At first glance this bed appears to be too small for Mr Kitty. However it has one huge bonus and that is the supported and structured but still soft sides.
Mr K is no longer agile, however with this bed he simply has to step in which is easy because it has a low entry point. He then sits down and with one movement he plops down and his body is totally supported by the firm but soft sides.
This beaut little bed just goes into the washing machine (the whole bed) and dries quickly. It did go into the dryer to warm it up a little for kitty.
In the photo it looks as though it collapses a little and yes it does however there is enough support to maintain the benefits of the soft and cushioned sides.
These are the measurements of the bed. Note the low front opening.
Beds To Suit Older Cats
The bed needs to be washable This is a given but do check because some beds are not totally washable and may have a washable insert.
This is essential for joint support. In this case it does pay to read reviews because if the sides collapse too easily the benefit will be lost. Supported but firm is the way to go.
Fit with decor
Great if the bed it fits with the decor but to be honest a this stage of the cat’s life I am more concerned about his comfort than necessarily matching the decor. However there are some good neutral choices which suit any decor.
We have just one of these beds however I am thinking about getting another just for the convenience of having one in another room.
One way to entice cats into a new bed is to hide some of their treats in the bed. They might just decide it is a comfy place to be … or not!
Most of these beds say that they are self warming. This can be confusing but what it actually means is that the cat's own body heat and the curled up position of the cat, will mean they will be cosy and toasty from heat generated by their own body.
The beds are not artificially warmed.
We love the Furhaven Sofa Cat Bed for older cats because it is easy for the cat to enter and has good support from the side and back bolsters.
The eggshell crate foam is very comfortable and distributes body weight evenly thus minimizing stress on joints. The low entry point helps to make this a winner for older cats with agility problems that affect their day to day movement.
If your senior cat is slight more agile and can step over the sides the Frisco Round Bolster Cat Bed is a winner. A whopping 97% of people reviewed recommended this bed which is pretty amazing.
Cats do hide their pain but it can be very difficult watching an elderly cat with stiff joints trying to settle into a comfortable position. At this time of their life they need every bit of assistance possible. That doesn’t necessarily mean fancy or expensive but actually noting what is now difficult for them and taking steps to make life a little easier. They will appreciate it and you will feel better for being proactive in caring for your elderly cat.
Beds To Suit Older Cats
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