Tag Archives: cleo beds

The benefits of igloo beds

016

We at Cleo Pet have a saying, a well rested animal is a happy animal. OK, it’s not our official saying but we believe wholeheartedly that if your pet is well looked after, sleeps in a comfortable and healthy environment then your pet is going to be overall happy, healthier and have more time for fun throughout the day or evening.

Today we want to speak to you about a little comparison between different beds. Our Igloo/Duffle Bed and a standard flat pad/cushion bed that you can find in other stores.

We are going to base our analysis on a few key areas that have been identified in what helps a cat get a good rest from International Cat Care.

Warm environments

We understand that cats like warm environments. From the receptors which can be located on their face to their fur having an impact on assessing warm or cold conditions, cats respond differently to temperatures compared to humans.

While we feel pain at a temp of 112 degrees (44C) a cat won’t feel pain until it reaches 126 degrees (52C) which means that cats crave warmer environments through nature. It isn’t uncommon to find cats resting in locations that may have perplexed you until learning about this fact, but if you think of the times you may have seen your cat resting in the sun rays in your home, outside in the garden or even on your car’s bonnet, it starts to make sense.

Compared to a standard floor pillow, our igloo beds provide a fully covered sleeping arrangement that maintains warmth and comfort for your cat.

Our igloo bed provides the right kind of warm and cosy environment that your cat is craving. Our ergonomic shape and design combines a comfortable yet stylish solution for your cats sleeping requirements. Furthermore, our inner fleece lined materials keep the environment a suitable temperature where your cats can sleep in comfort.

007

Use of living space

Cats are creatures of habit and changes to those habits can cause a form of distress to the household pet. One of the ways of combating this is to provide an area of your living space that addresses that one primary area of your cat’s life, sleep.

Whilst humans will sleep throughout the evening (usually), cats will use the day to catch up on their sleep, which is why, it is often reported that cats like to disturb their owners in the early hours because they are in a playful mood.

One of the ways to be able to allow them to understand boundaries and where they can and can’t sleep is about tailoring and demonstrating an environment that is suitable for them.

A standard floor pillow can look like other “safe areas” in a home environment and so the cat will see this as an opportunity to try new areas and test living spaces. Whilst our igloo doesn’t necessarily guarantee that a cat won’t wonder, your cat will start to respect the living space that has been created for it and utilise the igloo over alternative sleeping arrangements.

002-1024

Creating a routine

This falls under both categories really, but there is a caveat and extension to the other two areas. From creating and maintaining a sleeping schedule for your cat, yes, your cat will respond to it if you create one, to adjusting your environment so that they get plenty of activity throughout the day, your cat needs routine to be able to respond to inputs in the evening when you’re ready to go to bed.

If your cat knows and feels like they have their own environment to sleep in, they’re less likely to disturb you in the middle of the early morning. Surrounded by toys, a litter box and comfortable bedding, this can make all the difference in their environment.

Our igloo bed fulfills the majority of those requirements. We’ve had many examples of customers showing us how their cats have taken their favourite toys into their own personal igloo and played happily and peacefully in their own space.

Our igloo beds can be purchased from our store online. Use this link to take you straight to our igloo bed page.

Why do cats love Radiator Beds?

Small Red with Brown Insert Cover
Small Red with Brown Insert Cover

If there is one thing we understand at Cleo Pet it’s this; a better rested pet, is a happy pet. And we stand by that statement being a company of pet owners and lovers over the last few years. If there is anything that is guaranteed to make your nights rest easier, it’s going to be because your pet is well rested.

Today’s blog is about understanding how one of the most common household items you have, a radiator makes for a great place for your cat to rest next to.

From providing the right environment to giving your cat a private space to rest and play in, our radiator beds provide the solution that you will have been searching for.

Cats like warm environments

Whilst most humans will start to suffer with heat exhaustion and general fatigue induced by warm temperatures over the 44C mark, cats won’t start to feel the same until the temperature gauge hits 52C. This means that whilst cats love the warm environment, they are also prone to being burnt as their fur isn’t that much more a protection against UV rays as they would like to think.

It’s not uncommon to see your cat lying in the sun, in areas of your home where the sun is shining through the window or lying underneath your car after you’ve been out for the day.

Radiators happen to be on the places that they love the most indoors because of this reason. When your radiator is on, it’s like an internal homing beacon for cats to get up and find the warmest spot in the house, that happens to be rooms where the radiators are on, making a nice and cosy environment.

Large Bed with Fawn Insert Cover
Large Bed with Fawn Insert Cover

Elevated surfaces

Have you ever noticed that your cat enjoys jumping on to surfaces that are particularly elevated? From the tops of couches, bookshelves to the windowsills in your home, your cat is trying to find locations that provide both comfort, but the best view of the room. Don’t forget, cats are predatory animals so they like to understand an environment and assess all the areas of the living space before they settle.

There was some research conducted in 2011 which indicated that cats like high surfaces because it helps establish a pecking order when other cats are around, and because heat rises it allows them to feel more comfortable.

Private space

Cats enjoy their private space as much as any human does. This goes to back the theory of establishing their own patterns and movements throughout the day as well as setting up their own environment so they can sleep in peace.

If you give your pet the right environment and conditions to rest and play they will benefit from this greatly. This also means being able to let your cat get on with things in peace even when you’re not at home.

So why do our radiator beds make for the best sleeping spots in the house? Their ergonomic and functional design allows you to set up a great spot for your cat wherever you choose and as long as there is a radiator there for them to use.

