Heating pads for cats can be divided into two categories. The first category plugs in plus uses the cat’s body heat to help warm the pad and the second category of cat heating pad is heated in the microwave.
Heated Pads For Cats
Most heated pads for cats look like mat below where the cat can stretch out and be toasty warm. Usually the heating pad is not the total size of the mat but a smaller unit inside the mat. This is still enough to warm the mat for the cat. Some heated pads, can be placed inside another unheated cat bed.
This article is about the first category of heating pads for cats. It includes reviews and the choices you have regarding functionality and price.
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Heated Cat Pads – Reviews
1. K&H Lectro Heated Pet Pad
This mat is suitable to use indoors and outdoors. This makes 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 very clever at finding warm places. When the cat lies on the pad/mat the temperature adjusts to the cat’s body temperature.
It is not the weight of the cat that activates the heat, but the heat adjusts when the cat lies on the mat.
This mat come in different sizes and with each size there is a change in wattage.
The interior is orthopaedic foam. The exterior is a super soft, waterproof and durable PVC material. Clean it by wiping with a damp rag. TA free fleece cover included.
For safety the mat must be unplugged when cleaning and not used until it is totally dry. The cord is wrapped in steel for safety
Many people have used this mat outside as a cat shelter for feral cats. Even feral cats will seek out warmth if it there for the taking.
The pad is fine for indoor use. It is also an option for colder places, like garages, patios, porches or basements where the temperature dips.
2. K&H Thermo-Kitty Heated Pet Mat
As it is a K&H product it warms in the same way as described above for the Thermo- Kitty Heated Mat.
When the cat is not in the bed, the bed does not feel particularly warm. You may think it isn’t working. 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 is removed when the cover needs cleaning. 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. The fabric is soft and stands up to a kitty that has to have a little knead before every nap.
This for indoor use only. The pad can be removed to use all year round. The cord is 5 foot.
One person making a comment said, they had had these mats for years. When they brought them out in winter he cats go straight to them.
3. RIOGOO Pet Heating Pad
This is the fifth generation of this popular heated cat bed and the most recently updated. 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 is removed for washing or spot cleaning.
A heated pad like this is very good for senior cats. Senior cats may have difficulty navigating the sides of a more structured bed.
4. Pet Heating Pad For Cats By Lestoc
This pad is not weight activated, it heats up once it is 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.
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. You can never be too careful and many pet owners have both dogs and cats, so this is a good point.
It has a 2 year warranty.
5. Marunda Pet Heating Pad
The plush cover is blue and is zippered for easy removal and washing. The layer underneath the plush cover is waterproof.
It plugs in and is ready to use. There is no need to adjust the heat and there are no heat settings. It warms to 95-108F,35-42C once the cat uses the pad by sitting or lying down.
Old cats love the warmth of this heated cat pad and it will be a firm favorite. I love the way cats lie half on and half off these cat pads. The cord is chew sturdy and chew proof but this relates more to any doggies in the household.
The bed is fine to use for cats and dogs. There are two different sizes so if you are a multi pet family you may need two of the smaller beds or one of the bigger ones. It depends how nicely your pets play together.
This bed is an indoor bed although some people have used it outdoors.
To err on the side of caution I would only use this bed inside unless there was more information about safety testing for use outdoors.
Our Top Choice Is…
1.K&H Lectro Heated Pet Pad
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 touch. It is warm 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 for cats 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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More Heated Cat Pads, Cat Beds And Self Heating Cat Beds
These pads are a quick and easy solution. No electrical cords to think about with these pads. Just pop this cat pad in the microwave.
Read about and compare the best heated cat beds.
Some self heating cat beds have thermal heating to reflect the heat from the body of the cat back to the cat.