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Autistic Minnesota man creates deluxe feline abode

Greg Krueger is seen with one of his cats, Krueger, diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome last fall, has devoted his free time to creating a unique home for his four feline friends.2 / 3
One of Greg Krueger's four cats skitters across a catwalk in their home. Krueger has built nearly 100 yards of overhead catwalks in his St. James home. 3 / 3

St. James, MN (CNN) - People build bird houses, swing sets, tree houses and even skating rinks for their kids, but a Minnesota man has created an indoor fun house just for cats.

Greg Krueger – Homeowner: "That goes to the basement. That goes to a closet. Charlie Brown goes from the closet to the stairway."

If cats were in charge, there'd be more homes laid out like this.

Greg Krueger: "They're fun to watch, they're very agile."

And more humans who get it - like Greg Krueger of St. James, Minnesota.

Greg Krueger: "I just love trails and paths, and cats of course, and so I've just linked those passions together."

Krueger's four cats get to look down on their owner for nearly 100 yards of overhead catwalks. They can also scamper away to their choice of hideouts, all with proper lighting and padding.

Greg Krueger: "To me it feels like we're a family living here. Ain't that right Winny, huh? Are we like a family?"

Krueger's been at it for more than fifteen years, carving through his walls to create elaborate passageways

Greg Krueger: "This one's supposed to be a cat, so it's like a cat that I'm looking through and you're looking at a blue jay, so it's like a cat looking at a blue jay."

It’s like a puzzle he says that he never quite finishes

Greg Krueger: “I think about it constantly, I can't fall asleep. I’m still thinking about it, thinking about the design. I wake up, I'm thinking about it. I'm thinking about it all day at work.”

It's an obsession that started making sense last fall when he saw a doctor.

Greg Krueger: "Because I have Asperger's Syndrome I'm probably not the best at socializing."

Finally diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 49, Krueger considers his form of autism to be a blessing that gives him great focus.

Greg Krueger: “Obviously, my house would not be like this if I didn't have Aspergers, he said. If it takes a long time, I don't care because if I like what I'm doing, I almost don't want to finish what I'm doing.”

He's doing it for those who've always seemed to understand him; from the time he was a boy.

Greg Krueger: "Every day I touch every one of their grave markers, I have to, it brings me good luck. It's been said that all cats have Asperger Syndrome so I think that might be one reason why I really love cats. I kind of think that I can understand their personality really well.”

Others may see them as different, even distant, but Greg Krueger and his cats have a closeness that works.

Greg Krueger: "I don't feel like I live alone, even though I'm the only person living here. We're like a family."

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