Design: Cat Stairs 3
Pet's Name: Dodger & Oliver
Size & Type: Domestic shorthair cats; one orange, one black & tan
"In small quarters especially, cats ought to be able to exercise their genetic proclivity for vertical living and enjoy expanded inhabitable space. For those of us with highly attenuated nesting instincts, the challenge is how to combine function and aesthetic. When I adopted brothers Dodger and Oliver as kittens last year, I researched climbing products and was appalled at the utter absence of design sensibility in an entire product category..." [more below]
Even the DIY projects I came across were consistently awful (except Bob Walker's work in his book "The Cats'House" -- not my taste, but beautifully done). As one who tends to seek the simplest, most integrated solutions to any design problem, the notion of floating shelves seemed a likely answer. These are a combination of 12" and 36" units, purchased at West Elm and Home Depot,respectively, and carpeted with Flor tiles (http://www.interfaceflor.com) using industrial glue. The smaller shelves needed stronger attachment hardware to handle the weight.
for experimenting kittens, be sure to seal the edges of cut carpeting by carefully melting them with a flame – certain industrial fibers can cut up feline insides. And as you can see, the boys love their platforms!