(Cat) Man Cave

They say “build it and it will come” right? Using that line of reasoning I recently invested in a 47″ flat screen TV and a new entertainment center.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m attempting to create a “Man Cave” with which to lure a suitor. Now I just have to figure out how to get the guys in my apartment in the first place!

My Man Cave


So while I was creating a Man Cave I decided it would only be fair to create a Cat Man Cave as well for the kitties (don’t worry, Haddie is an honorary member). A place with some privacy they could call their own and more importantly, a place to hide the litter box!

Enter the CATHOLE.

It got it’s name because it’s essentially a larger version of a mouse hole. Founders Jim & Carol Owens have a good sense of humor about the name saying, ” The name became the butt (excuse the pun) of many jokes by our friends.”

Cat Hole

Made 100% in the USA the CATHOLE comes in natural wood that can be used as-is or painted to create an accent as I did. It also comes with custom “name plate” stickers  (e.g, Cat Man Cat).

The CATHOLE retails for $34.95 (they ship internationally too!), and even comes with a brush you can place along the inside of the archway to brush any excess litter off kitty as he/she exits.

Litter Box Storage

Roxie, my foster at the time was the first one to eagerly check out the Cat Hole


Not having a spare closet in my New York City apartment, I was able to leverage the little storage area under my staircase.

I had a gentleman friend – sadly he only fell prey to the Man Cave temporarily-  cut the archway using a jig saw (you do have to take the door off the hinges). The cats took to it immediately. And since I rent, I kept the piece we took out so I can glue it back and paint over it when I move out!


Behind the CATHOLE door


To keep odors at bay since, the area I used has no ventilation, I added a Litter Genie and a “stick up” air freshener.  It’s also become a great place for me to store my extra litter and other cat accessories.

I was a tad worried about Petie being able to squeeze through it but at 17.5lbs (he lost 2.5, yay!) he has done just fine with it.

Modern cat friendly apartment

The CATHOLE works for even the “big boned” kitties in your life

I wasn’t able to capture a photo of Petie going through it but my friend has a similar looking and sized cat and I took a photo of him right after he left his CATHOLE (I couldn’t get to the camera fast enough to get his actual exist sadly).

Have any of you modified your homes to make them more attractive to the two and four legged men in your lives?! Do tell!

Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for this review beyond receipt of the product itself. All opinions are my own.

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25 Responses to (Cat) Man Cave

  1. MOMMMY !!!
    I wan´t a Mancat cave too !!

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE the work you have done! Guess what? The Cat Door and the Cat Hole are made by people who live in Michigan. I reviewed them in April 2012 when they actually came over and installed one for me for Cody. I LOVE IT! Here is the review http://opcatchat.blogspot.com/2012/04/meet-cat-door.html

  3. This is amazing!!!! What a super dooper idea for your cats!!! Even Petie!!!!!

  4. OMG — I LOVE this. I like the idea of build it and they will come. Hmmm, I did just buy a lawn tractor, and guys seem to love those kinds of toys…. 😉

  5. ihavecat says:

    It’s so cool you got to meet them! Love your review!

  6. LOL, I renovated the “man/cat cave” in our house! I changed the usual winter blanket on the couch to a lighter colored one for spring/summer. Someday when we are out of our teeny-tiny house, we’ll do a proper one! Your’s is great.

    • Tamar says:

      Trust me i’m right there with my teeny tiny NYC apartment! LOL! that’s why i was so happy i found a place to stash one of the litter boxes!

  7. CharmaineDavey says:

    What an absolutely fantastic idea Tamar!! With the cats here at Kitty Kanteen it would make a wonderful addition! And we are in Michigan too!! Yay!! I am going to go back up and watch the video of the interview that was left by another blog reader! Great read as always!! Charmaine Davey and The Kitty Kanteen Feral Cat and Kitten Rescue

    • Tamar says:

      How cool if you get one! That’s great that they are local! I like that they are a family business!

  8. jmuhj says:

    ROFLMTO!!! This is so funny (and it looks very good, btw!) that I wish we had a place for one! No, I haven’t modified our house to attract men at all; I’m pretty happy being single in the city, with cats >^^<

    • Tamar says:

      Thanks for always being such a loyal reader and leaving comments – i love reading them! =^^=

  9. Looks like you need a magazine rack in that mancat cave.
    ; ) KATIE

    Pee S:
    YES! The rumors are true…Glogirly is finally home from vacation. My *captivity by Cat Sitter* has officially come to an end. That is until BlogPaws.

  10. Good job. We know Mom wishes she had a place where she could create a cat cave, but with 8 of us it would not be practical. Good luck on your man hunt. Looks like a pretty good cave. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista JosetteHope you’ve got a recliner!

  11. You are amazing, and the kitties are so lucky! There is a catman lover out there for you. He will be lucky, too.

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  15. cheryl coen says:

    Hi there what brand of litter box do you have in the photo? I am looking for a high walled box for one of my males that stands when he urinates. it looks perfect!