Cats love to climb, which is why it’s important to provide plenty of options for them in the form of cat trees or shelves. The Cat Ladder addresses this need in a way that’s creative, functional, and beautiful – and their ladders work in spaces ranging from a small apartment to a large home.
About Cat Ladder Feline Furniture
The idea for the Cat Ladder came to creator Joe Koziol when one of their cats couldn’t climb the ladder to their loft. “Their first introduction to the prototype ladder was priceless,” says Joe. “They knew it was for them. They immediately understood what to do and were proud to show us how to use it. We could see their natural instinct to explore and claim high spaces in the house as their territory.”
When Joe and his business partner Damon Knopf started designing ladders for sales, they put a lot of thought into their product. The ladder needed to be stable, and they wanted to use quality materials without cutting corners in craftsmanship. These ladders are made to look like and complement real furniture. In fact, they fit so well next to people furniture that you might not even recognize them as being designed for cats.
Every Cat Ladder is made to order. From the hand selection of the wood components all the way to the thoughtful details in their packaging and instructions, Joe and Damon take pride in the care that goes into each ladder.
Joe considers the joy these ladders bring to cats one of the great perks of his job. “We often hear that the ladders bring new joy to the relationship between cats, their people and their homes,” he says. “We love to share these stories and pictures on our Facebook page.”
These beautifully designed ladders come in 6 different sizes, from three to eight steps, in two different widths. They come in six different wood finishes and are also available unfinished. You have a choice of three different carpet colors. The carpet pads attach with velcro strips and can be easily replaced if needed.
Our first cat ladder solved a behavior issue between Allegra and Ruby
Allegra loved sleeping on top of our dining room cabinet. I keep a blanket and a couple of soft beds up there (doesn’t everyone?!) The cabinet could be accessed from the tall cat tree next to it. Unfortunately, bratty little Ruby kept trying to chase Allegra off the dining room cabinet, and the only way for Allegra to get away from Ruby was to jump to the dining room table. It was doable, but it’s quite a distance, and I worried about the landing on the hard surface being too hard on her joints. A cat ladder on the right side of the cabinet solved that issue.
Eventually, Ruby stopped her shenanigans, and I gave the ladder to a friend who was trying to solve a similar problem.
A new custom ladder to match my made over living room furniture
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that a couple of years ago, I made over my living room by painting the ugly dark coffee and end tables a nice, bright white. In what I call the “decorating ripple effect,” I found myself wanting to make some more changes to brighten up my space. My eyes kept going to the old cat tree in the dining room, and it increasingly seemed like an eye sore. We bought that tree back in 1984 for Feebee, and it’s been used by all of my cats over the years. Allegra uses it to get to the top of the dining cabinet.
She hadn’t used the cat tree for anything else in years, so I knew that as long as I could find a way for her to still get to the top of the cabinet, she wouldn’t miss it. And to go with my theme of “light and bright,” I decided on an antique white cat ladder. Unfortunately, after measuring the space, I realized that a standard ladder wouldn’t quite fit. Cat Ladder owner Joe Koziol worked with me to design a custom ladder that fits the available space perfectly and hits just below the top of the cabinet.
Assembling the Cat Ladder
The Cat Ladder does require some assembly, but the instructions are incredible detailed with clear photographs for each step. If I can do it, you can, too! Despite my history of panicking when I see the words “some assembly required,” I’m proud to say that I manged to put it together all by myself in less than 15 minutes! The rails come with the screws already drilled in, so all you have to do is push the steps into the groove, tighten the screws with a screwdriver, attach the second rail, and you’re done.
I simply leaned the Cat Ladder against the side of our dining room cabinet. Even though the ladder seemed completely secure this way, especially for a lightweight like Allegra, I still attached the Grippy Stick that comes with the ladder. The Grippy Stick uses a “stretch release” adhesive that won’t harm furniture (and I can attest to the fact that it doesn’t, because the first time I messed it up and didn’t attach it in the correct spot and I had to remove it and reposition it.) The Cat Ladder also comes with a mounting block that can be drilled into a wall for placement.
Happy cat, happy human
Allegra looked a little worried when I disassembled the old cat tree, and a bit intimated when I first put up the ladder. A few minutes later, curiosity got the best of her and she was marching up the ladder like she had been doing it all her life, and settled in for a nice long nap on top of the cabinet.
I absolutely love the look of the ladder. It brightens up my dining room, and Allegra is happy. Win win!
For more information about the Cat Ladder and to order, please visit the Cat Ladder Etsy Shop. This special sale includes free shipping (good on the cherry ladders only.)
Use code PurrsofWisdom at checkout and make your kitties purr!
*FTC Disclosure: We received our ladder from Cat Ladder Feline Furniture. Receiving the complimentary ladder did not influence our opinion about the product. All reviews on Purrs of Wisdom will always reflect my honest opinion, or, as the case may be, Allegra’s honest opinion. Purrs of Wisdom is a member of the Etsy affiliate program. This means that if you decide to purchase through any of our links, we get a small commission. We only spread the word about products and services we’ve either used or would use ourselves.