Final month we printed a put up referred to as Treating Pain in Senior Cats however didn’t contact on a few of the comparable challenges confronted by arthritic, injured or disabled cats. One among which is the easy act of utilizing their litter field which might usually be very tough relying on the person cat’s degree of mobility.
We got here throughout an ingenious answer referred to as The Kitty Box Ramp which was particularly designed to assist disabled, injured and arthritic cats to enter and exit their litter containers comfortably. It’s the one veterinarian authorized litter field ramp for this objective, and is such a intelligent concept that we merely needed to share it.
The Kitty Field Ramp is designed for nearly any peak or measurement litter field and its ramp adjusts to three totally different heights to fit your scenario. Designed to carry as much as 20 lbs it has stay-put tongues which anchor the ramp to your litter field for a stable and durable maintain. There are detachable tread pads made with an easy-grip floor that make strolling up and down the ramp a breeze.
And did we point out that The Kitty Field Ramp is Made within the USA with 100% recycled and recyclable materials. How’s that for a inexperienced eco footprint! The academic video under reveals how easy it’s to assemble.
Designed by a husband and spouse workforce, it was impressed by their very own cat (Sam) who in her later years developed progressive arthritis which made it an increasing number of tough for her to get out and in of the litter field. They stored shopping for shorter and shorter containers for her, however stepping up and into or out of the litter field was very painful for her. They are saying necessity is the mom of invention.
After just a few prototypes later, and loads of trial and error experimentation they designed and developed the Kitty Field Ramp. And it’s accessible in three totally different colours.
We spoke with Jennifer (one of many creators) and requested right here just a few questions:
Q: When was the Kitty Field Ramp first launched?
We created our Kitty Field Ramp about two years in the past (2016). However it wasn’t till a couple of 12 months in the past that we began constructing our workforce to actually assist launch our firm. Due to our web site designer, Deborah of EZ Advertizing who not solely has such an incredible expertise however has an unimaginable quantity of endurance. And is a lot enjoyable to brainstorm with! A really skillful and imaginative graphic designer. And an unimaginable PR particular person – Marla White of White Handed. She has gone above and past with getting our product on the market within the pet business.
Q: Cats with what bodily situations are greatest suited to utilizing a Kitty Field Ramp?
We designed our Ramp to have the ability to accommodate cats with virtually any incapacity in thoughts. We first had the thought of making a ramp designed to assist arthritic cats due to our cat Sam, ( who was the inspiration for arising with this concept). However after just a few totally different prototypes, we quickly realized this may be so useful for injured to severely disabled cats as effectively. We’ve had pet dad and mom buy our Ramps to assist their “tri-pod” cats, to cats which might be paralyzed, blind cats, CH (cerebellar hypoplasia) cats and even cats who’ve a brief harm. In actual fact, we wanted to make use of certainly one of our Ramps for certainly one of our different kitties named Kirby whereas she was therapeutic from a torn ligament in her again leg. It makes us really feel so good inside understanding we created a product that may actually assist bodily challenged cats. Additionally, need to point out our Ramp is nice for kittens and litter field skilled rabbits.
Q: Are you able to share what number of cats now have their very own Kitty Field Ramp?
With us being a start-up firm and launching our product, we’re thrilled that the variety of Ramps pet dad and mom order from us is rising at a pleasant regular tempo. At this level, from households, rescues and sanctuaries there are just a few hundred bodily challenged kitties that we’re positive are completely happy to have the ability to use their litter field once more.
Q: What’s the important thing message you’d prefer to share about Kitty Field Ramp?
Once we got here up with this concept to assist different cats like Sam, we by no means knew how a lot this could make an influence on serving to such bodily challenged cats. Imagine us, there we’re many moments (earlier than our KBR Group got here to fruition), we actually thought and requested ourselves was this such a wise concept to do? Can or will this ever succeed? We confronted fairly just a few challenges alongside the best way. However, after we began seeing and listening to from pet dad and mom on how a lot this has helped their cats, (cats like Watson of Handi-Cat as an illustration) we knew we created one thing great. To see the challenges and struggles these cats undergo each day….we realized these particular kitties have taught us that they don’t hand over and neither lets. Right here at Kitty Field Ramp, we honor that.
