Cats love to feel cozy and warm and the design of heated cat beds keeps our favorite felines as comfortable as possible during the cold winter months.
Wherever sunlight falls, whether through a window onto a soft rug or outside on the back porch, cats will lie directly in the middle of the sun's rays, blissfully sleeping and soaking up the warmth like the most avid human sun worshiper.
Zoologists speculate that cats love the sunshine due to natural selection.
Originally, ancestors of the domestic cat evolved on the hot savannah-like deserts of Eastern and Central Africa, which allowed them to tolerate sustained temperatures higher than 90 degrees Fahrenheit for millions of years.
While humans feel distress when their skin temperature is above 110 degrees Fahrenheit, cats do not start appearing uncomfortable until their skin temperature exceeds 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
This explains why they seem so content to lie in overly warm places for hours without experiencing distress.
In addition, cats are able to conserve body heat by decreasing blood flow to their skin when exposed to cold temperatures. Alternately, cats will cool themselves by releasing heat through their mouths in the form of panting.
Only a cat that is excessively hot will pant until enough heat is released through oral evaporation.
Normally, a healthy cat's body temperature is between 100 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Cats suffering from heat exhaustion may drool, vomit, breathe rapidly and lose fluids through diarrhea.
Although healthy cats will not stay in heated cat beds so long as to develop heat exhaustion, a cat that is unwell may be so lethargic that he or she does not have the impetus to leave the bed.
You should wrap any cat experiencing heat-related distress in a damp, cool sheet or towel and take him or her to the veterinarian immediately.
Some barn cats or other cats simply do not like being indoors all the time, which like my kitty, will loudly express displeasure when access to outdoors is denied.
An outdoor heated kitty pad is a nice accessory, when you place it on the porch or in a garage to ensure that the roaming cats have a warm spot to which they can retreat when temperatures are a bit nippy outside.
As alternate forms of heated beds, most heated kitty pads contain an internal thermostat that adjusts to the cat's body temperature.
For example, if the thermostat detects the cat's body temperature is less than 100 degrees; heat it emits automatically intensifies. Additionally, these pads come with five to six feet cords that are wrapped in steel for safety purposes.
Non-electric indoor cat beds made with special thermo reflective materials absorb a cat’s body heat and effectively reflect the warmth back to the cat when his body temperature is uncomfortably low.
Similar to Mylar space blankets that astronauts, campers and survivalists use, these self-heating cat beds are more versatile than electric cat beds because you don't have to worry about placing them near outlets.
Cat owners will find a variety of cat beds at Shop Hepper Cat Beds and Only Natural Pet that can accommodate their entire cat warming needs.
PetFoodDirect.com stocks electric and self-warming heated cat beds, in addition to blankets and heated windowsill perches.
Also available are microwaveable, soft pet bed warmers that are made of durable neoprene, a material that is non-toxic and provides up to 12 hours of warmth when you place it inside a cat's bed.
Whatever your preference, you will find a cat bed that meets your needs.
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