Cats in the Bed Springs? Really? Anyone Else Had This Problem.

Carlye Cat - The mischief making Carlye Cat.
@Aurone (4758)
United States
March 14, 2010 3:30pm CST
My cat Carlye has made a hole in the lining of my bed springs and has taken to crawling in there and using it as a hammock. Every time she moves it rocks the bed. I had never heard of a cat doing this before and my cat is 2 and this is the first time she has ever tried this. I think she is hiding from Freddie my new kitty who I got in December. Anyone have any ideas on how to solve this and has anyone heard of this happening before? Help!
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@ticuso (127)
• Mexico
16 Mar 10
our cat did the same thing, tore a hole in the box spring and I guess take her naps there? I guess they do this so no one will bother them there!
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
21 Mar 10
They do interesting things, don't they?
@ticuso (127)
• Mexico
21 Mar 10
they sure do!
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
15 Mar 10
I used to have this problem when I had my old mattress and boxspring set--did she make the hole on the underside? If so, this is what I did. I would have to lift the boxspring up and placed a fitted sheet over the underside...that should do the trick
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
21 Mar 10
They actually ripped it from the top, so it just came loose. I stapled it back and we will see if this works. If not I have a fitted sheet waiting in the wings to try next. I believe next time I buy a bed I will get one that is solid underneath with drawers on the side, like my boss at work has.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
21 Mar 10
Here's another idea that might work then...do you have a large beach towel? Place it over the hole, then the fitted sheet then another fitted sheet Sounds like your boss has a captain's bed? That's what I have now and real handy in putting linens in the drawers
@savypat (20247)
• United States
14 Mar 10
We had one do this, she even had her kittens in there, what a mess that was to clean up. Enjoy
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
14 Mar 10
That sounds bad. At least I don't have to worry about that.
• United States
14 Mar 10
Savvypat, OMG what a small nightmare that would have been for me! I'd have been super worried the whole time not knowing how my girl was doing with the labor. I've never seen a cat give birth but I'll trade that special experience for helping keep the pet population down. There are way too many feral cats here in the south as it is. But I can imagine they were just precious and very safe where she picked to have them. Smart cat! I can't even imagine how you could have cleaned up that one. Lots of effort I imagine! Take care!
@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
14 Mar 10
That is a problem that I have never heard of. But think about how cozy it sounds! And she does sound like she's trying to find her own personal space. It often takes cats time to adjust to new family members. My older cat Cleo was not happy when Delilah the kitten came home. She used to tackle her and fling her about so badly that we had to seperate them whenever we left the room. She might have only been trying to play as she never growled or really tried to hurt her but I wasn't taking any chances. I know I have seen the carpet covered cat stands that have cubby holes inside them that are also lined with soft carpet. You might want to consider getting one of those. You might also be able to make one. When Cleo was overly aggressive and Delilah was so tiny, we put Cleo in time out. We put a pillow and then a cozy blanket in the cat carrier and that was her time out place. It's a large carrier and she could still see everything and yet couldn't act out too much. We'd only put her in a for a short period of time and as soon as she was calm again, I'd let her out. It sounds like she is looking for some personal space that also can be safe from being shared without her consent. How do they get along? Is Freddie trying to dominate and be the lead cat? Is he fixed? Sometimes if one is fixed and the other isn't, it can create conflicts. You might have to try and teach them to get along better if that is the case. I'd be abit worried about her possibly getting hurt by the springs so you might also want to consider getting some advice from the vet. You want to be sure there is nothing else wrong with her as cats do hide when they are sick. We used a electric diffuser that is scented with the scent of a lactating cat, can't recall what it's called but our vet had it and it did calm things down quite abit. They sell them online so you don't have to get that at the vet. Let us know what you decide to do and how it all works out. good Luck!
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
14 Mar 10
Thanks for all the advice. Everybody is fixed. They all seem to get along sometimes and other times they don't. She only does it at night and otherwise she seems fine. She had plenty of cubbies to hide in that no one else uses. I may try one of those calming things.
• United States
14 Mar 10
I looked it up for you as it was bugging me that I couldn't remember it! It's called feliway and I got mine from Amazon.com for the refills, they seemed to have the best price. The vet sold me the diffuser and a 2 month supply. I still keep it in the house for summertime thunderstorms since we get some bad ones. I love them but Delilah goes into terror mode and it helps quite abit. Cleo takes it in stride, if Mom is calm then she is. Good thing too since one manic cat is tough enough. Be well.
• United States
17 Mar 10
ooh..that could be dangerous to her.. um..mine have never done that-though they have tried to get in the box part. all i can think of is a heavy plastic hopefully cat-proof cover for it?
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
21 Mar 10
I know. Thats what I was really worried about. My sleep is so erratic anyways that losing a little sleep is not that big a problem for me. I thought about plastic but then I thought what if they somehow make a hole in that and then suffocate? I like the fitted sheet suggestion that others have made.
• Philippines
15 Mar 10
My cat had this habit of hiding inside our bed and within springs ...kinda cute but of course, you can't get you cat out because of his playful mood. It would be helpful to have your bed repaired or replaced...good luck with Carlye!
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
21 Mar 10
Thanks.
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
15 Mar 10
Yes I have had cats do this at different times. Currently we have no indoor kitties but hope to acquire one this spring again. They like warm, dark places to curl up and hide in and to be near you as well. They also do look for safe places to run and hide for strangers or to pout if they are mad at you.
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
21 Mar 10
That they do. I hope you find a perfectly lovely kitten to adopt.
14 Mar 10
Cats seem to be able to get into the strangest of places to hide or sleep. Moomin the mad moggie will often crawl up into the airing cupboard, I've caught him trying to get into the laundry basket and lately he has taken to getting inside the old armchair in the corner.
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
15 Mar 10
They are the darnest creatures but thats probably why we love them so much.
• United States
14 Mar 10
I had two cats that did this before. You need to put a fitted sheet on the under side of the box spring the cat will not go back inside. I was mad when my cat did this because I did not want my plastic ripped off the bed. My cat lion has to sleep under the covers on this bed. cats do the cutest things for us to enjoy..
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
21 Mar 10
Indeed they do. A fitted sheet is a great idea. Thanks.
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
14 Mar 10
Yes, I have seen that happen before. cats like places they can make into caves. The only way you can fix it is to seal off the lining of the boxspring. Either remove the fabric under neath, and or get some plywood and place your box spring over it. This will create a solid seal and he/she can't get under it.
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
21 Mar 10
Thanks for the ideas. I will try one or the other.
@iamamommy (163)
• United States
14 Mar 10
I would be really careful about this, I know someone this happened to and her cats used the inside for the bathroom, so if I were you I would just make sure your cats were not donig this. It could be very dirty, But if you clean up after the cat im sure it would be okay.
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
21 Mar 10
Thanks for the warning. She is not doing that. She is just hiding.
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
14 Mar 10
Dear Aurone, I never had a cat doing this, but as far as cats are concerned they all have very special qualities and tricks just like your kitty Carlye. Getting used to a new cat does take some time; I have 6 cats myself currently so I've been through that process quite some times before. Eventually they'll get along just fine but Carlye might just want a quiet place for now. It does sounds like a warm and cuddly place to lie down so I can't blame her, lol! .
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
21 Mar 10
I fixed the Box Springs Problem but I found her a nice cozy box to hide in. Hopefully we are both happier now.