Can Cats Use Dog Beds?
In truth, the simple answer to this question is: just try stopping them! In this article, we explore the reasons why your cat might like steeling your dog’s bed, which dog beds they might be happy to share, and why your pooch might prefer to have a space all to themselves. Let’s take a closer look – if the cats will let us!
In truth, the simple answer to this question is: just try stopping them! In this article, we explore the reasons why your cat might like stealing your dog’s bed, which dog beds they might be happy to share, and why your pooch might prefer to have a space all to themselves. Let’s take a closer look – if the cats will let us!
Why is my cat using my dog’s bed?
If you haven’t already realised, cats are masters of finding somewhere warm and comfy to sit down, and your dog’s bed fits the bill perfectly. It’s as simple as that. Even though you know it’s your dog’s bed, and your dog knows it’s their bed, that won’t bother your cat in the slightest. All they know is that it’s somewhere nice and comfy to sit, they like the texture, and it’s lovely and cosy – especially if it’s still warm from the dog’s body heat. In their mind, that bed’s the perfect spot for them.
Which dog beds are best for cats?
If your dog and cat are happy to share a bed with each other, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t let them. After all, having one bed can be cost effective, and you won’t have to worry about finding space for two (or more) separate beds.
All you need to do is make sure you have a bed works for both of them. And here some bed types and features you should think about:
- Donut pet bed. The rounded design of this bed creates a cosy environment for dogs and cats like, thanks to a cushioned centre and bolstered sides. If your pets like to curl up and burrow themselves into their bed, this could be right up their street.
- Mattress dog bed. Just like mattresses for people, this bed type doesn’t have sides. It’s ideal for big dogs and cats who love to stretch out and require lots of space. And if you have two pets sharing, it can be less restrictive than a donut pet bed.
- Memory foam. Thick memory foam beds provide maximum support for dogs and cats, which is especially important for senior dogs and cats, or pets with joint problems.
- Machine washable. Having two beds sharing a bed can mean more mess, so it’ll make your life a lot easier if you pick a bed with a machine-washable cover. Just throw it in on a gentle setting at a low temperature, keep the use of chemicals like fabric softeners to a minimum (as they can irritate your pets’ skin) and you’re good to go.
Just remember… if your dog and cat are sharing a bed, you’ll need to make sure it’s large enough for both of them. It needs to be big enough for your dog to be able to lie comfortably in any natural position they chose, and (of course) there should be room for your cat too.
Is it better for a dog to have their own bed?
Well, that depends on whether your dog and cat are content to share. And whether or not they have different needs.
That said, while cats can sleep virtually anywhere, dogs tend to be more in need of the comfort and support that a bed can offer. This is particularly true if your dog is older or has particular needs – like joint problems (in which case, memory foam is best) or allergies (in which case, hypoallergenic beds are a good choice). If this is true, you need to put their requirements first. And if your cat has special requirements, the same rules apply.
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By Raised By Humans