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A Kind Design

Ten-year-old designs playhouse for cats

Kind News magazine, December 2015/January 2016

Ten-year-old Caroline Baxter invented Kitty Play Zone, a playhouse for cats. Photo by Blue Sky Photography

Not every girl who goes to work with a parent on Take Your Daughter to Work Day ends up inventing something. But that's just what happened when 10-year-old Caroline Baxter went to work with her dad.

On the day of her visit, a meeting was held for employees to discuss ideas for new products. Caroline's father invited her to the meeting. After listening to the discussion, Caroline thought, "Wouldn't it be cool if I made a product too?"

An animal lover with a houseful of pets---including dogs, gerbils, fish and a guinea pig---Caroline can't have cats at home. "My sister and I are allergic to cats," says Caroline. "But I love them."

So Caroline decided she'd invent something for them. First, she made a list of things that cats do. Then, reading over her list, she stopped when she got to the word "play."

"I thought: What if I made a playhouse for cats?" says Caroline.

The young inventor sketched out her idea on paper and showed it to her father. Back at home, Caroline and her dad made a model of the playhouse out of a big cardboard box. And the rest, as they say, is history!

The Kitty Play Zone, "an easy-to-build playhouse" is now made and sold by her father's company. But cats aren't the only animals this young vegetarian thinks about.

A Chicken Chick

"I can't explain in words how much I love [chickens]," says Caroline. "I wanted to get chickens as pets." But her city had a rule against keeping chickens, so Caroline sent a petition to city council asking to change that rule.

In the meantime, the young inventor is back at the drawing board designing another invention for animals. What do you think it will be?

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