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DIY Cat Stairs and Ramps (With Pictures)

Sometimes your cat needs a little helping hand. Whether they’ve reached their senior years and need help getting up a steep flight of stairs, their litter box access is above ground level, or you want to provide a ramp up to furniture to stop them digging their claws in the carpet when they jump, there are various DIY ramps and stairs that you can build.

We have included details of 14 projects that you can start. A few of the plans are for dog ramps and dog stairs, but they serve the same purpose — and you don’t have to tell your cat.

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1. DIY Kitty Ramp

These ramps are textured with simple horizontal strips of wood so your cat doesn’t reach the top and slide right back down again. They stretch up the entire height of a wall and are built in segments, which means it should be easy enough to customize the plans to create something that perfectly fits the dimensions of your room.

Your choice of wood and whether you choose to stain it with a natural stain will determine the finished look.


2. Cat Ramp Ladder Thingy

The cat ramp ladder “thingy” is used to offer access to an upstairs cat door. This means you can allow your cat easy entrance and access to the property without compromising the security of your home.

The ramp uses rough wood, and since it is going to be used outdoors, it will need proper weatherproof treatment to ensure that it lasts.


3. Simple Outdoor Stairs

These stairs are made from a single piece of support wood that runs from the floor to the railing and equally spaced horizontal slats that act as the stairs.

The result is a set of stairs that enable your cat to climb up and down and walk from window to door with ease. They can match the top railing wood too.


4. Indoor Platforms

Cats are incredibly agile and can snake up and down platforms easily if they’re in good physical condition. These indoor platforms take advantage of those abilities.

There is a single, large platform at the top where the cat can rest, presumably out of the way of toddlers, dogs, and vacuums, and the construction of the access platforms prevents any invaders from following suit.


5. Outdoor Cat Walk

This outdoor cat walk offers access to the designer’s first-floor deck for their senior cats.

The ramp runs down to the floor, it has side walls to offer safety, and the steps are made by affixing horizontal slats to prevent your kitty from slipping down and to give them additional peace of mind, especially when attempting to walk down the ramp.


6. Staircase

This multi-level staircase has five levels and snakes from one level to the next. It offers access to a top platform, which is an existing and unusual nook of the house.

Using the existing layout of a house helps reduce the amount of work required to build custom ramps, but more work still goes into making this than other simple ramp designs because it offers a more vertical access point.


7. Adjustable Dog Ramp

This adjustable dog ramp can be used by cats too. It extends from 16 to 30 inches, and while the original poster says that it is convenient for getting your dog up into and down from a car, it is more likely that a senior cat will use it to get on and off the sofa or other furniture.


8. Pet Ramp Plan

This pet ramp costs less than $40 to make, and it can extend and distend. It uses a slotted adjustment style, similar to the system used in deckchairs. It is also covered in a soft carpet that is sympathetic to your little one’s paws. This is a good ramp for offering furniture access to less able cats.


9. Indoor Pet Ramp

This indoor pet ramp is hinged and offers access to a sofa. It is kept firmly in place because the top layer of the stairs sits under the sofa cushion. You can add carpet to make it more comfortable for your cat to climb, and the hinge allows it to be adjusted perfectly to the height of the sofa base without having to take and use precise measurements.


10. DIY Dog Ramp

This is a dog ramp design that could easily be used for cats. Judging by the height of the design, it offers easy and stress-free access to a bed base. If you like having your cat sleeping with you but they can’t make the ascent to the top of the bed anymore, this is the solution.


11. Windowledge Ramp

The window ledge is one of the favored surfaces for most house cats. It enables them to look out and watch the birds, while also having virtually constant access to the sun and a warm spot.

If your cat struggles to jump, however, the leap from floor to window can be too much. This platform means that your cat can enjoy the view without causing damage to themselves or ornaments on the ledge.


12. DIY Dog Ramp For Bedroom

This is a ramp designed for dogs but equally suitable for cats. It has a little balustrade on the side and a carpet to offer texture and safer climbing, and it runs to the height of the bed.

It is designed to run alongside the bed, which means that it can be a long ramp with a shallow gradient that is easy to climb and won’t protrude out into the room.


13. DIY Bed Stairs

These simple bed stairs don’t take up much room. They have six incrementally positioned steps and they should be easy for your cat to climb, giving them access to the comfortable bed at the top.


14. Wooden Spiral Staircase

This may not be the most practical design to attempt, but it offers the same benefits as all spiral staircases. The staircase only takes up vertical space, and it is a great way for your cat to be able to use a first-floor access point, rather than having to scratch at the back door every time they want to get in.

It’s an elegant design, but it definitely requires more work than a standard ramp.

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DIY Cat Stairs and Ramps

Cat stairs and ramps provide an effective and simple way for your cat to get on top of high levels or to get first-floor access. They are designed to be convenient, and a ramp really only takes two pieces of wood, although additional pieces can be used for increased stability and to improve the look of the design.


Featured Image: Tambako The Jaguar, Flickr