Tuesday, October 23, 2018

How We Design the Perfect Cat Bed: Guest Post & Giveaway by Tuft + Paw

How do you like to sleep? You’ve probably got a couple different sized pillows depending on your sleep position at the moment, a top sheet, a duvet or comforter, and maybe even another layer during the winter. Although cats have different criteria for what makes a comfortable bed, there are still a number of factors that are important to consider when designing the perfect cat bed.

As experts in the cat furniture space, we’re particularly obsessed with finding the answers to these questions. Here are our tips for designing the perfect cat bed for your fur babies.

1. Sleep Position



Knowing how your cat likes to catch some z’s is key to designing the perfect cat bed for your furry friend. If your pet enjoys curling up during their cat naps, perhaps an enclosed or donut cat bed would be preferred. On the other hand, if your cat likes to sprawl out while sleeping, a cat mat might be the best bed. Their sleep position can determine a lot when it comes to designing or finding the perfect cat bed, so pay attention.

2. Sleep Location

Oftentimes cat owners complain that their pet isn’t using their brand new bed, instead choosing to sleep on the owner’s bed (getting cat fur all over their expensive duvet) or under the couch, or simply in the corner of the room.

This may be because the bed simply isn’t in their preferred location in the home. Cats that scare easily often prefer secluded areas, like a closet, that keeps them away from most of the foot traffic around your home. Do they like to hide in areas like under the bed or couch, or other small nooks? An enclosed or cave-like bed might be their favorite.

If your pet prefers to nap in the sun, place their bed by a window with open blinds so they can stretch out under a sunbeam. And perhaps even placing your cat’s bed at the foot of your own bed so that they can still sleep with you without getting your comforter dirty would be a good idea to ensure your pet utilizes their new bed.

3. Sleep Height


How high does your cat like to be? If they’re a floor sleeper, then a small mat or donut bed tucked into the corner of a room might be perfect! If your cat prefers some height, you may want to get an elevated bed, or a tree with a nesting spot.

Setting up a bed on a pedestal right by an open window, placing a cat tree or cat shelves along a wall in the living room, or even setting up a bed above your own bed’s headboard could be the perfect height for your pet.

4. Testing

Before making a big purchase in a cat bed, try your hand at creating your cat’s bed to test out a few different materials. Cats can crash in anything from a cardboard box to a suitcase to a hammock to a pillow. I mean, you’ve probably seen your cat sleep in some weird places (arm of the couch or middle of the coffee table, anyone?). So it should come as no surprise that nearly anything can be turned into a cozy spot for your pet.

Test out a few different bed types, decorate them, and place them in different areas around the house. Figure out your pet’s favorite combos before investing in a bigger piece so you know where they prefer to sleep, and what type of bed they prefer to sleep on (or in).

5. Home Decor



To design the perfect cat bed that fits well within whatever room you place it in, keep your current home decor in mind. Like we always say, there’s no need to sacrifice style for function when it comes to your cat furniture. It’s definitely possible to have both.

Keep your decor colors and style in mind when choosing or creating your cat’s new bed so that you can both sleep in style and in comfort. There are cat beds of all shapes, sizes, and colors, so finding a contemporary cat bed in blue and grey is not going to be a difficult feat.

Designing and building a cat bed for your beloved pet can be a fun activity, and will help your pet to feel even more at home. Let your cat sleep in the same luxury that you do by creating their ideal cat nap spot.

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GIVEAWAY

Tuft + Paw has generously allowed us to offer a pawsome giveaway: One lucky winner in the US will win a $100 gift card to be spent on anything in the Tuft + Paw shop! To enter simply fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck everyone!


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72 comments:

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

I love their beds!

The Swiss Cats said...

What a pawsome giveaway ! Those are great beds ! Good luck to our US friends ! Purrs

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

Bear must be weird. At any one time, he's usually alternating up to three sleeping spots - and then all of a sudden they'll switch to almost polar opposites of the first set. Ellie is much more consistent.

The Menagerie Mom said...

The kitties here have quite a variety of bed styles they enjoy. But, I think all of them would love Tuft + Paw's fuzzy Capello bed. It looks so warm and cozy! Thank you for sharing this with us, Mudpie and Melissa!

Linda Szymoniak said...

I think I'd put the gift card towards one of their cat teepees. I would go with the Canvas Cowboy style so it would look good in any room on our house.

oneponychick66 said...

I would buy these beds for my foster cuats!!!!
Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

Those are fabulous!

Sue said...

I think my Muffie would like a cat teepee.

World of Animals, Inc. said...

Thanks for sharing all the information. We are going to take a peek at their cat beds. Our little ones at home love the cat bed on top of the couch. That's the only place they will sleep in the beds at. Have a wonderful rest of your day.
World of Animals

1gothickitten said...

I would buy the Capello bed because it looks so soft and comfy.

biggie55 said...

I would get cat toys, cat bowls and a blanket. My cats will not use cat beds. Y i dont know. One was from the streets and other dont know. But i had 2 different kinds and even bought a wicker basket and made a nice bed nope. They sleep on window perch, bed or sofa.

traveler said...

Cat toys, bed and blanket. What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks.

kellyr78 said...

