Ground floor: Housewares, cat toys…

… wind-up mousies, jingling-bell balls, catnip rolling papers, invisible things only cats can see, scratching posts… Watch your step, please…

Cat-a-vator technology has certainly improved since the old days:



  1. MamaDawn in Tulsa says:

    And it looks like the Japanese have pwned us in the cute department once again.

  2. roxanne says:

    oh my god, i love people who love their animals!!
    what a great way to start the week – thanks! 🙂

  3. Ha, that’s hilarious — while the first cat seemed a bit nervous, the second very much expected the basket — looked routine!

  4. Hon Glad says:

    Nomtom – They definately need to sell things “only Cats can see”, I know my cats have
    lots of these objects round the house, the only thing is I can’t see them. 🙂

  5. 260Oakley says:

    In my day, all we had was the catapult… and we liked it.

  6. ok… so with the first one, is there a little lever that the kitteh pushes to get the elevator to turn on? How smart are these kittehs to figure out these contraptions/routines? I have a kitteh who will worm her way under the throw that is on the couch, so she is all snuggly and comfortable, sleeping on the couch under the throw, looking like a big bump. I thought she was so smart to figure that out… then you show me this… /sigh/

  7. Katiedid says:

    How does the kitty in the first elevator get down? Does the owner have to press a button or does the kitty do that???? So confusing! I love the kitty’s look in the second video at the end! He’s all like, “k… where’s my tuna?”

  8. lmao @ the “store” directory. 😀

  9. I’m betting that first one was built by a retired (or perhaps unemployed) engineer.

  10. Okay I still Love that Second Vid Every time I see the kitty Climb in the basket I grin..

    and the elevator is so amazing.. I am curious though is there a button inside kitty pushes or is it weight activated and I love that it is clear so kitty can see if it isi safe to come out or not. totally awesome.

  11. Resriechan says:


    1) “the OLD days” of Jan 2009?????????????

    2) I better email QoD to be certain, that SamKitty doesn’t see this before she sees it, otherwise, he’ll dash over to his attorney’s office to add a clause requiring a
    cat-a-vator to her other obligations for his care….He’s got her hoppin’ already, as it is….

  12. but which floor is haberdashery!!??? kitteh must know!!!!

  13. Okay I went to the Youtube VIdeo

    This is a german contraption I am guessing the guy who posted the video made it and OMG if I had a second story I would want one.. THe cat operates it and the flap has an infra red sensor so only your kitty can use it.

    THis is so so amazing and cool!

  14. I clicked on the first video to get the original post on YouTube. Apparently, the cat has a gizmo on his collar that activates and infrared security device on the carrier, so that only he can get in/out of the lift. I’m guessing that once he is inside, the elevator runs automatically. Too cute!!

    I’m confused with the second video, though. The writing looks Japanese, and the user who posted is partially named Neko (Japanese for kitteh), but the person filming is definitely speaking French. Regardless of the origin, and the low-tech nature of the carrier, I think the 2nd video still gets the winning vote for most adorable!

  15. metsakins says:

    Cats and the hoomans who serve them, the story continues…

  16. How come these cats get to use elevators yet I still have to trudge up three flights of stairs!? With GROCERIES! Several bags!! Harumph.

  17. Interesting technology, love it. The cat getting in makes me a little nervous, so, for cat elevator v.2, I would add an improvement of a platform attachment, so cat can easily get in and out of the elevator without the risk of misstepping at the ledge. Or, I would extend the elevator, and move the door so that it is parallel to the ledge.

    And then, I would add elevator music.

  18. Resriechan says:

    Jess: as my dad used to tell my brothers
    (AFTER he used a nickname of either “Ace”, “Butch”, “Camper”, etc.)

    It will build your character. It will put hair on yer chest (sorry if Jess is a female).

    And furthermore, your cat will allow you more snuggles, the more hard labor you put in, to maintaining his/ her household in the manner to which he/ she is

    The Cat Division

  19. metsakins says:

    @Jess – becuase you haven’t totally pwned a hooman servant.

  20. @ nycat … And then, I would add elevator music.
    I’m calling the SPCA and PETA on you right now! That’s cat abuse!!! 😉

  21. BrianMPLS says:

    @ 260Oakley :)! Makes for much quicker arrival!

  22. @ nycat : I thought the same thing too ! I held my breath when kitty #1 was getting in his elevator . All I could think about was how clumsy one of my kids “Stoneware” is & how one misstep …. ugggg! I don’t want to even type about it ! YES ! add a little “porch” to the first elevator. Just in case.

