When we think of pets we don’t often consider the idea of stairs specially designed just for them. If you are the owner of a dog or a cat you may find yourself having to pick them up to set them on a chair so they can look out a window. With the use of pet stairs your animal will be able to comfortably move onto the furniture at their own convenience. Purchasing pet stairs is a wonderful way to ensure the continued health of your pet, but a good DIY pet stairs project is much better.
DIY Pet Stairs
When it comes to size or age of your dog, you’ll start to consider having to pick up your dog or simply not allow them on your couch or bed. Without the use of pet stairs an animal will need to jump to get up on a piece of furniture. This can cause a neck or a back injury. Without the aid of vocalization you may not realize that your pet is in pain until the damage is permanent.
Pet stairs also prevent excessive stress on the bones or the joints of your animal. If a dog or a cat is overweight and they jump to get on and off the furniture that puts a great deal of pressure on the animal’s skeletal system. Animals can experience injuries just as human beings do. When a dog sustains such an injury and it’s left untreated it can lead to serious complications including an inability to run and a permanent limp. As dogs and cats age their joints can develop arthritis and they aren’t as mobile as they once were.
There are several different designs of pet stairs available. One of the most popular types of pet stairs is constructed with puppies in mind. When a dog is small it can be impossible for it to jump onto the furniture. This means the owner has to lift the dog up and down repeatedly. For most people this chore can become tiresome quickly.
With the use pet stairs, the puppy can then move on and off the furniture with ease. You simply choose the piece of furniture you want the puppy to have access to, be it a chair or a bed and allow the puppy to utilize the stairs. This also helps the animal gain a sense of independence and they will become familiar with that particular piece of furniture which means that they are more likely to migrate to it as a resting place as they mature.
Pet stairs are available in different sizes depending on the size of your pet. You’ll need to choose the pet stair that can accommodate the weight of your own dog or cat. They are made from high density foam that is covered with a fabric. Some pet stairs allow you to remove the fabric so that you can clean it. They are also available in a variety of colors so that they will complement the room you place them in.
Using pet stairs your dog can easily get up and down from furniture. You simply place the stairs in front of the piece of the couch or bed your dog is allowed to lay on and they’ll be able to get up and down themselves.