What to Look for in A Chemical Free Dog or Cat Bed

You may be considering an organic cat or dog bed if your pet:

• Has allergies and needs a hypoallergenic pet bed.• Has chemical sensitivities and needs a pet bed without added chemicals or synthetic materials.• Shares an earth or eco-friendly lifestyle with you.• Overheats in the summer on their current dog or cat bed.

Or if you:

• Prefer a pet bed with materials that are naturally mold and mildew resistant.• Have done research on chemical exposure and pets, and as a result, want to purchase products for your dog or cat which avoid synthetics and chemicals as much as possible.• Want a dog or cat bed that will last a long time for your pet.• Want what’s best for your pet.

At Pure-Rest Organics, we understand this, and as a result we offer a large selection of organic dog and cat beds to accommodate your pet. Though an issue which can develop with this large selection, is finding out which pet bed to get for your pet. You want to make sure you pick the right one, so that your pet may enjoy it, and actually sleep on it.

So let us begin.

Some factors to consider for deciding which organic dog or cat bed to get your pet, include your pet’s sleeping position, age, size, weight & body structure. Other factors include fur type and color, behavior, and where your pet normally sleeps. By looking at these various factors and what they mean, we can deduce which pet bed would be most optimal for your pet:

Sleeping Position: Does your pet sleep curled up or straightened out? Do they sprawl out when they sleep? If your pet sleeps curled up, you would want to consider a round or oval pet bed, if they sleep straightened out, you would want to consider a rectangular pet bed. For sprawled out sleeping, a wider rectangular pet bed should be considered.

Age: Older pets should get pet beds which have a solid rubber inner, vs. shredded rubber inner, in order to ensure they can easily get onto the pet bed.

Size, Weight, & Body Structure: If your pet is heavier or more muscular in body structure, then a thicker pet bed would be better (a 3” over a 2” thick for example). While slimmer or less muscular pets would still be well supported with a thinner pet bed (2” over 3”). Depending on the size of your pet, you will want to get a pet bed which works for that size. Measure your pet from the base of its tail to its head in order to figure out the minimum length you would want the pet bed to be. Measure your pet across its shoulders, and then add about 2 to 3” to figure out the minimum width for the pet bed.

Fur Type & Color: Pets with longer fur tend to do better with organic cotton twill and chenille while pets with shorter fur work well with all types of organic cotton fabric. Depending on the color of your pet’s fur, you may want to consider a neutral or similar color in order to reduce the showing of loose fur in between washings of the organic cotton outer or pad.

Behavior: Certain behaviors tend to result in certain pet beds working better for your pet. With cats that like to “knead” with their paws, the pet haven is the most optimal pet bed choice. With dogs that tend to be more aggressive, a twill organic cotton outer (regardless of pet bed choice) tends to work well. More active or playful pets may find the shredded rubber pet beds more to their liking, while calmer pets may find the solid rubber core pet beds more appeasing.

Normal Sleeping Location: Depending on where you pet likes to sleep, you may want to ensure the pet bed works for that location and fits by size and shape there. Pets which prefer sleeping in a kennel or enclosed secure area, may desire an organic cotton pet pad vs. an organic pet bed. This also may apply for if this is going to be used in the car, as the pet pad would be lower maintenance and more adaptable to the shape of a car (for example if placed on the seat of the car).

If your pet prefers to sleep in a location with a solid surface below it (like wood), then you would want to consider a thicker pet bed (3” thick, shredded rubber, pet haven). Though if your pet prefers to sleep in a location with a plusher surface (like carpeting), a thinner pet bed will work fine. Some pets and owners, prefer for their pet to sleep in bed with them. In this case an organic cotton pet pad, organic cotton baby, toddler, or throw blanket, or a thinner solid rubber pet bed would most likely work better. So as not to add weight or taking up of space for owners sharing the bed with their pet.

We hope this information has given you some guidance on which organic pet bed would be ideal for your pet. If you feel you still can’t decide, or just want to see our organic & natural pet bed materials in person, order one of our free organic pet sampler kits! Please let us know in the comments section or contact us directly if you have any questions, or need any assistance in regards to this.


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