How to Find the Perfect Cat Bed

Although many cats sleep wherever they please -- your bed, your furniture, your clothes, your guests' bed, and so on -- you may want to get your cat used to sleeping in her own bed. Or maybe you just want to spoil her and give her yet another delightful sleeping location choice. Either way, these tips will help you understand your options and select a bed your cat will love:

  1. Cats like to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A cup-style cat bed is great for a cat who likes to curl up, and it can help her preserve her body heat. Heated cat beds are also available.

  2. For cats who like sitting in dark places and watching the world go by, a cave-type bed could work very well. If you live in a warm climate, consider a pad rather than an insulated bed.

  3. Where you put the cat bed is just as important as what it looks and feels like. A quiet place without too much traffic but in view of the household activities is best. If the bed is portable, you can move it depending on the temperature or the time of day. Some cat beds can even be set up as a window perch.

  4. A cat bed should be washable, or at least have a washable cover. Make sure that the bed you choose has color-safe fabric that will not bleed if it gets wet or is washed.

  5. Cat beds should also be made of materials that dry quickly to discourage mold growth. If your cat bed comes with a removable cover, buy extra covers so you can rotate them when washing.

  6. Watch for hanging fabric and strings that your cat could ingest. Also, avoid cat beds that are hard to keep clean and can house fleas if your cat should become infested.

Even with all this preparation, your cat may or may not choose to use the bed you so lovingly provided for her. But whatever the case, she'll thank you for your efforts.