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Do Cats Need a Bed? Feline Necessities & Facts

Melissa Gunter

By Melissa Gunter

cat sleeping in a funny position on a big fluffy bed

Cats are notorious for making themselves comfortable wherever they are. If you’re a kitty parent, you’ve most likely seen your cat napping in some of the strangest places around your house. Considering cats spend the majority of their time napping, it’s understandable that feline owners question whether cats need a bed. Whether your kitty prefers hiding in a closet to nap, on your bed, or splaying out on the floor to soak up the sunshine, having access to their own bed is important. A cat bed will provide your kitty with a safe, comfortable place to retreat to when their usual spaces aren’t cutting it.

Let’s take a closer look at your cat’s needs and why a bed is a good option for them. You should always keep in mind, however, that not all cats are the same. One kitty may love a soft bed to curl up in. Another may never touch the bed. Now, we’ll learn why.

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Does My Cat Need a Bed?

When you bring a new cat into your home, grabbing all the essentials is a must. Toys, food and water bowls, a collar, a litter box, food, and kitty litter are at the top of everyone’s list. However, a cat bed should be, too. Cats want to feel safe in a home. A cat bed is a great way to give a kitty this level of comfort, especially if they are in a new area. Of course, having a bed doesn’t mean your kitty will use it all the time. When they nap throughout the day, some cats curl up on blankets or your bed. That’s understandable. Still, your pet deserves its own space where they can get away from things when they feel it’s needed.

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Where Should I Place My Cat’s Bed?

Location is a big deal when it comes to your cat. If you notice, most cats prefer to stay out of the busier parts of the house when they are napping. This only makes sense. Would you be able to grab a restful nap with people traipsing around everywhere? This should be kept in mind when you’re looking for the perfect place in the house to place your kitty’s bed. If you want your cat to accept their bed, consider placing it in one of these places.

  • Areas your cat already frequents for naps
  • Quiet areas without a lot of foot traffic
  • Warm spots
  • High areas (if your cat enjoys sleeping up high)
  • Away from their eating and potty areas
  • Out of access of small children or other animals

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How to Choose a Bed for Your Kitty

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Choosing the right bed for your cat can be difficult without learning a bit about your cat’s personality first. If you buy one when bringing a new kitten home, don’t be upset if they don’t use it. Cats are quirky. They want things a particular way. Some cats want to be completely hidden away while they slumber. Others want access to warm rays from the sun. This is why there are different types of cat beds available, including igloos, sheltered beds, enclosed beds, round beds, and beds with high or low sides. Let’s look at a few things you should consider when choosing the right cat bed for your feline.

  • Your cat’s age (older cats and small kittens can have issues accessing certain beds).
  • Does your cat prefer sleeping up high?
  • Does your cat seek out warmth when sleeping?
  • Is your cat a fan of cardboard boxes? (if so, igloos may be the perfect choice)
  • Does your cat sleep curled up or by stretching out?

Reasons Your Cat May Not Like Their Bed

As we’ve already mentioned, not all cats are the same. Some cats will love a cat bed. Others will avoid it. After buying a comfy bed, seeing your kitty ignore it is unsettling. Here are a few reasons your cat may not like the bed you’ve chosen.

  • The bed is uncomfortable.
  • The bed is too padded.
  • The location of the bed is too loud or busy.
  • The bed isn’t the right size.
  • The cat has difficulty accessing the bed.
  • The area is too hot or too cold.
  • Your cat doesn’t feel that the bed is stable.

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Final Thoughts

If you’re up in the air about whether your cat needs a bed, give it a try. Most cats do great by having their own space, especially when it comes to sleeping. Considering how strange cats can be, a bed could be their favorite spot to curl up. Then again, your cat may never use it. It’s all up to your kitty. However, offering a safe spot is always a good idea. Just like us, cats enjoy a comfortable, safe, and quiet area when it’s time to unwind.

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Melissa Gunter

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Melissa was born and raised in the mountains of East Tennessee where she spent her time writing in an old notebook and playing outside with her pets. As an avid animal lover, she has brought many into her home over the years. Currently, she is the mom of 5 fur babies. Her 2 cats, Princess and Pepper are total opposites who demand attention. Her dogs Jazzy, Whitey, and Demon are full of spunk and keep the entire family on ...Read more

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