Bern, Switzerland. Photo: Bern und Umgebung.

Do not really know why, but I love this staircase. So much so that it even qualified for the Cat Ladder Hall Of Fame!
It is perhaps not even for a cat. Maybe it's some lazy bastard who does not want to go down with his letters to the mailbox. It's a mystery!

A truly unique design. I've never seen anything like it before. It qualifies fully into The Cat Ladder Hall Of Fame
Photo: Sylvain.

Hi Jimmy,

Ever since I first found your wonderful blog I've been looking for this picture. It's a photocopy of a picture in an article in a German magazine, probably Stern, probably twenty years ago. It shows the Aichach prison with catladders. There was also a picture of men prisoners feeding the cats, but I haven't got that any longer. The text underneath says Facade of Aichach prison (JVA = Justizvollzugsanstalt) with cat ladder.

Regards, Margaret M

Sometimes I'm just so happy! I got an email the other day with a link to something amazing. A documentation of the construction of a cat-ladder. A real masterpiece. A work of art. Something I've never seen before. Check the link for the amazing story.

Photo: Travis Skinner.


We build a cat ladder a year ago for our two cats. It's 6.5 meters high and looks good. But our cat's find, that the ladder is too boring, so most of the time, they jump :-) .

Perhaps you like the ladder (Yes I do).

Kind regards, Simone D B


I sure do enjoy your "Cat Ladders Hall of Fame"! Attached are some photos of our cat bridge - that goes from a large pine tree to our 2nd-story condo window (about 12 feet away). We built this since our condo door opens into a common area that has another outside door at the bottom of a staircase. We have 2 black cats, and the younger (long-haired) one Gus has learned to use the bridge and the steps on the tree. We have a cat door in the window. (It would be great if you want to include our bridge/steps on your site. We got inspiration from your photos in the first place.)

Martha. Durango, Colorado.