Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wednesday Word—Perspective


I'm starting a new feature called From a Cat's Perspective™ where I'll discuss a topic in an effort to educate clueless humans. I ain't got a formal education but I have street creds. My BFGF (Best Feline Girl Furrend) and colleague Savannah will be joining me to offer her unique feline perspective. Topics will range from serious to playful such as our topic today: Do Cats Need Heated Cat Beds? Being located on the West Coast, I'll bet Savvy has a slightly different perspective than I do. Let's first hear what Professor Keisha has to say.

No, cats don't need heated beds. Cats generate enough of their own body heat which is why humans like it when we share the big bed with them in the winter.  Our normal body temperature is between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees, with 101.5 being optimal. The electric cat bed is yet another idea some corporate humans came up with to get more green papers out of our humans. If your cat is sick or geriatric and you think she may need more warmth, slide a piece of aluminum foil shiny side up between the bed and cushion to reflect the cat's own heat. Since cats can tolerate heat better than humans, cats also will curl up under your blankets for added warmth. Ixnay on spending green papers on an electric cat bed.


We now throw it over to our west coast feed to get my colleague and co-anchor Savannah's informed perspective. Take it away BFGF!


If you like our feature, you can offer your opinion on the topic in the comments or jump over to my Facebook page or Savannah's FB page and join the conversation there. If you wanna suggest a topic for a future From a Cat’s Perspective news show, leave your ideas in comments.

23 comments:

  1. I already mentioned on Savvy's post that my human won't get me a heated cat bed because I will lose coat and look shabby at the cat shows. I'm not allowed near the floor heater either.

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  2. The thought of an electric bed scares me.. But I am about to make some self heating beds, the kind that reflect back the body heat, I just have to decide on the configuration. Know what's funny, Leo loves to sleep on my heating pad, but never when it's on, only when it's off and 'cold' I think he likes the fuzzy cover.. MOL

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  3. Scylla here, well I would probably like one as I sleep on Mommy's electric blanket or under it, if it is really cold. Mommy says I am the coldest natured cat she has ever had. But obviously I don't need one as I have Mommy's, which she keeps on HIGH as she is always freezing.

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  4. Hey, hey, hey CK. I didn't ever think about a bed with some reflective foil. Very good idea. I, personally am gonna line up to get one of those home,are beds from Miss Andrea.

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  5. You know what CK? We never even developed a fondness of cat beds at all. So you're right we generate enough of our own heat!

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  6. We usually make our own heat, right CK???

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  7. I love this new feature. Very interesting!
    My boys don't need a heated bed---they normally sleep on the bed, on top of blanket even in very cold winter night!

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  8. My two cousins (who are at OTRB presently) used a heated bed in their later years because of arthritis. M is thinking of getting one for me as I'm 10, but then she thought she'd wait another year or so. I don't really need it yet.

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  9. My kitties would agree with you, CK. They do enjoy heated blankets and sitting on warm things, but they don't really need it. They are perfectly happy without any high-tech bedding.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  10. CK & Savvy....sure we live wear sum heet in de bed wood bee grate....N yes we haz non electrix heeted mats...but we canna haz heeted bedz coz de food servizz gurl doez knot trust em.... { can ewe say paranoid...it bee her.... middle name }

    we think a nice topic sum time mite bee......cat steps...have em, ore hate em ♥♥♥

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  11. Well this sounds gweat CK. Till one of our pawsum awnties sent us cat beds we'd never had any afur, so we fur sure kuldn't comment. But we's quite happy with these and they's not heated at all. When we need sum extra heat we just go to da big bed and have mommy turn on da lectric blanky. Mommy sez we don't have enuff outlets fur us to have heated beds. MOL But we don't have beds dat mommy kuld put foil in, so we's'll just have to keep usin' da lectric blanky.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  12. Carmine may not *need* a heated cat bed, but he sure LOVES his! I think it feels nice on his arthritic joints. He's always sought out extra heat. Jewel used to crawl under the blankets when she wanted to be warmer.

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  13. Well, we Sphynx don't have any fur, so in the winter we either need heated beds, a heating pad, or lots of warm fuzzy blankets to snuggle under. We are trying to convince our mom to get us a heated bed! We have a heating pad, but she turns it off when she leaves the house. We do have fast metabolisms because we have no fur, but we can still get cold, so we like any warmth we can get!

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  14. My cats love their heated throws and heating pad ( all on low). They don't need them, but they want them :)

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  15. When it is cold I spend all my time lying in front of the wood burner, then at night I like to lie on top of my mum.

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  16. I have thought about getting a self-heating bed in the past but had never thought of using aluminum foil! Thanks for the tip!

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  17. Mommy has been wondering if we would like a heated bed. It's good to get another cat's perspective.

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  18. Mom doesn't think we would like a heated bed because when we seem to get too warm we get up and move. Guess we aren't like most kitties :) BTW Mom keeps the house at 66 degrees in the winter so maybe our coats are thicker than most.

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  19. None of us here are really interested in heated beds, though we love being warm. I'd rather lay next to the heat vent and have all that hot air blowing on me. ~Ernie

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  20. I love your new feature--and I totally agree. I am plenty warm enough with just my furry body. Sometimes, I crawl under the quilt and am just a quiet lump when the Human returns. I've been sleeping with her more lately too, though only on the foot of the bed, and when she accidentally kicks me as she always seems to, I make her feel really really guilty. Bonus! XOXOXO

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  21. We have some beds and pads that reflect the cat's heat here. Gracie and Zoe only use them when it is cold. So they definitely know what time it is!

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  22. Well, we cannot answer for electric blankets as we don't have one, but we enjoy solar heated beds and radiators. And Pixie loves to go under the blanket. Purrs

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  23. Mes has a heated bed. And mes LOVES it. Mes is a furry old grrl cat, with really, really, really bad arthritis from when me was little.
    There!
    And CK, mes does not really believes in marriage either, after all mes has made it to 18 years old and survived 6 years of blogging without that happening and mes has LOTS of Boy friends...BUT Merlin is special. Mes would likes to make his last few months happy.
    Kisses

    Nellie

    PS the Mommy here, 18 months ago when I bought Nellie's heated bed I did lots of research. The bed we got is actually a dog bed (don't tell Nellie). The material the heating pad - is superior to any heating pad I've ever seen. (It is also water proof - which is better than water resistant) Because Nellie has little tiny razors on the ends of her claws, each week when I clean out her bed and wipe down the pad, I check it for any little nicks.
    The pad has no hot spots (and yes I check that weekly when Nellie has been in her cubby and it is warm) I don't NOT want my little girl to get burned.
    The pad has been specially made to only heat to a temperature of 40 degrees Celcius (thats 104 f).
    It will only heat if a weight covers 50% of its surface.
    The bed is unplugged for at least 12 hours a day during the weekend, more on weekends.
    Nellie uses this bed almost daily (except during the heat of summer)
    Even though this bed/heating pad has stood up way better than I ever anticipated, heat can cause plastic to breakdown and I would not want anything to happen to my little girl.
    Alas, the estore I bought it from is not in business and I can't remember the manufacturer, and I am now starting to look to get another to replace it. If you get any good suggestions, let me know and I will do the due diligence.

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