Everyone should get at least seven uninterrupted hours of sleep each night. A comfy bed, supportive pillows, breathable blankets, and machine-washable bed linens are just a few of the items we spend a lot of time and money on to get a good night’s sleep.
For most pets that sleep for an average of 11 hours a day, how much more consideration should we pay to the beds we choose for them?
Even if your dog or cat prefers to sleep on the couch, it’s good to give them a bed. Experts say pets should be allowed to relax in their own personal sanctuary, whether for a quiet afternoon soothing or an uninterrupted night’s sleep.
Here are some of the most important aspects to keep in mind when purchasing a bed for your pet when they are relaxing or resting.
Size Is Important!
Dogs, rabbits, and cats like being able to stretch out and allow their bodies to absorb some of the cold air that is present in their surroundings. If you want to make sure your pet has adequate room to stretch out on their bed, you should first measure them. Only then should you choose a bed that is larger than your pet.
You would want to know their height. How much weight do they have? Larger pets demand more space to spread out. To prevent purchasing a bed too tiny for your pet, you may wish to have them weighed and measured. Think about how big they’ll be when they’re older for puppies or kittens.
Think About the Weather and Climate
Taking care of a rabbit requires more time and effort than, say, a dog or cat. Taking care of rabbits is more difficult because of their sensitive nature to weather. If you don’t choose the right rabbit bed, your rabbit’s health and well-being are at stake.
Thus, when choosing fabric for your pet’s bed, keep in mind the environment where you and your pet reside. In order to maintain a comfortable internal temperature, animals have a remarkable innate capacity to regulate their body temperature.
In order to help your pet’s body temperature, you should think about the fiber used in their bed. Bedding with a fuzzy or faux fur texture may help keep your pet warm if you live in an area with chilly winters.
Cotton-rich soft textiles might help your dog’s skin breathe easier if you live in a tropical or warm climate. If you live in a climate where air conditioning is commonly used, look for a bed with dual materials that can be simply switched for either warmth or cooling.
Every night, we toss and turn in search of the perfect sleeping posture. It’s the same with our furry friends. If you observe them curl up in the middle of their bed, you will see them put their heads on the side, sleep completely in the bed, sleep half in and half out, and sometimes just lay bare on the surrounding floor. They sleep in various positions. A bed with a mixture of soft and hard regions is ideal for your pet.
Beds with sidewalls make it easier for pets to relax by providing them with a sense of openness and reducing stress. While some dogs like to curl up in the middle of their beds to be warm, others prefer to sleep on their sides. Memory foam, synthetic and eco-friendly fillings, and thin filled beds with a layer of dacron sheet are some of the available options for fillings in pet beds.
Fabric and sewing quality of the bed frame
Dogs, rabbits, and cats, in particular, have a natural tendency to bury their paws in their bedding to add their unique scent and claim the area as their own. The bed’s fabric and stitching should be robust enough to withstand your pet’s attempts to dig a hole in it. Decide whether or not the bed can survive your pet’s digging habits by looking at the material’s thickness. For example, the grass woven bunny bed is an excellent choice for your rabbit. Your rabbit will go crazy for it if you buy it. They can relax and even chew on it for a lengthy period.
A Good Night’s Sleep Is Made Possible by A Good Night’s Sleep in Fresh Linens
Your dog’s bed should be treated with the same care. To remove bugs, filth, and pet hair from their bed, it is important to wash their bed regularly.
Your rabbit, cat, and dog’s fur and paws pick up dirt, and some of it ends up on the floor of your home or their bedding. To remove filth, hair, and dead skin cells, vacuum your pet’s bed after a few washes, just like you would your home’s floors.
Choose a bed that can be vacuumed easily and washed in your home washing machine, and follow the instructions on the label. You can wash their bed with soap and vinegar if there is no care label. Let the bed dry in the open air and in the sunlight to destroy any bacteria. When washing your pet’s bedding, avoid using fabric softeners and never dry the bedding in a dryer.
Many pet owners prefer having their pets sleep with them in their bed, regardless of the type of bed they pick. As much as it’s great to cuddle up with your pet, it’s crucial for them to have their own area where they feel safe and comfortable.
Your pet’s well-being will be greatly enhanced by the bed you choose for them. Consider a few different beds until you find one that your pet would happily curl up in every night. The location of your pet’s bed in your house will also have an impact. Positioning their bed near a window may help them stay warm during the day, but they may suffer from too much cold. If you have different rooms, it’s good to provide your pet with more than one bed. This will allow it to alternate between them throughout the day and night.
By Annie Butler