Heated Cat Beds
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Many of our cat loving followers are considering buying heated cat beds for their felines, so here at Loving Your Pet, we thought we should help. This guide to heated cat beds will hopefully help us, you and everyone, understand why they have become such a popular purchase.
Did you Know - Some cats enjoy as much as twenty hours sleep per day, and the average cat can spend two thirds of its lifetime sleeping! Don't you think it's about time you got your claws into the subject of cat napping?
Every cat needs a comfy place to sleep, the snugger the better. Cats have a knack of finding the softest, warmest nook in the house when they want a nap, but this may not be so convenient for the owner - particularly if it turns out to be their bed!
Because cats are laws unto themselves, it makes more sense to give them a bed near the cat flap, that is unless you enjoy being woken up in the early hours?
So what's available?
Good question. The answer being - lots! Let's start with the types of bedding available. The design of cat beds range from the simple cushion and traditional kidney shaped bed to the soft doughnut snug, rest, hood, sack or igloo. Beds can be foamed, thermal polyester lined or wadded and either dressed in sheepskin, suede, fleece or cushioned (to name but a few).
Ways of providing extra heat...
Heat pads can offer your cat up to twelve hours of bedded warmth. Simply heat them in the microwave - no plugs or wiring required. They come with soft coverings and are bite resistant, ideal for kittens and poorly or elderly cats. The extra heat is also a comfort for cats suffering with arthritic or achy joints.
Here at Loving Your Pet we've added a heat pad to a standard cat bed for the winter months, wrapped in a towel. The results are incredible - our cats are lazier and more comfortable than ever!
Electric heat pads provide continuous warmth and run on a 220/240 mains voltage, with most pads producing up to 13 watts of heat. Safety extras include coated cable (to guard against chewing). Not all pads are thermostatically controlled, so care should be taken with bed layering to make sure the heat is well regulated. These types of pads are available in a range of sizes to suit your pet. Always follow the manufacturer's safety instructions.
Radiator beds are another ingenious option. Cradles or hammocks can be hung from the radiator on frames designed to suspend the weight of a feline, sleeping or otherwise. Soft bedding, such as sheepskin, provides your cat with extra comfort away from ground drafts or cold floors.
Cat Nap Facts - Just like us, cats not only dream, but they also snore - Persian and Himalayan breeds snoring the most because of their pug nosed faces.