Updated: Apr 8, 2019
2Q19 LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT — Meet two of Denver's brightest shining Millennial stars, Sky Davis and Lance Harding. Resourceful, hard-working and creative Colorado natives unafraid of making big things happen on their terms. Read on to learn more about the young men behind Cat Topia, a new Colorado company that's getting attention for all the right reasons.
Sky Davis is a Colorado native who grew up in Boulder. He went to University Hill Elementary, a bilingual school where he learned to speak Spanish fluently. As a teenager he honed construction skills remodeling houses with this family. After graduating from Boulder High, Sky attended Metro to study business and marketing but had to make adjustments when he could no longer qualify for student loans after his mother joined the Peace Corps. She’s presently serving in Thailand. In 2014, Sky packed up and moved to Denver and found work at Sushi Hai as a server where he dutifully clocks in six to seven days a week, mostly nights. The Spanish he learned in grade school allows him to communicate with customers and staff alike. Sky now lives in the Villa Park neighborhood with his girlfriend, Sage.
Both animal lovers, the couple adopted a dog named Nala from the Denver Dumb Friends League (equal parts mutt, coyote, and whipette), and two kittens named Deigo and Frida. While Nala got plenty of walks outside in the neighborhood, the kittens had to stay inside due to inherent dangers Denver’s busy city streets pose to cats.
“The kittens were relentless. They wanted to be outside so bad! They would meow at the door for hours. Any time we went in or out the kittens would try to bolt.”
As loving, pet-co-parents Sky and Sage wanted to do what was best for Frida and Diego. The couple struggled with respecting the kittens’ need for exercise and outside experiences with keeping them safe.
“Outdoor cats face serious hazards in the city and in the foothills,
and it’s devastating to lose an animal. Heartbreaking.”
Like so many Coloradans, Sky’s family lost a family cat to wildlife when he lived in Boulder. After the loss, Sky remembers envisioning a safe all-season enclosure where cats could move freely in or out of a home and enjoy feline experiences safely. In 2016 Sky made his vision a reality — as a gift to Frida and Diego.
“Once it was built the kittens relaxed a lot. The enclosure gave them the freedom and outside experience they needed, and gave Sage and I peace of mind. We knew they could be outdoors doing cat things whenever they wanted without roaming busy streets.”