A Comfortable Cat Bed
for Your Healthy Cat

"Cats sleep. A lot! The perfect place to sleep is a thoughtfully placed cat bed. Preferably in a beam of warm sunlight!"

How to Choose the Right One

Cat beds come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. Your kitty won't care about the color, so go ahead and choose a color that suits your taste and décor.

With all the styles on the market today, you should be able to find a comfortable one to match the décor of your home.

Factors to consider in choosing something to keep your cat healthy and happy:

  • Choose the right size for your cat. Make sure your cat can stretch out comfortably, but don't get one that is too big. Cats feel more secure and comfortable in smaller places. You may want to measure your cat from his head to the base of his tale and add a few inches. Measuring your kitty first is especially important when buying online.
Black and white kitten in cat bedRufus will have to grow into this cat bed!
  • Choose one that is easy for your cat to get in and out of. If you have a kitten or older cat, you'll want to make extra sure that the walls of the bed are low enough so that your kitten or senior cat can get in and out easily. A classic-style bed has a shorter entrance area with high walls to keep your cat feeling cozy.
  • Natural fabrics for the lining and stuffing are best. This provides extra comfort for your cat and helps with some allergies. Natural fabrics include cottons, wool, feathers, and kapok. Synthetic fibers that are hypoallergenic are also good.
  • Choose one that is machine-washable. This will allow you to keep your cat's sleeping area clean and free from potential fleas and also from allergens.

The Best Location

Your cat needs a clean, quiet, and private place to sleep and rest. This place should be warm in the winter and cool in the summer. And even if your cat sleeps with you some of the time, she should still have a suitable place or two (at least) of her own. If you have a multi-level home, you may want to consider having a place for your cat on all levels.

Black cat in cat bedScooter in his clean cat bed

Experiment by placing the cat furniture in different areas of your home. This will show you where your cat likes best. Or take your cat's lead by placing a bed or bedding in the locations he has already chosen as favorite spots.

Traveling With Your Cat

If you travel with your feline friend, you can add to her feeling more comfortable and secure by taking along her bedding. If space is an issue, take along something like a cat mat or cushion

Be sure that your kitty has used it in your home so it will have his or her familiar scent on it.

How to Get Your Cat to Use Cat Furniture

It's not unusual for you to bring home some wonderful new feline furniture and find that your kitty will have nothing to do with it. If this is the case, you need to try to make the new furniture as appealing to him or her as possible.

Neko ignores cat furniture signs

The following steps will help make your new cat bed more appealing to your feline companion:

  • Put it in your cat's favorite spot or where he or she already sleeps.
  • Leave small healthy treats in the bed.
  • Use a small amount of catnip spray or put organic catnip leaves around the bed. (While this will make most cats "high" for a while, they will come to associate the bed with a good feeling. Use sparingly and stop if it doesn't seem to work.)
  • Praise your cat with special petting when he uses it.
  • Put one of your cat's items in the bed, like a favorite pillow.

Making Your Own Saves You Money!

Although there are a ton of cat beds you could buy, you don't really have to buy anything special to keep your cat healthy and happy. You can make one on your own.

Cat sleeping on bedNeko on MY Bed!

This can be as simple as placing a clean, folded towel or small blanket on her favorite chair or even her favorite corner. A covered pillow will also do just fine.

Keep it Clean

Whatever type of bed you choose, be sure to regularly clean it. Many are machine washable. This is the best option. Be sure to dry the bed (or towel or blanket) thoroughly before setting it out for your kitty to use.

Keeping things clean helps keep your cat healthy by eliminating any potential health hazards, like fleas.

A flea-free environment is essential to keep your cat healthy and happy.

Related Topics and Resources

CatsPlay has a really wild and large selection of pet beds. This is a must-see site.

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