How To Get Your Cat to Sleep in Its Own Bed

As you are probably aware, the rules don't apply to most cats. Whether you have a cat that likes to scratch up furniture or one that enjoys bringing home dead rodents and expects to be praised, you'll find out a cat is one of the most interesting creatures in the world. By now, you have probably come to terms with one of their favorite things to do: sleep.

According to the American Humane Association, most cats will sleep between 16 and 20 hours per day. Of course, they don't do this in a single sitting; they like to spread it out throughout the course of the day.

"Cats sleep anywhere, any table, any chair. Top of the piano, window-ledge of the edge," says Eleanor Farjeon, children's author.

As seasoned sleepers, you would think that cats would become used to sleeping in their own headquarters. After all, according Pet Street Mall, cat beds are one of the most popular pet accessories in the world. Unfortunately, many cats never touch their own beds. Instead, they prefer their trusted spots such as your bed, the family sofa or near the window sill.

Besides taking up space on the couch, a cat that doesn't use their own bed brings on a bundle of other problems, too. Mountains of cat hair, worn furniture and new allergy problems have all been related to cats that get too cozy around the home.

Introducing Your Cat To Its Bed

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression," said Andrew Grant.

If you want your cat to find its bed attractive there are certain steps you should make:

  1. Study your cat's sleeping behavior before investing in a cat bed. Take some time to learn where your cat likes to sleep. Do they enjoy sleeping on a hard surface, a pillow or near the window? Do they like cool spots or warm blankets? This knowledge will help you pick the perfect bed.

  2. Smells: When you order a cat bed online or bring one home from the pet store, it doesn't smell like your home. Cats' sense of smell is extraordinary, and a new bed you just bought with foreign smells will not seem alluring to your pet. Take a blanket or some of your clothes and place it on top of the pet bed before you introduce it to your cat. Do this for 24 hours to make it smell like your home. Also, you can put some of their toys on it, too.

  3. Location: if your cat always sleeps on your bed or on the sofa, start off by placing their new bed at or nearby that spot. Your cat is more likely to snooze on its dedicated bed if it's near their favorite snoring zone.

Picking Out The Right Bed

As we said in step one, one of the most important ways to lure your cat in to a bed of its own is picking out the right product. Cat Beds come in all shapes and sizes, so you should be able to pick one that fits your cat's personality. Below is a list of three popular options:

  • Heated Kitty Sill: If you regularly find your cat hanging out near the window sill, you should make the effort to create a sleeping spot out of it. The Heated Kitty Sill requires no tools to install and can support cats of all sizes. A small heater warms up the spot and a comfy material will have them purring in no time.

  • Kitty Crinkle Sack: Does your cat love anything that crinkles and has a fun texture? Do you constantly find them bunching themselves in blankets, towels and sheets? Then this is the perfect bed for your feline friend. The Kitty Crinkle Sack is a cozy space for your cat to curl up. Plus, it makes an irresistible sound when your cat rolls around inside. Not to mention, this product is easy to clean.

  • Kitty Clubhouse: Many cats enjoy "Cat Condos" where they can peer out from the comfort and safety of their own space. The Clubhouse enables that same behavior without taking up so much space. Available heated or standard, the Clubhouse is layered in high quality microfiber and soft fleece.

As you can see, there are many different types and styles of cat beds on the market, but their purpose remains the same. By allowing your furry friend to have a comfortable, secure sleep space, you are giving them the same pleasure as their current sleeping spots (on your bed, couch, etc.). So, when it's time to get a cat a new bed, take a moment to think about the preparations you need to make before introducing them to their new snoozing spot.

If you're still unsure about which Cat Bed is right for your kitty, be sure to ask the pet experts at by calling 800-957-5753. The animal lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the pet products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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