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Photos: This Exhibit Is Like MTV's 'Cribs,' But For Cats

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For those of you who are fans of both MTV's Cribs and cats, there is an exhibit of designer shelters for outdoor kitties.

Architects for Animals "Giving Shelter" event is a benefit for nonprofit FixNation—which helps to minimize cat populations using humane trap, neuter and return methods—and it's previously been held in New York. This year, however, L.A. will get one night to view a creative collection of outdoor cat shelters designed by local architecture and design firms. There will also be an open wine bar and hors d'oeuvres, so you can get conversational with other cat enthusiasts.

Celebrity cat whisperer Jackson Galaxy, host of My Cat From Hell will be present to talk about his new book Catification, which is a book about how to design "a happy and stylish home for your cat" and of course, you.

After the event, the shelters are donated to FixNation, who will figure out the best locations for them. One will be on display at Adopt & Shop in Culver City for a few days following the event.

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The firms involved are fun, too: Space International (MAK Gallery, Kitson), HOK (LAC+USC Medical Center) and Lehrer Architects (Cal Tech Keck Institute for Space Studies), among others. The shelters pictured here are examples from previous events in New York. Some of them look pretty space age, but each offers a serene shelter for a homeless cat to catch a nap.

And just in case any cat lovers need reminding, The Feline Film Festival is on September 21, featuring guest appearances from Internet cat favorite Lil Bub and SoCal hero, Tara the Hero Cat. This event features an entire day of cat videos and feline-related events. And on January 24, Cat Art Show returns for its second installment. What we're saying is, there are a lot of cat events.

Architects for Animals "Giving Shelter." The Herman Miller Showroom. 3641 Holdrege Avenue, Culver City. September 10, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. $25

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