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And talking of Watson … we determined to share his story too! Watson (picture under) was born with radial hypoplasia, a congenital illness that induced the malformation of his forelimbs. This has resulted in each entrance legs being twisted inwards. He has restricted use of his entrance legs as a result of the joint has to bear any weight and pressure that will in any other case usually be positioned on his paws. Oh, and did we point out he’s uber cute too! >^..^<
Right here’s what Watson’s proprietor Melanie shared with us:
Q: How outdated is Watson?
Watson shall be 4 on the finish of summer time 2018. I adopted him in October 2014.
Q: Describe his purrsonality?
Watson is playful, lovable, and sensible. He likes to cuddle with me and with our different cat and canine, particularly whereas mendacity within the solar in entrance of our large window. He’s additionally very vocal so anytime he desires one thing, he’ll cry till he will get it. Earlier than we moved right into a home with out stairs, this vocalness actually helped if he managed to flee the blockades I had in place to dam the steps. Watson can rise up stairs in about three hops, however as soon as he’s up, he’s caught. If this could occur, he would cry till I got here to hold him again down. I’ve discovered that if he’s crying, he both wants assist, or he actually desires one thing, whether or not it’s dinner, a bug on the wall, or a window blind opened so he can bask within the solar all afternoon.
Q: Does his ‘potential’ gradual him down in any method?
Watson would say no, however there are some elements of his life which might be affected. Something that entails leaping down from one thing can lead to him touchdown on his entrance legs. Since they’re bent inwards, this forces him to land on the joint in his entrance legs, which could be awkward and painful. Watson’s hind legs are extraordinarily sturdy since he makes use of them greater than a traditional cat. This permits him to leap actually excessive, whether or not it’s on counters or up stairs.
Q: What’s the funniest factor Watson has ever executed?
Watson is kind of a personality so we get plenty of laughs from him. One among my favourite issues he does is cuddling with our canine Circuit. Once we introduced Watson dwelling, he instantly bonded with Circuit. They play collectively on a regular basis. After all of the enjoying, Watson enjoys some good cuddles with Circuit, however Circuit doesn’t at all times know what to do. She’ll rise up and transfer, and Watson will rise up, observe her, and lay proper again down on prime of her. This may proceed till Circuit lastly provides in. Take a look at Watson in his video podcast under:
Q: What’s the naughtiest factor he’s ever executed?
One among Watson’s most superb qualities is his potential to adapt. To get round, he makes use of his hind legs greater than regular kitties. To play, he utilizing his mouth to hold toys, catch toys, and many others. We feed our older cat Peach with a puzzle feeder bowl to assist preserve her weight. When Watson determined he needed the meals within the puzzle feeder, which requires a cat to make use of their entrance paws to dig out the kibble, he carried out his potential to hold issues to raise the bowl up, after I had simply crammed it up, and throw it off the counter. There have been kibbles in every single place! Watson was fairly happy with himself, and the canine was completely happy to assist clear up too.
Q: How has Kitty Field Ramp modified his life?
I had tailored most of Watson’s setting to assist him get round, however I hadn’t give you an answer for getting out and in of the litter field. Earlier than Kitty Field Ramp, Watson must leap out and in, which meant touchdown on his entrance legs. Kitty Field Ramp permits him to take smaller, extra graduated steps that don’t put stress on his entrance legs.
Q: If Watson may discuss what would he say to all our cat loving readers?
Each animal deserves an opportunity and will by no means be discarded for coming with additional challenges. There won’t be a solution for each downside, however with sufficient analysis and creativity, lots of the challenges can both be solved or improved sufficient to provide an animal a contented, wholesome, and cozy life.
Q: When/how did you get Watson to start utilizing his Kitty Ramp Field?
Watson was inquisitive about his Kitty Field Ramp as quickly as I began placing it collectively. Since he loves treats, it was fairly straightforward to get him on the ramp. I put a deal with each few inches, and he simply adopted the path of treats. After that, he was utilizing it prefer it had at all times been there. We additionally practiced going up and down with a toy that he loves chasing so I’d suggest that for anybody with a kitty that isn’t as motivated by meals.
A really particular due to Jennifer and Melanie for sharing their inspurrational tales with us. Please unfold the phrase if you recognize a disabled, injured or perhaps a senior cat who would possibly need assistance stepping into and out of their litter field. For extra data go to kittyboxramp.com. And you should definitely test in on Watson at his IG feed @handi.cat.