When discussing cat behavioural problems with other cat owners something that comes up fairly often is cat defecation issues. More specifically the need for a cat middening solution.
Cat defecation issues aren’t really common, at least not the kind that are persistent and can’t be corrected with some litter box training. And middening specifically is quite rare with domestic indoor cats.
But for any cat owners dealing with either of these issues, there is an urgent need for a solution that works. Because let’s be honest, finding cat poop over and over around your home is one of the worst kinds of surprises.
Hopefully, by sharing my story of how I adopted a cat with a middening problem, and the cat middening solution that worked for me – I’ll help some of my readers dealing with their own defecation behavioral issues.
What Is Middening and How Is It Different from General Defecation Issues?
First, let me help clear up why Middening is different from most of the general defecation issues cats have. Middening is when a cat is leaving poop around your home as a way of marking the territory.
Make no mistake, they are leaving poop in visible, high traffic locations around your home deliberately to mark the area.
They do this in visible areas to make sure other cats do not miss their poop. From our perspective, it’s good that they are not hiding it in the laundry, under a rug or any other places a naughty cat will try and hide a poop.
But it doesn’t make the issue any easier to deal with. You’re still finding smelly stools on your floor. Or worse, in locations where it’s harder to clean up like on top a cupboard, on your bed, and so on.
So the main distinction between middening and another pooping issue is that your cat is deliberately pooping in visible areas to mark it with their scent and send a message to other cats.
Cat Middening Solution – How I Stopped My Cat Middening
As I mentioned above, I adopted a kitten around 8 months old a few years ago and although she was social, happy, and comfortable in my home from the off-set, she was middening daily.
I remember the first night, she slept at the foot of my bed. She was there when I went to sleep, and still there when I woke.
Yet, when I went downstairs there was some poop on the bottom step. I looked in her litter box and she had urinated in there, so she knew where the box was and was happy with the litter.
I figured it was just a settling in thing. But it happened the next night and the next night, and this went on for a week or so. She would always poop near the front door, around the bottom of my stairs, or in the kitchen doorway.
All spots where everyone in the house needed to pass often. I had my suspicions this was middening, but I took her to my vet for a checkup and to get their advice.
My vet confirmed what all the evidence was pointing to. She was middening!
My vet talked me through some of the options and things that she has seen work for other cat owners dealing with a similar problem. She mentioned products, behavioral experts, some tips involving limiting where my cat could go at night, and so on.
Now, I decided to try the cheapest and simplest solution my vet recommended first as this seemed a good place to start – a plug-in diffuser that releases pheromones to ‘mimic’ the chemicals cats release when they are relaxed and comfortable.
These sprays and diffusers are more commonly used to calm aggressive cats in multi-cat households and stop other litter box issues caused by anxiety and stress. I’d heard about them but never had to use one before.
I started reading loads of customer testimonials and asked if anyone had used these products in some cat owner groups I’m in to check they are 100% safe. Which they are. I saw mostly positive feedback and read some stories about how these diffusers helped other people with similar problems.
I read a couple of comments that it made no difference. Mixed results are normal for any products or techniques to try and correct resolve a behavioral problem in my experience. Cats are individuals and you can never be 100% how they are going to react, so don’t take my experience as a guarantee by any measure.
I actually noticed a change in my kitten’s behavior within 3-4 hours of plugging it in. She was acting curiously in the room it was plugged in. I could see she was more relaxed, and she was spending a lot of time carefully investigating everything in the room.
The next morning I came downstairs expecting to see the normal ‘present’…. but nothing.
I checked all the usual spots I’d find a poop. Nothing. I double checked, checked all over in case the plugin made her decide to find somewhere more discreet… nothing!
The diffusers say they last 30 days, but I think it was more like 25 days for me. I had a pack of two and just ran them back-to-back. Even though the middening had stopped immediately, and there was only one accident within the first month, I wanted to be absolutely sure, and I had two anyway so I figured I might as well use them.