  23. The high-tech version reminds me of someone who got tired of their cat bringing prey, often still alive, through the catflap. They rigged up a computer and camera that would take a look at the profile of whatever was trying to come in, and unlock the flap only if it matched the profile of a) a cat b) not holding prey in its mouth. [Classic! I ♥ Flo Control 😀 – Ed.]

    But I still think the low-tech version is cuter, except that it requires the omnipotent human slave to be constantly available.

  24. marthava says:

    The vids won’t load for me. 😦

  25. @ Metsakins Exactly…. Jess needs to pwn a human slave for themselves.

    Don’t look at me I am Pwnd by 2 indoor kitties and 2 outdoor feral Kitties.. They Totally own my soul and yes i would be running an elevator system fjor them!

  26. From the caption, NOMTOM, are we to assume that that’s Mrs. Slocombe’s, er, kitty?

  27. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t own a 2-story house.

  28. What about lingerie? All my cats seemed to like lingerie. 😛

  29. Paunchie says:

    I still love that second vid. Mrrrw! (cat calling human) Tu veux monter? (fling! lower lower) HOP! Cat scratches his chin in contented kitty fashion.

    Hop out! Eat.

    LOL he’s got them well trained!

  30. Paunchie says:

    Liked to wear lingerie ? That’s interesting espeche cos I thought Dante was a boy kitty.

  31. @Paunchie, I never said he liked to wear it! Drag it around the house, yes. 😉

  32. Kiragirl says:

    Too funny!!!!

    If that’s a “Cat-a-vator” I’d love to see an “EL-e-vator” [think Elephant] hehe

  33. T.U.M.
    From the caption, NOMTOM, are we to assume that that’s Mrs. Slocombe’s, er, kitty?


  34. metsakins says:

    Hey guyz (and you know who you are) the castle is eating my posts….

    [If you mean me, I haven’t seen anything of yours caught in the filter, recently. Scout’s Honor. – Ed.]

  35. Paunchie says:

    Cat-apult! good one! 😆

  36. Larry Sheldon says:

    When I was a kitten, we weren’t wimps….

    [ 😯 – Ed.]

  37. metsakins says:

    Larry did you walk to school uphill both ways in the snow?

  38. Paunchie says:

    Oh my, good lawd! 😯

  39. Metsakin Mine too .. I kept trying to tell you I was glad you had gotten dug out of the snow and it just wouldn’t let me post… it lets me read though

    anyway glad your not burried in a snow drift right now!

  40. @ Larry this may explain how my cat got onto the neighbors roof one time.. They do not have trees near their house!

  41. I suppose that a weight sensor activating some timing mechanism, assuming that the kitty door remained closed, on the inside of the kitty elevator would eliminate the need for one of those bulky collars. Albeit at the risk of unwelcomed raccoons. That being said if I didn’t live in a one story house I would already be at home depot buying the parts.

  42. Anne Boleyn says:

    It’s very “Rear Window”! Watch out for the creep in the next apartment.

  43. I’m sure the kittehs much prefer having humans involved. They so love to be waited on!

  44. skippymom says:

    My Eddy likes to wear brassieres. And I have a song that I sing about him dancing around wearing a teddy. He’s just that kind of guy.

  45. metsakins says:

    @skippymom TMI!

  46. Wow! It’s Rear Window all over again. Well, I guess it was a dog, but still…

  47. Anonymous Coward says:

    am i the only one that feels the 1st cat is like the stereotypical dopehead, going “hey, food! (nom nom nom…)… hey, something changed around me! whoa… (looks at his own paw for ten minutes…)”?

    it’s as if 1st cat was not fully expecting the end result (being on the “ground floor”), but being a catniphead, is too spaced-out to, er, freak out.

    but maybe it’s just me…

    though one should never “misunderestimate” a cat’s mischievousness and resulting ingenuity, having lived felines since ’94… they’d run the world if they had opposable thumbs, “fer sure”!

  48. @fft5305, they may well be Japanese, but the cat obviously prefers being addressed in Fronsche. 😉

  49. charliewabba says:

    skippymom–which one is dancing around in the teddy? And I’m still waiting for a discussion of appropriate elevator music for cats.
    What’s New Pussycat? Cat’s in the Cradle?

