Bedroom Furniture for Cats and DogsMost pets need their sleep as much as we do - in the case of cats, a lot more than we do! So it's not surprising that there are a large variety of beds available to appeal to all sorts of pet - and owner. Most people buy beds for their cat or dog, however you can get products designed for all sorts of animals, for example ferrets.
What Are Pet Beds?A pet bed essentially provides the same basic functions as a human bed: it keeps the occupant warm or cool as appropriate whilst providing support and comfort. A cosy bed can also provide the pet with a feeling of security and personal space. Such a bed can vary from something as simple as a pad or cushion through a wicker basket to a full-blown miniature four-poster bed. You can even buy pet-size Murphy beds.
Whether pets actually appreciate the art and craft of a designer pet bed and coordinated bedding is open to question. But why shouldn't they have a little upscale luxury? To many people their pet is part of the family and deserves the best.
Remember that pets can be prone to shedding. This could have an effect on your choice of design - what looks great in the store may not look so good after a few nights use if it is of the wrong colour.
ChoosingJust as no two people are alike, so are no two animals. Make sure you buy a bed that is appropriate for your pet, giving enough space and support. Don't buy something that looks beautiful but is actually not large enough! Think about the needs of the animal first - only then start looking for the product you find most attractive. As with beds for humans, it normally pays to invest in quality.
From your own perspective you'll probably want to check that you buy a bed that's easily washable. If your animal is old or sick then you could consider buying one of the specially designed orthopedic pet beds on the market. If in any doubt, check with your vet as to what would be the most suitable for your pet.
Luxury Pet BedsAs well as a variety of shapes, sizes and designs - from simple and functional to fancy and unique - pet beds also come in a variety of materials with a whole range of features to keep the animal warm or cool. Some models are heated, alternatively you can heat a normal bed using a thermostatic pet bed warmer. You can also buy cooling pet beds such as the Canine Cooler brand.
For the ultimate in comfort for a pampered pet, perhaps you should consider a bed or mattress filled with memory foam. It's also possible to buy a memory foam mat that you can add to an existing bed. Remember than many animals have a more sensitive sense of smell than us so the new foam smell could be an issue.
If all that sounds rather excessive for a cat or dog then remember this: whilst your pet is happily sleeping in its own bed it won't be trying to climb into yours!