aw, poor kitty, was she okay (after vet care naturally)?
Yeah my cat is getting older and while she doesn't seem to have trouble with stairs yet I feel better having one on each floor.
Also, do you have pet stairs? (like for getting onto beds or on higher surfaces) I've been wondering if I'll need to get any in the future, since I don't like seeing her have to jump up/down from too high for an older cat.
Thanks for asking about Zipper. Yes she tumbled down the stairs while I was in the kitchen. I heard this noise, turned around and saw her tumbling down about 9 of the 13 stairs. She just layed there, like she was in shock! I was in shock! - it's one of those nightmare scenes that replays in your head vividly. I rushed her to the vet and they confirmed a breast bone fracture. All they could do was give her morphine for about 3 weeks while she recuperated at home. I set her up so she would not have to move, just turn her head to eat or drink, but she still got up to use the litter box - good girl. I was supposed to keep her isolated but little Missy, her buddy, was so beside herself at the separation, I let her stay in the BR with her. She licked Zipper's head constantly. It was so sweet to see that.
Yes, I have steps to our bed because it is SO tall and Missy is SO small at 5 pounds, but Zip uses them too, and to a window perch, but not anywhere else. She doesn't even use the window perch, but our old Winnie used to and used the steps to get to it. Zipper has no problem jumping on the ottoman then walking to the couch. Anything taller than 18" is a show stopper for her. She has 24/7 access to a screened in porch (as all the cats do) and she now spends her days chasing the sun across it jus chillin'. She's living the good life.
She still has problems getting down from anything more than a foot high, but she manages....and is much more careful on the stairs, I think.