Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Lonely Cat-bed

Sleep is important in our household. I never have enough. The cats seem to suffer a surfeit of it. ‘Suffer’ may be the wrong term, though, since they don’t appear to be in distress over receiving too much rest. There are many places to indulge their visits to Morpheus, from the bed, to couches and chairs, to cat-trees, as was shown in yesterday’s article.

There are also the cat-beds. They were resorted to less during the summer, but now that the cold is creeping back over the landscape, the heating pads are back under the beds’ cushions, and the beasts are curling up there in comfort. Well, they are curling up in one of the beds.


I have two. Last winter, when we were newly ensconced in the apartment, both beds were in frequent use. Cammie, in particular, liked the farther one. Though it was near the external wall, it was also against the heating pipes so that, with the electric pad underneath, she would receive warmth from two directions. I think she also found the isolation from her roommates to be pleasant.


This year, however, the farther cat-bed is abandoned. No one has considered using it at all. Cammie has chosen to curl up in the nearer bed, and risk the proximity of the other beasts; they have used it, as well. So far, the cat-bed by the cd-cabinet in the corner is forlorn.


If this apathy toward the farther cat-bed continues, I may have to move it to more congenial locations. That’s too bad, because it fills an otherwise empty spot, and I don’t have much available floor-space elsewhere. Putting it where it will be more readily noticed is, I think, a solution; once it is used, I can try moving it, gradually, back to its far corner. But first things first: I have to get a body into it.

It’s a shame it’s been abandoned, as it looks both comfortable and warm. I may end up using it myself.

22 comments:

  1. I said something similar about Katie's bed. She was in it all the time but now...abandoned to the dust motes! Maybe as things get cooler and colder she too will change her mind

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    1. Cats love their routines - until they don't.

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  2. I wonder why they're opting for the other one now. I was going to suggest that you curl up in it (smile), but you already made mention of doing just that. As as aside, I keep thinking I ought to get a giant dog bed for under my desk at the office, for the occasional time I need to crash over the lunch hour. Heated would be a plus. :-D

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    1. If you have a panel hiding the leg-space under your desk from everyone else, you needn't even wait until lunch-hour.

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  3. It is interesting how they pick the bed that they want.The same goes on around here.Who knows where they are going to sleep. The most popular place is my bed when I am in it. You have a great day.

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    1. I am glad most of mine sleep on the bed with me. I like that. But making use of their own beds would be nice, too.

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  4. Mine have never been a fan of the cat bed. Now they like the mats and I have those all over, but as much as I think cats look so cute in those tiny beds only Abby & Gracie were ever the ones in my household who took advantage of them.

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    1. I have a towel 'bed' on the library couch. They like that, too.

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  5. like it real estate, it is all about location :)

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    1. I may have to move the bed after all. Sigh.

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  6. The cat bed looks so comfortable, it's surprising no one is using it. Perhaps if you sprinkle a little catnip on it, the cats will become interested in it again.

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    1. Catnip seems to have bad reactions with my cats. I try to avoid it.

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  7. Maybe it needs a towel or something just to make it look different.

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  8. guys...we iz crackin up at yur dadz last sentence !!!

    & noe joke....me...boomer...haza donut bed eye ree ceeved like 178 yeerz ago...

    it haz sat az de one pik sured above, for yeerz...un attended....

    sudden lee eye spied it { for de 90 bazillionith time } and eye said two me self....welcome old friend.....wear haz ya been { in de same spot all a long } & eye dee sided two use it again ...just thiz past month!! ♥♥♥☺☺☺

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    1. That's what I figure will happen with the cat-bed - quite suddenly.

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  9. I wonder if Cammie will find the bed again when the true winter's cold returns. My Holly will not use or even look at the cat beds - her one true bed-love is my bed. I still have Jessica's three beds - two still in the same spots Jessica loved (no, I still cannot move them.)

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    1. Perhaps Holly will find the cat-beds and use them yet. Those will be Jessica's gift to her.

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  10. I often find the trick is just to move a bed or put a towel in it and tell Miss Poppy not to sleep on it. That usually entices her.

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  11. Ehh, just do what I do and rub catnip on it.

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  12. Look over the unused bed carefully. You may find that after visual and olfactory examination that someone has left their , ahem, marking on the inside. I have a lovely large enclosed bed that all my cats just loved. Until one day no one loved it. Someone had sprayed the inside and not even the perpetrator would use it after that.

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    1. Everything is undisturbed by markings. I had washed both beds prior to this, but the bed that is being used was washed as much. I may switch them, now that the one bed has cat scent back on it.

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