Woman Builds ‘Cat Ladder’ So Strays Can Come In From The Cold

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To say that Şebnem Ilhan is a cat lover would be something of an understatement. Not only has she opened her heart to stray cats living around the neighborhood — she’s opened her home as well.

And she even devised an adorable way to invite them on in.


Şebnem Ilhan

Ilhan works as a dentist in the town of Tekirdag, Turkey, where winter has been

particularly chilly this year



. Fearing that homeless cats would suffer being stuck out in the cold, she decided to make it easy for them to find refuge through her window.

But how would they make it up there? Ilhan had that part covered.

« I made the ladder so the cats can come into my comfortable house, » she told The Dodo.


Şebnem Ilhan


Şebnem Ilhan

Ilhan said that she was a little worried at first that her neighbors might not take kindly to the little stairway for cats leading in to her home, so she added some extra ornamentation.

« I thought if I put some flower pots there, it wouldn’t bother anyone, » she said. But the reception has been overwhelmingly positive — especially among the countless kitties who have taken advantage of her offer of a warm place to rest.


Şebnem Ilhan


Şebnem Ilhan

The ‘cat ladder’ is just one of the ways Ilhan has worked to make a difference for needy pets. She also volunteers her time to see that stray dogs and cats throughout her city are cared for as well.

« I wish no animal is hungry or thirsty, just happy, » she said. « This world is not just for people. »


Şebnem Ilhan