Video (handheld GoPro): https://www.dropbox.com/s/6xhqyxrlrft5vh9/VRP8186_2.mp4?dl=0
A cat lover has built an incredible wrap-around extension on the front of her house so her pets can roam freely.
Sasamon Sophin paid 70,000 Baht (2,330 USD) for the huge cage on her veranda in Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, for her beloved six adopted moggies.
Another part of the cage covers the back window, garden and even includes a special ‘porthole’ extension for the felines to climb and see the surroundings.
Sasamon said she hired a contractor to plan the design with her and came up with the huge playhouse cage, which wraps around the front of the building.
Speaking in the video, she says: ‘It all started when we adopted five stray cats. We thought keeping strays in such a small space in our home would make them unhappy, so we built this extension to act as a leisure spot for them and also for us.
‘I remember there was this one time our cat had run away only to return with its whole body injured from other cats in the street. We were also scared that the cat might make a mess of other people’s homes.’
The end product, which was finished last month on January 20, has a roof with ladders installed to keep her pets from being bored and prevent them straying out of the house.
The cats, all adopted strays and aged between one and four, have their own mini-doors all over her house so they could head to other areas if it rains.
On the back of the house, the yard has been enclosed and the cats can climb up to a look out point to see the neighbouring gardens.
The pet lover also designed the cage to include comfortable cushion beds and potted plants to keep the cats happy.
Sasamon and her husband, Tonkoson, even enjoy sitting in the extension to relax at sunset surrounded by their cats.
At night, passer-by turn their heads to watch the cats inside the cage as she had decorated it with bright lights.
Sasamon said she decided to build the kitty condo so the cats can enjoy fresh air every day while exercising without being at risk of cars or stray cats fighting with them if they are allowed to roam freely outside.
She said: ‘I love my cats so I want them to be as comfortable as me when I’m at home. They’re part of the family, too, so they should have their own space.
‘I am also worried that my pets could go missing or have an accident while roaming outside so I thought of building this.’
The construction of the cage cost 70,000 Thai Baht to finish, or a little over 1,700 GBP.
Speaking in the video, Sasamon’s husband Thammamicha says: ‘It all comes down to the cat’s nature. They like to jump, they like to look at birds and they also like to climb trees.
‘We thought the house might be too confined for the cats. We even feel frustrated when we stay home for a very long time and cats stay home more than we do, so I think they wouldn’t be happy if they had to live in a tiny space. That’s why we consulted a local constructor to build this extension and design the tiny steps so the cat can access the whole place properly.’