Nowadays, there seems to be a pet bed for every need – from decorative to practical. Read our tips on finding the perfect bed for your companion.
There’s no better feeling than sinking into a comfortable bed at the end of the day, and if your pet could talk, they’d probably agree! With the myriad of bedding options out there, it’s apparent that there’s a lot more to consider than if the upholstery matches the rest of the décor. Read on for our guide to navigating the pet bedding aisle.
Beds for Dogs
What is your dog’s sleep posture like? Pooches that lie out spread-eagled are better suited to pad or mattress-style beds, while those who like to nestle in usually prefer a walled or basket-type bed. Sleeping positions tend to vary depending on the temperature, so it might also be worth having summer and winter beds in differing styles.
When it’s warm, dogs might eschew a bed altogether, choosing to stretch out on the floor instead. However, this might not be the most comfortable option, especially for dogs with joint issues – try the Osteo memory foam sleeping pad, and keep it in a well-ventilated, cool area. There are plenty of special cooling beds on the market, too – cooling gel beds, water beds, and raised (sometimes called ‘trampoline’) types that allow the air to circulate underneath.
In the colder months, plusher beds and fluffy fabrics are a winner (see corduroy style pictured). Some beds, with reversible inner cushions, do double duty, giving options for both summer and winter.
If your dog sleeps outdoors, it’s best to get a bed that’s made to withstand the elements. Outdoor beds tend to be more durable, waterproof and easier to clean. Keep them warm by placing them in a sheltered spot. Size is another consideration. If the bed is too small, the dog won’t fit into it and, conversely, if the bed is too large, it may not offer a feeling of security or comfort, especially for dogs that like to curl up.
Beds for Cats
Beds are not vital for cats, and in fact you might find that your puss is more likely to sleep wherever it pleases. This is especially true in summer, as a small, cat-sized bed often doesn’t offer enough room to stretch out. In the cooler months, cats like to find somewhere warm and cosy to curl up, and will find a plush bed very tempting, especially if it’s placed in a warm, secure spot.
How often you wash the bed should depend on how often it’s used and how much fur your pet sheds. Cats spend around 12-16 hours per day sleeping, so if they’re making heavy use of their beds, you’ll probably find it gets covered in fur much quicker than a doggy bed. In general, it’s best to wash weekly or fortnightly. Follow directions that come with the bed for washing (some allow machine washing), and vacuum the bed between washes. If you are trying to eliminate a flea infestation wash your pets’ beds and blankets on the hottest wash and dry cycles. You could also use a bedding spray or powder. If in doubt, invest in new bedding.