Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cat product review: Contempocat stairs for cats

Popoki the cat on her stairs

First off: Don't let this grumpy cat face fool you. This isn't a product review in which either me or my cat are going to complain about something. Popoki has a naturally grumpy face, so most of the time, she just looks like this.

But you'll notice that she's sitting on something. And on the wall behind her are more things she could be sitting on.

Those things are cat stairs from Contempocat. And that's what we're reviewing today. Popoki has been using these stairs for several months now, so I feel like I have a great deal of data about what they are, how they work and how durable they are. So I thought I'd share.

And: I am not being compensated in any way for this review. I just like these stairs (and I think more cats should have stairs), so that's what is driving this review.

Let's get started.

Popoki the cat on her stairs

When I first started shopping for stairs for Popoki, I was looking for something that had some kind of ridge or grip to it. Popoki's previous people put her through a front declaw mutilation when she was about 6 months old, and as a result, she struggles to jump on slick surfaces. She can't grip with her toes, so she slides right off of most slick things.

Finding stairs with a grip was surprisingly difficult. But these Contempocat stairs were a good fit. You can see those ridges cut into the wood in the stair above Popoki's head. Each stair has ridges like this, which give Popoki's broken toes something to hold onto when she jumps. And since she can feel those ridges when she stands on the stairs, she feels comfortable that the space isn't slick. That makes her more likely to use the stairs.

Popoki the cat standing on her stairs

Each stair comes as a separate element, so they can be placed at whatever height and whatever distance the person sees fit. That was a bonus for me, as I wanted Popoki to be able to stand on her stairs like this, which she often does when she's playing with her toys. Some of the other stairs I looked at came at predetermined widths and distances, which wouldn't allow her this kind of freedom.

Popoki is also a pretty darn big cat, and she needed stairs that had enough width to allow her to sit on them and stand on them without falling off. I wanted the stairs to be more than just a method in which to get up and down. If the stairs were big enough, I thought she might use them like a series of little beds or play extenders.

Each stair in this system is 9.5 inches by 8.5 inches. That's more than enough space for this big cat.

Popoki the cat

Finally, this is a product made in the United States by a very small, family-owned company. I like supporting a company like this. And I appreciate the company's dedication to the craft. This is a wonderfully designed little set of stairs. I only wish Popoki needed more of them so I could order again!

If you're interested in getting steps just like Popoki's, the link is here. Enjoy!


  1. Thanks for letting us know about these. I have 2 arthritic cats that could benefit from them.

  2. It's so nice seeing Popoki enjoying those stairs. We have a few at the shelter, and they are well-made and you can tell lots of thought went into the design. :)

  3. it is always so nice to see catification going on!