Here’s the exact product I used:
Feliway for Cats Diffuser Plug-In Starter Kit
I’ve added a link to see it on Amazon below so you can read customer feedback and check availability in your region for yourself.
Have you used Feliway or another brand of diffuser that is designed to calm cats and help resolve issues due to them being stressed, anxious, or any of the other reasons discussed in this article?
Maybe this didn’t work and you have another cat middening solution you can share with me and the community? I’d love to hear about it.
I know everyone isn’t as fortunate as I was to have the first thing they try work out. Cat behavioral issues and middening in particular can be a difficult habit to correct. All I can suggest is to be patient and keep trying until you get to the solution you’re after.
It’s always worth it when you’re living in harmony have a happy and content cat!
Put all the jokes about cats not caring about us other than to be fed, fussed, and played with as and when they want it. Cats love us, and they do their bit to keep a protective eye over us.
Cats are in a higher state of alert at night. Even when they are sleeping, their ears are picking up the faintest of noises, and they will position themselves where they can see anything approaching.
So by sleeping near us they can keep an eye on us and make sure we’re safe. May you sleep safer in this knowledge from this day on!
Our Beds Are the Comfiest Place to Sleep!
Why do you sleep in your bed? Because it’s the best place to sleep, right? It’s comfy, warm, snuggly…I’m feeling like curling up in bed and taking a nap just writing this…
Anyway, back on track. If your bed is the best place to sleep, why wouldn’t your cat also choose to sleep on it?
I know what you’re thinking. You bought a perfectly good cat bed for your cat to sleep in. But cats are cats, they don’t always (or often) do what we want or expect.
Plus, your bed is way bigger and comfier than their cat bed. And it has you in it adding some extra warmth. Get it now?
Cats Are Driven by Scents
Cats are lead by scents. They like your scent, they like marking their territory with their own scent, and they like combining the two.
They get a good deal of comfort from being around your scent all night while they sleep, and likewise, they like leaving their scent around your room. You may have witnessed this if you’ve seen them rubbing their face on things in your room.
Does your cat sleep next to you or at the end of your bed?
Do you have any funny stories or questions regarding this article, Why do cats sleep with humans?
It’s funny isn’t it, you can leave a sheet of paper in the middle of your room, desk, kitchen side, wherever it may be, and a few minutes later you’ll see your cat sitting or sleeping on it.
But, why do cats sleep on paper when there are plenty of other places more convenient and comfortable to settle down?
Like all cat behaviors, when we delve a bit deeper, do some research, and try and take a look into the complex mind of a feline, we can find some rational reasoning behind what they do.
Here are some of the most likely reasons why your cat likes to sleep on bits of paper you leave out:
Why Do Cats Sleep on Paper?
Your Cat Wants Your Attention (And I Bet It Worked)
Cats are very aware of what we like to do and the things that we need and use often. This is why cats often sit on or rip up the newspaper – they know that the newspaper is getting in the way of their attention.
One of my cats sits on my desk watching me work and will always go and sit on a piece of paper she sees me placing to the side.
Then through the process of getting her off the paper, we end up fussing and playing for a while. Makes me wonder if it’s a deliberate attention seeking action…
Cats Are Attracted to Anything Different
It might not be the paper they feel compelled to check out and sleep on. A lot of the time cats will go and sit on just about any object you put in the middle of a room or an empty space.
There have been numerous ‘studies’ into cats and things placed in the middle of a room. Some of which just draw or make a circle on the floor, only to find cats have to go and investigate and sit in it.
I use the term loosely as it’s mostly done for fun rather than scientifically, but the results are pretty conclusive. Cats are curious, and they will check out things, try it and see.
Paper Acts as an Insulator
Most cats enjoy warmer spots to sleep and relax in, and they are very good at finding and feeling for that little extra warmth.
We can hardly feel the difference, but paper is a really good insulator and feels warmer to sleep on than the surface below it.
It stays warmer and reflects some of a cats heat, so the longer the sleep there the warmer and more snuggly they are. (Think about that when you’re moving them off!)
