Choosing a Bed for your Cat
Cats sleep anywhere between 16 and 20 hours a day so it is essential to give them a resting spot where they feel comfortable to take those all-important cat naps.
Firstly, take a measurement of your cat so that their bed is set to be the perfect fit(or as close as it can be). Measure from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail and add on 10-15cm (4-6”). That will give you the correct width that you should look for to find a bed for your moggy.
Cats that hide away
If you usually find your cat tucked away under the coffee table or sofa, an igloo style bed might be best for them. Almost fully enclosed, the bed offers a secure space for your cat to be completely away from the general footfall of the house. Perfect for an undisturbed sleep. The Danish Design Pebble Bed or the Trixie Leika Cuddly Sack are great options.
Cats that curl up
Do you often find your cat curled up in a ball on the sofa? A high sided, round bed would be the perfect fit. This style allows your cat to curl up as small as possible with the added privacy of the high sides. A Danish Design Cat Cosy Bed will keep those cats content!
If your cat is constantly laying in the sun or in front of windows, a Trixie Radiator Bed would be ideal. A radiator bed slots onto the radiator with either a flat platform for sleeping or a tunnel.
Cats that survey the room
Some cats climb up high and choose a resting spot where they can survey the room from a vantage point. If your cat does this, a scratching tree with a platform or sleeping cave would be best. It gives them the space to climb, gives the curtains a break and provides that vital sleep spot away from the floor.
Older cats or cats with reduced mobility are best suited to beds with low sides. This classic style gives them the security of the edges but they can also get in and out of the bed easily. The Trixie Cuddly Bed is a perfect example of this and it can also be turned over to match the weather.
Getting your cat used to their new bed
Not all cats love a new bed at first sight. We have put together some top tips to help make the transition as easy as possible.
Place it in your cat’s usual sleeping spot
It sounds obvious, but picking a location where your cat loves to laze will help them to get familiarised with their new pad.
Change the smell
A new bed will smell unfamiliar to your cat (they have very sensitive noses). Place items you’ve worn or blankets your cat has used onto the bed and leave them there so your cat can recognise the bed as a safe place. Alternatively, use a pheromone releasing product like Feliway.
A personal introduction
If you have tried to introduce your cat to the new bed and he or she isn’t paying any attention to it, try to arrange and pat the bed when your cat is in close vicinity. If they do approach the bed, congratulate them with treats and praise. Be careful to not react negativity if they don’t respond to the bed as it may deter them further.
A few final things to consider…
Being able to wash your cat’s bed or the cat bed cover is key. Seasonal issues such as fleas can affect your cat and as well as treating them, the fabrics they frequent need to be washed - more fleas live in the home than on your cat!
Pick according to your cat’s habits
It is really important to check out your cat’s sleeping habits before selecting a bed. One bed may match the interior of your home more, but what’s the use if your cat won’t be interested in it?