Grand miniature designs – eco architecture that’s the cat’s whiskers

Cats can now climb Britain’s property ladder after designers have created a unique paw’tfolio of heritage homes – perfect for the property and feline lover.

In a bid to raise awareness of the amount of cat litter going to landfill, sustainable cat litter firm Natusan has teamed up with illustrator Max Tilse to create recyclable litter boxes with miniature fairytale façades modelled on the nation’s favourite “forever homes” spanning three periods Victorian, Tudor and Edwardian.

After a new study of 2000 people uncovered that Victorian (37%) topped the list of properties that Britons most aspire to own, followed by Edwardian (17%), Tudor (16%) and Georgian (12%).

Designed to be in keeping with your current home or one that you long to own, the collection of three period-inspired litter boxes are made from durable, recyclable cardboard.

And are part of a zero-waste subscription service that delivers biodegradable litter kits to your home, which are then collected, composted and turned into fertiliser a month later.

In the UK alone, 84% of British cat owners admitted they were unaware of how much cat litter goes to Britain’s rubbish dumps every year when questioned recently.

Landfill is a major contributor to global warming, and it’s estimated that 2 million tonnes of feline litter waste is thrown away every year in the UK. That’s the equivalent to the weight of 800,000 African elephants or 161,290 London buses, according to analysis by Natusan.

Renowned for his incredible series of miniature sketches in front of iconic landmarks, ranging from London’s Big Ben to Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Natusan commissioned 27-year old illustrator Max Tilse to curate the collection.

The professional illustrator moved to London from Sydney five years ago and has wowed Brits with his stunning ink illustrations of some of the capital’s most beautiful sights.

Rachel Andre, Director of Natusan commented:Making a conscious change can go a long way when it comes to looking to improve your pet’s environmental impact; from switching to a sustainable, organic cat litter, to trying toys and bedding which are made of natural fibres – there are a variety of simple solutions to help matters. Looking after your cat’s loo is admittedly one of the less glamorous parts of being a pet parent – but is part and parcel of looking after our four-legged friends.”

“With over a third of owners (37%) admitting their pets accessories reflect their own style. Whether you aspire to own one, or currently live in a period property, these coordinating eco accessories could add their very own bit of curb appeal to your home. We are always looking to help conscious cat parents and the environment. Our 100% natural and biodegradable clumping litter has been purposefully designed to reduce waste – helping you to make a difference. Period properties aren’t always known for their eco creds, so we thought this collection could be a great way of giving them a sustainable makeover.”

When asked about the collaboration, the self-taught illustrator Max Tilse said: “Having two cats myself, I had no idea of the environmental impact of cat litter, so it was great to combine two of my passions.”

According to the research, over a quarter (29%) of Britons are smitten with the geometric tiled entrances and generous bay windows characterised by Victorian properties.

A further 22% are captivated by the red brickwork and wooden framed porches often seen in Edwardian homes. And one in six (16%) hanker after a Tudor home in a chocolate box hamlet with a thatched roof.

Although 30% of people still believe in the concept of a ‘forever’ home – one in seven (14%) are not optimistic about their chances of ever finding or living in one.

From the late Victorian villa with its shallow pitch roof, to the timeless exterior of the Edwardian property, Max Tilse has purr’fectly captured the essence of the most quintessentially English homes — fit for any Chief Mouser.

While stocks last, the limited edition collection of Natusan X Max Tilseperiod-home inspired litter boxes will be available to new customers who sign up to Natusan’s Collect and Compost service at Natusan.co.uk.