A Cat Elevator, For The Discerning Lazy Feline In Your Life


Ah, to live the life of a cat. The lazing about, the food delivered on demand, and the elevators – oh the glorious elevators.

No you didn’t misread and we haven’t gone crazy. We were sent a link to the video below just the other day, and while it is nearly two years old, it was new to us. From the very brief description on YouTube, it looks as if the elevator senses the cat’s entry using infrared, locking the door behind the cat before transporting it to another level of the house. While it’s often implied that cats are incredibly lazy, this contraption definitely takes things above and beyond the norm.

It’s a pretty ridiculous system if you ask us, but it’s pretty compelling just the same. If you can find any more information on it, we’d love to hear about it in the comments. If you can’t, feel free to speculate as to how you would build a cat elevator, or elaborate on the crazy contraptions you’ve built for the lazy felines in your life.

[Thanks, Andreas]

36 thoughts on “A Cat Elevator, For The Discerning Lazy Feline In Your Life

    1. Actually, I would like it to send the neighbors cat home *BEFORE* the unwanted deposit is made. Like others here I find cats totally useless creatures, at least as pets.

      Dogs on the other hand are named mans best friend for a reason and I would GLADLY build this for my dog. Let’s see 90 lb dog + weight of cage. I bet you would have to add a counter weight to ensure proper operation.

      1. Honestly, I’ve never ‘met’ a dog that was anything more than a nuisance at best. I guess it’s just a personal thing. I would never do such a silly contraption for my cat, though. A long climbing post maybe, just for fun, but an elevator? I’ll pass.

  1. I’m afraid my cat would reverse engineer and hack this to make a weapon for world domination and the doom for other cats and all dogs except her dog (yes the cat considers our dog to be hers).

    Giving tech to cats could be a bad idea.

    1. Pinky on the Brain?!?

      A neighbor w adjoining backyards had a cathouse. 6+ ft up. 70 or 80 1″ steps. A floor, corner posts but no walls, a nice roof. The cat was blind, but got to smell its world from relative safety. Dogs, cats, both v useful. Like a mate.. and, uh a mate… a wife and a best bloke. Right now I feed a skunk. It keeps pesky racoons away.

  2. Evil and horrible people let their cats roam free. Honestly I dont want your damn cat pissing in my yard or killing birds in my yard. Keep your fricking cat inside. or if you must have it outside on a tie out confined to your yard.

    Luckily most cities are passing laws making free roaming cats illegal.

    1. Yes, we’re so evil for allowing them to you know, be cats. Cats have a natural need to explore and hunt, so to prevent them from doing otherwise is cruel. Yes, there are ways you can stimulate those needs indoors and some cats do have to be kept indoors for medical reasons, but a cat should not be kept indoors if it is fit and healthy, neither should it be kept tethered in a garden.

    2. I fart in your general direction.
      (Never had a fair-use, uh… use, for that until now.)
      Feel free to hose them. And, no CAT-a-pult.. but SCAT-a-pult, ok. I have to accept that one. I did repopulate my neighborhood, but over 10-20 years, almost no more pocket gophers in lawns. That was a bit of heck. Real nuisance.

  3. @fartface Agreed. Cats are a pest.

    On topic. The elevator looks really cool but quite useless for cats, this particular cat seems to be quite disoriented after landing, looks like he just came out from a wormhole LOL. Build one for our fellow friends instead – the dogs. They will know how to use it, and specially, how to have fun with it.

    1. I used to hate cats. Until we got one. Now I’m a cat slave. I could happen to you!! They make you..

      A couple of years ago I would have laughed, now I’m liable to set your house alight if I even suspect you are harbouring thoughts on contemplating thinking about possibly doing something anti-(my)-cat.

      Believe me, A cat pissing in your flowerbed isn’t the worst a cat can do. Piss of a cat and (s)he might decide to take you as an “owner”. Then you will be proper fucked.

      1. I don’t hate cats. I just consider them useless….

        I don’t mind them pissing in my yard but I do really mind them attacking my mail pigeons, knocking and breaking my flower jars, destroying the beautiful flowers in my garden (seriously, do they eat them or what?) and all of the noise they make during night when they are hooking up.

        I did put barbed wiring inside the bushes around garden but even that doesn’t seem to stop them, even if they lose a bunch of hair, skin and blood.

        Have to think on something else, maybe a airsoft turret or replacing the barbed wire with a electrical fence..

        1. Useless, not unlike those dirty flying rats then !

          But you just find them merely useless and therefore consider building automatic weapons to shoot at them !.

          You happily employ barbedwire, for fuck sake, to protect some colourful reproductive organs in awkwardly places ceramic pots.

          Boy I wish I could just wreak havoc on anything I consider “useless”, It would become WWIII.

  4. cats have no owners, we are the boss and have brainwashed us so that we make devices so that they may suffer a lazy life.
    the next terrorist attack comes from the cats.
    They are already planning for years on

  5. I like that they put all that effort into a lift but couldn’t add a little extra shelf at the top so the cat doesn’t have to reach out across the huge drop to get into the thing. It was clearly nervous about making the jump in and a plank for it to walk straight through the door couldn’t be that much extra hassle…

  6. Well, its quite interesting and hight tech as i see it, its also neatly built, except that its slow and the door has some problem, the cat had difficulty in getting out, she looked stuck in the door when she was trying to get out.

  7. My guess is the elevator is first the benefit of the cast owner, and the benefit of the cat second. Except for the damn litter box cats can be alright. Living at a rural location my cats tend to be yard cats rather than house cats anyway.

  8. Where was the request in the post about “Tell us how much you hate cats”? Seriously, they are predictable animals that do more good than harm while “roaming free”. Dog people hate them but is sounds like some type of weenis-envy thing; when’s the last time you heard of a pet cat mauling someone or killing another dog? Cats also dont crap all over your car making it look like a raspberry holocaust attacked your paint. Any pet chimp in the news I’ve ever heard of bit off and swallowed fingers or ripped a woman’s face off.

    Hatred of cats? Seriously? “Ooh, they sneak around and stuff” was the “best” excuse I’ve heard. Weirdos.

  9. I have a cat that has been left with a disability and has weak hind legs. We have been trying to avoid a home with stairs but its getting tough. I would like to see instructions on how to build one. If anyone knows where I can find them please let me know. We are getting pretty desperate!

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