|Purred: Sun Oct 10, '10 11:53am PST |
|This is Delyte. It is definitely NOT safer to use a human heating pad for a cat than the ones designed for cat beds. The human ones get much hotter, even at the lowest setting, and if they do not have a shut-off they are much more dangerous. That is why the newer ones have the automatic shut-off, because people would go to bed with them on and burn themselves. Just because one cat bed had problems does not mean they are not safe.
If you want to be even more careful, you can buy one of the heating pads designed to be used outdoors. They have superinsulated everything, in case they get wet, and are designed to be put outside for ferals or to be used in wildlife rehab scenarios. They are also super tough so they cannot be torn apart--well, not very easily. Those chemical warmers that you shake would be very dangerous for a kitty because of the chemicals inside, and they do not last long.
I do love my heated cat beds, even though I had a very unfortunate accident with another kind of heating pad. After I had my surgery in 2005, the vet's staff put some kind of heating device in my bed to help me warm up after the anesthetic, because you get terrible shivers from it. Somehow I ended up with a 3rd degree burn on my tummy, right near the surgical scar. This was very painful and took longer to heal than the scar itself. When it did finally heal, it left a tuft of white fur on my all black body, a sign that damage had been done to the skin. The vet refuses to admit that they did it, but another vet that I saw in an emergency vet site found the burn. Our person had been told not to let me lay on my heated cat bed or a heating pad because it would interfere with the healing of the scar, so they were all turned off.
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