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Feline Happiness - A Cozy Bed

Providing your favorite feline with a safe place to nap which is enclosed on at least three sides will help to make him feel relaxed and secure. His ever safety-conscious feline instinct tells him to be constantly alert to dangers that might sneak up on him when he is sleeping. If the enclosure has a top, he'll feel even safer. Pet stores and pet supply catalogs carry an endless variety of beds, boxes, and hideaways from which you can choose. A simple homemade version can be made from a cardboard box which is tipped on its side and lined with a soft pillow or blanket.

When transporting Kitty, always use a cat carrier. If it is padded with his favorite blanket, the familiar scent will help him to accept it. He should also have plenty of opportunities to explore the cat taxi before he has to be transported in it. Place it in a room where Kitty likes to hang out and remove the door, if possible. Put treats or favorite toys in it. Let him discover it on his own. Perhaps he will find the carrier suitable for his next catnap. Once he is used to it, a ride in the car or a trip to the vet won't be so scary because he is in his "home away from home".

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