They like the Texture and Noise
Some cats like the noise and/or the texture of paper. I had a cat that had to scratch the insides of cardboard boxes. As much as the scratching noise drove me mad, she couldn’t get enough of it.
Toilet paper is another example. It’s almost impossible for some cats to resist playing with it. The feel and way it moves on the floor as they claw and tear at it is so much fun for them.
If your cat likes the feel, noise, or gets any other enjoyment from hogging any paper you leave laying around expect to find them on it.
Cats need to feel secure, especially when they are sleeping. Some cats will find the highest perch possible like the top of their cat tree or a cupboard, some like to be in a box, some have their back to the wall or sleep face down, and some like to lay on something.
It’s part of their natural instinct to find somewhere they feel safe while they sleep. Even though they are domestic cats safe from predators in your home, it’s still in their DNA.
I hope this article has helped answer, why do cats sleep on paper? Or at the very least has given you some insight into the behavior of our lovely, complex, and interesting companions.
Does your cat sit and sleep on any bits of paper they can find around your home? Do you find it funny or annoying? Feel free to drop me a comment below.
Why do cats sleep in their litter box? Cats are clean animals, so it’s always surprising, and a bit gross when they suddenly start sleeping or hanging out in their litter box.
One of the more curious and surprising behaviors I’ve experienced from my cats over the years was when one of my cats started sleeping in her litter box.
She started doing this just after I moved house. She wasn’t sleeping in there all the time, and often when I’d call her to eat she’d come out just fine, but it was strange behavior to say the least.
Yingers (that’s her name), is particular about keeping herself well groomed, is a social cat, and although this behavior would be out of the norm for any cat to start doing – it really took me by surprise from her.
To cut a long story short I had her checked out for illness by my local vet first. She was given the all-clear.
It turned out to be a stress-related reaction to moving home. The reason I didn’t assume this at first even though she started sleeping in her box at the time of the move was that we’d moved house before without any problems.
This behavior intrigued me, so I discussed it in detail with my vet, and also on kitty forums and with other owners who have also experienced situations with their cats sleeping in their litter boxes.
If you’re dealing with a similar issue at the moment hopefully I can help you get to the root of the problem with some of the reasons I’ve heard as to why cats can start sleeping in their litter boxes.
Why Do Cats Sleep in Their Litter Box?
Under Lying Health Issue
As with any strange cat behaviors that suddenly start, you should get them checked out by a professional for any health issues before going down any other routes.
Always act on the advice of your vet first if they can provide any solutions. They will be able to provide care tailored to your cat and their own specific behaviors and needs.
Anxiety or Stress
As I mentioned above, stress or anxiety was the reason why my cat started sleeping in her litter box due to moving house and being stressed about her new surroundings.
She started going in there less over time and I made every effort to make her more comfortable in our new home by providing toys, other places to hide and chill out, and of course plenty of fussing and attention.
Lack of Places to Hideout
Cats need places they can feel secure and call their own. For the most part, cats like to feel secure and protected while they sleep.
If you live in an open-plan apartment with literally no places for your cat to hide out when they need that feeling of security, they might have to use their litter box.
The easy solution to this problem is to provide cat-friendly hideouts for them to curl up in and sleep safe and snug.
Multi-Cat Household Dynamics
Litter box usage can get complicated in multi-cat households. Cat litter brands are always pushing multi-cat formulas and an all-in-one solution, but the reality is you might need a different litter per cat.
You certainly should always have at least one litter box per cat. You’ll find each cat prefers to claim a box as their own.
If you don’t have enough boxes, or if you have a cat that’s particularly defensive about claiming some territory they might sleep in their box to keep the other cats out of it.
I spoke with one cat owner who said his female cat started sleeping in her litter box towards the end of her pregnancy as her chosen place for a quiet spot to have her litter.
Obviously, the litter box is one of the worst places for a cat to give birth. Even a clean box with dust-free litter has some potentially serious health implications for newborns.
He solved the problem by cleaning out the box and replacing the litter with soft bedding when his cat was away eating. She took to it just fine and had a healthy litter a few days later in there.
