Cat-loving couple creates giant DIY 'gingerbread' house for feline friends

PHOTO: The final cat-friendly "gingerbread" house on display.PlayCourtesy Chris Poole
WATCH Cat-loving couple creates 'gingerbread' house for their felines

Having pets in your home during the holidays can sometimes prove disastrous for decorations, but one cat-loving couple built a unique Christmas display that doubles as a toy.

PHOTO: Chris Poole and Jessica Josephs built a giant cat-friendly gingerbread house for their cats Marmalade and Cole.Courtesy Chris Poole
Chris Poole and Jessica Josephs built a giant cat-friendly "gingerbread" house for their cats Marmalade and Cole.

Chris Poole and Jessica Josephs run a YouTube channel dedicated to their two cats, Cole and Marmalade. The Illinois couple told ABC News they had to "get creative" with their Christmas decorations since a traditional tree was out of the question.

Their solution? A DIY "gingerbread" house for cats.

PHOTO: Chris Poole and Jessica Josephs built a giant cat-friendly gingerbread house for their cats Marmalade and Cole.Courtesy Chris Poole
Chris Poole and Jessica Josephs built a giant cat-friendly "gingerbread" house for their cats Marmalade and Cole.

"The reason we decided to build a 'gingerbread' house is that we can't have Christmas trees anymore [is] because Marmalade, our ginger cat, destroys them," Poole said.

Poole and Josephs show the step-by-step construction process using cardboard boxes as the frame for the structure to resemble the festive cookie and other materials, including glue, paper plates and wrapping paper for everything else.

"Purrlease be sure to use cat safe materials for the decorations," the YouTubers note in their video description.

PHOTO: The YouTube duo suggest using only cat safe materialsCourtesy Chris Poole
The YouTube duo suggest using only cat safe materials

"Not only is the gingerbread house cat safe, it's also great enrichment for Cole and Marmalade since they're indoor cats we do lots of things to keep them entertained," Poole said. "We hide cat treats in and around the [gingerbread] house each day now so they can 'hunt' them down," he added.

Using round white paper plates the roof gets a snowy shingle effect, just like a classic gingerbread house. And scrunched up white paper gets glued around the exposed edges to "frost" the joints of the house.

PHOTO: Jessica Josephs glues white paper plates to the roof to resemble snow.Courtesy Chris Poole
Jessica Josephs glues white paper plates to the roof to resemble snow.

They complete the look with cat-safe plastic Easter eggs and colored paper to give the gingerbread house its signature candy-like facade.

Poole and Josephs even built a festive sleigh "cat bed" with the leftover materials for an extra bonus. Poole said the project took them a full day to build and film the making of the gingerbread house.

PHOTO: Chris and Jessica made a sleigh cat bed too.Courtesy Chris Poole
Chris and Jessica made a sleigh cat bed too.

"Each year we create a different Christmas-themed cat plaything to have in our living room," Poole said. In the past, the duo created a cat-proof Christmas tree, a box maze and a deluxe cat ball pit.

Marmalade and Cole love to play all over the festive and cat-friendly setup, and Poole said they love hearing that the videos inspire other cat owners to create fun things for their own cats to play in.

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