I would get the MiaCara Capello bed.

Dianne Casey said...

I would buy a cat tree for my boys, Hamilton and Jefferson. They love playing on a cat tree and looking out the window.

Bocephallus said...

I would buy some of these Loft Cat Dishes. (jozywails@gmail.com)

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I won't enter because we were lucky to get to keep one for a review.

The Island Cats said...

We can never have enough beds!

The Island Cats said...

We can never have enough beds!

Fur Everywhere said...

They have some great pedestal beds, like the Cave, that I know Carmine and Ty would love!

Three Chatty Cats said...

They have such cool furniture! I really like the Anello bed.

Sara said...

There are so many things I like but i would probably buy a bed and then a toy.

Anne Scott said...

I would put it toward that wonderful Capello bed in Artic Gray! My cat would love it!

Cindy Peterson said...

I would get a Lana bed for my little guy. It looks very comfortable.

Meghan B said...

Definitely one of the cozy little beds!

Lisa said...

I would get one of these adorable cat beds.

Christina Moore said...

I would love to get the scratching post Lato, so they will not scratch my furniture

T said...

So many wonderful items I would love to have! I would most likely put it toward the Cat Teepees, because I would probably buy 2 of them for my indoor feral cat room. (Tammy Horn)

Ruth Honey said...

I would love for my cat Husani to have the MiaCara Anello
bed. It looks so comfy and well-made. Although I still don't mind him laying on my bed, he needs his own bed. My husband and I have allegies.

Meg S said...

I love the Lana cushion!

Darlene Carbajal said...

I would buy the loft cat dish!

KrazeKatLady said...

I would by the Gatto Pertica.

MichelleS said...

I would put it towards a cat bed.

cassandra marquez said...

i would most like get the Gato Pertica.

Bridgett wilbur said...

I just love there cat beds.

Alice Minx said...

I would definitely buy one of those great beds.. look so snuggly

Kayla Klontz said...

I would use it for a cat bed! THey're pretty awesome.

Kari said...

I love the Cibo Cat Bowl!

jtwark said...

i would get the Gatto Pertica

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aperry said...

I would purchase the Turrim.

Erin said...

I would get the Tweed Gray Travel Bed.

Darlene said...

I would love a Lana Cushion

Amy Tebow said...

I would get the gato basket for my kitty .

Jeremy said...

Would buy the Lana cushion.

monique s said...

I would get the anello bed

Jenna P said...

I'd get one of those cute cat teepee's.

Jenni Cavallaro said...

Honestly I would give the gift card to my little sister so she can buy something for her cat. She adores her kitty so much and it would absolutely make her day to be able to get her something special. While it would make her happy if I picked something out, I know she would be even more excited to be able to pick out something special for her herself. Her kitty's name is Jasper, and she is very skittish, especially with children because her first family didn't treat her so well so my sister rescued her. Since my sister has had her she spoils her rotten, and she seriously has come a long way. She used to attack everyone and hide all the time, but now she comes out to say hi when there are guests and even will let my children pet her because she knows them, but if she doesn't know a child, she hides from them. - I enter as Jennifer Keating :)

Unknown said...

I would put the gift card towards a Tree!

Unknown said...

I would put the gift card towards a Tree! - Sandra Preti

Christie Temple said...

I love the kitty beds and so would my 5 cats!

wen budro said...

Wow......they have really nice items. I would probably get their Cave bed for my reclusive feline.

Samantha Slowiak said...

That’s a tough one....I’d probably buy either the Lana bed or the capello. I love the cave but I have HUGE cats lol

Lisa Pecora said...

I like the Loft Cat Dish and would get some cat toys.

Nancy Bowers said...

All the toys so they wouldn’t be bored.

LeAnn Harbert said...

I will get a cat bed.

Sharon Schoepe said...

I would put it toward the canvas cowboy teepee. My 4 boys would love it

laydeelovewv said...

I love the Comodo and I'm sure that Roxi would love it too.

Ken Ohl said...

A cat bed sounds great

Stephanie said...

I would buy my cats a new bed and maybe the Loft food dishes.

Shakeia Rieux said...

I would buy a cat house.

Casey Garvey said...

I would buy the Milo cat climber. I Love how big it is!

Lissa Crane said...

I would love to put it towards the "Ozzy" for my fur babies!

Pam Halligan said...

I would buy the Ozzy Scratching Post.

Cassandra D. said...

I would buy the Lana blanket and the cibo cat bowl.

lkw1974 said...

Love the Capello Bed. There is some pretty great beds on the site. Thank you for sharing.

Gricelda said...

Love the Cave!

MaryAnn said...

I like the loft cat dish in white.

molly pitcher said...

I like the alto bowl.

kdrae said...

I'd get my kitties the Cat teepee!
kdraebellamy(at)yahoo(dot)com

Elizabeth Elder said...

I would put it towards the Freddo perch. My male cat loves to jump up to high places.

Donna said...

I would definitely buy a new bed for my dogs. We just got a new puppy and they need another bed.

PattiAnn Green said...

I would get a couple of the Lana Cushions. My cats would just love those!

Leela said...

Marvin scratching posts.