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The Snout-a-Slope - A bed ramp for a disabled cat

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Project by Big Willy posted 11-10-2017 01:35 AM 996 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My First Project..

Awhile back, my wife and I adopted a handicapped kitten. This may not be a surprise to many of you, but cats like to sleep. They especially like to sleep on beds. Our little guy, Snout, was unable to jump up on our bed. Snout has cerebellar hypoplasia, a neurological condition that occurs when the cerebellum, the part of the brain which controls fine motor skills and coordination, is not completely mature at birth. Basically, he’s a completely normal cat, aside from fact that he will be walking around like a drunken sailor for the rest of his life.

Just over a year ago, (Fall 2016), I decided to make our bed handicat accessible by building a ramp from some cheap home store lumber. I like to name things and thusly—it was deemed the “Snout-a-Slope”. If I had known I would be posting this online, I would have tried to chronicle it better. At the time, I had no idea that this project would lead to, what I presume, is a life-long woodworking addiction.

Here is fully assembled, but unfinished Snout-a-Slope.

Then to match other furniture pieces in the bedroom, we wanted to stain it black. I think this is just after the first coat of stain.

This is the “attaching mechanism”. It’s just 6 feet of board that is slid in-between the mattress and the bed frame. It attaches to the Snout-a-Slope by latching onto a block on a horizontal support underneath the slope. The weight and friction of the mattress keeps the Snout-a-Slope stable.

Here is the completed Snout-a-Slope with more stain and a couple coats of polyurethane.

.. and here is one very happy Snout! :)

If anyone is interested, here is a short video of us training Snout to use the the Snout-a-Slope.

https://youtu.be/zvgiqoCmvPY

-- Big Willy





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swirt

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#1 posted 11-10-2017 02:38 AM

Clever ramp design and cute story.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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michelletwo

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#2 posted 11-10-2017 10:53 AM

thanks for adopting a disabled animal. I have done so too, and it is very rewarding. I’m sure he is delighted by this helper, to get him to his favorite sleeping spot.

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Big Willy

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#3 posted 11-10-2017 02:43 PM

Thanks swirt!

-- Big Willy

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Big Willy

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#4 posted 11-10-2017 02:52 PM



thanks for adopting a disabled animal. I have done so too, and it is very rewarding. I m sure he is delighted by this helper, to get him to his favorite sleeping spot.

- michelletwo

Thanks michelletwo! You aren’t kidding; it is very rewarding! They are the sweetest animals! It’s almost as if they are constantly going out of their way to show you just how grateful they are. We love Snout so much that so we decided to adopt another kitty with the same condition (and just as wonderful)! They both spend a lot of time on the bed! :)

-- Big Willy

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#5 posted 11-10-2017 03:06 PM

It’s a very creative footboard and the cat should be very happy now.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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recycle1943

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#6 posted 11-10-2017 08:50 PM

Kudos to you for adopting and adjusting.
Love the video

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 11-11-2017 01:38 AM

Very nice, I have a cat who also likes the bed.

-- Brian, Western MA

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Redsoxfan

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#8 posted 11-11-2017 01:39 AM

Very nice, I have a cat who also likes the bed, as well as the chips from my planer.

-- Brian, Western MA

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Redsoxfan

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#9 posted 11-11-2017 01:42 AM

Very nice, I have a cat who also likes the bed, as well as the chips from my planer.

-- Brian, Western MA

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pottz

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#10 posted 11-11-2017 08:51 PM

that’s thinking outside the box,ive seen plenty of stairs to help older pets climb on a bed but never a ramp like this,nice work,and welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Big Willy

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#11 posted 11-14-2017 03:06 PM

Thanks everyone! :D

I can tell I’m going to really enjoy this community!

-- Big Willy

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