An Afternoon Surprise: Our Homemade Ramp
You see, for the most part, all of the “destinations” in our home (the couch, cat condo, our bed) are completely cat friendly. They’re rather low and the cats can climb them easily. At least they all were that way until my husband and I bought a new bed and realized that our cats were having a bit of trouble climbing it since it was several inches higher than they were used to.
So you could only imagine my surprise when I came home one day and found this homemade ramp in our bedroom!
My husband used a wide plank of wood from our old bed frame for the material. It’s composite and about 1/2 inch thick. He made two simple cuts for the ramp to make the vertical support and the ramp itself.
The whole thing is about 2 feet wide and about 18 inches tall. To hold them together, he used nails, and covered them in duct tape (so the cats wouldn’t pluck at them). He even covered the cut edges in duct tape so that splinters wouldn’t be an issue.
The beauty of this ramp is its simplicity. Anyone could build something similar, and the idea to use duct tape on the edges is a safety measure anyone can manage.
When I got home, there was a note on it that read “Cover me in carpet.” I was so thrilled that my husband would be so creative and thoughtful, and I was eager for our cats to learn how to use the ramp. We threw a heavy blanket on top of it (and wrapped it around the bottom of the ramp so it would stay in place), and tried to help our cats learn how to use it.
To be honest, for the first few days they thought it was the greatest fort. There was no climbing on top of it, but rather playing beneath it.
Nevertheless, we tried to encourage them to use the ramp by moving wand toys up the ramp and on to the bed. We figured that would be the best way to show them that the ramp was there to help. We also put them at the foot of the ramp and called their names while on the bed. They’d sometimes place a paw or two on the ramp, but didn’t make too much progress.
That is until one early morning, when I heard Ellie come into the room. She usually plops near my side of the bed so I can pick her up and place her on the bed with us. But that morning, instead of asking to be put on the bed, she was walking up the ramp! I was so thrilled and proud of her!
She and CG still like to “jump” and climb onto the bed, but I was so happy to see that they had another option. We haven’t carpeted it yet, but I think once we do they’ll understand it even better.
In the meantime, we’ve found another solution too. Petco sells a round cat condo that’s about a foot high or so. It’s the perfect height as a “step” for our cats to get onto and off of the bed. We more bought that just a few days ago, so they’re still learning how to use it, but again, I’m just glad that they have multiple options.
Have you found a way to help your cat get on to or off of your bed or another piece of furniture? Please share in the comments!