Do You Carry Your Pets Up The Stairs

Installing A Stairlift For The Pets - Stairlifts would be ideal to carry animals upstairs
@wolfie34 (26791)
United Kingdom
September 9, 2009 6:30am CST
Ok, we have discussed having stairs in your home and most of us have at least a few steps in our home if not more, as we get older we realize stairs become a struggle But what about for our beloved and pampered animals? They get old too, and quicker than us, do you think about the struggle they may have when climbing the stairs, after all animals get arthritus and through old age find that they are not as quick or as able to climb the stairs. A lot of pets I am sure actually sleep in the same bedroom as their owners, or they will sleep upstairs, our cat does she gets right into bed with my parents and when I lived with my ex we had four cats some of them would like to go upstairs to bed. So if they have trouble getting up the stairs or they are old, do you carry them? Do they look at you as if to say 'Well what are you waiting for? I want to go to bed and you'll have to carry me' Or do you think your animals still have dignity and will struggle up the stairs and don't appreciate being picked up and taken up stairs by their owners What about getting a stairlift for them? You know one of those Stannah stairlifts which are easily operated that the pet could jump on and it takes them up the stairs, so much easier especially if you are old and struggle up the stairs yourself and cannot manage to carry them, especially if it's a great dane or an alsatian for example Or do you think some mischievous pets would use and abuse the stairlift by going up and down all day? Cats like to be high up for example! But cats could fight to get onto it and thus break it. How do you think animals cope with the stairs when they get old? Same as humans? Do you think they need extra help to get up the stairs by being carried or do you let them struggle alone?
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@TrvlArrngr (4051)
• United States
9 Sep 09
My dog is only about 4 years old but my daughter treats her like royalty. She usually carries her up the stairs even tho she can do it herself. I know that animals get arthritis just like people do and you can give them medicine to help them deal with the pain. I think they should be allowed to stay downstairs just so they do not have the pain of going up or down stairs.
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
9 Sep 09
I have known pets that were given a bed downstairs to howl or cry because they are apart from their owners, I guess it's something they have to get used to.
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• United States
9 Sep 09
It is very sad to see them like that
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• United States
15 Sep 09
Unfortunately, my cat is blind, and up there in age....so I often have to carry him everywhere. He loves to sit on me when I am watching TV, but often can't make the jump from the floor to the chair. However, I am trying my best to make him live out the rest of his life as happy and satisfied as I can, because it will be a sad day when his last days come.
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
15 Sep 09
Bless him! We get so attached to our animals don't we, they are part of the family and they leave a terrible gaping hole when they depart this world.
• United States
15 Sep 09
Yes, they do provide us with that unconditional love that no human can quite provide.
@mrakobesie (1246)
• United States
11 Sep 09
My cats are young and can run up the stairs themselves, but they love being held. They would have no problem with me carying them up the stairs. They tend to run up and down the stairs themselves though. I try to keep my cats as healthy as possible, to prevent all diseases and i hope it wouldn't get to the point where they cant climb the stairs, if i'll have to carry them every time, i't die i think. they are huge, wild cats and are about twice the size of a normal cat. needless to say very havy. right now i can pick them up without any problem, but if i'll be weaker, it will be insane... ah... my little friend wants to be picked up.. i'll go pick him up before he started meowing like crazy.
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 09
Some animals don't like to be picked up like ours, she will wriggle, struggle and she doesn't like it, but my ex's cats they used to love being picked up and would actually mew to be carried I guess they were spoilt. Animals are part of the family after all and should be loved and treated as such.
@suzzy3 (8352)
10 Sep 09
Well it all depends on how big they are,if you carry a bit dog upstairs you could both risk falling.On the whole there is no harm in helping your little friend upstairs.I think the animals would like a bit of help as they are used to being looked after and cared for,this is just an extension of showing how much you care about them.They would love the attention.
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 09
I don't think I'd be carry a great dane or alsatian upstairs, for fear of my back. Cats yes, but our cat hates to be picked up, she struggles and wriggles, she is 15 bless her sleeps nearly all day but is still agile enough to jump onto the window sill where her basket is and she can run when she wants to!
@Annie2 (594)
• United States
10 Sep 09
I had a black cat named T.R. once who would sit at the bottom of the steps each night when he knew I was getting ready to go upstairs to bed. I carried him up the steps, but not because he couldn't go up on his own. It was because that sweetie cat loved it. He got many kisses and hugs on the way up those stairs . . . it was a routine . . . and it was funny. It always amazes me at how pets react to routines and what they will do for attention.
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 09
He wasn't daft then! No wonder he would happily wait, knowing he'd get rewarded for sitting there. I swear animals have a better sense of time than humans.
@Humbug25 (12551)
9 Sep 09
Hi ya wolfie34 As you know I no longer have any pets and not that Rolo and Polo would have been bothered if they were upstairs or down!! If I had a dog or a cat I would not allow it upstairs. Even though yes pets are part of the family but I still think they have their place in the home and that should be downstairs. All the hair would bother me upstairs too. It is bad enough with it all downstair without having to deal with elsewhere too! hahaha
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
9 Sep 09
I don't allow animals in my bedroom, never have, never will, mainly because of the fur and I don't think it's hygenic either, especially when they jump on your bed, I find it also affects my breathing too, and especially when you have children too you have to be so careful. Even the cleanest animal can have fleas and other things which are carried in on them from the garden etc...
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• United States
9 Sep 09
LOL...well my dog weighs 120 lbs...so i think he should carry ME up the stairs...lol
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
9 Sep 09
Think of the muscles you'd develop if you did carry him LOL!
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