Cat Beds and Loungers
With so many selections of cat beds and loungers that exist today finding the right bed that help promote sleep while providing optimal levels of comfort is always exciting and fun. There are options such as rounded and rectangular pet mats to those that are raised, free-standing and even those that stick to glass for cat owners looking for a mess-free option. Our most popular options are our kitty beds that double as a cat house, those pet beds collapse and convert from a house to a bed by a push at the top through it’s memorized stitching.
Cats are know sleepers, the average cat rests for 16 hours, that’s twice the average rest periods of humans and way longer periods than dogs. Cats also have both faster and longer rest intervals and are typically calm animals as they’re known to better control and slow down their heart rates. They love to play as much as they love their rest and they’re known to exert lots of energy the moment they wake up therefore making sure to provide your cat with the best possible rest is not only essential but is further detrimental to their health.
So how do we know what to shop for?
The short answer to this question is we don’t actually know we can’t read their minds but what we do know is comfort and most times we’ll need to test our various types of bed sizes and fabrics to know which works best for your feline by taking note of how long they sleep. There’s also something called basic rest and deep sleep, cats that are better resters have the ability to get into what we call REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, when they reach this phase in their rest periods their heart rates begin to work less and their bodies and their minds become synchronous which improves their cognitive functions or brain activity and beds that are higher in comfort are best designed to do that.
There’s a question that many seem to ask ...
Are beds for dogs the same as beds for cats?
The answer to that question is both yes and no. Most cat beds are smaller in size as opposed to dog beds which are larger in size depending on your dogs life stage or breed. Pet Beds that are smaller in size are usually made for Puppies, New Born’s and smaller breeds like chihuahua’s and Maltese’s and those sizes happen to work well with cats. It’s not just about the size of their beds that make them great for cats however it’s also a matter of how they’re constructed. Certain fabrics used on beds designed for cats work better for them as they tend to be scratch proof and in fact there are beds that have actual sisal and jute carpet scratchers or scratch-like materials that make them so enjoyable for cats.
Cats also love to hide more than dogs do and many cat beds double as a house or a cat lounger, beds with a fork of covering are especially great for smaller kittens since cats in their adolescent stages in life require sleep in shaded or darkened areas as longer naps or sleep during periods of daylight are essential. Cats also love to be constantly engaged with objects and there are also many beds specifically designed with built-in toy attachments to keep them occupied and constantly playing something they love to do.
When introducing a new bed to your cat or new kitten it’s always a great idea to place a perch near their bed and perhaps sparingly sprinkle the area with some Catnip, doing so helps establish an area their brain familiarizes with a place of restful calmness or serenity.
What are the best beds recommended for cats?
We highly recommend buying a cat bed that’s raised off the ground. Cats love to rest on higher surfaces so that they can view their surroundings, they love locations where there are multiple view points in areas that are typically hidden. In addition to raised pet beds, anything that’s either enclosed or superior in plush comfort with toy attachments are fantastic options. There are also both electronically controlled heating and cooling pet beds, those are great both during the winter and the summer months.
Whatever option you go with, cats just love to feel comfortable during their rest time. It’s always a great idea to keep tabs on their totally daily sleep and resting intervals by purchasing a dog or cat activity monitor that tracks both regular and deep sleep including movement activities.