Cat Climbing Dilemma

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Scout the Cat

Thanks to living in a tiny, tiny New York apartment, space has to be utilized. Perfect example: my bed is lofted (that's the ladder to my bed). Yet, my kitty, Scout, has taken it upon himself to try to learn to climb up the ladder. Yes, like a little human. And see that missing step? I have the little fatty fatty porkchop to thank for that.

The stinker doesn’t give up easily, and I’m an overprotective mommy to my fur-baby so every time he stumbles down the two steps he’s managed to climb, I jump out of bed to make sure he’s okay.

He always is. And it’s keeping me awake at night.

Many of my friends will say that Scout the Cat is not the most disciplined of creatures. Of course, I disagree. A bit. But no matter how much water squirting and yelling I do, the darn cat just won't stop.

So, I can either continue waking up in terror with each of his failed attempts, thanks to my "mommy hearing," or I can suck it up and come to the realization he won't learn and I should just do something to help him overcome this challenge he's set for himself. He's determined...that's not a bad thing, right?

A quick Google search told me that cat ladders are not just a crazy idea thought up in my cat-lady mind, like this one built by Keaton and Scoochie (with a little help from their mommy, Julie) found on Modern Cat's website:

Cat tree

Photo by CopyVixen via Modern Cat

Read the how-to for this cat tree project here.

So perhaps I'll break out my toolbox, make a quick trip to IKEA, and get to work. It'll be killing two birds with one stone: I'll get a full night's rest, and my little mountaineer will get to sleep next to me.

Have you ever had an issue with your cat climbing things in your home? What did you do about it?

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