Heated Cat Beds - Doctors Foster and Smith
What a great idea! For the last several years we've used a regular heating pad for our darling outdoor kitty-cat. We've tried to be careful to give her good padding on top of it as well as watch out for overheating. It would be great to have a heated bed designed for a cat's safety and for household safety.
If you have feral cats in your yard and you have electrical outlets outside, you can put a heating pad in the sleeping box. Cut a small hole in the end of the box, feed a waterproof outdoor electrical cord through, and place a heating pad between the carpet square and blanket. Turn it on to a low setting and use a timer to have it come on at dusk and go off the next morning. Be sure to place it in a dry, covered area like on a porch, covered patio, storage shed, etc. The cats will stay toasty and warm even on the coldest nights. Be sure to check the heating pad regularly for wear and tear, and replace it when needed.
Heated Cat Beds, Buy A Heated Cat Bed, or Cat Heating Pad For Indoor or Outdoor Cats this winter! Find out which are best and why Vets recommend them to ease aches and pains and even to boost your cat's immune system.Yes, I also have feral cats that I use "self-heated cat cushions". They are sold by Drs. Foster & Smith, or you may be able to find them elsewhere. The pet stores don't seem to carry them. My feral cats bury themselves under them on my front porch love seat. It is too funny! I think they fight over them and in the morning they are on the ground in front of the chair. I also put them in the cat shelters. They can be washed and you don't have to worry about electrical fires. There are also pet heating pads that are electric and made exclusively for outdoor use. The cords are wrapped with coil and are safer to use than a regular heating pad. DO NOT USE human heating pads for the cats/kittens. There is always the chance they will get burned or, cause a fire. Best of luck caring for your cats this winter! And here is the Jim Villa drilled closed, with the outdoor heated cat pad inside, added straw, and a drilled hole for the outlet. You can see the cats pushed the straw to the side again.Thanks RTalloni for your comment, I did not know there were specially designed heating pads for outdoor cats until I started researching this article.The usual body temperature for a cat is around 102 degrees so a cozy heated cat bed or heating pad will help him to maintain his body temperature and this is especially important in older cats. Whether your feline friend lives indoors or outdoors, he may suffer from arthritis or just the general aches and pains that everyone, human and feline, gets as we grow older.
Read on to find out more about the benefits of heated cat beds and why vets recommend them.Heated cat beds or pads are ideal for cats with joint issues and arthritis, as well as older and outdoor cats. They also work really well if you have a cooler house or live in a colder climate. To choose the right heated cat bed or pad, you will need to determine an appropriate size and location for the bed. Materials and design are important to consider, including in relation to your cat’s sleeping preferences. You can find heated cat beds online or at your local pet store.