It’s a running joke that, amidst increasingly complex relationships with parenthood, Millennials and Gen Zs are beginning to refer to their pets as their ‘children.’
Now, one man has gone viral online after he shared how he lovingly created a flat – made out of cardboard – for his cat.
Nicholas McCuen and his partner have been proud feline parents to Nikko, a Savannah, since the pandemic. Bringing him home in 2020, they go above and beyond to care for him.
The 26-year-old has even dedicated hours of his time towards building his fluffy friend his very own home, and even has plans to construct a ‘skyscraper’ and ‘small city.’
Nicholas initially began with a low budget, creatively using basic materials including cardboard and duct tape.
But when he shared his endeavours to TikTok, accumulating more than 13 million views and 1.7 million likes on his artistic process, the anti was upped significantly. Now, the couple have now spent more than £400 and an incredible 80 hours on the cardboard complex.
‘When I saw how much Nikko liked it and how people were engaging with it, I kind of threw the budget to the side’, Nicholas said.
‘His luxury cat apartment contains a bed, bathroom, living room, kitchen, and a spare bedroom and even features a real grass patch and flower scratching post.
‘My goal is to build Nikko an entire cat city if all goes well with the cat skyscraper [which I am currently building].
‘It’s [building his flat] a lot of fun and it’s really cool seeing the finished product.’
Nicholas endearingly describes Nikko as an ‘extra curious cat’ who ‘loves’ extra items being added to the pad.
Naturally, Nikko has acquired fans in their droves online – many of whom can’t get enough of the feline’s opulent living quarters.
‘Niko’s apartment is nicer than mine,’ one user wrote.
‘My cat sent me this. I think she wants me to step my game up’, another joked.
‘This is how I expect my future husband to treat my cat,’ said someone else.
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