The best heating pads for cats can be divided into two categories:
1. Most heated pads for cats look like mats where the cat can stretch out and be toasty warm like the one shown below.
Usually the heating pad is not the total size of the mat but a smaller unit inside the mat. This is still sufficient to warm the mat for the cat. Depending on the size of the heated pad, it can be placed inside another cat bed, perhaps an unheated bed.
2. The other type of heating pad for cats are mats which are designed to go in the microwave to be heated. This link will take you to information and reviews about heated cat pads that be put in a microwave to be warmed.
This article is about the best heating pads for cats and the choices you have regarding functionality and price.
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This mat is suitable for indoors and outdoors, making it a versatile and convenient choice if you want or need a mat that does double duty.
K&H indoor cat warming beds heat to approximately 10 to 15 degrees above the ambient air temperature. This warmth draws the cat to the bed. We already know the cat is skilled at finding warm places. When the cat lies on the pad/mat or gets the temperature adjusts to the cat’s body temperature. It is not the weight of the cat that activates the heat however the heat is adjusted when the cat lies on the mat.
This mat does come in different sizes and with each size there is a change in wattage.
The interior is made from orthopedic foam.
The exterior is made of a super soft, waterproof and durable PVC material which is cleaned by wiping with a damp rag. For safety the mat should be unplugged when cleaning and not used until it is totally dry.
There is also a free fleece cover included.
The cord is wrapped in steel for safety
Many people have used this mat outside cat shelters for feral cats. Even feral cats will seek out warmth if it there for the taking.
The pad is fine for indoor use but also an option for colder places, such as garages, patios, porches or basements where the temperature dips.
As it is a K&H product It warms in the same way as described above for the Thermo- Kitty Heated Mat.
Because the pad does not heat up to a high temperature when the cat is not in the bed some may assume that the bed isn't working properly because it doesn’t feel hot to the touch. This is incorrect, the mat is working properly. It is safe to leave on overnight and is made to be left on for extended periods. There is no point having a cat warming mat that needs to be turned off after a couple of hours.
This product is 6 watts whereas the other bed reviews on this page are 4 watts. All are MET tested for safety.
The heater can be removed when the cover needs to be cleaned. Unplug the unit and remove the heater. The cover can be machine washed with cold water on a gentle cycle. Line dry or use the no heat function on the clothes dryer.
This for indoor use only. The cord is 5 foot.
The fabric is soft and stands up to a kitty that has to have a little knead before every nap.
One commenter remarked that they had these mats for years, brought them out when it is winter and the cats go straight to them.
PS Don't mind the dog. He is just keeping the pad warm until the cat arrives.
This is the fifth generation of this popular heated cat bed and the most recently updated. (Nov 2019)
The actual heating wires have been updated to make the bed both warmer and safer.
This unit has a handheld control where you can choose the temperature you want, within a range of 80F to 130F. It also has an auto off function. This means that you can set the timer to turn off after a specified number of hours - up to 12 hours. Once it has turned off it will need to be turned back on manually.
This heating pad is for indoor use. Do not place a blanket on top of this bed.
A positive is that the pad warms up quickly. The cover can be removed for washing or spot cleaning.
A heated pad like this is great for senior cats that may have difficulty navigating the sides of a more structured bed.
This pad is not weight activated, it heats up once it has been plugged in. If the power goes out the mat will reheat when power is restored because there is no actual on/off switch. The unit must be plugged into work. Most heating mats and beds are like this.
Whilst on the point of electricity, this reader has explained exactly how he calculated how much power the unit used and how much it cost per month. The cost to run the heating pad was negligible.
The temperature this pad heats to is between 96F to 110F (approximately).
This mat can be folded to fit through the door of cat house. The outer cover can be washed.
The cord is 59 inches long and is chew resistant. This seems to be more of a dog issue that a cat issue however you never can tell and many pet owners have both dogs and cats, so this is a good point.
It has a 2 year warranty.
This bed is popular with cats, kittens and senior cats plus dogs that feel the cold. It is a winner for all pets.
Although the reviews are overwhelmingly positive, some people have had issues with the pad overheating so read all of the reviews before making a choice. It is not a good idea to place a heavy blanket on top of these units even though a soft light blanket is okay.
Automatic shut off is not a feature of this mat . It turns off when you decide it is time to turn it off.
If your cat is not too keen on lying on the mat trying putting a light, soft blanket on top of the mat.
The Oxford Cloth this mat is made from has waterproof and flame retardant qualities. The pad itself is an attractive mocha/chocolate diamond pattern, very sturdy, and appears easy to clean.
This mat is for indoor use. If your cat pees on the pad, unplug, wipe clean and plug in again when dry.
Heating quickly is a positive feature of this pad. The hand piece has a high, low and off setting. This is different to most mats which need to be unplugged to turn off. On the hand piece there is an LED indicator to indicate power is turned on.
We could not find any UL rating and there is no automatic shut off so one star is removed for that.
K&H products are the gold standard when it comes to heated bedding for cats.
The safety factor in each K&H heated product is the same, the bed heats to just 10 to 15 degrees above ambient air temperature.This ensures that is not too hot and in fact the pad may not feel particularly warm to our touch but is enough to lure kitty to the warmth.
The bed then adjusts to the cat's own body temperature. There is no chance of overheating.
This mat is one that the cat can spread out on so makes it ideal forcats of all ages. For senior cats there are no sides which means it is easy for them to step on and off the pad.
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