Taking care of a cat isn’t easy. There are many things you need to consider if you’re an owner of a cute ball of fur. From food and toys to sleeping beds and flea treatments, everything plays a big role in raising a happy pet. Since cats spend a large portion of the day sleeping, from 12 to 16 hours, having their own space is very important.
As cat parents, we know how hard it is to say ‘no’ when they want to come and sleep with us. But it’s not for everyone. Some people just can’t get used to sleeping with their pets, and if this is the case with you, maybe it’s time to get a bed for your feline. This way, you’ll both get the good night’s sleep that you deserve, and it’ll help your cat feel more comfortable and secure at home.
There are various types of cat beds that you can choose from. From round beds and cat cubes to heated beds and simple mats, the options are endless. When choosing the right bed, you should consider different factors, such as your cat’s sleeping preferences, age, and health.
What Are the Different Types of Cat Beds?
Cat Cube Beds
If you want to get the most out of the bed, go for a foldable cube cat bed to make your ball of fur happy and help her sleep tight. This is a cube-shaped bed with an opening in the front, and it can be used in two ways: as a covered-style and open-style bed. The first option is the perfect hideaway and offers privacy for cats that want to sleep in peace. With the second option, the bed can serve as a lounger since the cube is constructed from soft, collapsible walls that fold and allow your cat to use it as a regular bed.
This will give your cat the freedom to choose the option she prefers, which means that you can’t go wrong with this type of bed. Plus, unlike sturdier beds, these can be easily stored because they don’t take up much space. This makes them the ideal option for travels when you need to take your cat’s bed with you. Some models have additional features, like pom pom accessories and toys that are attached to the bed for greater enjoyment.
Round Cat Beds
This is the first type that comes to mind when a cat bed is mentioned. These beds can be found in a variety of materials and designs. Some have soft, raised walls and look like donuts, and others look like beanbag chairs and sink in when your feline gets on. They’re especially useful for small cats because they provide the necessary support and warmth that every small kitty needs.
Window Perch Beds
A perch is the type of bed that your kitty needs if she/he tends to sit on the window for long hours. It’s mounted on the window with suction cups that are strong enough to keep the bed and your cat safely in the air. It’s lightweight, foldable, and comes in different designs, which means that it can be put away when not in use. Besides suction cups, you can find this bed with strings to be hung in the desired location. It can be placed close to the window or in some other spot where your cat can properly rest.
Cat Cave Beds
Unlike the cube cat bed that looks like a cave but can be folded as well, this design has sturdier sides. It can be shaped differently and has a hole for entry and exit. It’s padded on the inside for a soft feeling and gives a sense of protection and security. This is very important for shy cats or those that are recovering from trauma and stress because they need a space just for themselves where they can go when feeling overwhelmed.
These beds consist of several units. They can be as tall as the room and are found in numerous forms. They’re the best option if you have more furry friends that need a place for sleeping and playing. Younger cats will benefit the most from this type because they love to play, and this bed can come with various features, like tunnels, ramps, and toys.
This type is best for senior cats. With age, many cats develop joint problems which make getting up and down painful. Orthopedic beds are designed from memory foam and extra padding that provide the support that older cats need. They’re also easy to get in and out and don’t require much effort that can cause pain.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Cat Bed
Right Size – Your cat needs enough space to lay down and stretch. If she is still a kitty, you can buy one larger bed and use it for a longer period or you can opt for a smaller bed that you’re going to replace once they outgrow it;
Material – You might have noticed that your cat prefers certain materials and this is important when choosing the bed as well. Natural fibres are less likely to cause an allergic reaction if your cat suffers from allergies;
Washability – You need a bed that’s easy to clean. Look for removable covers that you can take out and wash or entirely washable beds that you can put in the washing machine;
Durability – Take into account that some cats scratch and bite, so the bed needs to be tough enough to withstand all this extra stress;
Spot – Avoid high traffic areas or cool places. If you don’t have any available floor space, opt for window perches, and if you have more cats, choose tower or stackable beds that you can place on top of each other;
Habits – Consider your kitty’s habits. Most cats have a favourite place where they usually hang out. If possible, place the bed in that spot so the cat doesn’t hesitate to go and nap there. Also, some cats love to hide while others prefer open spaces. For the hiders, consider getting a cave or cat cube bed that they’ll enjoy. Most importantly, don’t force them to sleep in beds that they don’t find comfortable, and do everything that’s in your power to help your cat adapt to the new sleeping space.