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Cat Bed - How to Choose the Best Cat Bed

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Finding the perfect cat bed…a dream come true for your precious feline. If you can't find your cat, it might be time to get her a cat bed. Chances are she's sleeping somewhere cozy and perhaps not where you want her. If you would rather your kitty didn't nap on your bathrobe or the guest bed, you may want to get her an extra appealing cat bed of her own.

There are a variety of cat beds to choose from and you can definitely find one to suit your cat best. They range from mini-furniture to suit your décor to simple pads to lay on your cats preferred napping places. Here are some tips to help you find the best bed for your kitty.

Cat Bed Features to Consider

  • Materials/Fabric
  • Comfort
  • Placement (floor, desk, bed, window bed, etc)
  • Style/Design
  • Size
  • Wash-ability
  • Dry-ability
  • Ability to remove or replace cover
  • Durability guarantee

    The most important feature to consider in choosing a cat bed is what your cat will consider comfortable. Cats like to be warm in the winter and to keep cool in the summer. The cozy-factor of a cat bed is critical. A cup style cat bed is often the perfect fit for a curled up kitty and can help her retain body heat. With an especially cold house, you might even consider a heated cat bed. If you need something cooler consider a simple pad cat bed, which may be nothing more than soft fabric or stuffed for a plusher feel. Whichever style you choose it needs to become your cat's favorite or she won't use it.

    The best way to convince your feline friend to nap in her new cat bed however, may not be what style you choose, but where you put it. A quiet place without too much traffic, but in view of the household activities is the best place. If you choose a cat bed that is easily moved, you can adjust the bed's placement depending on the temperature or the time of day. Some cat beds can even be set up as a window perch, so in between napping your kitty can have a view of what's going on outside.

    Desirable Cat Bed Features

  • Easy to clean
  • Comfortable
  • Attractive/Fashionable
  • Variety of Sizes
  • Durable
  • Safe
  • Water resistant
  • Replacement parts
  • Guarantee
  • Conserves your cats' body heat
  • Your cat loves it

    The most desirable cat bed will be washable, or at least have a washable cover. Most cat beds will collect cat fur, which is great for cleaning up after a shedding kitty, but only if you can toss it in the washer. It should be durable enough to last for years and numerous washes. The best cat bed will also dry quickly to discourage mold and fungus. Cat beds that have covers sold separately are also a great idea so that you can rotate the covers when washing. An attractive cat bed is also a must if your cat is going to nap in the midst of things. Make sure that the cat bed doesn't just look great, but also appeals to your cat's sensibilities as well.

    Cat Bed Features to Avoid

    Watch for hanging fabric and strings which your cat could ingest. Your cat may choke or become ill with an intestinal blockage. Also avoid cat beds that are hard to keep clean and can house fleas if your cat should become infested. Make sure that the bed you choose also has color safe fabric that will not bleed if it gets wet or is washed.

    The Ideal Choice is of a Cat Bed

    The ideal cat bed will be attractive to both you and your feline friend, a fashionable addition to your home and the purrfect place for a little cat nap.

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    Choosinf a Bed
    by Sunshine, Wednesday, January 23, 2008

    Comment: I was on-line and came across the Murphy Bed for pets. This bed is not only nice but a beautiful piece of furniture as well. It is expensive. I have 4 cats so I plan on buying maybe 2...and if the cats don't like it..... as I said it's a beautiful piece o...

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    by sanbad, Tuesday, January 22, 2008

    Comment: I found that if you watch where your cat naps you will get a clue to what kind of bed to buy. My 3 cats are all different. One stretches out , one squishes herself into as small a place as she can & the last one likes a bed inbetween the others sizes....

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