Pet Steps for Older Cats can be Very Necessary
People all around the world laughed a few years ago at the infomercial for pet stairs that appeared on television every few minutes. It was something frequently joked about as a strange product no one actually needs. Many cat owners know this is untrue, though. Pet steps for cats are very necessary in some cases.
Here are some benefits of pet stairs:
- Convenience: No more struggling for your kitty to reach their favorite spots – pet stairs make it easy peasy for them to hop up to high shelves or window sills.
- Safety: Keeps curious kitties away from dangers like dogs and toddlers, ensuring they can enjoy their food or litter box in peace.
- Comfort: Cats love to bask in the sun or curl up on your bed, and pet stairs give them the freedom to do so without any hassle.
- Aging Gracefully: As cats get older, they might lose some of their agility. Pet stairs provide a gentle way for senior cats to navigate their environment without putting strain on their joints.
- Injury Prevention: Whether it’s a kitten who’s still learning to jump or a cat recovering from an injury, pet stairs help minimize the risk of falls and further harm.
- Independence: No more relying on you to lift them up to their favorite spots – with pet stairs, your kitty can come and go as they please.
- Happiness: Ultimately, pet stairs give your cat the freedom and confidence to explore their world, leading to a happier, more fulfilled feline friend.
Pet owners frequently keep their cat’s food and litter box on a high shelf or counter top. For some gross and strange reason, dogs often enjoy eating not only the cat’s food, but also the feces in the litter box. Keeping food and litter boxes up high eliminates this issue. It also keeps curious toddlers from playing with the cats special sandbox or sampling kitty food.
Most cats can easily jump up to their food and litter box wherever it is placed. Cats are very agile and many enjoy having the extra step involved in getting to their food or doing their business. The jump adds a bit of challenge and thrill of the hunt to their mundane activities.
A Little Help
Let’s talk about why some cats might need a little extra help in the jumping department. You see, just like us humans, our furry friends can sometimes face some hurdles when it comes to leaping around.
First off, let’s talk about the little ones – kittens are adorable bundles of energy, but they’re still figuring out this whole jumping thing. Their bones and muscles are still growing and developing, so those big jumps might be a bit too much for their tiny bodies to handle.
Now, onto the seniors – as cats get older, they might start to slow down a bit. It’s totally normal! But along with that comes a loss of strength, coordination, and muscle tone. So those high-flying jumps they used to nail might start to feel like a bit of a stretch.
And let’s not forget about injuries – whether it’s a sprain, a strain, or just a little tumble, sometimes accidents happen that can put a damper on your cat’s jumping game. But hey, that’s where cat steps swoop in to save the day!
These handy little stairs provide a safe and easy way for cats of all ages and abilities to reach their favorite spots without any fuss. So whether your kitty’s a spry young kitten or a seasoned senior, they can still get to where they want to go with a little help from their trusty steps.
Getting to food trays and litter boxes is not the only reason pet owners may have for cat stairs. Many cat owners simply want their cat to be able to comfortably climb up on a windowsill to enjoy soaking in the afternoon sunshine. Perhaps they want their cat to sleep in bed with them and be able to easily get in and out to get themselves a snack or use the bathroom.
Cat owners cherish their pets. They want their life to be as comfortable as possible. Sometimes that means not having to jump.
Studying pet nutrition and health has always been a passion of mine. When my pets started aging, I realized that nutrition for older dogs and cats was something I needed to understand better, so in an effort to learn and share what I have learned, I wrote two books about natural, holistic diets for senior dogs and senior cats.