Catification: Cat Climbing Shelves for Layla

Jennifer and her husband from Plainfield, Illinois installed these shelves to help their cat Layla reach the top of her favorite cat tree. Here's how Jennifer describes the project:

"Initially the idea of a having a few shelves was sparked thanks to My Cat From Hell and our cat Layla who just turned 11 and is beginning her journey with arthritis. She loves sitting on the top of our large cat perch but for a few months she had a hard time making it to the top. We wanted a way for her to still enjoy her favorite sleeping spot but make it more easily accessible.

My husband then suggested we go further with this project – let’s make it both fun and functional for all three of our cats. He built the shelves using white Rubbermaid closet shelves. Some shelves were custom cut in order to make the smaller stepping/perching shelves. To mount the shelves he used the Rubbermaid decorative shelf brackets. They come in a variety of different styles and shapes to fit a variety of decors. He then added a carpet strip to the middle of each shelf for comfort and so the cats wouldn't slide off while climbing and jumping. I can honestly say this has been the best thing we've done for our cats over the past 11 years. It's providing lots of exercise, happiness, and most of all fun."

Layla enjoying her cat shelves.

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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.