Finn will no longer go into his heated condo. One night when DH was taking his sleepy cat out to the house, as usual, Finn suddenly resisted and hissed, looked inside and since then, refuses to sleep in it. Nothing was in there at that time but something must have gone into his house on the deck, maybe even stuck around for awhile. We moved the little a-frame condo to the other side of the deck and wrapped his heated blanket around the small pet carrier, put a different bed in it and I hope he'll use that. He needs a warm place to sleep at night because he is not a litter box kitty and he interrupts our sleep to have him in the house (how do you do it? He wakes me up, messing around in the house all night).
We had the same thing happen last year but there was a baby opossum in Roux's bed! LOL! He will not go back in his covered bed to this day even after washing it and getting it back out again this season. We have one of those quartz heaters on the back porch for our cats with two open beds that lay about 18" in front of it. They seem to be pretty toasty when I go check on them before I go to bed but we don't have the extreme cold down here that you all have to deal with. Roux would love to sleep in the house and does pretty well up until about 3:00 AM. If I have to get up and let him out at 3:00AM I would never get back to sleep so him sleeping inside at night is not an option for me. What I don't understand is how he can come in at 7:00 AM and sleep ALL DAY (never leaves his bed) and then get up and go outside around 5:00 PM but he cannot come in at 9:00 PM and sleep through the night? That nocturnal prowling around drive is so strong with cats.