Have your pets become a bit too comfortable in your bed? If that's the case, it's probably time to buy your pets their own bed. Most pets sleep between 12 and 18 hours a day, depending on their age. So, just like you, they need a comfortable bed to sleep in. Of course, this isn't the only reason why your dogs should have their own bed. A pet bed provides a private little sanctuary for your cat, rabbit, or dog, and who doesn't prefer having their own little corner? If your dogs have problems sleeping on hard surfaces, this is a good place to start.
But how do you go about selecting the best bed for your pet? Your small friends will be pleased that you bought them a comfortable bed, and they definitely deserve it. Here are several considerations to make while selecting a pet bed.
1. Pet Requirements
Just like you would when purchasing a bed for yourself, determine your pet's requirements before purchasing their own space. If your pet is no longer a puppy or kitten, you should first treat any health issues. Primarily, consider joint problems and arthritis, before considering bedding choices. If they do have these issues, you should look at orthopaedic and memory foam mattresses to assist them in feeling better. Is your dog prone to becoming agitated? Get them a bed with a lot of cushioning that will offer them immediate comfort. Finally, if your pet is on the larger side, purchase a thicker mattress that can easily hold their weight.
2. Dimensions Are Important
When purchasing a bed for your pet, the size of your pet is most important. You'll have to weigh and measure your pet from head to toe. Your pet must fit properly in the bed you purchase for them. If they don't, they'll either refuse to use it or acquire unwanted health problems as a result of it. If your pet is larger, they will want larger and thicker bedding that allows them to stretch out as much as possible. If you have a smaller dog, bunny, or cat, they will just want a medium-sized bed where they will be cradled.
Next, based on your pet's behaviour, you must pick what shape you want your pet bed to be.
Pet beds come in various forms to accommodate a wide range of breeds and demands. There are circular, oval, and rectangular beds with slightly elevated edges and thicker padding. Moreover, cuddle beds or cave beds are designed to seem like a cocoon for the pet to hide in. These are ideal for dogs that want to sleep curled up. They are often warmer and better suited to the winter months. Mattress beds, which are often rectangular in shape, are thinner and provide superior support. They're ideal for dogs that want to sleep flat on their backs and stretch out on all fours. Raised platform beds, which allow for improved air circulation and help your pet keep cool, are especially suitable for hot days. With this type of rabbit bed, made of soft, cosy fleece, your pet will not get too hot or cold.
3. Comfort and Style
This is more of a human point than it is a pet point. After all, it will be you who will be managing and caring for the pet bed. Look for beds that complement your home's decor and colour scheme. Perhaps you might consider purchasing more than two beds, one for each room, so that your pet can spend more time with you. Look for mattresses that you can transport with you while you're travelling with your tiny companion. When your pet is in a new setting, bringing something familiar to them (other than you) will make them feel more at peace.
4. The Bedding Material
Pet beds are now available in a wide range of materials and styles. They are designed to suit various weather conditions, budgets, and aesthetic preferences. You'll have difficulty choosing between shaggy fake fur and micro-velvet, chenille, tough canvas, and waterproof material. Check whether the bed has a washable cloth cover that can be cleaned by hand or machine. To maintain the bed clean, dust it often and wash the blankets at least once every two weeks.
The polyester fiberfill is often used in dog beds as a filler. It gives the bed more softness and is excellent for younger dogs. Then there's foam, which comes in regular, memory, and orthopaedic varieties. It provides great support, particularly for elderly dogs or those recuperating from an accident. Rabbits are well-known for their fondness for soft materials. They all like the warmth of a home bunny bed, replete with blankets and pillows.
Select a high-quality bed that will endure many seasons. Replace the filling at least once a year, if feasible. When it comes to younger pets, the material you pick for their bedding must be carefully considered. Some dogs have exceptionally sensitive skin. So, consult your veterinarian for materials that won't irritate their skin. If you have a chewer on your hands, search for mattresses built of chew-resistant materials. If your pet is young and has not yet been toilet trained, search for absorbent bedding that will not spoil easily or make your pet uncomfortable while learning.
Another thing to consider is how simple it is to clean your pet bed. You'll want to seek beds that can be cleaned quickly (in the washing machine) and often. Let's face it: pets are notoriously dirty. However, you must ensure that the area in which pets spend most of their time is mainly clean and safe. This is particularly true for dogs that suffer from allergies. It is preferable to get a simple bed to clean to make your task simpler. Dogs, like people, benefit intellectually from physical activities such as walking and jogging, and they, too, need a comfortable spot to relax after a long stroll.
While you may like cuddling up in bed with your pet, it is not a very healthy practice. It might cause a restless night's sleep or worsen allergies. No one is arguing that hugging and cuddling. However, it's best to acquire a decent bed where your dog, rabbit, or cat can rest after a long day of running about.