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.