What Oxford University PhD student Tariq Khoyaratty did when his landlord banned cat-flaps in his building was not only smart – it was simple, sneaky, and genius!
Oxford-based Khoyaratty and his girlfriend Nikki live in a Grade II building, which in the UK means that it’s deemed historically significant and protected under various regulations.
This makes building alterations almost impossible, so the couple decided to build a ladder for the kittie to run up and jump through an open upstairs window.
‘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,’ Khoyaratty told Metro. ‘Once he was used to that, we coaxed him onto the larger ladder with treats and he took to it very quickly.’
Now the ladder is Nelson’s main route in and out of the house. The couple also installed rugs around the bottom of the ladder to soften any potential crash.
They used an elastic bungee cord to attach the top of the ladder to a bedroom window. The whole 7-metre structure cost less than $30.