Tips for Getting Your Cat to Accept Its Bed
Where does your cat prefer to sleep? Cats, and kittens, in particular, seek comfort and security. Unless you have taught your cat to accept its own bed, its preferred place will most likely be your bed where it can snuggle up and feel your proximity and body warmth.
Cats need a place to rest where they feel safe, comfortable and warm. Once found, they can sleep there between 15 and 20 hours a day. They might choose a pillow on your living room sofa, your laundry basket, or even a window ledge, or it might be multiple spots which change depending on the time of day and season. Whatever the case, your cat will pick places it finds comfortable and that have a clear escape route in case it is disturbed or feels threatened.
One option is to buy a specially designed cat bed, and there is a wide choice of shapes, sizes, and interior comforts available. the following video from MeYou Paris showcases innovative designs for cat beds that are fully or partly enclosed to provide a safe hideaway where your cat can sleep in comfort.
These are handcrafted designer beds and an advancement beyond the more traditional basket bed with a flannelette blanket, or the laundry basket option
Location and Bed Comforts
Maybe you have bought a new bed for your cat, something special your cat should accept and occupy for sleeping and resting. In reality, you have only solved half the problem, the easy half.
The cat may have other ideas, ignore the bed, and continue to sleep where you don’t want it to sleep. How are you going to change its mind and persuade it to accept its new sleeping quarters?
Force or punishment will be counterproductive and worsen the problem because your cat will react with fear. Unable to communicate your wishes with your pet, you must address its inherent needs which are safety and comfort.
This is likely to be the most important consideration and the major reason your cat rejects its assigned sleeping quarters.
Several environmental issues may have caused your cat to reject its bed location. Foremost, cats want to feel safe and undisturbed where they sleep and rest.
- Place the bed where other household pets like dogs or other cats leave your cat in peace.
- Your cat needs a clear and visible “escape route” in case people and predators intrude on its resting place.
- Its sleeping location must be away from the traffic lanes, household members and children access.
- The bed should be in a location free from sudden disturbances like noise and lights that are likely to be switched on and off.
You also need to recognise that cats have superior sensory receptors for smells and scents than those of humans. A bed location exposed to unfamiliar and objectionable smells may be a reason why your cat has rejected is sleeping location. It is important to keep its bed clean and free from stale food and excrement.
Finally, the room temperature where you place its bed may cause a problem. Cats are not particularly sensitive to cold but they do like to sleep in a sunny spot or near artificial heating. This issue may be difficult to test.
The Ideal Cat Bed
There are no hard and fast rules about the design of a cat’s bed. [In fact, provided your cat feels safe and comfortable, the bed choice is largely a matter of owner preference for a stylish and attractive design, and your cat will often adapt the new sleeping in its own timeframe.
MeYou Paris is designed cat beds with the owner’s style in mind but based on the cat’s natural instincts for a cosy, safe and secure sleeping.
The Ball and Cube beds are partly enclosed with the round shape providing great durability and capture of body warmth for natural heating. Designed to also have scratcher and play.
Place one of these beds in the correct location and your cat is certain to love its resting place.
Versatility in mobility also allows seasonal position changes, to ensure that if your cat’s preference moves with the season, the bed can also.
Visit MeYou Cat Beds page to get an idea of the beds and accessories this company offers for the comfort of your cat.
Introducing Your Cat to Its New Sleeping Quarters
You need to use psychology to persuade your cat to accept its new bed. Use an emotional appeal like curiosity and let the cat explore at its own pace
You should not place the cat into the bed on the first day you bring it home. The cat may reject the scents and smells the bed retains from the manufacturing process, and from unknown people who have handled the bed during packaging and transport.
The better approach is to go about the introduction slowly and aim to raise the cat’s curiosity.
- Place items with scents and smells the cat recognises a day before the cat’s house introduction. This could be items of your own clothing or the cat’s favourite toys.
- Handle and fiddle with the bed to raise the cat’s curiosity while watching what you are doing.
- Pick up the cat and show it the bed but let it decide by itself when to explore its interior.
- Hold some special treat the cat loves to eat in a way the forces the cat to occupy the bed to reach it.
- Incorporate playtime by tossing toys into the bed. This may also bring fast familiarity.
In summary, endeavour to create positive reactions from your cat and it will respond by taking a permanent lease in its own bed.