Heated Cat Beds: A Warm and Cozy Place to Sleep for Your Cat
So what are heated cat beds? If you own a cat, or even just know someone who does, you probably already know a little bit about them. Heated cat beds are pet beds that contain a heating element. Think of it as a heating pad specially designed to be slept on by a cat.
While you might have heard of heated pet beds, and might even have thought of buying one in the past, there’s a chance that you might not have considered all of the benefits a heated bed provides.
A Warm Place to Sleep Outside
While dogs are much more likely to be left outside during the night, some cat owners don’t allow their pets to sleep in the house for various reasons. And each and every one of them has felt guilty about it at one time or another, especially during the cold winter months. Well, getting your cat an outdoor heated bed can help to alleviate some of that guilt, as well as ease some of your worries. Whether your cat sleeps outside, in a garage, in an unheated basement, or on the porch, a heated cat bed provides a warm, soft place for them to sleep.
A Warm Place to Rest
Even if your cat or kitten doesn’t sleep outside, or in some other space that is unheated, they can still benefit from having a heated cat bed. If your cat spends its nights inside your home, chances are they sleep on the floor. Well, just think about how cold that floor is when you hop up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Just imagine trying to sleep down there yourself, and you will have some idea how your cat feels.
Here’s something else to consider. During the summer months, you probably have your air conditioner running to keep your house cool. But, while you might feel perfectly comfortable in your air conditioned home, your cat or small dog might find it a little too chilly. Especially when they are trying to sleep, and not doing something active like batting at your curtains, or chasing your vacuum cleaner around.
A heated bed or heated kitty pad will allow your cat to sleep in warmth and comfort, no matter how cold it gets down on the floor, or how low the setting is on your air conditioner.
Some Cat Bed Tips
By now, you have probably decided to buy a heated bed for your cat, but what should you look for when you go shopping?
When buying any new products for your cat, safety should be at the top of your priority list. More likely than not, a heated bed for your cat will need to be plugged in, which will mean a power cord. If you have one of those pets who like to nibble on anything new and interesting, that could be a problem. So, when shopping for heated cat beds, it’s important to look for one that has a chew resistant cord.
Another concern is cleanliness. Chances are that you won’t be able to toss a dirty cat bed into the washing machine. However, getting a heated pet bed with a zippered removable cover is the next best thing. This way, whenever the bed starts looking dirty, or maybe starts to smell a little funny, you can take off the cover and toss it in the wash.
Many heated cat beds will be listed as weather resistant. If you want to make sure it stays in good condition for as long as possible, you probably don’t want to leave it out during the rain. And since heat can do damage just like water can, leaving the bed sitting under a blazing hot sun all day long probably wouldn’t be a good idea either. Ideally, your pet’s heated bed will be kept in a covered area, whether that’s in a pet shelter, on a screened-in porch, or even under an awning. Either of these options will offer it, and your cat, some protection from the elements.
Picking A Heated Cat Bed with Style
There was a time when beds for pets weren’t all that attractive. Finding one that would even come close to matching the upholstery on your furniture could be a real challenge. But times have changed. Knowing how much style matters to some of their customers, many manufactures keep styling in mind when producing new pet beds. Which is why you can now find heated cat beds in just about any shape, size or color. If you are going to be using the bed indoors, you can find one that will match your décor. If you are feeling whimsical, you can buy a cat bed in the shape of a fish, a mouse, or a ball of yarn. You can also find beds in more mundane shapes, from round, to square, to oblong.
If you like animal prints, you can find heated cat beds that have zebra stripe, cheetah spot, or leopard stripe pattern. If your cat is going to be sleeping in your child’s room, you can find a bed that will match the paint of the walls, whether it’s pink, blue, green or purple. And if you’re concerned about the environment, you can find pet beds that are eco-friendly, made with either completely organic or recycled materials.
Choosing heated cat beds that will be perfect for your home (and your cat) is really just a matter of looking around until you find something that really catches your eye.
Finding the Best Heated Cat Beds
There are a lot of good cat beds on the market. So how can you tell the good from the bad?
One good way to find luxury cat beds is to take a look at some of the most well-known brands. For example, K&H Thermo-Kitty is a company that specializes in heated cat bedding products. (As the name implies.) For example, along with heated cat beds, they also produce heated throws and heated mats.
PetMate is another manufacturer of cat bedding products. And, in some cases, you might find that a bed by PetMate costs a little less than a similar model being sold by Thermo-Kitty.
No matter what your budget, you should be able to find a good, quality heated bed that will fit your budget.
To some people, heated cat beds are just another way to pamper our pets. But the fact is that they can have many practical benefits too. After all, to many of us, our pets are members of the family. And who doesn’t like knowing their loved ones have a warm and cozy place to sleep through the night?