Pet Beds Guide

As pet owners, we all want to provide our beloved, furry companions with the best possible comfort and support for a good night’s sleep or a nap during the day; it’s all part of being a good pet parent. But with so many options available, it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to start.

There are various types of pet beds, all in different sizes, so it’s difficult to know what’s right for your cat or dog. In this guide, we will walk you through the different types of pet beds, the features to look for, and how to choose the right size and shape for your pet.

    What is a pet bed?


    What is a pet bed?

    A pet bed is a cosy little spot for your furry friend to snooze, snore, and dream about chasing squirrels. Pet beds come in all shapes and sizes, from classic (and cuddly) round beds to stools that function as igloos for your cat. Treat your pet like royalty and get them a bed fit for a king (or queen) of the household.


    How to choose a bed for your pet

    Choosing the right bed for your furry friend is important for their comfort and well-being. Your cat or dog will likely spend a significant amount of time on their bed, so it's important to choose one that meets their needs as well as your budget. Consider size, material and shape when selecting a bed for your dog or cat. Also, think about where you will place the bed and if it will fit in with your home décor. Some of the things you’ll want to consider are:

    1. Size. Make sure the bed is the right size for your dog or cat. You want it to be large enough for them to stretch out in, but not so big that they feel lost in it.
    2. Material. Choose a bed that is made from a durable, easy-to-clean material. Memory foam and cushioned fabric are particularly good options.
    3. Support. Consider a bed with orthopaedic support if your pet has any joint pain or arthritis.
    4. Safety. Make sure the bed is safe for your pet. Look for beds with non-slip bottoms and no small parts that your pet could accidentally swallow.
    5. Comfort. Choose a bed that is comfortable for your pet. Memory foam and soft, plush materials are generally more comfortable for pets than hard materials like plastic.
    6. Convenience. Consider a bed that is easy to clean, such as one with a removable and washable cover.
    7. Price. Pet beds can range in price from a few pounds to several hundred pounds. Determine your budget and look for a bed that fits within it. You really don’t need to spend too much; our range has options priced from just £6.95.


    What types of pet beds are there?

    When most people think of cat or dog beds, they think of the classic, round beds that feature a smooth, inner cushion fabric. These oval beds are great for a dog who likes to curl up when sleeping. Floor cushions or dog mats, on the other hand, are a flexible option that can be easily moved around the house and support your pet when they’re lying flat.

    Pet bolsters are made from a thick, quilted fabric and sit on your sofa, so you can have your pet sitting beside you while protecting your furniture. Finally, you can also find pet igloo beds; these provide a perfect compact hiding space for smaller pets, such as cats.


    What size pet bed should I buy?

    It’s really important to make sure you buy the right sized pet bed. If a bed is too small, it could cause your cat or dog to suffer from sore joints and muscles, hip and back problems, and generally will prevent them from getting enough restful sleep. In order to choose the right size of pet bed, you should follow these steps:

    1. Measure your pet. Use a tape measure to measure from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail. Add at least another six inches to this measurement to ensure that there’s plenty of space. This is roughly how large your pet bed should be.
    2. Think about your pet’s sleep style. The way your pet sleeps is a factor in deciding what size of bed to choose. For example, if you have a dog that sleeps sprawled out, you’ll want a large enough bed to accommodate this position. If you have a cat that likes to curl up when sleeping, you can choose a more compact pet bed.
    3. When in doubt, buy bigger. Rather than trying to get by with a smaller bed, go for a slightly bigger option.


    As a general rule, a pet bed should be large enough for your cat or dog to lie comfortably in their natural positions, whether that is stretched out or curled up.


    How do you wash pet beds?

    How you wash your pet bed depends upon the type that you choose, although it’s definitely a good idea to wash pet beds regularly to keep them fresh and free of dirt and odours.

    Some beds have a removable cover that can be machine washed and either tumble dried or put out on a washing line. Other options, such as those made from polyester, can simply be wiped clean if they get dirty. For pet beds that are trickier to clean, you could always use a blanket or throw to protect the bed.


    Ready to find the perfect bed for your furry friend? Browse our collection of high-quality pet beds now and see for yourself the variety of options available.


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