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Q: How can I get my cat used to his new bed?

December 21, 2008 | By Cindy | 15 answers | Expired: 1930 days ago

Cindy

I bought my cat a new bed tonight that is one of those round beds with the sides. I thought he might find it comforting. Usually he sleeps in a oval wicker basket with a pillow and blankets on top of the pillow. That's been his bed for years, but I noticed lately he's been sleeping in front of the floor vent and I'm thinking he is seeking out the warmth. The sides on this new bed are higher than most I've seen. I hope it's not intimidating to him. He once lived with another cat who would ambush him in a closed (Booda type) litter box and so he is hesitant to go into places where he might feel trapped, although he does occasionally go into my closet, form which there is only one exit. Where can I put this bed so that it feels safe to him and encourage him to get in and enjoy it?

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Bluemoon298
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Dec 28, 2008

We had the same problem. Bought our cat a bed and the cat wasn't even remotely interested and did not use it. He will sleep almost anywhere else, even in those huge paper bags you sometimes get at stores. I agree with Diana. You could try to put it in an unusual place, maybe turn it upside down at an angle first (leaning it on someting), put a toy inside or spray some catnip, so your cat can easily get in and out but also hide underneath without feeling trapped, while still watching what is going on outside.

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Mary Lee B.
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Dec 24, 2008

I'd say to give it some time. I bought one of those beds, too. It also came with a pillow that fit inside the oval bed with the sides. I'd hoped both my cats would begin to sleep in the oval bed together as I'd seen my sister's cats do. I tried to entice them to use the bed--even catnip--but they'd only show brief interest. It's now 3 weeks later, and one of the cats has claimed the pillow as his bed. The other cat sometimes will sleep in the bed with the sides.

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lori
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Dec 23, 2008

Maybe put a little catnip in it....he'll love that!

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Diana N.
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Dec 22, 2008

Hmmm, if it were my cat, I could put the bed anywhere I did NOT want the cat to sleep, and put in a few clean clothes fresh from the dryer!! Smart aleck aside, your cat will probably check it out in due time, I used to tuck beds in cubby hole type places, corner of my closet etc, maybe sprinkle in a little cat nip? Cats make changes on their terms, not like my dogs who jump right on a new bed as soon as it hits the floor!

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maria h.
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Dec 22, 2008

As much as you would like for him to use his new bed, it will be up to him if he wants to sleep in it. Whenever I get a new bed, I try to find a spot that a cat might like and then I just wait. Eventually,someone decides that they like it and use it. An example:I put a pillow on my dining room chair and soon they were either taking turns sleeping on it or piling in next to each other!

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Anonymous
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Dec 22, 2008

There are always the unintelligible cat preferences, but I'd like to point out that a new bed is going to stink- of all the plasticizers, etc, that go into fabrics and stuffings. If you can air it out somewhere for a while, if you can wash it, if you can just let it get less toxic, you might answer one of his complaints. I doubt that swamping out the smell with other smells will solve the problem if he's objecting to sleeping with that "new bed" smell.

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Blosser
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Dec 22, 2008

I would just take the bed back and lay blankets on the floor by the air vent where he likes to stay warm and the other places he likes to lay.

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2MEOWERS
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Dec 22, 2008

I'd put the new bed where the old one was and place his blanket in it. I'd also put some catnip on the blanket. If your cat has been sleeping by the vent for warmth, would the new bed be in the way if it were near the vent? Also, since warm air rises, the floor is always the coldest part of the room. Maybe raise the level of the bed and place near the vent?

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carol  s.
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Dec 22, 2008

A familiar blanket or pillow should do the trick. But, remember he is only going to use it if he decides it suits him. If not, buy him another

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Cara d.
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Dec 22, 2008

I uaually put something of mine in/on any new things. Once it smells like you they love it.

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