Written by Marjorie Dawson

New Zealand Custom Cat Steps Review

New Zealand Custom Cat Steps Review

What do you do when your cat can no longer jump up on the bed for their night time cuddles, or a day time nap while you are out shopping or at work? Easy, you buy them a set of fabulous custom cat steps so they can continue their being the most important member of your family.

Our sweet Jack, a ginger boy with a slighly chonky physique, is beginning to slow down a little bit, and the family noticed that he was finding it difficult to climb the small set of senior cat stairs that had been repurposed from a display unit.

I had to make some changes, but where would I find steps I felt would suit Jack that were moderately priced? Call me fussy, but I wanted to see the steps I would buy, not buy online and hope they fit his needs needs.

This is NOT a sponsored post. We purchased our own steps for Jack and we are so happy I am writing this review.

 Custom Cat Steps

Beloved Pet Furniture

Enter Bes and Stu at Beloved Pet Furniture, a small Kiwi business providing practical bespoke crate, bedding and step furniture, handmade in New Zealand for New Zealand pets. Beloved Pet focuses on giving top quality service and great workmanship. They can advise you on everything from measuring for a perfect fit, to delivering your steps safely wrapped in recycled packaging.

My partner and I first met Bes at the Wellington Pet Expo in the Te Rauparaha Arena near Wellington. She was setting up the display of cat and dog ramps and steps and gorgeous crate covers.

We liked what we saw and chatted about the kind of cat steps Jack and future senior cats would need. We asked if she could work with our, quite specific, requirements and she said yes.

Bes told us that all Beloved Pet’s furniture is all hand crafted by her husband Stu and, with the measurements we provide, they could create a set of perfectly sized steps for Jack and the rest of our cat family. I took a look at the website when I got home and the range of products for cats and dogs is impressive. Let me list a few, because I know you will want to take a look:

We love working with natural materials that are sourced locally and sustainably.  Materials we use included plywood, natural wood and wool. 

Beloved Pet’s FAQ
Image looking down on set of carpeted pet steps
Pet stairs view looking down on beige steps

Tips for Measuring Cat Stairs

If you need help measuring and are clueless were to start, email Beloved Pets.

I admit that without my partner’s help I would not have had been able to work out the number of steps and fit them into the amount of space we have. Measuring and numbers intimidate me so, on my own, I would have emailed for help.

As the company prides itself on the quality of its work it is important the measurements you provide are accurate so never hesitate to call them for help it will save you time, and money. To get an idea of what you need check this list.

  1. Decide on the location of your cat stairs. Are they are going to be placed beside a bed, or a sofa?
  2. Work out how high the stairs need to be for your cat to step off onto the bed or sofa, and how much space you have to fit them in.
  3. NOTE: If you look at my photos of the pet steps profile, you will see the unit comes half way along the side of our bed leaving me plenty of room to get into bed.
  4. Not enough along the side of the bed? Rethink the location. Would they work at the end of the bed?
  5. When in doubt, I suggest emailing Beloved Pets with any questions. They would prefer lots of questions to an ill fitting set of steps (or a ramp that is too short).
Pe Steps Review Cat Steps
Step Support Close Up

The Cat Steps Arrive

Every day until the steps arrived I was telling Jack that ‘his steps were coming’! OK, I admit I was more excited than he was, so when the courier van pulled up with a bulky parcel I could not wait to unwrap it. I had made sure sure my bedtime pile of books was out of the way and, in seconds, the steps were in place. All I had to do was unfold the step support and put the finished set of steps beside the bed. Voilà!

Jack took a little longer to admit his steps were exactly what his senior bones needed. One week to be exact.

We tempted him with treats on each step. We put his food on the top step to encourage him to climb up. We praised him every time he put a paw on the steps, and this gentle encouragement worked. Now he walks up and down the steps as though they have been there forever. I suspect that watching the other cats go up and down the steps, as though it was the most natural thing in the world, helped a little too. No cat wants to be left out!

Pet Steps profile view of Wooden Cat Steps
Full length view of carpeted pet stairs

Are We Happy With Our Custom Cat Steps?

Yes, most definitely.

We were given a clear time frame for the creation of the steps and an approximate delivery date. Had we lived in Wellington we could even have collected Jack’s steps ourselves but we decided on home delivery which was prompt. Yhe parcel securely wrapped against any damage and the steps are now very much a part of all of our cats’ lives!

Beloved Pet Furniture ship through New Zealand (also further away, depending on the cost and your location) and they can be contacted here:

10 thoughts on “New Zealand Custom Cat Steps Review”

  1. Those steps look great! I’m glad that Jack warmed up to them relatively quickly, I am sure they make his life easier. Now that my three dogs are seniors, we may need to have something like that to help them.

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  2. Jack is a handsome boy! Those are great steps! It’s so great they do have these things for our pets. I had steps for my Husky, Wolfie, when he could no longer jump up on my bed. He would use them to climb up, but skip them when jumping down! I really wanted him to use them to slow his descent as he had his CCLs repaired when he was young and arthritis started to set in. So when he appeared a bit nervous, I went out and purchased steps for him and a ramp for my Epi-dog. I was so thankful for accessories like these steps you have shown and the ones I purchased. Thanks for the review! I’ll be Pinning to share!

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  3. These steps look awesome. Steps and ramps are a life-saver when our cats or dogs are no longer as agile and mobile as they used to be. I find dogs prefer ramps, but it depends on the dog and available space.

    In our tiny home, we designed everything for easy access to start with. For example, all our steps–inside and outside–are really a series of low landings. Takes up more space, but it makes it easy for an injured or disabled dog (or person) to get up and down.

    Hubby, too, came to appreciate it when going through a double hip replacement and preceding disability.

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  4. Wow, these are so great! I love the natural wood and how perfectly the stairs fit the area. Beautiful product. Jack is such a cutie, I bet he loves his new custom staircase!

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  5. WOW!!! These are great, sturdy-looking pet steps. I remember several years ago a dear friend of mine asked me to help her find steps for her aging Beagle. He could no longer jump into bed and it was frustrating for him and her. Can you believe there were no good options? She finally had to hire a carpenter. I will be marking down Beloved Pet Furniture for future reference. I’m glad to see they ship internationally. Great find, Marjorie!

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  6. Those look like great steps! We have some here that were for our Angel Gracie, but Ava uses them all the time, so we have left them in place.

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  7. Those look wonderful and so much better than the ones typically on the market. They look so well made too. Jack is a lucky guy. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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