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In Switzerland, these ladders allow apartment cats to go out and return when they wish

The new trend in Bern is to build scales for cats ! Yet, already many questions arise. For example, why are they so Popular, especially in the Swiss capital? The author of the book Swiss Cat Ladders on the phenomenon, Brigitte Schuster, inform us : "The cat is the most popular pet in Switzerland. In Bern, cat lovers represent the majority. "

But ... how can each cat know which scale is his? Anita Kelsey, a specialist in animal behavior, explains:

They do not know specifically that it is for them. They just like to jump and climb on it, and of course, anyway, they would be able to find their way back to their territory by any means; whether it's a ladder, a wall or pipes.

Moreover, in Bern, cat owners are particularly worried about the welfare of their animal, a phenomenon called "Humanization". According to Brigitte Schuster, "These scales are just part of this process of humanization. They help cats to go up and down, just as we use stairs. "

Of course, when you think about it, cats themselves are great acrobatsthey do not really need this help to get around ... "In Istanbul, there are millions of stray cats climbing up and down without a ladder." Brigitte tells us. "They climb without fear on balconies, windowsills, walls and other trees near buildings, always arriving at their destination."

Some cat ladders in Berne, with a sleek design, are so well built that they can almost be considered beautiful full-fledged architectural works. In some cases, the scales become even integral part of architecture.

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Be careful, if you too are thinking of building your own ladder, there are some things to consider! "It must be done by a Carpenter reputation or a company that already specializes in this type of construction. Likewise, it must be stable and fixed at an angle adapted to the cat, so that it can climb as well as go down. "
After all, cats may have nine lives... but nobody wants a little paw!

Credits: Brigitte Schuster

Credits: Brigitte Schuster

Credits: Brigitte Schuster

Credits : Brigitte Schuster

Credits: Brigitte Schuster

Credits : Brigitte Schuster

Credits : Brigitte Schuster

Credits : Brigitte Schuster

Credits : Brigitte Schuster

Credits: Brigitte Schuster

Credits: Brigitte Schuster

Credits: Brigitte Schuster

Credits: Brigitte Schuster

Bonus: a ladder in Germany

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Source: theguardian.com

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