Kitty Ladder

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Introduction: Kitty Ladder

My cat is always wanting to get way up on top of the high cabinets in my apartment. So, why not build her a kitty ladder!

This idea is inspired by this one:

Step 1: Stuff You Need

some soft carpet or rug. I chose a cheap rug from Ikea for $15.00.

1x2s from Home Depot are pretty cheap at 87 cents a piece

drill (two drills is best, one to hold the drill bit and one to hold the screw driver bit)

coping saw

measuring tape

scissors for cutting carpet

hot melt glue gun plus about 6-7 sticks of glue

wood screws (I used drywall screws which are just as good)

Some bits of metal to secure it to a cabinet at the top. I found some of those metal things that are used to block up the unused pci slots on a computer. They probably have a name, don't know it though.

Step 2: Coat Everything in Carpet

Cut the wood to the appropriate length. For my tall cabinet, I needed 70 inches. I added a few more inches so the ladder could be leaned at a slight angle.

First cover the long sides of the ladder in carpet using hot melt glue to secure it and keep it from unravelling.

Keep in mind where the seam will wind up and try to keep the seams neat and in the back.

I cut the wood for the steps of the ladder to be 5 inches long each. Wrap each of these in carpet and secure with hot melt glue.

Step 3: Assemble

First, predrill holes into the rungs of the ladder with the drill bit.

Then line up the rung using other rungs as guides to keep it even. If you have a framing clamp, this could come in handy for this.

Predrill the holes into the side of the ladder.

Then attach the rung with a screw.

I only used one screw, that way I could turn the rung to different angles if I wanted to.

Step 4: Attach to a Cabinet

Lean the ladder up against the tall cabinet and attach at the top with some metal bits.

Make the ladder really secure and solid, cause if that cat thinks it might fall down, she won't use it.

Step 5: See If Your Cat Would Like to Try It.

Like all cats and humans, she doesn't like it cause it wasn't her idea. But if I leave it there long enough maybe she will begin to use it. (I hope).

Next will be the kitty bridge! That is for another day for now.



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    Hi ,what cat is the one in the picture? I have one exactly the same, is that any race?

    A good place to get carpet is the dumpster of your local carpet installer / wholesaler. You can usually find fairly large remnants, and almost always new. Great way to keep it from the landfill.

    yes your right, the cat in the picture was SUPER cutr!:-))

    wow cool idea!

    i want to tunnel cats throughout house, i was disappointed in the cat house mentioned above, the book does not detail much...on HOW to do.....

    I also had the idea of tunneling them from room to room upstairs above ranch, under the roof but above the ceilings............ does anyone have ideas, I'm searching all these sites for ideas, i bought small squared hardware cloth but maybe there is an easier way....

    i would like them to be able to go to several rooms yet not be "loose" in the house, have to have cat litter stops available and also cant let them get outside due to coyotes.

    TOO CUTE! I love the purple couch! I think the carpeting on the ladder is genius.. we just use a metal one at our house...

    LOL!  My cats started climbing the ladder to my loft bed so they could sleep on ME!  (It's the IKEA metal one, plain ladder, no carpeting.)  I never thought of making a cat ladder just for them, since they apparently have no trouble whatsoever getting exactly as high up as they want to be (hanging plants at about 5 feet off the floor, with nothing underneath, and no curtains or window screens to climb - just as an example!). Yes, they still climb screens - started with the patio sliders as tiny little kittens.  So, while I love the idea and appreciate the art involved in your project, I don't think my particular critters need any further assistance! LMAO!

    I put the catfood up in a loft so the dogs couldn't eat it and within a day the cats started going up and down. They are going straight up and down an old funky orchard ladder, nothing as nice as yours. It never gets old watching them on the ladder and they seem to like it too. Great project, now how do we make the spiral cat staircase in the other picture? That's super cool!

    sorry, I just noticed the spiral staircase isn't in your house. Cool pic though, thanks for including it.