A man, a plan, a bike, a litterbox. That’s how Thomas Vles traveled the 300 miles from Amsterdam to London this April. Oh yes, and his two feline friends Mushi and Cheesy were also along for the ride, thanks to a custom-made glass enclosure mounted to the front of Vles’ bicycle. The man peddling this strange two-wheeled contraption is the 30-year-old CEO of PoopyCat.com, which sells modular cardboard kitty playhouses and litterboxes, both made from recycled materials. The journey/stunt was a last-minute adventure, intended to celebrate the UK launch of that business.
Vles’ furry 10-month-old passengers aren’t stunt cats; they are Vles’ pets, and they seemed to enjoy the ride. Their glass box home on wheels was outfitted with multiple air vents, cushions, food and water, PoopyCat-branded playhouses, and-yes-even a litterbox. As the trio traveled from town to town and through the countryside, passersby were delighted to see the rolling apparatus approach, curious about what the heck it was. It does, after all, vaguely resemble a food cart or a popcorn machine. Once its feline passengers made their presence known, however, Vles told MailOnline, “Most people were really enthusiastic and when they got closer and saw the cats they would say ‘Oh, wow’.”
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For Inhabitat readers who may be concerned about the welfare of the kitties on such a long journey, rest easy. Vles and his “Kittymobile” were accompanied by a support team, including a veterinarian, and Vles kept his pets’ well-being at the forefront of his decisions along the way. Although the cats didn’t mind riding through some rainy patches, according to Vles, the trio did take to the safety of the support truck when the road become too hilly and bumpy to be safe for the critters.
Images via Poopy Cat via screengrab