A bookstore where kittens roam free on a “cat catwalk” has delighted the Internet, with the owner putting up warning signs for the animal’s fall.
A video of pets perched above people’s heads on custom walkways was shared on the TikTok account @cupboardmakerbooksstore, where it was revealed that the cupboards are a trio of permanent residents at the Maker Books store.
Jason Haring, owner of a Pennsylvania store with his wife Michelle for the past 24 years, told newsweek The stars of the clip were Mouse, Zak and Annika, whom they dubbed Prince Fluffitel, Queen Annika and Count Zakula.
He said the cats enjoy taking a walk along the more than 200 feet of catwalk that Haring built himself for the better part of a decade.
“We added the Yellow Brick Road to lead to the Emerald City after we closed at the start of COVID in 2020,” Haring said.
He claimed that the cats “love to play around there,” explaining that they may have up to five felons in the store, as they also raise animals up for adoption with permanent residents.
“When you’re in the bookstore and you look at the catwalk, we have pictures of 190+ cats that we’ve adopted running down the sides of the catwalk.
“People often ask how can we raise so many cats and fall in love and then see them adopted. Because doing so saves their lives. Every time we see one of our fosters It makes room for our next castaway crater,” Haring said.
But he assures: “They have a separate kitten room where we keep their littermates. That way when people come into the store, they just smell the books.”
The clip has proven to be a hit online, with the video garnering 1.7 million views since it was posted Wednesday, and it seems to have an in-person fanbase in store as well.
Haring said: “People travel for hours (and sometimes several states) to visit our ‘cat bookstore.’ For those who love books and/or cats, it’s a little slice of heaven Is.
“Some people come just for the cats. Some people just for the books. But most of our visitors come for both.”
The video features a yellow sign that says “Beware of falling cats,” which has been met with glee online.
But Haring assures: “We’ve never had a direct hit. (Though we have had some close calls). They ride up catwalks and on horseback and sometimes hit each other.”
The cat’s lofty adventures have attracted many comments online, as Calamity Kate wrote: “If I’m taken out by a fallen cat, I go down the same path.”
Krista added: “He’s the cutest librarian ever!”
Trekki the Great said: “I think I’m going to Pennsylvania now.”
KirbyCakes commented: “Imagine a cat fell on you at a bookstore. I would be scared and blessed at the same time.”
Cizzy Boga asked: “How much is the rent? I’m moving in and never leaving.”
While Lenkirk added: “Are you guys hiring? Sounds like heaven! Books and cats….”
Haring explained about his Instagram account, @wardrobe bookalso shares the cats’ adventures online, as she adds: “One of them (and sometimes 2 or 3 of them) goes on adventures on Thursdays at parks, businesses, and other interesting places.”
And all three are lucky to have their own cat car, with Jack’s Fiat 500 coming later this month along with Annika’s similar ride and Mouse’s Jeep Renegade.
Haring explained: “Their cat cars are less expensive than bill boards and increasingly more effective.”
Castaway Critters has volunteers in the Dauphin, Cumberland, Lebanon, Perry, Lancaster and York, with the website explaining their mission: “Through the rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and spay/display of lost, sick and abandoned companion animals.” Save the lives of and provide a fresh start. Impotent program.”
Since being founded 20 years ago, Castaway Critters has assisted more than 13,000 animals, the website said.