I just want to kiss his sweet face in that second picture.
I actually do have a project in my craft room that is just this. My mom still has the old leather suitcase my dad left Hungary with during the revolution. He walked to Austria carrying it. She brought it for me this visit, I couldn't stand the idea of her throwing it away.
I'm trying to decide between a cat bed or a chair for up-cycling it. I'm THINKING cat bed with the lid left on (and up when the cats use it) so that when I have company I can shut the lid and use it as an extra end table.
In the mean time the cats are LOVING using it for a bed on the floor. The 60 years of smells on it fascinate them.