It’s the purrrfect condo.
The Post acquired an unique look inside Curtis Sliwa’s tiny Upper West Side studio condo Wednesday — after the newly minted GOP mayoral nominee revealed that he and his spouse share the space with 15 rescue cats.
The 750-square-foot studio on West 87th Street and Central Park West is a veritable kitty heaven with furnishings fitter for felines than their human roommates.
There’s three home windows that face the road which can be completely arrange for hen watching, or a day snooze within the sunshine, which were retrofitted with hen wire so the cats can get pleasure from a makeshift outside area whereas basking on the sills.
Two towering cat condos cowl the condo’s major wall and within the kitchen, three personal feline lodges are perched atop the cupboards that present a birds eye view of the motion under.
While there are a selection of human decorations located on cabinets and tables throughout the condo, a rising variety of cat toys are stuffed alongside them, threatening to take up nearly each free area left within the studio.
“I try to use electronic toys that they can chase because it’s hard to play with all of them all the time,” mentioned Sliwa’s spouse, Nancy Beth Sliwa, as she flung two toy wands across the room.
Surprisingly, the house smells extra like a freshly opened field of Fresh Step kitty litter than the waste that will get buried in any of the six containers which can be scattered concerning the area.
But staving off the scent of ammonia and cat poo is a laborious enterprise, Nancy Beth defined.
“We clean the litter boxes at least three times a day,” the cat mother mentioned, which quantities to a monster 18 each day scoopings that enables the couple to keep up sanitary dwelling situations.
“I use vanilla candles and clean with alcohol, water and baking soda because the chemicals in those heavy duty cleaners can really get the cats sick.”
Curtis, who gained Thursday’s Republican major for mayor over Fernando Mateo, is an outspoken animal activist.
Every single cat was slated to be euthanized by town’s embattled Animal Care Center however have been rescued and nursed again to well being by him and his spouse.
“It starts with Apollo, who is the patriarch, and then Athena, she is the female cat who rules the roost,” the proud cat dad defined of his furry brood.
“Then it goes with [Crooked Head] because the head is actually screwed almost off and it would’ve been euthanized and then there’s Drop Foot and there’s Whiskers and there’s Frisky and there’s Big Little One.”
Then there’s Tiger, Love, Ajax, Duncan, Hope, Tiny, Hercules and eventually, Wolverine, “who snores so loud it’s ripping the paint off the walls,” Curtis lovingly defined.
Each evening, three of the felines share the condo’s queen-sized mattress with the couple, who say they’ve to ensure to put completely nonetheless so that they don’t by chance roll over one of many cats.
“Once you lay down, that’s it. Cats to your left side, cats to your right side,” Curtis mentioned, including the nights may be tough.
“The kittens don’t know when to stop when they encroach on the older cat’s turf,” Curtis defined of the nightime feline politics.
“Keeping them in their own lanes, when they all start running around and crashing around at night, because they’re nocturnal, and can get aggressive, that can be a big challenge!”
But if the couple is feeling frisky themselves, they’ve a straightforward answer: stuff all of them within the toilet.
“They’re making more noise than we are on those nights!” Curtis laughed.
The couple defined that they’re glad to open their dwelling to the dying row cats however they attempt to undertake as lots of them out as they will.
“This year we’ve taken in 20 to 25 and adopted out 10. We’ve got four scheduled to be adopted out and when they go we’ll take in four more,” Curtis mentioned, including the older and less-healthy kitties will likely be lifetime residents.
Despite the work and the crowded situations, the cat daddy mentioned his furry roommates have been wondrous for his well being.
“It’s a destresser,” Curtis defined.
“They actually cause tranquility. When I had high blood pressure after I had chronic Crohn’s disease, the cats would lay on my chest and bring my blood pressure down normally, naturally. That’s what cats could do.”