If your elderly cat has started sleeping in the litter box this may be due to a decline in their cognitive dysfunction. It’s estimated that around 80% of cats that are 16 years or older will experience cognitive dysfunction.
This means they will experience issues with their memories, seemingly suffer from confusion, meow at night for no reason, not sleep as well, and do things that are out of character like sleeping in their box.
Did your cat start sleeping in their litter box before? Did you get to the bottom of why and correct this behavior?
What was it causing them to do this? I always enjoy hearing other peoples experiences and stories, just drop me a comment below. Thanks.
There’s a reason (and solution) to most, if not all cat behaviors.
So, if you want an answer to – why do cats sleep on your clothes – so you can keep your clean clothes free from fur and not have to tip your cat off to wear your favorite shirt or find your socks, read on for some insight into this common kitty behavior.
Why Do Cats Sleep on Your Clothes?
Cats Are Attracted to Anything Different
It may not be your clothes per si that your cat is attracted to, but rather the attraction that there is something different to investigate and settle down on.
Other common questions from cat owners revolve around why cats sleep or sit on bits of paper, laptops, cardboard boxes, rugs, and so on.
All of which are items that that stand out as being something out of the ordinary. There are few cats that can resist checking out items, and probably settling down while they are there.
Cats like the Familiarity of Our Smell
I’m not saying you smell. Well, actually I am. We all smell, it’s not a bad thing, particularly for our cats that find comfort with our scent.
Our clothes are some of the items that smell most like us, even clean clothes that have been washed. Don’t forget, cats have a much more acute sense of smell than we do.
This accounts for one of the main reasons why cats choose to sleep on something we come in contact with over somewhere we’d prefer them too, like their beds!
Clothes Are Warm and Comfy
This is an obvious one. Clothes are warm and comfy, that’s why we enjoy wearing them. Well, cats can’t wear our clothes, but they can sleep on them and enjoy the warmth and comfort.
You might notice that your cat is more likely to sleep on wooly or thick items of clothing over thin shirts to back this up, I know this is the case with my cats.
A solution is to provide comfy bedding and other places for them to sleep, right? Who are we kidding? We all know that cats have a mind of their own and never sleep where we want them too!
Cats Can Nest in Clothes
Along the lines of being soft and comfy, clothes are also easy for cats to rearrange a little to make a perfectly snuggly nest to sleep in.
You may have seen your cat kneading your clothes with their paws, using their noses to rearrange them, and generally manipulating the positioning to make it more comfy for them.
This is a huge plus for them. But it’s annoying for us to find snagging, rips, tears, and other bits of damage their claws cause isn’t it!
They Are Adding Their Scent to Our Stuff
Cats go about their routines each day adding their scents to stuff around the home. That’s why they rub their faces on furniture, you, and other objects.
They feel more comfortable when they have their scent everywhere in their domain. It warns off other cats, and for them, mingling your scent and theirs is how they strengthen their bond with you.
So, when we see clean clothes we are happy they smell fresh and feel great. When cats see our clothes, they see new items that need some of their scent added to it.
It’s Their Personality and Preference
Each cat has their own unique personality. Some of their behaviors and actions can be tied to certain reasons and causes, while some behaviors are just indicative of their own personality.
So, if your cat is always sleeping on your clothes the reasoning may be a combination of the above reasons I’ve covered, along with just being something they feel secure and happy doing.
Meaning, there might be no way to stop them sleeping on clothes. Other than making sure there are never any clothes left out for them to sleep on of course.
Hopefully, you now have some insight into why you always find your cat curled up in a ball sleeping on your clothes.
It almost feels unfair to kick them off now doesn’t it?
Maybe I’m just a little soft and let my cat get away with too much, but I always leave them when they’re happily sleeping. Even if I really need what they’re sleeping on.
As far as stopping or retraining your cat not to sleep on your clothes… there isn’t much you can do that’ll be reliable, other than keep all your clothes put away tidily, which isn’t the worst idea.