Whether it’s in the main living quarters or in a spare room, you will create a space that they know will be warm, elevated and private, allowing them to be able to sleep in peace throughout the day.  Plus, our beds come in two sizes, which means that you can choose the appropriate size for your cat or cats depending on the space they take up.

Our radiator beds can be purchased from our store online. Use this link to take you straight to our radiator beds page.

Sleep, sleep and more sleep!

Cats sleep on average 16 hours a day!
Cats sleep on average 16 hours a day!

Cat owners will not be surprised to hear that cats enjoy a good sleep but did you realise that on average cats sleep a staggering 16 hours a day? That equates to spending two thirds of their lifetime asleep! The question is why do they sleep for so long?

One of the main reasons is to conserve energy. It is sometimes easy to forget that cats are essentially predators and therefore their natural instinct is to go out hunting. This usually takes place around dusk and dawn when their prey is likely to be most active. The hunting process requires a lot of energy, which explains why cats spend a lot of their day sleeping before coming alive at night.

It will also come as no surprise to hear that like us humans, cats do not appreciate cold or wet weather. For this reason, they may often retreat inside for a nap when adverse weather arrives.

On the whole cats are very sociable animals and appreciate company, so when this is not available, such as during the day when you’re at work, they often get bored and pass the time by having a snooze. Cats are also more likely to have a nap after a meal, after exercise or if they find a nice warm spot to curl up in, such as our laps!

As designers of cat beds we take great interest in where cats sleep. The truth is, cats very rarely stick to one sleeping spot, and wherever they choose it may not always be the lovely new bed that you have recently purchased for them!! They are often just as happy sleeping on the sofa, the radiator, your bed, your lap or even in a cardboard box!

 

Deluxe Radiator Beds

At Cleo we pride ourselves on producing something which is a little bit different from other products on the market and our best selling Deluxe Radiator Beds are no different. Our Radiator Beds come in two sizes, both of which are designed by us right here in the UK. They are manufactured using a strong, one-piece welded steel frame, which makes them extremely robust and it also means there is no assembly required!  They have a high quality luxurious cover made from fleece and faux sheepskin, which can easily be removed in seconds for washing at 30 degrees. Both sizes come in two different styles which can be seen below.

Our large bed is one of the biggest Radiator Beds on the market measuring 300mm (height), 650mm (width), 630mm (depth). Ideal if you have two cats who like to share and also if you have plenty of room around your radiator!!! If you would prefer one a little smaller our small bed measures 300mm (height), 550mm (width), 330mm (depth).

Finally, both types of bed have 10cm hooks so they are perfect for hooking on to standard double radiators.

With temperatures plummeting why not treat your cat to one of our Radiator Beds from our website?

Small Red with Brown Insert Cover
Small Bed with Brown Insert Cover
Large Bed with Fawn Insert Cover
Large Bed with Fawn Insert Cover

A Better Sleep Guide For Your Cat

Cat Sleeping
Image courtesy of Sleeping Polly by Marina_in_Wonderland on Flickr.

Cats, would you believe it, sleep a lot. You probably already knew that if you are a veteran cat owner, but to some, the amount of hours a cat sleeps during a day can startle even the most avid cat lover.

On average, a cat sleeps up to sixteen hours a day. Yes, sixteen. Put another way, in the average life span of a cat (fifteen years), a cat will sleep for ten of those years.

There are lots of reasons as to why cats sleep so much. These are mainly;

  • Genetics. Cats would spend a lot of time hunting a gathering prey using up all of their energy, so it is only natural that they sleep so much. Of course, in a home environment, there is no need to use up that energy, but the genetics remain the same.
  • Nature. Cats are very light sleepers, spending most of their lives in light sleep, once again caused by an evolutionary tale of being alert against larger predators.
  • Boredom. Cats, like humans can get very bored. Boredom in the animal kingdom can lead to prolonged hours of sleep. If you can keep your cat regularly exercised and entertained with toys and games, this will cut down the amount of hours a cat sleeps.
  • Diet. Have you noticed how much food they eat and what kind of food it is? Full of nutrients and protein from meats and fish, cats are the carnivore kings of the animal world. If they don’t have a balanced diet, this will lead to longer hours of cat sleep time.
  • Time of day. Cats are crepuscular which means that they are most active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk. They tend to lay low in the darker night-time and day-time hours, when other predators may be hanging about.

So what can you do to help your cat get the best possible sleep and ensure that they are getting enough exercise to fill their day?

  • Give them plenty of exercise. Unlike dogs, cats are a lot harder to walk, but activities which involve climbing, scratching, chasing items and general play will help keep their activity high levels high during the day.
  • Feed your cat before bed time. A warm meal isn’t only good for humans, but for your cat as well, it helps relax them and automatically helps their body clock adjust to sleep time.
  • Give them attention. A few minutes of gently stroking before bed time will help set them off for the evening.
  • Set a time. If humans have a regular bed time, so do cats. Keep a regular time for bed set, this will help your cat sleep through the night.
  • Set a good environment. Make sure that the room is quiet; that their cat bed is in a warm well ventilated area. Turn down the lights and cut out noises. Remember, your cat sleeps on average for sixteen hours a day, so if the environment isn’t distracting they will rest comfortably.
  • Give them a comfortable sleeping area. Cat’s seek the warmth, even in summer, so a comfortable and warm environment is ideal. Our Cleo Pet radiator and Duffle Beds are ideal solutions.

These are of course just some general sleep facts about a typical cat sleeping behaviour and should help with abnormal sleeping patterns or behaviours. If you notice any changes in their sleeping behaviour, whether it is more or less than they should be getting, then contact your local vet and get them in for a regular check up.