Autistic man’s home is built for people and cats equally

Greg Krueger lives in St. James, Minnesota. He was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when he was 49 years-of-age. He says all cats have Asperger’s which is one reason why he loves cats. He also loves trails. He has combined his two passions to turn a house, built for people, into one that is built for people and cats. It is the ultimate form of an “enriched cat environment“. Ruth did something similar but I’d bet there are very few homes so well modified to suit the domestic cat as Greg’s.

The video says it all so there no need to repeat it here except to pick up on some of the key elements in case the video gets pulled from YouTube.

Greg’s Asperger’s has given him that obsessive drive to keep adding to and refining his work in making his home perfect for cats. As he says, he thinks about it all the time. Asperger’s overlaps with high-functioning autism. People with Asperger’s are meant to be physically clumsy. However, Greg appears to be dextrous judging by his work. I am one of those people who believe doctors and scientists like to invent medical conditions for their own benefit but it ends up with people being labelled which I don’t think is beneficial to the person. People with Asperger’s are “different” to a certain extent but do they have a condition?

Home built for people and cats
Home built for people and cats. Video screenshot
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Home built for people and cats. Video screenshot
Home built for people and cats. Video screenshot

Another point worth making is that his work blends in very nicely with the interior of his home. It does not jar or clash with the human elements of the home. Doesn’t this make us think it is possible for house builders to add in some options to cat lovers when constructing new homes? When we buy new homes we are offered options about the kitchen color and type etc.. Why can’t there be a little bit of compromise to the usual formulaic home by including a cat run here or there if the purchaser is a cat lover. There could be similar mods and options for dog lovers. There is a need to better accommodate the companion animal especially the cat as many cats live most of their lives inside the home.

What about this “all cats have Asperger’s” claim? This is a reference to the book by Kathy Hoopmann. It is a book about Asperger’s using the domestic cat as a way of discussing the topic in a sensitive manner because people with the condition can relate to cat companions and are accepted by cats.

Perhaps people with Asperger’s find it difficult to fit in with society because society has an unfortunate habit of shunning people who are “different” whereas cats accept anyone who loves them. They don’t judge as people do. I am convinced that many people with Asperger’s or autism have strong bonds with cats and dogs. This is another aspect of the cat’s personality which trumps the human’s.

I love Greg’s house modifications. They don’t detract from the overall interior appearance from a human’s perspective while providing lots of vertical spaces and hiding areas; the sorts of space that cats require.

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14 thoughts on “Autistic man’s home is built for people and cats equally”

  1. Ruth aka Kattaddorra

    What a lovely man, a true cat lover. I can imagine my late brother in law (Barbara’s John) would have eventually built something like that if he was still around, he was a carpenter by trade and even after he was disabled he made things for the pleasure of cats.

  2. I love this video! If I show it to Jeff who knows how Monty’s kingdom might be expanded. I keep thinking of ways to add more walkways for him. I’ve seen those passages between rooms before. It would be neat to make a passage from our back room right into Monty’s room. I think we definitely would go with plank bridges instead of suspension bridges this time.

  3. I think he is an amazing man and very sensitive and tuned in to his cats needs. Michael I love that you picked up on the way none of the cat modifications look out of place in fact they compliment his home and tbh he does have a wonderful home 🙂

    I would love to know what he does for a living. I wonder if its something creative? I bet he would make a lovely friend 🙂

  4. Greg is, in no way, limited or disabled because of his diagnosis.
    He’s sharp and driven by the love of his cats.
    What a wonderful world he has created for them.

      1. The thing is Michael. People may look like they are Totally Normal and Can Cope with life. Its just its really Hidden. Like me with My Depression etc. People look at me and think I have life all together and Can do stuff. BUt it really is so hidden. Aspergers was named after the Person who researched it. I agree with Labels as they dont define a person. Aspergers is know alot as Aspies. Which I feel is abit better.

        1. I just think labels can be dangerous. Mr Asperger decided that some people have this condition but is he right? Is it a condition or is this guy just a bit different? We are all different and we all have our problems.

          1. I agree Labels are Dangerous. Yes This Man did create this back in 1944, I know other People have reserached it. It is a condition. If you google about it you will see what it is. The guy deffinertly has some of the conditions. Usually its to do with Not being able to Social cope with things like may seem abit odd. People like this can lead amazing lifes and can be classed as Genius. Or very Clever. I agree each of us as I own different ways of doing things and Problems. I know a few people that have it. Some people like to repeat things over and over. Alot of people that have like OCD can get over Excited about things and like to check things. Get Upset if something gets taken away. I think this man is amazing and how perfect what he has done for his cats. Designing each area in his home. Im actually Quite amazed. Wish I could do that for my Cats. 🙁

    1. I agree He’s amazing that he can do this for his Animals. Alot of People Like this Can have a Special Skill or what some say Special Interest.

  5. Wow great to see this as I have MIld Aspergers. Although Undiagnosed. Aspergers is not an imagined thing and is actually Very real. It is actually a real disability. Some have it a high degree. My ex Partner son has full Classic Autism. Very High Needs. Most People with Asd have it at different degree. Like for Instance I feel very peaceful and relexed when around Cats. Its like people with Asd cope very well if they have routines. Alot of this Probobly Michael is to do with Socal Aspects. Like I dont really like Strong Eye Contact. I dont like Noisey esp High Pitch Noise or bright light drives me Crazy. Hate Crowds and anyone that thinks different. Its great to a see an Article on ASD as it makes it more aware. Even Highly skilled People can get this. Its abit like having OCD. Alot of what it relates to is people have what you call a Special Interest or Hobby. Like for me the Computer and my Scrapbooking/ is very important we call it special Interest. Some dont cope well if you take certain things away like with Bradly he has an Obsession with Plastic Contains and loves different smells. So dont always assume its a made up. As it really is true. I know alot of people that have it. Often it is a Social thing. Like not knowing the social Cues to things. Like not knowing whawt is expectable in soceity, and also confusing. Well this is how it is for me anyway. Alot of it is to do with anxiety/worry and of obession. Its great what he has done with the Cats. I wish I could really have my own place or Flat where I could build something like that. I hope to look at getting another Cat Tree. These people with Asd can lead wonderful lifes and can actually be quite brainy and have alot talent. Anyway thats how it is for me. No one needs to agree, but I just thought Id say how it was for me.

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