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My cats have traditionally loved napping blatantly sprawled out in the open (one is currently imitating a furry puddle on the doorstep, forcing people to carefully step over him). So I have never had any use for cat caves, beds, whatever. My little cat is very shy. I think he could relax better in some napping contraption. So far, I just put down cardboard boxes, but the other cat either scratches it up or sits on top of it. Also, I'm growing a bit tired of the slumbiente.

What, if anything, do your cats enjoy? Give me your best ideas, please!

My cats have traditionally loved napping blatantly sprawled out in the open (one is currently imitating a furry puddle on the doorstep, forcing people to carefully step over him). So I have never had any use for cat caves, beds, whatever. My little cat is very shy. I think he could relax better in some napping contraption. So far, I just put down cardboard boxes, but the other cat either scratches it up or sits on top of it. Also, I'm growing a bit tired of the slumbiente. What, if anything, do your cats enjoy? Give me your best ideas, please!

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About 6 months ago I made the mistake of making a blanket fort out of my kitchen table and chairs for my 12 and 2 year old kitties. They loved it way too much and now I don't have a kitchen table anymore. Just a permanent cat fort.

You have perfectly captured and summed up the whole experience of living with a cat lol

This thing is hideous, but (after 4 days of glaring at it with skepticism and refusing to go anywhere near it) my cat adores it! She naps in it, plays in it, dashes in & out of the holes and uses it as a scratcher. It's also not as big as the pictures make it look, but it does take up some floor space. https://www.chewy.com/snugglycat-ripple-rug-cat-activity/dp/149934

Mine have actual cat beds that they sleep in often. It can take a bit of trial and error to find a good spot for them so the cat actually uses it. One of them often prefers to sleep in flowerpots though, which has led to several severely squished plants.

I have an entirely dead section of flowerbed, because it’s the sunniest spot and Cat likes to lounge there and also dig it up incredibly thoroughly.

Cat does have a heated bed she loves in winter, though.

I've seen cat beds you can hang on a radiator, a bit like laundry airers with a bed on.

I have a laundry drying rack that I keep a sheet draped over when I'm not using it for it's intended purpose.

My friend built cat shelves that she drilled into the wall and her cats adored them

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My cats like blankets. Anywhere there’s a soft blanket put out they find the spot and claim it. They even like the bathmats in my bathrooms because of how soft they are. One of them likes shallow boxes and he has a favorite one he will sit in. I think using cardboard boxes for the cats is a great way of reusing things that we would otherwise get rid of. The cats’ favorite spots are on my mom’s bed though. It’s a king size and she’s divorced so now she shares the whole thing with cats. I’ve noticed they like sleeping where their people are. If it’s soft and near my mom, that’s good enough for them!

At night, they sleep in bed with us. I just think, the junior cat would enjoy an enclosed space during the day. Cardboard boxes are ripped to shreds. The shreds are then repurposed as impromptu cat litter. So I'm trying to move away from them.

[–] BlueToyotaTacoma Feared By Men 2 points

My cat also likes empty laundry hampers. I don't think they can be broken too easily.

My cats love beds from Aldi. I grabbed a collapsible box with a bed on the lid and shoved a cushion from another bed in the open box part. Loves it. A few weeks ago I got them little cave beds from Aldi (they have the cheapest beds by far), they sleep in those now that it is getting colder. They do like to feel protected when they sleep, so a nice little cave is perfect.

My cat has never been a box sitter but he loves paper bags. Like whenever I get takeout he gets the bag.

one of my cats is also very into paper bags. he's also a box sitter.

cats always try and steal each others stuff, its why litter box recommendations are one for each cat plus an extra. so it may be worth trying multiple boxes so your other cats can't steal them all at once. also make sure there is something soft in there. size of box is also important, for resting mine generally prefers the smallest box he can fit in.

My two sleep on my bed. I don’t have enough space now for dedicated cat furniture except a couple of tall, narrow trees - I don’t even have a couch or dining table. There are cushions on and under the bed, though, and they use those as well.

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Baby bouncers!

Like this: https://a.co/d/dQc6wBc

There are cheaper ones that don't have bangle toys or make bird tweets.

And do they like the bouncing effect, or just the shape of the bed?

Those dangle toys look perfect for cats!

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I think they like the shape, that it's hanging, and that it's somewhere they aren't supposed to be.