Do Cats Like Heated Cat Beds?
Have you noticed your cat curling up right in front of the heat vent or in that little sliver of sun on the floor? Does your cat ever try to curl up on your laptop or next to your PC? Cats like a heated cat bed because it mimics their environment of origin. Cats originated from the desert and they naturally crave warmth. Being in the sun or on something warm can help them conserve energy and regulate their body temperature.
Heated beds help cats because the heat has pain-relieving properties. Cats with issues like arthritis benefit from a heated bed because the heat can help their muscles and joints. Heat can also help your cat sleep more deeply and get the rest they need.
If you live in a place where the temperature gets cold, make sure to keep an eye on your cat and watch out for signs of hypothermia, especially if your cat goes outside.
Are Heated Cat Beds Safe?
A heated cat bed won’t do you or your pet any good if it isn’t safe and most of the heated cat beds on the market today reflect that sentiment. Some good safety features that are currently available in heated cat beds are the ability to pick and choose the temperature, only turning on when pressure is applied; there are even cat beds that are designed specifically to be used safely outside. All of these factors should be taken into account when shopping for a heated bed for your cat.
A common safety concern with heated cat beds is chewing—a cat that chews on the wire could be burned or electrocuted and a cat that chews on or ingests stuffing could find itself in digestive distress. For this reason, it’s best to look for chew-resistant cords if your cat is a biter, and you may still want to observe their first few experiences with the cord, to ensure they don’t accidentally remove or eat any stuffing. At the end of the day, you know your cat and what kind of safety accommodations they may need.
Even after choosing a heated cat bed and ensuring the included safety precautions are adequate, it’s important to double-check that the bed is functioning properly from time to time. This can be done by checking the temperature with the back of your hand—if it’s too hot for your hand, it may be too hot for a cat nap or it may be indicative of an electrical malfunction. Be sure to occasionally check the temperature when the heated cat bed is already in use to assure it isn’t heating to a painful or harmful point.
The Best Heated Cat Bed
Here’s a list of the different types of heated cat beds.
An electric heated cat bed plugs into the wall and warms up via a heating coil or unit. As we previously mentioned, there are several safety measures to make this a good fit for your cat. Our favorite option is the K&H Thermo-Kitty Heated Cat Bed.
Self-warming cat beds are a great option if you have a cat that is prone to chewing cords. A self-warming bed will have heat-reflecting technology that will help conserve the cat’s body heat. We like the Aspen Pet Self-Warming Cat Bed.
The benefits of an orthopedic cat bed are numerous and include helping your cat to rest easier and wake up more comfortable. Just like people, cats’ joints are prone to wear and tear as they live their lives, and an orthopedic cat bed can help to ease and relax their muscles while they sleep. This is due largely to thick, comfortable padding, which allows cats to thoroughly relax their little joints during their downtime. A heated, orthopedic cat bed is likely to provide your furry loved one with everything they need for a comfortable, relaxing nap that will leave them feeling rested and ready to explore.
The K&H Thermo-Kitty Heated Cat Bed is our overall favorite due to its many safety features. It is designed to warm up to your cat’s natural body temperature of 102 degrees only when your cat is lying in the bed. It is designed for indoor use and can be used all year long. The outside shell is machine washable so you can wash it when it gets dirty.