Catification: DIY Mini Cat Staircase

Elieen from Madison, Alabama submitted these fabulous cat stairs for our Catification column. Here’s a little bit about how Eileen and her husband created this wonderful walkway for their cats:

“Inspired from seeing various catification DIY projects I thought it would be great to increase the vertical space available to my cats by providing them a mini staircase. With the help of my husband, Keith, we designed a staircase using poplar wood. We wanted to achieve a floating staircase appearance so the tricky part was designing the staircase so that the rises lined up with studs in the wall (to provided adequate support) without having too steep of an angle. Keyhole hangers were used to hang the completed staircase onto screws that were drilled into the studs. The staircase was painted and felt pads were attached to each step with Velcro strips to prevent slipping. We chose to place the staircase in a corner of the room that was empty and could benefit from a unique form of cat art. The cats can go up the stairs and rest on the platform that is at the end of the stairs. Since we have the measurements for the staircase we could make another one and place it in the other direction so the cats could climb higher and hang out above the nearby window. But for now, I think the cats are pleased to have this new vantage point from where they can watch us.”

Notes from Jackson: I completely agree that cats are the perfect form of art and you’ve created a wonderful way to show them off! I’d like to encourage you to use this as a starting point and consider extending the shelves and walkways around the room. In a multi-cat household, it’s important to avoid any dead ends where an ambush could occur. Really beautiful work here!

Have your own Catification project that you want to share? Click here to submit your photos!

The Catification column on is written by Cat Style Expert, Kate Benjamin. Kate specializes in environmental enhancement for living with cats and is the founder and editor of, the premiere online magazine for design-conscious cat people. Kate’s design expertise and Jackson’s cat behavior know-how combine to create cat-friendly environments that are sure to please both human and feline family members alike.

  1. Marilia   July 17, 2012 at 7:08 am  

    Great idea!

  2. Frederick Bouchard   July 17, 2012 at 7:31 am  

    Very cool…gonna start Making these at work from good clean Scrap materials…

  3. Jesse Taylor   July 17, 2012 at 8:27 am  

    Are there any instructions available to make this, as well as other designs on the site?

  4. LuAnn   July 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm  

    This totally gave me a great idea! I can put steps up the side cabinet up to a perch above my kitchen counter to “encourage” the kitties AWAY from the counters while I’m cooking. Can’t wait to try it!

  5. Amy Gilbert   July 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm  

    Love this design. I am also from Madison, Alabama and my husband and I are always looking for new ways to make our home more cat friendly. Thanks for the great idea!

  6. Eileen   July 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm  

    Hi Jesse. Something we encountered while creating this staircases was that our walls were not a perfect 90 degree angle so we really had to tailor the corner piece to fit our space. Hopefully your walls are straighter than ours lol! I’m placing a basic blueprint for these particular stairs on pinterest to provide a bit of a template, but as with the corners, the stairs may have to be tailored to fit your particular space.

  7. Deanna   July 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm  

    Can you please help me, I have a cat who is very well adjusted, no problems at all. However when we travel in the car and he is in his carrier he gets very vocal, cries for a long time and throws up. We are going to be moving cross country in November. Any ideas on what I can do to help with this, he has gotten so bad before he threw up and went potty in the carrier while we were driving down the road. PLEASE, PLEASE help me to make my cat feel safe and calm while traveling!! Thanks Jackson
    sincerely, Deanna

    1. Sally   August 31, 2012 at 5:16 pm  

      You can take your kitty to the vet and they can give her some medicine to keep her calm and relaxed..almost like a sedative. It’s like taking a xanax, and if you are going to be in the car on an across country road trip, I think it would be easier for everyone, kitty included, to have her sedated during the trip. Just the a thought, but I would recommend talking to your vet about it first.

    2. June Bowser   September 12, 2012 at 11:38 am  

      We discovered after years of unhappy kitties in the box, that our one cat preferred to be out where he could look out the windows, almost like a dog. We only did it with someone other than the driver sitting in the back seat with a hand on his leash, so he couldn’t cause any serious situations.

  8. Nancy   July 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm  

    I have a new kitten for abut 5 months now. We have to separate her from one of my older cats. She keeps on attacking her. Even when I separate them The older cat sits by the door waiting for her. When they aren’t separated the kitten hides under the couch where the older cat cant get to her. I feel like I have tried everything. I bought a huge cage put the kitten in it she attacks the cage. i put the older one in the cage the kitten stays away and wont go near her. She clearly afraid of the older cat. HELP!!!

  9. Diane   September 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm  

    I am looking forward to trying a version of this. Moving my kitties to a new home with a huge screened patio. I’ll post pictures! 🙂

  10. Julie shoemake   May 11, 2016 at 12:42 pm  

    I love the idea of doing a kitty highway along our new home. We have 6 cats and they are always looking for hi places to climb on. The internet isnt a very good place to get “stairs for a wall” actually for sale. Looks like we have to make everything we want done “homeade” just to keep costs down. If ANYONE knows a place that sell stairs and runners, places to nap, let me know. Thanks in advance.


We regret that Jackson does not answer questions posted in the comments. This is due to his demanding schedule and the high volume of requests he receives. But most importantly, since he has not met your cat, it would be contrary to his approach for him to give specific personalized advice for your specific situation. That being said, general questions and issues are addressed throughout this blog, in his book Cat Daddy and of course, the show My Cat From Hell.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *