Most of the time when it comes to Cat, I come across a question – Why doesn’t my cat sleep on his bed? How can I get him do it? very frequently from pet owners. In this article I will try my best to answer it…
Cats sleep around 15-20 hours of a day and need a space that’s comfortable and safe. If you have a cat, you may have gotten a comfortable cat bed but then found out that your cat seems to sleep everywhere but on the bed. If you haven’t had much luck attracting your cat to the bed, then you may be going about your cat training the wrong way. However, there are reasons why your cat isn’t sleeping there and steps you can take to encourage using the bed.
Types of Beds
Not all beds are going to be attractive to cats. For example, an older cat may be interested in a heated cat bed but won’t be interested in just a plain cushion. Similarly, cats who may feel vulnerable during the day won’t want to sleep in the open. Cat cave beds are covered and will provide your cat the privacy that it wants while sleeping. Cat bed cave cocoons are also covered spaces that will make your cat feel safe. Think about where your cat prefers to sleep and if you need to get a different bed to gain interest.
Location of the Bed
Cats are going to prefer some parts of your house or apartment more than others. They may want to sleep next to a window or in one of the warmer spots of the house. If the house has young children or a dog, the cat will probably try to sleep in areas where the kids and dogs can’t get to them. Many cats prefer to sleep in elevated locations. If you have a shelf or a cat tree where the bed can be placed, try out these spots. Feeling safe and warm are the two priorities for a cat when they choose a location to sleep. If you’ve just put the bed in the living room, it’s not surprising the cat won’t use it. Think about where the cat usually sleeps and try moving the bed to that area. If the cat still shows no interest, try moving the bed around a few times before moving on to the next steps.
Training the Cat
Cats may also be uninterested in the bed if it’s new and doesn’t smell familiar. Cat owners can encourage their pets to make use of the bed with some light training. Get the cat to sit on the bed by luring him there with some of his favorite treats. Once he gets into the bed, give him the treat along with praising him. Put treats in the bed occasionally in order to ensure that he’ll come back.
Cats are also going to interested if the bed has an interesting or comforting smell. Try sprinkling a small amount of catnip in the bed to gain his interest. Some cats are also comforted by the smell of their owners so try leaving an old T-shirt or other small item of clothing in the bed. This can be effective at attracting the cat although it can take a few days to work.
Make Other Areas Undesirable
Cats are creatures of habit and once they’ve found a spot to sleep, they’re not interested in moving. Maybe your cat likes to sleep in your laundry basket or on a piece of furniture. You can make this spot less desirable to your cat which will then encourage gravitating to the new cat bed.
Cover the laundry bins or put them in a closet where they can’t be accessed easily. You can also spray areas you don’t want your cat to sleep with citrus oils. These oils are not dangerous for pets but they don’t like the smell and will likely avoid these spots. Some cat owners will even cover area with aluminum foil which cats will also avoid.
Cats aren’t always easy to change, especially after they’ve developed a certain routine. However, if you get them a good quality bed and follow these steps, you should be able to convince your cat to use the bed as their sleeping spot within a few weeks. Try out this advice and you’ll begin to see that your cat becomes interested in the bed. Over time, their bed will become their second home and their favorite spot to sleep and nap.