Catification: Vertical Space for Sally & Oz

DIY Carpeted Cat Climbing Shelves

Mags and her partner from Urbana, Illinois created this terrific cat climbing wall with some simple materials. Here’s how she describes the project:

After watching an episode of My Cat From Hell in which Jackon talked about vertical spaces, my partner and I decided that we were neglecting a very basic need of our cats. We have some high spaces in the house but nothing that was specifically for them. So we decided to make their own vertical climbing and perching space. We used poplar wood for the perches and stairs, covered in a rug that we cut to fit. We made sure there are several avenues of access and exit. So far Sally is the primary user of the space and she seems to love it!

Notes from Jackson: I absolutely feel that Mags not only heard my message about the importance of creating access to the vertical world, but she also embraced the concept of the cat superhighway, which is crucial when building for a multi-cat household. There need to be no dead ends and plenty of on-ramps and off-ramps. The climbing wall provides all of these features. The cats can explore, yet stay out of each others’ fur. This also proves the point that the best  superhighway doesn’t adhere to the principle that the best route from point to point is a straight line. The best route is the one that gets you where you want to go without the possibility of a head-on collision. Now that’s what I call urban planning cat-style!”

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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. Brook   July 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm  

    Very cute! I am guardian to 4 cats ages 19 years old to 5 months old. I also raise foster kittens for a wonderful rescue group. These kittens get a very social start and are wonderful thanks to watching the show. We LOVE Jackson’s show and are huge fans. We have been catifiying our house for years. The issue I always run into when making shelves is my own cats get bored with it! Maybe I have lazy cats? After 2 months they ignore the new jungle gyms/ shelves/ playgrounds and go back into their rut. Of course any foster kittens we are socializing and raising LOVE anything they can climb. how do I keep My own cats from getting bored? I thought of maybe “transformer” types shelves where they are easily changed without adding holes to the walls? Not sure how I could do that though. Does anyone elses’ cats get bored with these shelves or condos? How do you handle it?

  2. Susan   August 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm  

    My son’s cat lived with us (mom & dad) for a couple of months. Darwin, son’s cat, got use to playing with family cat’s. My son has moved & so has Darwin, but no more friends to play with. I’m suggesting to him the solutions that Jackson has given to other cat owners on how to help their bored cats’ achieve, freedom, from their mental prisons. I am hoping that after he reads Jackson’s website’s he will find several answers to the possible opportunities that Darwin might present to his owner. Best to luck to all cat owners who want the best for their cats. To have the happiest, and the harmony we all search for thru our love we give each other, the PURR says so much.


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.

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