special kitten chair lift

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by amatengineer, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. amatengineer

    Thread Starter New Member

    Sep 1, 2013
    So I am completely uneducated about anything related to circuits or wiring, and if you can bare through my ignorance, I would really appreciate the help. Basically, I have just moved into a new house with a wooden flight of stairs. This shouldn't be an issue but I have a kitten with cerrabellar hypoplasia, so it has no equilibrium and has a lot of trouble walking and balancing. During the day, I want him to be able to get up and down the stairs with out hurting himself. I want to design a device that will carry him down and up the stairs. The only idea I have is to use a weight sensor switch so it can be activated automatically. The device needs to move him approximately 10 feet, and stay at the current level until activated again. So it needs to move forward or reverse depending on where it is.

    Anything at all would be helpful. Thanks again.
  2. wayneh


    Sep 9, 2010
    I've never met a cat that would put up with such a thing, although the Rumba cat (google for it) is famous.

    Your solution might be a mechanical one. I'm thinking of a ramp. Perhaps kitty can negotiate a constant slope better than stairs?
  3. GopherT

    AAC Fanatic!

    Nov 23, 2012
    Maybe a CATapult
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  4. bertus


    Apr 5, 2008
  5. WBahn


    Mar 31, 2012
    How are you going to train the cat to use it? What should it do it the cat gets off partway up (or down)? What safeguards would you need to put in place to keep the cat from getting caught in the mechanism, say if it lost it's balance and tumbled off the front end (in the direction of motion) and then tried to hang on.

    This just doesn't strike me as a very good idea.

    Why is it so important that the cat be able to get between floors on his own? Why can't you just set up one floor or the other as being suitable and use a gate to prevent him from trying to traverse the stairs?
  6. ErnieM

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 24, 2011
    While I quite understand your compassion to your friend all of my kitties would be highly offended by such a device and never go near it again once it moved the first time.

    Doubling up on water food and litter boxes is a far simpler method and something you should have by now anyway.

    Just tell the human kitty has picked to carry said kitty up and down stairs with them.
  7. #12


    Nov 30, 2010

    Bad joke!
  8. THE_RB

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 11, 2008
    I had an instant vision of those air transport tubes they used in supermarkets for sucking little cans of cash from the checkouts very quickly out to the back room. ;)
  9. WBahn


    Mar 31, 2012
    I rather like it!