Brigitte Schuster captures Switzerland’s charming cat architecture trend in her upcoming book Swiss Cat Ladders.

Ramps set at different angles gives this cat ladder contraption a playful feel. Small railings help prevent cats from falling.

In Switzerland, devout cat owners are showering love on their feline companions with a charming house modification—the cat ladder.

Two cat ladders on different roofs give the cat access to the building's highest room.

Two cat ladders on different roofs give the cat access to the building’s highest room.

Brigitte Schuster

Designed to help cats move around more easily without resorting to acrobatic jumps, these strategically placed ramps and ladders have caught on—and residents have developed a wide variety of styles to match the aesthetics of different buildings.

This wooden cat ladder complements the grapevines that grow along the building facade.

This wooden cat ladder complements the grapevines that grow along the building facade.

Brigitte Schuster

For Bern–based writer and photographer Brigitte Schuster, these architectural oddities also presented an interesting research project. “A closer look at the cat ladders reveals sociological, architectural, and aesthetic perspectives,” Schuster says.

On the lower right is a fairly simple cat ramp mounted to a wooden pole. The climbing structure on the left integrates a zigzagging chicken ladder.

On the lower right is a fairly simple cat ramp mounted to a wooden pole. The climbing structure on the left integrates a zigzagging chicken ladder.

Brigitte Schuster

See the full story on Dwell.com: Switzerland’s Quirky Cat Ladders Help Wandering Felines Ascend New Heights

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