Heated cat beds are a relatively new luxury for house cats. Your cat might not need one, but, hey, they’ll sure enjoy having one. Think of them like the high-end hot tubs of the cat world! But what exactly is a heated cat bed, and what’s the point of getting one? Wouldn’t a cat be happy with a basic one? Let’s take a look!
What Is a Heated Cat Bed?
Well, they’re exactly what they sound like. They’re like regular cat beds- and come in all the shapes and sizes that regular cat beds come in- but they’re heated, almost like an electric blanket. The majority of them plug into an outlet to provide continuous heat.
Different Kinds of Heated Cat Bed
Like we mentioned above, there are all different kinds of heated cat bed. You (or, more accurately, your cat) can choose between:
- Simple mats
- Cushioned beds
- Hooded beds
- ‘Pods’ with a smaller entrance hole
- Self-heated beds that hold onto warmth
But why should you pick heated cat beds, especially if they’re a little more expensive? Wouldn’t your cat be happy with a regular cat bed? Here are five reasons why your cat might thank you for buying them an upgrade.
1) Older Cats Struggle With Body Heat
If there’s one thing we know about cats, it’s that they love being warm and cozy. But did you know that the older a cat gets, the slower their metabolism gets? This can actually mean that they have real trouble creating body heat. Since they just aren’t burning energy like they used to, they don’t generate that much heat: just think of how much warmer you feel after you go for a walk or a jog. If you’re sat around doing nothing, you’ll feel a lot colder.
So if you have an older cat that just doesn’t have the energy to produce enough heat to keep themselves warm, you should definitely consider getting your old friend a heated cat bed. Getting your cat a heated bed can really improve their health and well-being generally. Warmth can also play a big part in healing ailments and problems like arthritis.
2) It’s Good For Their Immune System!
In recent years strong evidence suggests that a heated bed can actually help to improve your cats immune system, which may be adversely affected by cold weather, especially if your cat tends to venture outside a lot whatever the weather. The benefits of heated cat beds also help cats who are unwell or recovering from an operation or illness. By providing a warm and cosy space, this will ensure your cat is kept content and is much more inclined to stay relaxed and curled up to help speed up recovery times. Heated cat beds are probably one of the only ways to make sure your cat follows vet’s advice and stays still for their recovery.
Most heated cat beds come with a thermostat installed within the cat bed to ensure the temperature never exceeds the 102 degrees which is recommended by vets. They will also come with settings to allow you to set the perfect temperature for your cat.
Here are just a few of the options you have to choose from when considering purchasing a heated cat bed.
‘Hut’ style heated cat beds
Hood style cat beds are highly recommended for cats who may feel claustrophobic in an igloo style cat bed but still like to keep their privacy. Designs such as Thermo Kitty Huts have proven popular for the flexibility of their hoods which can be positioned to preference.
‘Cuddle Up’ beds
If your cat likes to curl up into the smallest of places a rounded fleece lined bed may be the perfect choice for your cat. Our cuddle up beds come with removable covers which is perfect for washing. Their design incorporates both comfort and practicality. If you opt for a bed which is 16” in diameter, this will easily accommodate a 15-pound cat. Cuddle Up beds often receive high acclaim in customer reviews from cat owners that are astounded their cats have actually used their cat beds! Almost every cat makes a beeline for anything which remotely radiates heat.
Outdoor Heated Cat Beds
If your cat has a habit of staying out all night, investing in an outdoor heated cat bed can help put your mind at ease that your cat has somewhere cosy to retreat even if they do like their freedom. It’s recommended to leave your outdoor heated cat beds in a garage, shed, porch, barn or anywhere else that your pet may have access to. If your cat tends to head out while you’re at work all day a cat heating pad or bed is perfect for providing the same level of warmth and comfort your cat would gain from curling up to you. Outdoor heated cat beds are also highly recommended by vets if your cat is in advanced age to keep your cat’s joints healthy in damp or cold weather. If you have noticed feral cats in your area, why not help keep them warm in the winter with a safe bed when the temperature plummets?
Alternatives to Heated Cat Beds
Radiator Beds If you’re looking for an alternative to a heated cat bed which you must plug into the mains, you can always opt for cat radiator beds to save on the energy bills, allowing your cat to warm themselves whilst the central heating is running. There are zero running costs with radiator beds, however the downside is that there’s no way to regulate the temperature unlike with the thermostat in heated cat beds.
Thermal Beds Thermal cat beds are perfect for energy efficiency, they require no source of power only the insulation materials inside which reflect your cats body heat. The warming effects of thermal cat beds can be felt within minutes of your cat curling up.
Microwavable Heating Pads Whilst microwavable heating pads don’t provide a sufficient long-term solution to keeping your cat warm, they have been proven to be invaluable for cats who need to stay warm for an hour or so, which is perfect if your cat needs to travel reasonable distances in the car. Heating pads are filled with a non-toxic substance, so even if your cat has a nibble there’s no risk of poisoning.
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Hi! My name is Jamie Fallon. I run Catmart.net, an online cat health and cat behavior resource. If I’m not sat in front of my PC—and I usually am—then I’m either spending time with my cats or my other half… Whoever jumps on me or asks me for food first!