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.
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.
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:
- Wall Mounted Cat Shelves and Hammocks
- A Super Cute Litter Tray Barn
- Cat Sofa Ramps and Cat Steps
- Gorgeous Surrounds for Dog (and Cat) Crates
- Round Beds with a Wooden Frame
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
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.
- Decide on the location of your cat stairs. Are they are going to be placed beside a bed, or a sofa?
- 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.
- 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.
- Not enough along the side of the bed? Rethink the location. Would they work at the end of the bed?
- 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).
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!
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: