Catification: Beautiful Cat Climbing Shelves


Kacy Turner from Fairfax, Virginia created this spectacular cat climbing wall with step shelves leading to the long shelves below the transom windows overlooking the deck and backyard. This is a great example of seamlessly integrating cat climbing surfaces into your decor.


She used simple wooden shelves with trim and decorative braces to create sturdy and attractive shelves. Paint everything white and add some carpet on top and you’ve got a beautiful, cat-friendly wall element.


We particularly like how the cat shelves are integrated with the artwork on the walls. And the cat silhouette wall decals are a nice touch, too. Great job!


From Jackson: Fantastic. Props for proper integration of cat TV!

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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. Kim Norris   September 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm  

    I read your book and this song seems so fitting for your struggle.
    In His love,

    1. Kim Norris Edwards   May 7, 2014 at 6:22 am  

      I saw we shared the same name, Kim Norris, so out of curiosity I clicked on the song you suggested listening to (Redeemed). Absolutely beautiful!

  2. MJ   September 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm  

    This is my favorite catification project! Jackson you’ve inspired me again. . . going to work on something like this for my boys. OOXX

  3. Biffa Bacon   September 26, 2013 at 8:26 am  

    Love that idea! Of course, in my house, someone would probably get up there and “christen” the pictures on the wall… O.o

  4. Brook   October 23, 2013 at 11:58 am  

    I was thinking the same thing as Biffa!

    My 1 year old naughty boy would have a field day knocking over the frames. How did you use the photos safely? I love the idea and I am trying to figure out how to customize it so my evil little boy won’t hurt himself.

  5. erin   January 13, 2014 at 1:04 am  

    This is another cat project I absolutely love! The way you placed all the shelves look stunning with all the adorable cat pictures of your felines! I would like to try this in my house as well on a smaller level. My house is small, and I am looking to do something “catty” in every room in the house-so much more stimulation for all 5 of my cats! Very awesome job! God bless you and your “babies”!

  6. Patricia   February 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm  

    This is exactly what I want to do for my guy. In all the rooms in our home.

  7. Cathey   April 8, 2014 at 9:34 am  

    Your cat wall is down right pretty. You know I’m going to copy some of your ideas. Thanks so much.

  8. Beverly   November 14, 2015 at 7:52 am  

    What kind of vacuum cleaners do you have to clean up all the flying cat fur?


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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