Why won’t my cat sleep in her bed?
It may seem like your pet cat is just being fussy when they won’t sleep in the beautiful new cat bed you’ve just proudly given them but there are good cat reasons why they might prefer their old cardboard box or the top of the fridge.
Many of these reasons go way back into cat evolution and are linked to security, warmth, and even avoiding parasites.
Fortunately, some tips you can try to get your feline to fall in love with their new bed.
How to get my cat used to his bed
Start by choosing the right bed for your cat—see above.
You’ll increase your chances of success by placing the new bed where your cat usually loves to sleep.
So, if your cat is a sun-worshipper put the new bed in the sunniest spot in the house. If your cat adores heights place the new bed on the fridge or some other favoured high point.
Avoid placing the new cat bed in areas where there is high traffic. Most cats like to sleep in quiet areas away from running toddlers, dogs or other noisy activities.
Next, make the new bed really appealing. Place some of your cat’s favourite treats and toys in the bed – catnip is often a sure-fire winner.
Cats feel comforted by familiar scents including its owner’s scent so place your cat’s favourite blanket or an old shirt of yours in the new bed.
Lastly, discourage your cat from sleeping in areas you don’t want them to by spraying citrus oils (lemon or orange) or by placing a physical barrier such as closing the door to prevent access to those areas.