If you do decide upon dedicating a wall or two of your home to your cats and choose to construct the walkways yourself, be sure to observe the cautions we outlined in earlier articles about cat furniture. Always securely fasten the carpeting to the shelving material so that it cannot be loosened by scratching or normal wear and tear. Carpet tacks of the appropriate size will do, as long as the shelf is a hard wood that will securely grip the tack over the long term. In addition, do exercise care when selecting a carpet material. Avoid the types that shred easily or use loops in its nap, which may snag a claw or two. Do insure that the carpeting covers all sharp edges and place a generous layer of foam underneath the area where your cats are likely to nap.
Placement of the “shelves” is limited by only your imagination and your creativity, but do employ commonsense in your planning. For example, do place them close enough so that they will not invite spills and, if possible, position them so that there are two ways “up” and “down” to avoid cats being cornered in multi-cat households. If you do consider doing something like this for your cats, you may wish to hide this article from your cats unless you had coerced “Santa” into working overtime right up to Christmas Eve.
Disclaimer: Kathy Fatheree is not at all a medical expert. Contents of this web site are a collection of Kathy’s assist feeding experiences as well as the experiences of other cat owners who have assist fed their cats. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, Kathy Fatheree or anyone associated with this web site cannot be held responsible for anything that may happen as a result of using the information on this site.