Foster Focus - Destined for Success

A couple's fostering efforts inspires them to create stylish, space-saving cat furniture and a flourishing business.

By Cimeron Morrissey

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If you ask entrepreneurs the reasons for their success, chances are that you probably won't hear 'fostering cats' in their responses. Unless, of course, you ask the founders of Catswall Design, makers of stylish modern cat furniture. Six years ago, Taiwanese graphic designers Chin Hua Cheng and Chih Lee had never even had a cat before, but now, thanks in large part to their rescuing and fostering efforts, they've established a booming business that caters to multi-cat families.

From Fostering to Furniture
The seed was first planted in 2007 when the husband and wife team saw two sick kittens scurry under a car at a busy intersection. Alarmed for the kittens' safety, Chih and Chin stopped traffic and rescued the pair - they named them Chi Chi and Kuy Kuy. While nursing the kittens back to health, they suddenly began noticing stray and feral cats everywhere they looked: in backyards, in the streets, on rooftops. Soon, they started rescuing and fostering more of Taiwan's needy cats. That's when necessity became the mother of invention for the couple, eventually leading them to quit their graphic design jobs and start their cat furniture business.

**Get the August 2012 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article or click here to purchase a PDF version.**

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