“Her first reaction to the new cat bed was total disinterest.”
Samantha was adopted by her mom from a cat rescue when she was just a kitten, and has been living the spoiled life ever since. Now around 10 years old, the senior rescue cat definitely knows what she likes, and isn’t afraid to make her opinions known.
“Personality-wise she is very sweet and kind of a princess,” Heather Law, Samantha’s mom, said. “She loves to be pet, but only on her terms. Her favorite activities are eating and napping, in that order.”
One of Samantha’s greatest joys in life is finding different places to nap around the house — and since her mom likes to travel a lot, suitcases have become one of Samantha’s top favorite napping spots.
“When I’m packing for a trip, she’s in my room laying on everything as I lay it out on my bed and then she usually sleeps on top of the suitcase before I leave,” Law said.
Even once her mom has returned, Samantha still insists on sleeping in her unpacked suitcases, and hates when Law finally puts them away again. Noticing Samantha’s intense and slightly strange love for suitcases, Law had an idea that would allow her beloved cat to sleep inside a suitcase whenever she wanted.
She decided to make Samantha her very own suitcase bed.
Law used an old suitcase and transformed it into an adorable, very comfy suitcase bed using some inspiration and ideas she found on Pinterest. Once it was finally finished, she eagerly presented it to Samantha, expecting her to be thrilled — but instead, she was totally indifferent.
“Her first reaction to the new cat bed was total disinterest,” Law said. “I tried jingling toys around it and she could care less.”
At first, Samantha refused to use the suitcase bed at all, and instead continued to sleep inside her mom’s empty suitcases. Law knew that Samantha would love the suitcase bed if she just gave it a chance, so she decided to spread a little catnip on it — and that totally did the trick.
“She hopped up and started rolling around in her bed and has been using the bed ever since,” Law said. “She usually lays in it when I’m getting ready in the morning, though I think she still prefers any old suitcase that I lay out.”
Samantha now loves her fancy suitcase bed — but of course still tries to sneak naps in actual suitcases whenever she can, because she’s a cat, and that’s just what they do.