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16/10/2016, 12:20

A ladder for a cat

A couple who were banned from having a cat-flap in their Grade-II listed home decided to built their feline friend a special ladder so that he could come and go as he pleases.

Oxford University PhD student Tariq Khoyratty constructed the homemade ladder for ginger tom Nelson to run up and jump through an open upstairs window.

Along with his girlfriend Nikki, he started to plan the project after their letting agent banned them from fitting a cat-flap into their cottage’s back doors.

‘We were a little apprehensive at first as to whether he’d use the ladder so we made a small practice one which we propped against the downstairs window,’ says Tariq.

‘Once he was used to that, we coaxed him onto the larger ladder with treats and he took to it very quickly.’

Tariq says that Nelson now uses it as his main route in and out of the house.

Their main concern, however, is that he might potentially slip off the ladder as Nelson is known for falling off the back of the sofa.

So, the scientist has installed rugs around the bottom of the ladder to soften any potential crash.

The top of the ladder is attached to a bedroom window with an elastic bungee cord.

Tariq and Nikki, both 26, put the 7-metre structure together for less than £25.

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