Do you have any funny or interesting stories, comments, feedback about this topic – why do cats sleep on your clothes?
I’d love to hear about it, just drop me and the rest of the community a comment below, thanks.
There are few things worse than having our sleep interrupted – especially by a cat yowling and meowing throughout the night.
If it’s ever happened to you I’m sure you’ll agree.
I’ve been there, and it’s horrible. I had a cat that would yowl from any time after 12 am for several hours. It was driving me mad.
Luckily I found out why she was meowing all night and managed to put a stop to it within a couple of months.
But those months felt like the longest months of my life. I was in a daze at work, couldn’t concentrate, wasn’t eating right, all because I wasn’t getting quality sleep.
What I’m trying to get across here is that I sympathise with you if you have a vocal cat while you’re trying to catch your beauty sleep.
I totally understand. And, the good news I have for you is that with some investigating you can find out what’s causing your cat to yowl, and put a stop to it.
Here are some of the most common reasons why cats meow and yowl at night:
Help! Why Does My Cat Yowl All Night?
Your Cat Might Have a Health Issue
Cat’s aren’t the best at letting us know when there is something wrong with them. Yowling throughout the night however, is often a clear cry for help.
It’s often the best idea to take your cat to the vet for a checkup to eliminate any underlying health issues before going down other routes looking for the reason.
It’s not only physical or painful health issues that can cause a cat to be vocal. Some diseases cause cats to feel hunger or crave water even when they are full, which can cause them to be more vocal.
So it’s worth having a vet take a look to either rule out health issues or address the problem before anything else.
Your Cat Is Hungry
If your cat is hungry and their cat bowl is empty, what do you think they’re going to do? Open up a new can of food and fork it into their bowl? (I wish.)
Nope. They are going to make noise until they get your attention. Even if it’s in the middle of the night.
Now, the problem is if your cat is eating enough during the day and shouldn’t have the tummy rumbles in the night.
If they are excessively hungry or think they’re hungry, there might be an underlying issue as I mentioned in the above point about health problems.
A couple of things you can try first is feeding your cat later in the evening so they are less likely to be hungry overnight and leave some dry nibbles out.
A fancy solution is to use an automatic feeder and set it to release a little food throughout the night.
Be very careful not to give in to a demanding kitty and overfeed them though. The only thing worse than a cat yowling for food all night is an obese cat yowling for food all night.
If none of these tips makes any difference get your cat checked out by a vet to look for health reasons why they are excessively hungry.
Your Cat Wants Some Attention
The last thing you want while trying to get some sleep in the middle of the night is to play with your cat. But, unfortunately, cats don’t care what time it is when they want some fussing.
Is your cat vocal in the day too when they are trying to get your attention?
You can manage this by not responding to them when they yowl for attention. Play and fuss them when they want it, but not when they are demanding it. Especially during the night.
This way they will not expect to get your attention by yowling. They should also stop doing it after a few days and realizing it doesn’t do anything.
If you have a particularly needy cat try and spare a little more time when you’re awake to play with them.
Your Cat Is Old
Just being old isn’t a reason why cats yowl at night. But aging cats are more likely to suffer from mental issues, such as confusion, cognitive dysfunction, and so on.
This can cause them to make noise for seemingly no reason. They are not in pain or asking for anything in particular, so sometimes it’s hard to understand or pinpoint this reason.
If it’s causing your cat some distress (or annoying you) try leaving a light on for them. There are also some medications that may help, a vet will be able to advise you on this.
It Might Be Mating Season
Cats can be very noisy when it’s mating season. If a female is in heat then she will start yowling, and males will also yowl when they can smell a female in heat.
This is a common problem if you live in a neighborhood with a lot of cats and haven’t had your cat spayed or neutered.
The simple solution is to have your cat fixed. Otherwise, not only is the yowling going to continue to keep you awake, if you let your cat out there’s going to be some new kittens on the block!
How to Stop Your Cat Meowing at Night
Hopefully, you can figure out the reason why your cat is making a racket at night from the reasons above.
