The best way to keep cats out of a box spring is to install a sturdy fence around it. You can also use double-sided tape or put a piece of furniture in front of it to make it inaccessible to them. Finally, you can try using a box spring cover to keep cats from getting inside.
Here in this blog post, I’ll go over what I faced when my cats started sleeping in my box spring and how I stopped it from happening. I’ll also leave some helpful tips for you in case you’re struggling with the same issue.
Why Do Cats Like Box Spring?
Box springs are the perfect hunting ground for cats. Their prey (dust mites, bed bugs, and other critters) love to hide in mattresses and box springs.
When a cat jumps on a bed, they are using their natural hunting instincts to take down their prey. The familiar scent of their human also adds to the appeal of the bed as a safe place to sleep and relax.
In addition, box springs provide cats with a warm, cozy place to curl up and take a nap. So if you’re wondering why your cat likes to spend so much time in your bedroom, it’s probably because they’ve found the perfect hunting ground.
Why You Shouldn’t Allow Your Cat In Your Box Spring?
As a cat parent, you may have thought about letting your feline friend sleep in your bed with you. However, there are some good reasons why you shouldn’t allow your cat in your box spring. Here I’ll go over a few of those reasons.
1. Your Cat May Damage Your Box Spring
One reason why you shouldn’t allow your cat in your box spring is because they may damage it. Cats like to sharp their claws and if they do this on your box spring, it can cause permanent damage. Additionally, cats often use the bathroom in their litter box and if they get into your box spring, it could ruin it.
2. It’s Not Good For Your Cat’s Health
Another reason why you shouldn’t allow your cat in your box spring is because it’s not good for their health. Cats are known to suffer from allergies and asthma and sleeping in a dusty box spring can trigger these conditions. Additionally, if your cat has fleas, they can transfer them to your bedding which can cause you to get bitten.
3. It’s Not Good For Your Health
Finally, another reason why you shouldn’t allow your cat in your box spring is because it’s not good for your health. If you have allergies or asthma, sleeping in a dusty box spring can trigger these conditions. Additionally, if your cat has fleas, they can transfer them to your bedding which can cause you to get bitten.
10 Possible Ways To Keep Cats Out Of Your Box Spring
Now that you know why you shouldn’t allow your cat in your box spring, you may be wondering how to keep them out. Here are a few tips.
1. Install A Fence Around Your Box Spring
One way to keep cats out of your box spring is to install a fence around it. You can purchase a pre-made fence or make your own. If you choose to make your own, make sure it’s tall enough that your cat can’t jump over it and sturdy enough that they can’t knock it down.
In my house, I have a baby gate blocking the entrance to my bedroom. This keeps my cats out of my room and away from my box spring.
2. Use Double-Sided Tape
Yes, you read that right. Double-sided tape can actually be used to keep cats out of your box spring. All you have to do is put it around the perimeter of your box spring. The sticky side will deter them from jumping in and the noise when they land on it will startle them.
3. Put A Piece Of Furniture In Front Of Your Box Spring
Another way to keep cats out of your box spring is to put a piece of furniture in front of it. This could be a dresser, a nightstand, or even a chair. Anything that they can’t jump over or move will work.
4. Use A Box Spring Cover
I know this may not be the most attractive option but it will definitely keep cats out of your box spring. All you have to do is put a cover over your box spring and secure it with tape or velcro. Then, when your cat tries to jump in, they’ll be met with a barrier.
5. Try A Scat Mat
A scat mat is a type of mat that emits a loud noise when pressure is applied to it. You can put this mat in front of your box spring and when your cat tries to jump on it, they’ll be met with a loud noise. This will startle them and deter them from trying to jump in again.
6. Use Citrus Oil
Cats hate the smell of citrus and if you put some oil around your box spring, they’ll be deterred. You can either purchase citrus oil or make your own by mixing 1 part water with 1 part lemon juice. Then, just apply it to a cloth and wipe it around the perimeter of your box spring.
7. Give Them Their Own Bed
If you want to allow your cat in your bedroom but not on your bed, you can give them their own bed. You can purchase a cat bed or make your own by repurposing an old pillowcase. Then, just put it next to your bed and encourage them to sleep in it.
8. Keep Your Bedroom Door Closed
One of the simplest ways to keep cats out of your box spring is to just keep your bedroom door closed. This will prevent them from being able to access your room and jump on your bed.
9. Use A Litter Box
If you have an indoor cat, chances are they’re already using a litter box. You can use this to your advantage by placing their litter box next to your box spring. Then, when they jump on your bed, they’ll smell the litter and be deterred.
10. Train Them With A Spray Bottle
If you’re consistent, you can train your cat not to jump on your bed with a spray bottle. Whenever they jump on your bed, give them a quick spray. After a few times, they’ll learn that jumping on your bed is not allowed.
My Final Thoughts
Keeping your cat out of your box spring can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. By using one of the methods listed above, you can keep your cat from sleeping, scratching, or peeing on your box spring.
And by keeping your cat’s environment clean and providing them with a scratching post, you can help to reduce the chances of them destroying your box spring.
Do you have any tips on how to keep a cat out of a box spring? Share them in the comments below!