More CHers Learn To Conquer Stairs
I love to hear stories about all of your CHers, and recently two of you shared success stories about your CH kitties who have learned to conquer stairs. I wanted to share these stories with you, as I find them inspiring and encouraging – two things I think we can all appreciate.
The first is Miss Mimosa. The other day Lauren commented that she and her husband just moved into a new town home that has not one, not two, but three separate flights of stairs for Mimosa to navigate.
Fortunately, they are all carpeted and Mimosa has some experience with stairs, but they’re exercising some precautions.
“Needless to say we have lots of baby/pet gates in our place!” Lauren says. “We gate her in at night and during the day on one floor while we are out so she doesn’t attempt the steps during those times. She was a little wary at first but she seems to be getting used to it.”
Lauren says she thinks Mimosa does like the stairs now. While she was initially wary of them back when she was first introduced to the concept, she seemed to accept the challenge.
“After a while I caught her going up and down them just for fun,” Lauren says. “I think she felt proud that she could dominate them… with a few slips and falls. When she is in a hurry, I’m not sure she likes them as much because she ends up tumbling down them. Now that she is used to them, I think she’s a bit more indifferent.”
As for pet gates, Lauren says they’ve found the perfect solution that works for them.
“We actually just buy the $10 adjustable baby gates from Target and just lay them against the wall instead of attaching them. That way they are easy to move around and don’t destroy the walls. Our in-laws did buy us a great Adjustable Pet Gate. We love it, but our hallways are a bit narrow, so I wouldn’t recommend it unless you have space for it.”
Mister Harvey, Carmen’s moderate CH cat, has also taken the initiative to learn stairs:
“We’ve been moved in for a little over a month now, and Harvey is doing great! I have a baby gate that blocks the stairs that go downstairs to our garage and just about a week ago – Harvey learned how to climb UP the stairs (going to the rooms)! I was pretty excited and I was so proud of him because he struggled, and now he just moves right up them. I am still trying to figure out how to avoid him rolling down the stairs, but I am hoping that with time, he’ll learn how to do that too.”
Carmen says that she and her roommate lived in their townhouse exactly one month before Harvey started learning how to navigate the stairs.
“The bottom three stairs are wider and overall bigger, so for the first few weeks of living here, he tested the water on those stairs. It was still a struggle for him to stay on those stairs, and would often times fall backward,” Carmen says.
“One day I was in my room and I heard his infamous “squeak” and about had a heart attack when I saw him on the second to last stair. I immediately ran and grabbed him and started brainstorming ideas how to keep him from accessing the stairs.”
Carmen ultimately decided to put up a second baby gate to cut off all access to the stairs, but before she was able to get to the store, she says Harvey was booking it up the stairs at full speed!
While Harvey is becoming a pro at going up the stairs, it’s more of a challenge for him to come down. Carmen is working with him in hopes that he’ll get it on his own one day.
“As of right now, he waits at the top landing and makes plenty of noise when he’s ready to come down. He never fails to amaze me!” Carmen says.