Mario is the founder of Square Paws and is an architect by trade.  It’s this skill that helps perfect our designs.

As a graduate of Syracuse University, Mario has over 30 years experience in architecture. both commercial and residential.  His interest in various building typologies and iconic everyday elements coupled with a love for art and color sparks his imagination in our cat creations.  


Benedito is our master craftsman who helps build our pieces and handles shipping and logistics.

A previous Maryland-resident, Benedito was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where his creative education was honed by the long-standing “samba school” tradition that marries song and dance with the creation of elaborate displays and floats for the annual Rio “carneval.” 

A Message From the Founder

Hello, I’m Mario Arbore, the creator of Square Paws.  Here at Square Paws, we think that your cat’s play-towers should be part of your home environment and not a completely foreign object. That’s why our cat towers and other pet pieces are made to delight both pet and owner.

Each cat play tower is designed by an architect (yours truly) and hand-crafted in the USA.  In fact, the name “Square Paws” derives from my work as an architect.  So often during the prototype process, friends and family would ask me how the “cat condos” were coming along.  So I got to thinking that, if human condos are measured in square feet then CAT condos must be measured in “square paws.”

The greatest aspect of our products is a sense of whimsy. We take iconic elements, whether architectural, utilitarian, sculptural, or natural, and we fashion them in a form that pets can interact with.  It’s in this tongue-in-cheek way that our customers feel engaged with their animals in a totally new way.

Last but not least, we pledge to donate 10% of net profits to agencies dedicated to animal rescue and refuge.

Have a look at our completed work to date, leave us a comment via our Contact page, or let us know if we can make a condo for your pets!


To improve the lives of animals by bringing beauty, fun, enrichment and value to the world of pets and their humans through the creation of unique, artful products and environments.

We're Passionate
About Cats and Design

Please feel free to contact us!

We love speaking with all of our clients, followers, and media partners.  If it involves cats or cat play towers, we want to talk!  Book a time on our calendar!

Email and even snail mail works too.

Use support@squarepaws.com to get in touch.  Click here for our contact page for more information on connecting.

“Square Paws started as a project of passion, and has naturally grown into the business it is today.  We are so thankful for each and every one of our clients and followers for helping make this dream a reality.”

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