Choosing the perfect bed (or beds if you are like me and want to have a specific place for your pet to rest in each living space and bedroom), can be tricky. But, it is important to your pet’s health, because proper sleep is imperative to their health and for appropriate behavior.
If you notice any of the following characteristics in your pet’s bed, then it may be time to purchase (or make- check out these awesome Pinterest ideas for DIY pet beds) a new one:
- Too small – You want to make sure the pet bed is large enough to completely support your dog or cat. If your pet’s extremities are falling off the edges, then the bed is too small and not providing ample space for your pet to get comfortable, or promote quality sleep.
- Too lumpy – Beds that contain stuffing must be maintained or changed frequently because the stuffing can become clumped together or compressed. This will create some areas that are thick, while there is no cushion or support in others. Beds with foam or batting that is failing should be replaced.
- Unprotected – Areas of high traffic are not conducive for aiding sleep. Keep pet beds away from hallways or entryways. Also, be sure to keep your pet’s bed away from any large, heavy furniture that is not secured to the wall.
- Drafty – Pet beds should not be near windows, doors or kept in uninsulated rooms. The area where a pet sleeps should have regulated temperature to promote proper resting and sleep.
- Dirty – Beds and/or liners should be washed on a weekly basis. For those with pets going outdoors frequently, you may want to wash them more frequently. If the bed is gritty or filmy to the touch, then it is time for a wash, or time to purchase a new liner or cover.
- Too high – To reduce the strain to your pet’s joints, keep pet beds near or on the floor. This will also provide a safer area for rest and will limit the potential for falls.
When it comes to pet beds, it is worth spending a few extra bucks for a well-made bed in the beginning. Otherwise, you can end up spending more on replacing beds that become torn or lumpy shortly after purchase.