How To Choose The Perfect Cat Bed

A basket can make the perfect cat bed.
Dear Thomasina...
What do you consider the perfect cat bed? I want to get my cat a new bed, but there are so many choices, I can't decide. 
-- Confused

Hi Confused...
For me, the perfect cat bed is the one that looks like a little cave. I have other beds, but that's my favorite because I can curl up all the way in the back and no one even knows I'm there. It has a soft cushion, too, but it's not so soft I get swallowed up in fluff.

Cat beds can be tricky. They have to be just the right size and shape. And, believe it or not, they can't be too soft. If the bed is too soft, we could get stuck in all that padding and not be able to get away quickly if we had to.

Choosing The Perfect Cat Bed

Here are some thoughts on creating the perfect cat bed.
  • Most of us love "doughnut" beds because they're round, and we like to sleep curled up. Our Honey Cat's favorite has high sides so she can hide in it, and no one disturbs her while she's sleeping. Belle's perfect cat bed has low sides. She likes it because she can stretch out if she wants to. Sizzle has a dog bed because he's so huge. But most of us prefer sleeping in small spaces. 
  • Put the bed on a chair, table, shelf or anywhere except the floor. We like to be up high where we're safe and can see what's going on. 
  • If you get one of those cave beds with a toy attached to the top, take the toy off. A fake mouse dangling in your cat's face will annoy her. And we take sleeping very seriously and don't play in bed! 
  • To let your cat know the new bed is for her, sprinkle some catnip in it or put a few treats inside. She'll like that. 
  • Don't be disappointed if she doesn't use it at first. It takes us a while to investigate new things and get used to them. When I got my cave bed, I didn't sleep in it for weeks! I love it now. Something else that could keep your cat from using the bed right away is the smell. If it smells like the store where you bought it, she won't feel comfortable in it. You can solve that problem by putting an unwashed towel in the bed. Don't forget to sprinkle some catnip on the towel!
  • Speaking of washing, when the bed gets dirty, wash it in plain water with no soap. If it smells like detergent, your cat might decide she hates it. 
  • Color is important, too. The colors we like and see best are in the purple, blue, green and yellow ranges.

Think Inside The Box

Sometimes the perfect cat bed isn't actually a bed. Katie and Muffitt love to sleep in baskets on our human's dresser under a sunny window . And Boccelli's favorite "bed" is a box from We've gotten other boxes from Amazon since that one arrived, but it's still his favorite.

If your cat chooses a basket or box as her favorite bed, she'll love having a soft cushion (the kind that come in some cat carriers) or a couple of towels inside to make it even cozier.

Actually, it would be really nice if she could have a couple of beds so she could choose where to sleep, depending on her mood. I know that sounds like an extravagance, but she's worth it!

Most cats love cozy tent cat beds
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This looks like my tent cat bed.

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later." 
-- Mary Bly

Your Cat's Litter Box - Should You Go Topless?

Your cat's litter box should not have a top, and getting in and out should be easy.
Dear Thomasina...
Do you have any advice on my cat's litter box? I recently bought this one, and he won't use it! He either waits and and goes outside, or he goes on top of the box, not in it. I thought he'd love the privacy. Doesn't privacy matter to cats?
-- Disappointed 

Hey, Disappointed!
Eeeuuu... I wouldn't use that box either! Your cat's litter box is so important, and that one would be like diving into a Porta Potty headfirst. Eeeuuu...

Oh. Sorry. I hope I didn't hurt your feelings!

To answer your question about your cat's litter box, we don't really care about privacy. After all, we're just doing what comes naturally. That human need for privacy  doesn't make a lot of sense to us. All we want is a quiet peaceful place where we won't get jumped by another animal or chased by a human.

The Perfect Potty For Cats

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

"If man could be crossed with a cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat."
-- Mark Twain

Cats And The Power Of The Spray Bottle

Spraying your cat with a spray bottle could make him afraid of you.
Dear Thomasina...
Why does my cat insist on getting on the sofa? I spray him with a spray bottle, and he just keeps doing it. And to make matters worse, now he seems to be afraid of me. What's wrong with him?
-- Frustrated

Hi Frustrated...
I'm sorry you and your cat are upset with each other. Spraying a cat with a spray bottle rarely works out the way the humans want it to.

Really, I don't think there's anything wrong with your cat. But he must be wondering what's wrong with you! He has no idea why you keep aiming that weapon at him and getting him soaking wet when all he's doing is trying to take a nap.

Cats don't have a strong sense of personal property the way humans do. We think of things as "ours," not "yours" and "mine." So when you're not using the sofa, your cat doesn't see any reason why he can't sleep on it.

Maybe you could give him his own little corner of the couch. If you put a soft throw or cat bed in the spot that's okay for him to use, he'll probably sleep there, especially if you sprinkle his special place with catnip.

Why The Spray Bottle Theory Is All Wet

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” 
― Robert A. Heinlein