This should set you on the path to finding a solution. If you’re none the wiser however, I recommend trying one or more of the following:
Get your cat checked by a vet – It’s an obvious one, vets are there to help us with pet-related problems.
Start by getting them checked out by your vet for any health issues. They will also give you some tips and advice based on the breed and age of your cat.
Stimulate them more during the day – Cats love to play, and they love to sleep. Being up all night yowling isn’t high on their list of priorities, so tiring them out more can help them sleep better during the night.
Get some toys cool interactive toys for the both of you to play with. A laser pointer is an awesome way to encourage even the laziest of cats to have a runaround.
Make sure they’re well fed – Start feeding your cat a little later in the evening. Digesting food takes a lot of energy, which is why we sleep better after a big meal.
The same goes for cats. After eating, a little grooming and settling down is their top priority. You might get a more peaceful night if your kitty has a full tummy.
Have you had to deal with a noisy cat keeping you awake at night? Is this a problem you’re trying to resolve right now?
I’d love to hear about your experience or any feedback you have about this article – why does my cat yowl all night?
Just drop me a comment below, any tips or experiences help other members of the community and are much appreciated.
Are you sick and tired of cats and other animals getting into your trash can outside and creating a mess outside your home?
Sounds like you need a cat proof trash can.
Pet proof trash bins have a simple locking mechanism that makes it impossible for animals to get in no matter how good the food scraps smell to them.
They don’t cost more than regular trash cans, are super easy for you to use, and are basically just better options than regular trash cans.
So, take a look at the four following trash cans if you want to put a stop to scavenging cats rummaging through your bins!
4 Cat Proof Trash Can Options
Rolling Cat Proof Trash Can
This looks like your average, unassuming trash bin – and it is for the most part. Its long slim design makes it almost impossible for cats to get in. No cat is strong enough, or clever enough to open the heavy lid and rummage through the contents.
On the specifications side and why it’s a good bin. The wheels make it easy to move regardless of how much weight is inside. They say it’s “no odor,” not sure exactly how but I’ll take that as a plus seeing as my bin smells pretty bad. And it’s smells that attract animals.
This is a universal fitting strap to easily lock up your existing bin if you don’t need or want to go in on a new bin. It’s nothing more than a stretchy strap with some buckles that lock together to keep your lid secure, but it works.
The manufacturer states it’s designed and has been tested to keep cats, dogs, and raccoons out of bins at the very least. It’s not recommended for keeping bears out, but that’s undersetandable. Keeps the lid down in windy weather, rain and water out, all thoses sort of things.
Pretty awesome little bit of kit to cat proof your bin.
It’s amazing how something as simple as a twist and lock mechanism can keep a bin lid securely in place. That’s exactly how this bin works, just twist the lid and any creature or young human will be left scratching their heads trying to figure out how to get in.
It ticks all the other boxes for a good functional bin too. Chunky handle, wheel to push it around when fully loaded, round (because round looks better than square), as far as bins go it’s pretty good.
When it comes down to reviews, ratings, and feedback in the bin world, this might just be the best-rated bin. I’m not going to try and jazz it up, it’s still a bin. But everyone wants to know they are getting value for money and an awesome product, I get that bit.
So, I’d check out this bin if you’re after a cat-proof, highly rated bin that won’t let you down, blow away in stormy weather, smell, or anything else you wouldn’t want to see happen to your bin. Check it out and see what you think.
It’s hard to get excited about trash cans, I get it. But if you don’t put in the time to find the right one that’ll fit where you need to leave or store it and keep animals out, you’re going to get annoyed by animals diving in and causing a mess.
Hopefully this article about cat proof trash can options has saved you some time and directed you to a bin that you were looking for.
Is your cat using your box spring as a scratching post? Or maybe they are climbing or squeezing into it somehow and using it as a hideout.
This was a problem I had a couple of years ago and it was driving me crazy.
My one cat would use the corners of my box spring to sharpen her claws and would lie on her back scratching at the underside of one of the draws.
