Hammarbyhöjden, Stockholm, Sweden.
If someone missed Gendy Alimurungs interview with me in LA WEEKLY, here it is again!
How did you become interested in cat ladders? Do you really like cats? Ladders?
It started when I was unemployed a couple of years ago. I had the time to take long walks and then I discovered that there was a lot of cat-ladders in my neighborhood. One day I took pictures. When I came home I started this blog and then it has just kept on going. Nowadays I always bring my camera and when I see a ladder I take a photo of it. People all over the world sends pictures of their own ladders or of ladders they have seen
Do you yourself own a cat?
No no, I'm allergic as hell to cats.
I had no idea that there were so many types of cat ladders. Your blog really opens my eyes to the whole phenomenon. Do you think that the cats really NEED ladders? Historically, it seems like cats have managed fairly well without them. Or maybe not?
If you live on the third floor in a suburb and have a cat you need a ladder. I don't think that the cat should be standing outside your door and have to wait that you let them in. The cats should be free and that's why I think a ladder is necessary.
You post pictures of ladders from all over the world. From what you've seen, which nation has the most cat ladders?
Three countries dominated. Germany, Switzerland and of course Sweden.
Have you ever seen a cat fall off a cat ladder? Some of those photos look like the cat is walking the plank! Some are dangerously high.
I haven't seen it with my own eyes but there is a footage posted on my blog on the 31 May this years with a cat falling down from a ladder. The mean German owner stands laughing at the poor cat. But I think that is a exception. Normally cats have a really good sense of balance so a narrow cat-ladder shouldn't be any problem for a cat.
Do people think you are strange for running a blog devoted to cat ladders? I suppose there are stranger things. But not much.
Generally speaking everyone thinks it's weird, yes. It's not like it's the first thing I talk about when I meet new people. But after some beers at a party I might bring it up and most people just shake their heads and ask me WHY?
True or False: "If you've seen one cat ladder, you've seen them all."
Totally wrong. There are so many variants. From the simplest planks to really custom-made spiral staircases. There is even companies here in Europe who are totally oriented in building cat-ladders.
What do you think the next big thing will be....cat elevators?
I have seen some footage on YouTube where people drag their cats in a basket up to their balcony. Maybe some more of that kind. But...I think that this with cat ladders just will grow and grow. Free the cats!