What To Consider Before Buying A Cat Bed
Most of these points centre around your cat’s behaviour and sleeping patterns, but just as you would think when buying your own new bed or mattress, there are other things to think about too.
How They Sleep
Curled up in a ball, with their tail around their body and head tucked under paw, or sprawled out on their side with legs out? If the former, they are probably preserving heat and protecting themselves while they rest as they would in the wild. A smaller, thickly padded bed and perhaps one with a roof on could be the answer. But if the latter, a large mat-type bed with little cushioning, in the open, would suit them best.
This can depend on your cats sleeping habits, but at the same time, just because your huge Persian curls up very small to sleep doesn’t mean they don’t need a bit of extra room at other times, such as when they just need a bit of time out. You should also ensure they can curl up as they wish rather than restricting their positioning and size too much, so find a happy medium.
Again, think about their habits. If they seem to like the warmth or soft surfaces, then go for cotton, fleece or wool outer with plenty of padding inside. But colder or hard surfaces could mean a hardwood bed and a blanket could be the answer.
Also, think about washing it – a removable cover which is machine washable could be good if your cat sheds a lot, or is fussy about cleanliness.
Types Of Cat Bed
Also known as Donut beds. Often with a thick padded base and soft walls which hide the cat when they are sleeping. Good if your cat likes cosier spaces but still likes to be out in the open
Also referred to as ‘cave’ beds, or indoor cat houses. These have a full roof, like a little mini house, and are usually soft. Perfect for cats who like to hide away for ‘me time’. They can be based on the ground or on legs for a bit of height
A soft pillow, pad or mat with no sides, which is good if your kitty likes to stretch out or be nosy and see the world in between naps
Usually with a self-healing material on the base, such as foil or faux fur. Good for older cats or colder environments
These hang on an appropriate radiator. This can give them a heat source, but also means they are off the ground which is good for any cats who like to be up high to escape from the rat race
Can be attached to a wall or between two areas, for cats who like height and personalising their own sleeping area