Creative built-in cat walk/ladder home reno ideas?

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RW:
Hi All!
Have just read the post about the cat that launched itself at a hanging wall rug/carpet and another poster's response about someone carpeting a wall with carpet leftovers for his cat. I had actually been thinking about doing this
in my new home for some time and am wondering if anyone here has done anything creative in the same way cat-wise?
I have a 8-month-year old - Dolly. I'm getting a new apartment soon and have the opportunity to do some renovating
and adding some creative cat ideas.
I found this site http://brushyland.com/cats/catwalk.htm (i think from reading this group also) some time ago and
its been the starting point. I've been throwing around a few ideas for some "built-in" cat renovations such as:
- a cat walk near the ceiling like the one at the site above - and/or some kind of cat ladder/cat-steps built into the wall leading to some kind of outpost-style perch.
- wall to wall shag carpeting for one room (cat heaven! .. ?) - a shag carpeted wall (or sisal, or some kind of carpet) (i was wondering if my cat would take to this and actually climb it though. thoughts? )
That's all i can think of right now.
I wonder if anyone has recommendations either for a site with similar ideas, or personal sites of
people who have done "cat things" to their places? I've googled cat walk and cat run but cat runs seem mostly to be are mostly outdoor passages, and cat walk just throws up a lot of fashion stuff. Any advice or suggestions appreciated, tia.
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Mary:
[nq:1]I had actually been thinking about doing this in my new home for some time and am wondering if anyone here has done anything creative in the same way cat-wise?[/nq]
I think one guy posted that he just took those carpet squares and glued them to the wall. There is also a great book about one guy's cat house. I think purina also did a great cat house. A friend of mine got a piece of 4x4 wood and make a post out of it going from floor to ceiling. He wrapped the entire thing in sisal rope and the cat loved it. I love those cat walks.
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John Kimmel:
Cats can climb up an expanse of carpet easily enough, but they have trouble climbing back down. I made a post wrapped in sisal rope that's about 6' high. I put 3 shelves on it just so the cats could get down easier.
[nq:1]I wonder if anyone has recommendations either for a site with similar ideas, or personal sites of people who have ... outdoor passages, and cat walk just throws up a lot of fashion stuff. Any advice or suggestions appreciated, tia.[/nq]
John Kimmel
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Karen:
[nq:1]Hi All! Have just read the post about the cat that launched itself at a hanging wall rug/carpet and another ... outdoor passages, and cat walk just throws up a lot of fashion stuff. Any advice or suggestions appreciated, tia.[/nq]
I just wanted to say our remanents were all short short pile. I think cats like that better than shag, whatever you do with it. Sounds cool. He used liquid nails to put the pieces on the wall in a diagonal brick pattern. It lasted a long time.
Karen
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Cheryl:
I've googled cat
[nq:1]walk and cat run but cat runs seem mostly to be are mostly outdoor passages, and cat walk just throws up a lot of fashion stuff. Any advice or suggestions appreciated, tia.[/nq]
I was trying to find the URL for a company who developed shelves that mount on the wall in a configuration such as what you're describing. A few people tried those. I sort of made up some of my own but they aren't carpetted yet. I found this thread about what you're looking for:
http://tinyurl.com/okzy
Another thread about the cat walks:
http://tinyurl.com/ol0c
Finally, the creator's website.
http://www.katwallks.com /
The hoopla of this idea died down so I was never sure how good they turned out to be.
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RW:
hi ! yes what a great idea - i had thought about a floor to ceiling pole wrapped in hemp rope or carpet, but i had doubts about whether or not my cat could (or would want to?) climb something vertically all the way to the top. Also what would I do with a floor to ceiling pole in my living room LOL! But I still like this idea and sticking slats or around it to make "steps" i think is even better! i think i'm going to incorporate this with the wooden perch or "balcony" recommended on the katwallks site that another poster recommended.

thanks !
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RW:
[nq:1]I was trying to find the URL for a company who developed shelves that mount on the wall in a ... http://www.katwallks.com / The hoopla of this idea died down so I was never sure how good they turned out to be.[/nq]
Hi Cheryl - this is wonderful, and more than I hoped for, thank you!
I followed the link to katwallks - what a fantastic idea. I like what they call the "balconies" - right now I think I'm going with the floor to ceiling pole, with shelves/slats sticking out to make "steps", that lead up to a katwallk style "balcony" in the corner. ACtually maybe a catwalk around one wall as well. Either that or a series of long shelves with holes in them (in one of the links posted above, someone posted plans for this), enabling the cat to move to the balcony in one corner.
I'm going to get my contractor to configure something. He's already designed his own cat-walk idea for his own new place (i'm colleagues with his wife and we both have cats), a set of shelf-like inlaid carpeted ledges leading vertically upwards to a catwalk that runs around one or two walls of their aprtment. He drew the line at knocking holes through the walls and framing them though. In the event that the cat doesn't use the ledges (will that happen, dyou think?) my colleague is going to use the ledges to display her vintage handbags.
I didn't want a series of ledges because I wasn't sure if they were going to look a little out of place. I 'm not sure how much less out of place a rope covered full length pole is going to look though LOL.
thank you all
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Karen M.:
That sounds cool! Post pictures when you're done, please? Emotion: smile

Karen
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PawsForThought:
I have 2 floor to ceiling cat poles. One of them has 3 ledges on it and the other has a ledge and then at the top, a cat condo. The one with the 3 ledges I got at Walmart and it was only $30. The ledges are kind of on the small side, but for the money, it really is a nice cat tree. They have them on a top shelf and they come in a box, in case you decide to get one. My cats actually like the cheaper Walmart one better than the more expensive one with the cat condo.
Lauren

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