Peter Cohen owns a construction company by day and homes a cat sanctuary the rest of the time. His 22 cats, Smokey, Vanilla, Poppyseed, Butter, Nutter, Coffeebean, Donut, Secret, Cheesecake, Chocolate, MiniBean, Climber, Mikan, Mango, Nugget, Smudge, Jupiter Jones, Blackbird, Cookie Monster, The Professor, Crumple, and Rumple are all truly in good paws, I mean hands, living with Cohen because of his dedication to his furry, feline rescues is unparalleled. After Cohen read Bob Walker’s book The Cats’ House, which highlighted the catwalks the author constructed for his cats, he was inspired to add some of the elevated catwalks to his own home for his own cats!
In an interview with Adventure Cats, Cohen said:
Once I saw the cats loved them, it became a kind of never-ending hobby. Further, as we added more catwalks, we could add more cats!
Spoken like a true cat lover, indeed.
All of the feline-features in Cohen's home were designed by him! The carpenters that work for his construction company helped finish the work, though.
In an interview with catster, Peter said, "the first catwalks were installed in the upstairs master bedroom, around 1997. From then on, it just kind of grew into a hobby. I would often trade tools with some of the finish carpenters who would build the catwalks in their downtime. We would figure out something fun to build and they would then have pretty much free license to be creative."
After her diagnosis, Miss Bean quickly deteriorated but as Cohen was preparing emotionally to euthanize the kitty, a follower of ZenByCat on Facebook contacted him about a drug trial being conducted at University of California-Davis.
While Miss Bean went back and forth between showing progress and regressing, she eventually lost her battle with FIP. That didn't taint Cohen, though. He saw the light in the darkness.
She was an amazingly strong kitten who never stopped just trying to play, even when her failing body would not let her. [The doctors] have learned a great deal from her, and one-day FIP will not take so many beautiful, innocent lives. I miss Bean. It is hard to believe she is gone.
But Smokey, another rescue of Cohen's who also participated in the drug trial, did really well! 11 months into the experimental drug, Smokey remains completely healthy! In fact, his doctors aren't deeming Smokey in remission, they're saying he is cured! Cohen said:
He is one of seven cats in the world that so far, have beaten FIP.
Smokey, and the other cats from the drug trial are proof that with the right finding FIP can be cured, so Cohen is on a mission to raise the funds. He makes sure to inform that any funds raised for his nonprofit ZenByCat are used only for the cause, and his home (and cat paradise) are not dipping into the fund.
"Giving rescued cats a better life means giving them a place that is solely their own. They give us unconditional love, and building the catwalks is one way of expressing my gratitude for that," Cohen told catster.
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