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!”
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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 JacksonGalaxy.com is written by Cat Style Expert, Kate Benjamin. Kate specializes in environmental enhancement for living with cats and is the founder and editor of hauspanther.com, 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.
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.