We have the term catnap for reasons. Cats sleep two-thirds of their life away. That’s why a warm and nice cat bed would be important for our furry friends to sleep tight during the 16 or more hours of each day.
The fact is that your cats can actually fall asleep wherever they please. On a sofa, in a box, on a windowsill or the top of a cupboard, behind the curtain, on your lap, each one could be a nice choice for your cats to take a nap.
That makes them become picky towards the cat bed you want them to sleep in. I believe many cat owners have encountered the frustrating fact that your cats prefer any place other than the cat bed you elaborately prepared for them.
In fact, the problem usually is not the bed you brought, but lies in the cat. Have you ever bought a cat bed according to your tastes rather than your cat’s opinion? Here are 4 steps you might need to pay attention to when preparing a cat bed, which may help you make it a warm and safe shelter for your sleepy kitty and get her love it!
1. Find the Purrfect Shape for the Cat Bed
First, it depends on your cat‘s condition. A semi-closed cat bed would be helpful to protect the little kitten, sick cat, and mother cat in a baby nursing period.
Second, the weather and temperature matters. The cat bed should be good at preserving the cat’s body heat in the winter, especially for those kittens who are going through their very first winter. Conversely, a cane basket would be a cool place for your cat to drowse away a summer afternoon. If you live in a warm climate, turn to a pad rather than an insulated bed.
Third, you should also consider your cat’s habits. Choose a cup-style cat bed if your cat likes to curl up. For cats who like to hide themselves in dark and secure places, a cave-type bed would be great for them.
2. Select the Purrfect Material for the Cat Bed
It is important to keep the cat bed clean and free from fleas. So choose the cat bed with a washable cover. It would be better if the cat bed is made of material that dries quickly.
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3. Find the Purrfect Location for the Cat Bed
Location is the king! It’s not only about whether your cat will like it or not but also directly related to her health. First, a quiet corner without too much traffic but are convenient to stay in touch with the cat owner could work well. Second, keep the cat bed away from the windows and doors. Otherwise, your cat might catch a cold by the draughts. Third, never choose a shady or moist place to put the cat bed. That would make your cat’s shelter become a greenhouse for parasites. A little more sunshine will always add happiness and health to your cat’s life.
4. Introduce the new cat bed to your cat
If your cat hasn’t noticed her new bed yet, call her over and encourage her to check out the sweet home you prepared for her. Remember to praise her if she takes an interest in visiting her new bed. You may also put a worn clothing of yours or your cat’s old toys in the bed. That will make it smell familiar and friendly to her.
You may change the rules according to the varied situations of your cats. Please feel free to write to me should there be any comments. And don’t forget to follow Caution! Cattitude if you find my post helpful!
Good night and sweet dream:)