Recently, Skittles has begun to have problems with his back legs. He can still walk and get around, but his gait is wonky. He will walk a few steps, sit down, then walk a few more steps. Because of his feral-ness, it is not easy to just pick him up and take him to a vet, so we have been keeping a watchful eye on him. We have been able put pressure on his legs and back end, which has not elicited any pain or discomfort from him, yet his condition seems to be deteriorating. We live in a tri-level house and he can still manage the stairs, as well as get into our bed via the cat steps we originally set up for Otis, the love sponge. However, he is having an increasingly difficult time getting onto the ledge in our den and out to the cat pen, which is a favorite spot for all our felines. After watching Skittles' failed attempts to jump onto the ledge from the cedar trunk, I told Neal I had a project for him. It was time to build Skittles a ladder.
Nadia was gracious about sharing her favorite snoozing spot with the new contraption. We have yet to see Skittles try out the ladder, but I have no doubt he will eventually. Thanks to my talented, creative husband who loves the critters as much as I do, Skittles can now get out to the cat pen without much difficulty.