Needless to say, if she did this at night it would annoy the hell out of me. It was annoying at any time of day or night to be honest, seeing little bits of shredded material was not a welcome sight.
My lackluster efforts of giving her a firm “No” and moving her to a different room. Trying to lure her away with treats, and keeping the door to my bedroom closed didn’t work.
(Don’t get me started on how annoying her scratching at the closed door was.)
So, I looked up how to cat proof a box spring. I read through loads of different suggestions, most of which were not the most practical or guaranteed to work.
But I figured it out.
In this post, I’m going to share some ideas, tips, and what I did to cat proof my box spring. My cat no longer has any interest in scratching or investigating my bed and we live happily putting this bad habit of hers to bed (an awful pun that I couldn’t resist).
How to Cat Proof a Box Spring
Step 1 – Make Any Necessary Repairs
If your box spring has been used as a toy or a scratching post by your cat for some time I bet it’s looking a bit shabby.
Your cat may have even ripped a hole in to give them access to the underneath of your bed. Patch up any holes, cut off loose threads, and tidy it up if necessary because it’s going to be safe from your cat after you follow the rest of these steps.
Step 2 – Cover Your Box Spring with a Protective Cover/Material
I wish there was a simpler option. But I tried using certain scents cats dislike to deter her, telling her off every time she went near my bed, and a few other shock factor things. But nothing worked long-term.
To truly cat proof a box spring you need to wrap or cover it in some cat proof material. Anything less is going to be a short-term solution that won’t work unless you have an incredibly lazy cat that’s easily deterred.
So, you have two options; buy some material and cover your box spring, or buy a product designed to cover and protect it.
I went for the latter for a number of reasons, namely:
It wasn’t too expensive
It was the quickest solution
I’m rubbish at DIY and making things that fit
It’s a tried and tested solution with customer feedback that it’s cat proof and works!
This is the box spring cover I used;
Not only is this a cat proof cover that encases your box spring, but it’s also going to increase the lifespan and quality of your bed base too. If you’re wondering if you can feel, hear, or notice it when you’re in bed, don’t worry you can’t.
Stopping your cat from scratching your box spring is only going to move the problem somewhere else in most cases. So, if you don’t have a good cat tree or scratching post yet, pick one up now at the same time as protecting your bed.
Spend some time with your cat helping them get to know and use their new tree/scratching post. I’ve never had a problem directing my cats to use their posts after spending some time with them, so it shouldn’t be too hard.
Additional Tips to Stop Your Cat Scratching Your Box Spring
If you want to try a couple of simpler things before going down the route above and encasing your box spring to protect it, there are a couple of things you can try;
Keep the Door to Your Room Closed
This sounds like a really simple fix, doesn’t it?
I tried this and it didn’t work. The problem for me was that my cat was used to going in my room so when the door was closed she would scratch at it and rip at the carpet under the door.
I was patient at first. I tried to ignore the occasional scratching noise at night, which was incredibly annoying! But she was ripping up tufts of carpet and causing too much damage to the carpet and the bottom of the door to keep ignoring her.
Give it a go and see if your cat takes the hint. Cats are curious creatures though, most of them will want to know why the door is closed and what’s going on in the room.
A Firm “No” and Correcting Their Behavior
Correcting your cat’s behavior is another option. In an ideal world, we would just tell them not to scratch the box spring and live happily together in the knowledge that by just telling them not to scratch it, they won’t.
If you can detect some sarcasm in my voice here it’s because I tried so hard to change my cat’s behavior, without success.
This isn’t to say you won’t be able to do it however. Just follow the same basic rules to teaching a cat to do something. Give them a firm “No” when you catch them doing it, put them somewhere else in your home, and only reward them with treats when they don’t scratch it.
Hopefully you found this article helpful. It’s a frustrating kitty problem to deal with, trust me, after weeks of having my cat obsessed with my bed base and trying all these solutions – I can sympathize.
If you have any additional tips on how to cat proof a box spring or correct this behavior please share below to help others, thanks!