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Types of Pet Stairs
Many pets use pet stairs which allow them to safely climb and descend areas that may have previously been inaccessible. There are several different types of pet stairs; it’s important to select the right kind of pet stairs for your pet to get the most benefit and use from the steps. Pet stairs vary mostly in terms of size/height and the material from which they are made.
Plastic is a common material for pet stairs, and these pet stairs are sturdy, durable and also lightweight. If you select plastic pet stairs, look for rubber grips on the bottom to eliminate the risk of the pet stairs slipping on hard surfaces such as tile or wooden floors. Plastic pet stairs often have carpeted mats covering the tread for sure footing. Plastic pet stairs are easy to clean, relatively inexpensive, and come in a variety of colors and sizes.
Soft pet stairs are made from high-density foam to comfortably and gently support your pet’s weight. Soft pet stairs come in a variety of colors and fabrics to match your decor. Look for a removable, washable cover to extend the life of the pet stairs. Foam pet stairs are available in the standard square step-shape as well as a shape with rounded edges that is easier for many pets to navigate.
You can also find pet stairs made from wood. These pet stairs are heavier than foam or plastic steps, but more resemble a piece of furniture and are typically more costly than foam or plastic pet stairs. Wooden pet stairs come in a variety of finishes, and many people select wooden pet stairs specifically to match and blend with the furniture in their home.
After you have selected the type of pet stairs that’s best for your pet, you will need to determine the correct size of pet stairs. Pet stairs will specify the amount of weight they are designed to support; make sure the pet stairs are rated to support the weight of your dog. Next, select the proper size stairs based upon your dog’s size, the size and shape of the steps, and the height of furniture for which the pet stairs will be used. Look for pet stairs that will reach slightly below the piece of furniture so that your pet has to step up onto the bed, sofa or other object. Pet stairs may have two, three or four steps; the number of steps will also affect how wide and tall each step is. Make sure your pet can safely navigate the height of each stair step, and that each tread is large enough for your pet to stand comfortably.
Pet stairs are a great way to make sure your furry friend can safely access taller furniture without stress to his joints. You’ll know you have made the right choice for your dog or cat when he rewards you by frequently making use of the pet stairs to sit next to you.
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