Thanks everyone. I'll have to post a few of Kiska and Czari this week to make up for their lack of presence here.
As for my steps, I have to say when I first moved in I didn't like them being carpeted like that. But now I'm glad they are. Those steps are actually steel or something, and seeing how the gang are always running up and down, and even jumping through them from the litter box, I'm glad they have something to actually hold on to to keep from falling. It worked out really well having them like this. If I ever have a place with stairs again, I'll likely have them carpeted or at the very least have a runner or something put on them.