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darskayairene



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 9:13 am    Post subject: Pet beds Reply with quote

Realizing that the kitchen floor may not be the ideal, comfortable sleep surface that a pet deserves, many pet owners choose to buy pet beds. A pet bed is simply a bed for your pet. Pet beds differ from human beds in that they rest on the ground without a frame. Pet beds also lack sheets or blankets, but many have a coverlet that can be removed and laundered. Pet beds come in a wide variety of styles, sizes and materials.
Being that comfort and suitability with one's pet are the most important goals of a pet bed, some pet beds are shaped simply as a pillow while others have raised sides to provide an enclosure for the pet. “Cave” pet beds even have a soft arching top. It is important to note the size of the bed first when considering pet beds for your pet. If the bed is too small it won't fully serve its purpose, and if it's too large, your pet may not feel safe or relaxed.
Only second to the size of the bed comes comfort. Most pet beds are made of foam varying in quality and density. Some foam materials may lend themselves to your pet's comfort more than others. For instance, dogs with hip or joint problems can benefit from orthopedic pet beds. These beds use a special type of thick, convoluted foam, specially suited to reduce pressure points and ensure optimal comfort.
The covering of your pet bed should also be considered. Synthetic lambs wool may be more comfortable than vinyl, and cotton more comfortable than polyester. Check to see if the cover is removable for easing cleaning. Additionally, if your pet is going through a teething stage or tends to claw often, you may want to avoid certain materials that lend themselves to destruction. A fine example might be woolly material that can be easily pulled by teeth or claws, whereas fine-stitched cotton might be more resistant to snagging.
An alternative to the pet bed is the pet sofa. Pet sofas come in many sizes and resemble actual couches on a miniature scale. They can double as a “sofa bed” or they can be used simply as the “pet’s furniture,” sparing your own.
In addition to pet beds and pet sofas, there are also pet mats. These are similar to a carpet mat and provide little or no cushion against the floor. If the owner’s floor is already carpeted then the pet mat may be a viable alternative. These mats merely provide a buffer between the carpet or floor and the pet, so that the floor beneath the mat does not become overused, scratched, discolored, faded or worn.
In the process of purchasing a pet bed, make sure to focus again upon size, comfort and quality of foam. Bedding for your pet should be restful, cozy and hassle free. In the end, whether it is a pet bed, orthopedic bed, pet sofa or pet mat that you choose to purchase, be sure that your pet will thank you.
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Purr



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've made a lot of good points, darskayairene! Very Happy

I bought two pet beds for Purr. One is a large fluffy pillow bed, with a removable coverering that can be easily laudered. It's out in the sunroom, so she can snooze in comfort. Another is a round pillow bed, that I lay a covering over so I can keep it laundered. The pillow bed is probably a little small for Purr, but she still uses it. Right now the pillow bed is in my room, but I may move it back to the living room. I've got a big Longaberger basket that Purr hangs out in a lot there, too.
I recently bought a new comforter for my bed, and Purr loves to stretch out and nap on it! Very Happy
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darskayairene



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cats are very overparticular about their comfort and they adore soft and clean places to sleep in.
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cocodrilo



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is summer and VERY hot and humid here, yet my cats take turn sleeping in this dance shoe box that is too small for them! They also take turns sleeping in the loft of the cat scratching post I made or on my marble table(it is cool!) but I'm not crazy about having cat hair where I eat...I have a huge ceramic tray one of my cats sleeps in, too!

In the winter, I have a basket and a box the cats really like- the box has a mat of fake fur and the basket has an old blanket and the cats curl up in there all day!
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bmason



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2005 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My cats are just content to sleep on the carpet floor despite having beds for them. Confused

Some sleep on a couch or a pillow on a couch but the others seem to like the corner of a room on the plain rug.


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Purr



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cats pretty much sleep wherever they want to, don't they! Very Happy Wink
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bmason



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Purr wrote:
Cats pretty much sleep wherever they want to, don't they! Very Happy Wink


Yeah and sometimes they sleep in really funny positions to. The new female kitten we have will roll over and stretch and then be too tired to get up and fall asleep on her back and kind of twisted around. Like she was in a train wreck we call it Laughing. She is totally comfortable with it.


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darskayairene



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The weather is very hot now and my cat prefers to sleep on some cool surfaces. Almost all the day noe he spends lying somewhere or sleeping. It is really hot.
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cocodrilo



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same with my cats. When the floor in the bathroom is dry, they like to hang out in there on the cool tiles. SOmetimes on my marble dining table! Evil or Very Mad
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bmason



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2005 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When it is hot my cats love to go into the basement on the cold floor and roll around.
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