How to build cat stairs

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Building a set of stair steps for your cat can help it get up onto surfaces, such as beds and couches, that it may not otherwise be able to reach due to age or injury. Making a simple set of stairs for your cat to use is a relatively simple project that requires only a little woodworking. The end result will make life easier for you and your cat. Purchasing a set of cat stairs can be expensive, and building them will save you a sum of money that can be put to better use. Purchasing high quality, durable materials for your cat stairs will give you an inexpensive and long-lasting product.

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Things you need

  • 2 sheets plywood
  • 10 feet of two by four
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Carpet
  • Carpet tacks

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  1. 1

    Measure the distance from the edge of the couch or bed to the floor. You will build two blocks that can be pushed together to form the stairs.

  2. 2

    Mark out the measurements for the legs of the taller stair with a pencil or marker on a piece of two by four. The legs for the taller block should equal the length of your measurement. Use a saw to cut out the legs for the taller block. The smaller block should have legs half the length of the taller block. Measure and cut out the legs of the smaller stair.

  3. 3

    Buy a piece of plywood that is no less than 3/4 inch thick. Decide how wide you want your steps to be and cut out two sheets of plywood with those measurements. Nail the legs of the shorter stair to the plywood sheet. Place the legs flush with the corners of the plywood. Repeat the process for the larger stair.

  4. 4

    Measure the distance from the top of the tall stair to the plywood of the smaller stair. Nail a piece of plywood to the front of the larger stair. Attach a piece of plywood to the front of the smaller stair. These will provide a place to put your carpet. Check all nails to make sure they are flush with the wood.

  5. 5

    Use carpet tacks to attach carpet to the front and top portion of each stair. Push the stairs together for use.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want a rigid set of stairs, the two blocks can be nailed together.
  • To train your cat to use the stairs, leave a treat at the top of the steps.

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