  50. Aha, thanks CO! My boyfriend and I are moving into an apartment together, and I told him I’d love a kitty. But he said it would be mean since the cat would have to stay indoors all the time. I can send him this article now, and he won’t have any more reasons to deny me a kitty! Besides, he’s an IT guy, I doubt he could resist if there’s technology involved (even if that technology involves baskets…)

  51. charliewabba says:

    I forgot to say – nothing beats the charm of those old elevators.

  52. Paunchie says:

    I agree that first kitty is like a dope head. Am I on the ground? Has something changed around me? It looks like the ground. And how do I go out again? Oh yeah the little door is over here. Am I sure I’m on the ground? One, two feet tentatively outside, looks out with head…. oh yeah this looks like the ground. One, two more feet, slinky exit, and crouch. Am I sure I’m not moving, and what’s that smell?

  53. My cat would totally jump out of the elevator as soon as it started moving.

  54. marthava says:

    All fixed, so…LOL!

  55. skippymom says:

    charliewabba, my six-year-old “special needs” kitty, Edward, dreams of having fancy ladies’ undergarments to dress up in. I sing him this song:

    They call him Little Eddy
    He likes to wear a teddy
    A lacy little garment
    He wears in his apartment
    And when the boys come over
    He serves them sole from Dover
    And sweets from Russell Stover
    He smells good just like clover
    He’s dancing in his teddy
    For action he is ready
    His mind is so unsteady
    That crazy Little Eddy

  56. xhodzic says:

    And the little door is awesome, because it serves the double purpose of being a door and a kitty scratcher! He so enjoyed getting out of the cat-avator.

  57. Daphne Moss says:

    That made a Monday soooo much nicer…
    The basket, trusting, happy cat…getting a pet and food.
    Love it!!
    Shout out to you, sweet cat lady in Japan!

  58. skippymom – I am in awe of your song writing skills! 😉

  59. skippymom says:

    Thanks, ceejoe. I make up songs for the cats all the time. I just start singing and see what happens. Sometimes they’re pretty awesome, and sometimes the cats give me the look that says, “Mom, your songs are crap.”

  60. lol, perhaps you could start a new business. People could send you the names of their cats, with a description of thier characteristics, and voila! you could write them a song! I’m quite sure there would people willing to pay for such a service!

  61. Resriechan says:

    skippymom — I’m gonna send QoD a SPESH notification of yer “Eddie” song. I know that I know, that she will do cartwheels, over

    1) your adopting a SPESH needs cat
    2) your naming him Eddie
    3) your song

    Peace to fuzzy peeps everywhere

  62. @Skippymom, AWESOME!!!

    I always sing to my cats, but the songs I make up are not that awesome! My late sweet Stinky was black and white, and his white parts were blindingly white. SO I would sing to him:

    You’re a clean one,
    Mr. Stink!
    You really are a sight!
    Your white parts so bright and shiny,
    You glow in the dark at night,
    Mr. Stink!!!

  63. Also:
    Attend the tail of Stinky Todd,
    He has a black-and-white fuzzy bod,
    He sniffs the faces of gentlemen
    Who never thereafter were heard of again
    He trod a path that few have trod,
    Did Stinky Todd,
    The demon kitty of Fleet Street.

  64. Paunchie says:

    LOL @ Stinky Todd

  65. skippymom says:

    I’m pretty sure I need to be in the actual presence of a particular cat in order to compose a song about him/her. So my new business would require that people ship their cats to me for a day or two, then I would send them back with a recording and score of the song. I guess that could work OK.

    Res, just so you know, Eddy spells it Eddy with a y so that it’s consistent with Skippy. We’re all about symmetry. Also, I didn’t know yet when I took him in that he was special needs. I love him hugely, but the poor little dude sure does try my patience at times.

  66. Paunchie says:


    Dang, earworm.

  67. Doesn’t seem that hard to work out how it works 🙂

    You just set it like other cat flaps to recognise your cat’s collar. You wouldn’t need a button inside or anything, just set it so it operates whenever the cat is inside, and probably locks the flap when moving so it can’t jump out half way. Awesome creation 🙂

  68. Resriechan says:

    @ Skippymom: glad to know that your patience is not of Job’s parallel!!!

    Sorry about my lack of Eddy symmetry; will attempt to
    reco-member that aspect, in the futois!!!

