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Sleek Shelters for L.A.'s Most Discerning Felines

Los Angeles’ top architects designed playful shelters to raise money for the city’s stray cat population.
A lunar ship-inspired shelter by Knowhow Shop for the feline space enthusiast.
A lunar ship-inspired shelter by Knowhow Shop for the feline space enthusiast.Meghan Bob/Architects for Animals

A set of wooden planes lined with grass and threaded with enticing red strings. A lightweight, portable hideout in the shape of a colorful, 3D-printed cone. And a fishbowl cocoon perfect for napping. They’re architecture fit for a king cat.

To raise money for the Los Angeles-based nonprofit FixNation, which provides spay and neutering services for homeless cats, some of the city’s top architectural firms showcased their best ideas for luxurious cat shelters. There are 12 shelters in total, all of which were put on display earlier this month at a sold-out fundraising event hosted by the Architects for Animals initiative. From a kitty playground to a napping pod modeled after a lunar spaceship (and equipped with built-in feeding bowls and astro-mice toys), they’re intriguing for both cats and humans.