In Switzerland, one in three households has a cat. It is therefore not surprising that the Swiss adopt creative attitudes to improve the lives of their four-legged friends.
Photographer and writer Brigitte Schuster has immortalized these ladders installed in one way or another by the owners to allow their cat to go out and return home.
This seems to be a new trend in Bern: build scales for cats! Yet, many questions already arise. For example, why are they so popular, especially in the Swiss capital? The author of the book “Swiss Cat Ladders” on the phenomenon, Brigitte Schuster, informs us: “The cat is the most popular domestic animal in Switzerland, and in Bern cat lovers make up the majority.”
Another question … how can each cat know what is his scale? Anita Kelsey, an animal behavior specialist, says, “They do not know exactly what’s right for them, they just like to jump on them and climb on them, and of course, they might be able to find their way anyway. to their territory, be it a ladder, a wall or pipes. ”
Moreover, in Bern, cat owners are particularly worried about the welfare of their animals, a phenomenon called “humanization”.
According to Brigitte Schuster, “these ladders are just part of this process of humanization, they help cats to go up and down, just as we use stairs”.
Some cat ladders in Bern, with a sleek design, are so well constructed that they can almost be considered as beautiful works of architecture in their own right. In some cases, ladders become an integral part of the architecture.
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