How to Make Your Cat Sleep in Its Own Bed

Cats sleep between 15 and 20 hours a day and need a comfy, safe spot to sleep during that time. If your kitty has been sleeping everywhere but in his own bed, make that bed as comfortable for him as you can by moving it to a new spot or even replacing it with a new bed. Lure him to his own bed with treats, and keep him away from any spots that are off-limits using harmless deterrents.

Lure Kitty to the Bed

Get your cat to sit in the bed by luring him there with his favorite treats. Once your cat steps into the bed, hold a treat over his head until he sits down. Praise him and give him the treat when he does. Leave some treats in your cat's bed so he is tempted to come back to it.

You can also try sprinkling catnip in the bed to get your kitty interested in it. Many cats are comforted by the scents of their owners, so leave an old T-shirt that you've worn in the bed, especially if your cat likes to snuggle with you.

Choose the Perfect Spot

Place your kitty's bed in a spot where he already likes to sleep so he'll be more likely to use it.

  • Choose a quiet spot away from noise and other pets so he won't be disturbed while he slumbers.
  • Many kitties like sleeping in warm, sunny spots, so place the bed in an area of your home that gets a lot of sun during the day.
  • For kitties who like to sleep in elevated spots, place the bed on a piece of furniture or on the shelf of a cat tree.

Pick the Perfect Bed

Examine the surfaces your cat sleeps on and how he positions his body when he sleeps to determine the type of bed he may prefer to sleep in.

  • Choose a large, soft bed for your kitty to stretch out on if he likes to sleep on your bed.
  • If your cat hides under your bed or other furniture, choose a hooded bed or one with high sides for him to sleep within for comfort and safety.
  • Cats who sleep curled in a ball may like a round, soft bed to snuggle in.
  • Older kitties like to sleep in warm spots, so a heated cat bed may appeal to your senior cat.

Make Other Spots Undesirable

If your kitty is sleeping on your laundry, bed or other furniture and you don't want him to do this, make those spots undesirable for him using harmless deterrents so he'll be more likely to prefer sleeping in his own bed.

  • Cover the spots with aluminum foil or upside-down plastic carpet runners.
  • Spray the areas you don't want your cat to sleep in with citrus oils, which cats don't like.

You can also block your cat's access to forbidden sleeping spots with physical barriers like pet gates, or close the door to any rooms you don't want your cat to access.