Hooded cat litter box
This tutorial explains how to make a dog bed for your cat that will serve as a safe haven and comfortable litter box.
What are your options if you don’t want to leave your cat out in the rain all the time? Well, the truth is there are a lot of cat bed options out there, and you’ll want to find the best ones for your cat.
One way to achieve this goal is to make your own cat bed. But, what’s the best kind of cat bed?
For a number of years we tried different varieties of cat beds. From time to time, I’ve tried this idea of using the cat litter box itself as a bed for your cat.
We’ve found that you do not want to do this.
If you think about it, your cat litter box has a few downsides for the cat.
Number 1. Cat litter boxes are messy. When you open the box, there’s always a bit of litter left in the bowl. This doesn’t make it great for having your cat sleep on a bed made of the same thing.
Number 2. They are not very sanitary. A cat only wants to use the litter box as a place to relieve themselves. If you have your cat use their litter box, they’re going to be using their litter on your floor.
Number 3. They don’t provide an ideal place for a cat to get away. You might notice that your cat gets scared when they have to walk into a new room and is more than likely to jump into the litter box. There’s no place to get a little nuzzle from your cat.
Number 4. There’s no hiding place. If you’ve got a little ball of fluff, it can feel pretty rough having to go into a room where you can’t see it. If you do have a cat in the home, try to limit their use of the litter box.
Number 5. Your cat can get sick from the litter box. If you own a cat, you’ve probably found this out at one point or another. Litter boxes can cause problems when cats are getting around cats get sick. You’re likely to have a less than great experience if your cat ends up getting sick.
The solution for our cat was to just let her roam. The litter box isn’t her only option, but it’s definitely not the only option. She can get to the litter box whenever she needs to, but she’s much more comfortable going to a different place if she chooses. We’ve used a couple different options to give us this comfort.
Number 1. She’s using a couple of beds. We’ve found a couple different products that fit this bill. One has a soft blanket, and we’ve found the blankets to be pretty great. They also have nice, firm side rails that we can use for support if we need it. The other product, just like the other product mentioned above, has a soft blanket that’s nice and comfy for our kitty to snuggle up with.
Number 2. We’ve gone with some sort of small bed for our cat. The cats seem to enjoy their napping in bedtime, and we find the small size to be perfect for small cats. You can buy something to go on top of the cat’s bed, but we haven’t had to worry about that one.
Number 3. She can use her favorite toys. This is a huge one, but if you haven’t heard this one, just know that you can let your cat use her favorite toys and it can make your life a little easier. The biggest thing I’ve noticed is that if she has a favorite toy and you use it, she doesn’t mind using it all the time. If she doesn’t want to use it, she doesn’t use it. It’s very nice to have a cat that’s not going to use her favorite toys all the time.
Number 4. We’ve got a cat carrier that’s not too big, and the size of the carrier has allowed her to use the carrier and leave the house at the same time. That’s a great thing.
Number 5. She’s got plenty of toys. She’s not one to only want her favorite toys. That’s one of those things that comes with age, I think. She’s very much into toys, and there’s plenty of toys for her to play with.
Now, I will add a cat who loves to play with new toys, but there are certain toys she doesn’t want to play with. There are certain toys she absolutely hates, and she gives me a look like I’ve gone too far and it’s going to have to stop. She doesn’t care for most plush toys and there’s plenty of toys she would just as soon not play with. It’s one of those things that comes along with age. I’m not saying I’m an old cat, but I think it’s a fact.
You can keep her busy with toys and there are always things she likes to do in her own little time. You can give her a bit of quiet time to rest and recuperate. You can have her outside to go out for play. You can have her inside the house in a safe place. If she needs to go out, you can take her with you on your regular trips out and about. You can give her walks or exercise. You can let her use toys for a bit, and then take them away.
She’s not as young as she used to be, but it doesn’t mean she needs a lot of exercise or play. She does what she wants to do, and you’re pretty good at keeping her in your house. If you leave for a moment, she might even go into her bathroom and sit and look around in her little quiet space. She’s never an over stimulated cat, and you don’t have to worry about her getting into something that she shouldn’t be. That would never be an issue with me. She’s a bit of a snuggler, but it’s more of a cuddle than a hug. She loves when you give her a hug, but she’s not going to sit there like she’s cuddling you. It’s something about a soft gentle petting hug. I want it, and I’ll let you know.
She’s not an adventurous cat. She doesn’t mind being in the same room with me, but she isn’t going to be doing a lot of adventuring around. She may need a bit more. She may find the stairs more fun than you would. She may need to go exploring. She may need to go out. You can provide that if you want to. There are ways to provide a bit more excitement to an older cat. I’ve read about putting on a harness and walking. There are several others I’m sure you could come up with. It’s up to you. She doesn’t want to jump, and she’s never seen a mouse running around the yard. She doesn’t want to chase them.