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A good night’s sleep for every human is deemed as sleeping at least 7 straight hours. And we spend a lot of money selecting a comfortable sturdy bed, pillows which provide the best support, blankets which keep us warm while allowing air circulation, and bed sheets which breath and are easy to wash.
How much more thought should we give to the beds we select for our dogs and cats who spend on average 16 hours a day sleeping? Here are some of the top considerations when selecting a bed for your pet to be comfortable when they are just chilling out or napping.
We love seeing our pets curl up and fall deep into dreams digging a hole to hide their favourite bone. Besides curling, pets like the ability to stretch out and let their bodies take in some of the cool air in the room. You are going to want to measure your pet to make sure they have enough space in their bed to stretch themselves, so a beds need to be selected than the actual size than your pet.
You will need to consider the fabrics of the bed your provide your pet to ensure they help your pet with regulating their body temperature. If you live in a climate where the indoor room temperature is cold in winter and you limit the use of heating systems, you can consider bedding with has a shaggy or faux fur feel to help keep your pet warm.
For countries where the indoor temperature is more tropical and warmer, consider cotton rich soft fabrics which will help your dogs skin breath better. As many of us now live in climates where we frequently use air conditioning, select a bed which has dual fabrics and can be converted easily for warmth or coolness depending on the time of day or season.
Side walls on beds are great for your pet to rest their head while stretching out their body and gives them a feeling of being in an open space and relieve anxiety. Some dogs will prefer to snuggle and curl themselves in the centre of their bed as they keep warm and snooze the night away. Beds can be found with a variety of fillings such as luxurious memory foam which is a great option for senior dogs, synthetic and eco-friendly filling which can vary in thickness, and thin filled beds with a layer of dacron sheet.
The same rule applies to your pet’s bed. Washing their bed on a regular basis helps to wash away bugs, dirt, and pet hair which has accumulated on their bed.
Choose a bed which is easy to put in your home washing machine and wash them according to the care label on the bed. If there is no care label, wash their bed on a low temperature with soap and a spoon full of vinegar. Dry the bed in open air, if possible, in natural sunlight to kill off any bacteria. Avoid using fabric softeners when washing your pet’s bed and never dry the beds in a dryer.
Your choice of bed for your pet will benefit their well being and help keep them calm. Be willing to try a few beds until you find the right one which your pet will always jump into when its time to sleep. The placement of your pet’s bed at home will also make a difference. Positioning their bed close to the window may help keep them warm during the daytime, but a night this may be a source of too much cold for them. If space permits, you may want to have more than 1 bed for your pet allowing them to choose a different place to sleep during the day and night.
Whichever bed you choose, many pet parents enjoy having their pet’s sleep with them in their bed. while its nice feeling to snuggle with you pet, its important they have a space of their own which can be their individual secure space.