    (Franglais — not really — for “future”)

  69. BrianMPLS says:

    Skippymom; Eddy tries your patience? This convinces me he is a cat, not that he is special-needs. Though I’m sure you can tell the difference. 🙂

    It’s funny, though, how people are eager to think “you did something I don’t understand, therefore you are stupid.” Or “wise,” depending on circumstances and prejudice. 🙂 I repeat; I don’t think that’s what’s happening in this case.

    For instance, my sister had a friend who walked over to a nativity set, kicked it – hard – and shouted “OW!” “Why’d you do that?” “I wanted to see if it was cement!” In some cases, intelligence level is unambiguous.

  70. is it just me or is that the world’s slowest elevator? wow i would have jumped out as soon as i thought it wouldn’t hurt

  71. Fluidstatic says:

    The Cat-a-vators wer spiffy, especially the basket, but I must say I’m still fixating on Larry’s video. I was quite reminded of Assassin’s Creed, with the fancy stucco and wall-scaling. Is that kitty’s name Altair, or perhaps Ezio? (OK, That’s enough geekage from me.)

  72. Katherine says:

    I held my breath when I saw the kitty and the basket-glad to see puttycakes make it up safely.

  73. 😆 Spoiled, spoiled, spoiled rotten kitties 😆

  74. Kittensky's Mama says:

    I like the old fashioned way. ANYTHING could come up in that elevator. Like a curious skunk…

  75. victoreia says:

    @Larry: 8O…..and yet, ROTFLMAO 😆

  76. victoreia says:


  77. Kitties are always cute, but am I the only one who sees a kitty-vator as a disgusting waste of money?

    [Um, what kind of audience do you think Cute Overload gets, exactly? – Ed.]

  78. @mateo Yes. Yes you are.

  79. Space Cowgirl says:

    Second floor, lingerie, whoaaaa-yeah….

  80. carousel says:

    kitteh the master, i’ll serve you… 😀

  81. I love all the kitteh songs! Mine’s not that creative:

    Gimme that cat, gimme that, gimme gimme that,
    Gimme that cat, gimme that, gimme gimme that,
    Gimme that cat, gimme that, gimme gimme that,
    Gimme gimme gimme that cat!

  82. BStrange says:

    If only I had known about catevators when I had a furry roommate who thought I was her personal step-stool. One of a collection of several, eventually. Had I had a rope and a basket or an engineer to consult, I’d be down a few scalp-scars from where I am today. 😡

    “To the front of the shirt! To the top of the head! Now leap while they scream and vamoose ‘fore you’re dead!”

  83. charliewabba says:

    well, now I know what music is playing in the cat elevators.
    I have songs for all our birds, but (strangely) none for the cats. I’ll have to get to work on that.

  84. Paunchie says:

    I bet the cats would like “Muskrat Love” (winks at Theo).

    Espeche when the muskratties start “giggling” and “tickling toes” or whatever. The little noises they make would be sure to bring out the hunter in a kitteh.

    [ :jibblies: – Ed.]

  85. Ok, I’m glad I’m not the only one who makes up songs for our kittehs. Poor Buddy (the orange on in my pic) had to be put down last year. Feel odd about using the same songs for Mister (our new one). So I’m in the process of coming up with new ones.

  86. Yitzysmommie says:

    Heeheehee! I LOVE both elvaytoires pour le poosies. My Yitzy is a generally nervous scaredy cat, so I can’t picture him in either contrapshon, but that’s OK. He makes up for it in snorgles.

  87. How thoughtful …… I love how well these people treat their cats. Now if we could just get all people to be this good to each other …… Now that might be something that makes me smile more than Cute Overload.

  88. Ah, but the old style cat-a-vator had gracious personal service! Looks like the cats really enjoy them though. I’m surprised the little red and white one waited so patiently for it to reach the ground instead of jumping out early, cats love to jump down.

  89. tuxedocatlovr says:

    Leave it to techie Chermans to solve the problem (indoor/outdoor cat living on 2nd floor) with mechanics and the French with love!

  90. mom2twinzz says:

    Thats okay I got a totally different earworm from the Eddie Teddy thing:

    When Eddie said he didn’t like his teddy you knew he was a no-good kid
    But when he threatened your life with a switchblade knife
    What a guy
    Makes you cry
    Und I did.

  91. Mrs. McGinty says:

    “… add a little “porch” to the first elevator. Just in case.”

    I imagine the builder thought of kitty-safety and put in safeguards, like maybe a locking mechanism when the lift is in motion, so kitty can’t step out accidentally while the elly-vator is between floors.

    Too cute!

  92. What about cat ladders?

  93. That is so cool!