’re crossing our fingers.
Anastasia Thrift’s “job” is to find
interesting cats online and share
stories and photos about them
for CatChannel.com. She’s writ-
ten about pets and their people
for 10 years, working her way up the food
chain to cats. Neighborhood cat, Killer, ate
on her front porch for a year before reluc-
tantly letting her bring him indoors. Follow
Anastasia on Twitter @Thrift T.
offers its first
BY ANASTASIA THRIFT
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Brookfield Residential created “cat cave”
built-ins available as an upgrade for its cat
parent customers. Cat caves give the litter
box, litter, and other cat accessories their
own space, while allowing cats some privacy to do their business.