Dogs, cats, and other small pets often enjoy the cozy softness of a warm bed, just as humans do. Pet beds are designed with a variety of needs, habits, and preferences in mind. From orthopedic foam cushions to elegant replicas of human furniture, pet beds can be both practical and stylish additions to your home. Here are some benefits and tips to choosing the perfect bed for your pet:

  • Cushion

A good bed will provide your pet with a soft, comfortable place to rest his joints and bones. This becomes increasingly important as pets age.

  • Insulation

Pet beds offer an important source of insulation during the winter and summer, acting as a protective layer between the cold floor or hot ground.

  • Hair and odor control

Pet beds can help keep your house clean (or at least cleaner) by keeping the hair and odor concentrated in a single area, while discouraging pets from curling up on the upholstery. Even better, quality dog beds are water-resistant and easy to clean.

  • Personal space

Much like the rest of your family, your furbaby needs a space where she feels safe, protected, and relaxed. By providing your pet with her own bed, you can help your pet feel as though she has a valued place in your household.

How to choose a dog bed:

Now that you know your pet needs his own bed, how do you pick the right one? To determine the best bed for your furbaby, you should consider the following factors:

  • Size

It’s important to choose a bed that is big enough to support your pet’s body when she is stretched out. We suggest measuring your pet, and then picking a bed that is at least 5 inches longer and wider.

  • Features

Determine which features are important. If your pet has arthritis, for example, beds with very thick padding or a memory foam or orthopedic bed may be best. Some pet beds are heated, which is beneficial for pets that chill easily, such as hairless cats and small, short- haired dogs or aging pets. Pets that crawl beneath beds or find other secluded areas to sleep may enjoy a hooded pet bed more than an open bed.

  • Quality

Just as you wouldn’t skimp when choosing your own bed, you should look for a bed made of durable, superior materials.

  • Location

Choose where you will put the pet bed. This may also influence the size and style of pet bed you should choose. For example, if you are buying a bed for a cat and wish to place it on a small table near a window, the bed should not overlap the table edges.

  • Ease of cleaning

Consider choosing a water-resistant bed for easy cleanup.