How to Cat Proof a Box Spring (In a Few Simple Steps)

How to Cat Proof a Box Spring

I love my cats, I really do. But they have a few annoying habits that really wind me up at times.

One of which is to find any which way they can to get into the box spring of my bed and make scratching noises or scratch at the top of the of it when I move on the bed.

If you have the same problem I’m sure you’ll sympathize and understand how annoying it can be.

The good news is that I’ve managed to cat proof my box spring now.

There are a few ways you can go about doing it as I’ll explain. None are difficult or expensive, and you’ll be able to sleep better knowing your cats can’t get in and scratch around!

How to Cat Proof a Box Spring

Step 1 – Fix Any Holes

The first thing to do is repair any holes or entry points your cats may have made, or are used to squeezing through to get inside the box spring.

Some are raised off the floor. If this is the case and your cats are sneaking underneath can you take the legs/wheels off?

You should have a solid box spring. There may be draws, but these aren’t an entry point if left closed.

Step 2 – The Simple Fix for Cat’s That Aren’t Too Persistent

The Simple Fix for Cat's That Aren't Too Persistent

Having no obvious entry points is not enough to keep cats away. They are often attracted to the feel of the material on a box spring, and aware that there is a space inside to investigate.

If your cat is not the most persistent type I recommend using a Valance Sheet. These are those sheets that drop down to cover the box spring or bed base.

They look really nice (it’s a style thing of course, you might disagree), and do a good job of covering the base of the bed and deterring cats from crawling and scratching underneath.

Here’s a good example of what I’m talking about:

You can check out the range of valance sheets available on Amazon by clicking here.

If you know your cat well or have already tried this and know it’s not enough to keep them out skip on to step 3 below!

Step 3 – A Good Solution Against Persistent Cats

There are few things more annoying than a persistent cat. They will scratch, claw, and meow at all times throughout the day and night.

Unless of course, you make it mission impossible for them. Cats can get frustrated quickly and lose interest when something is way too difficult for them. Trust me, I’ve broken many a bad cat habit.

So, while it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing answer (although you can cover it with a valance sheet as per above), you need to seal up your box spring with a strong material.

There are various strength materials you can use depending on how determined your cat is. If they are using your box spring as a scratching post then I recommend something like this:

That’s right. Cover your box spring in a strong plastic sheet to deter your kitty. Cat’s don’t like the feel of smooth plastic, and if you secure it nice and tight so they can’t get any movement on it it’s like a secure barrier.

Click here to buy protective plastic sheeting on Amazon.

Step 4 – Provide Something Better to Scratch and Play With

There is a reason why they are paying attention to your box spring. It’s likely to be one or more of the following reasons:

  • Is it to sharpen their claws?
  • Do they find it fun squeezing in there?
  • Is it because it’s somewhere quiet and safe for them to sleep?

There is a simple solution that’s a win-win for you and your cat if so. A cat tree!

What’s a cat tree?

It’s a large structure with plenty of scratching posts, ledges to climb and jump on, places to sleep, and so on. Like an all-in-one cat entertainment center. It’s actually really fun watching cats play on them, I’ve had one for a few years now.

I’ll admit, I’m not an expert on what makes a good cat tree. There is a good rundown of the best cat trees for cats here if you’re interested, I recommend taking a look.

Step 5 – Reward Them for No Longer Attacking Your Box Spring

Assuming you and your cat now live happily together without any issues regarding them and your box spring make sure you reward them accordingly.

Give them treats, let them sleep on the top of your bed and get plenty of fussing, and so on!


Have you had to find a solution to your cat attacking your box spring before or after reading this article – how to cat proof a box spring?

I’d love to hear about what you did to resolve this issue. Did any of the above tips help? Do you have any additional advice for the readers?

Just drop me a comment below, thanks.