The Common Traits of a Bad Pet Bed

Choosing the perfect bed (or beds if you are like me and want to have a specific place for your pet to rest in each living space and bedroom), can be tricky. But, it is important to your pet’s health, because proper sleep is imperative to their health and for appropriate behavior.

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(courtesy of: Sometime big dogs love to squeeze themselves into little beds- but be sure they have access to one the right size for optimal sleep

If you notice any of the following characteristics in your pet’s bed, then it may be time to purchase (or make- check out these awesome Pinterest ideas for DIY pet beds) a new one:

  • Too small – You want to make sure the pet bed is large enough to completely support your dog or cat. If your pet’s extremities are falling off the edges, then the bed is too small and not providing ample space for your pet to get comfortable, or promote quality sleep.
  • Too lumpy – Beds that contain stuffing must be maintained or changed frequently because the stuffing can become clumped together or compressed. This will create some areas that are thick, while there is no cushion or support in others. Beds with foam or batting that is failing should be replaced.
  • Unprotected – Areas of high traffic are not conducive for aiding sleep. Keep pet beds away from hallways or entryways. Also, be sure to keep your pet’s bed away from any large, heavy furniture that is not secured to the wall.
  • Drafty – Pet beds should not be near windows, doors or kept in uninsulated rooms. The area where a pet sleeps should have regulated temperature to promote proper resting and sleep.
  • Dirty – Beds and/or liners should be washed on a weekly basis. For those with pets going outdoors frequently, you may want to wash them more frequently. If the bed is gritty or filmy to the touch, then it is time for a wash, or time to purchase a new liner or cover.
  • Too high – To reduce the strain to your pet’s joints, keep pet beds near or on the floor. This will also provide a safer area for rest and will limit the potential for falls.

When it comes to pet beds, it is worth spending a few extra bucks for a well-made bed in the beginning. Otherwise, you can end up spending more on replacing beds that become torn or lumpy shortly after purchase.

4 thoughts on “The Common Traits of a Bad Pet Bed

  1. Sarah

    Taking care of hygiene of our pet is one of the most important thing! And this starts from where he spends most of his time i.e on it’s bed!

    Therefore, your dog’s bet should be neat and clean and you must take care of the things mentioned above before making the bed for your pet and if you’re not following these point then you need to consider to change your pet’s bed immediately!

  2. John Carston

    This advice looks like it’ll be helpful for choosing a better bed for my dog. The pet cushion he has seems to be too lumpy, unprotected, drafty and dirty, like you mentioned. When I get a replacement I’ll be sure to find a bed that’s much more cozy.

  3. Rudra Pratap

    Yes, I also agree that when it comes to pet beds, it’s worth spending a few extra bucks, for their better comfort during relaxation. I totally like the dog bed choosing suggestions you’ve provided, to choose better beds I think these suggestions will beneficial.


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