“ Manufacturer: Cats at Home / Type: Cat Bed „
Looking back now at the things I bought when I adopted my cats I'm a bit embarrassed how much I spent on things like this! Sheepskin? and faux suede? Was it really necessary!! Well to me at the time, yes it was.
I can clearly remember buying this bed, and why I did so. Initially I was set on "not being silly" and buying those plastic beds and putting a jumper or cushion in there, but all I could think was that that was what they had been used to at the rescue home, and I wanted them to be a *little bit* spoilt. And in my mind, by the time I'd bought the plastic bed I was half way to buying this anyway. The touch of the lining and cushion in this bed (both are the white sheepskin on mine) had me hooked in an instant. It's just so, so soft. The black outer was a bonus because I wanted to get black or brown things to match the cats (oops, did I just admit that? sorry!!) But that too was really nice and soft to the touch.
The size of the bed is 40x40x40cm. It's described as a hooded bed, and it gives just the right degree of 'hood' in my opinion to differentiate it from being a den or a hidey-hole. When the girls were new, Daisy took to this immediately, as she was the more timid, and I'm sure it gave her that extra little feeling of security. Or it may have been the fact that it was placed right next to a radiator...? Because it still remains quite open at the front, you can easily say hello and reach in for a stroke without surprising them. Now the girls are settled they have a variety of sleeping spots, but in the early days this was Daisy's night time bed for a long time.
The cushion inside is loose and can be easily washed on a low cycle. I've washed it a couple of times and it's come back lovely and soft, no problems. Now the weather is warmer (!!) I haven't seen either of the girls in this bed lately but the hairs that keep appearing in there I can see they are still having a cosy little snooze in there from time to time, and I'm sure it will be one of the first ports of call when this blazing summer is over. Well, here's hoping!
Price & Value
The bed is currently on the Pets at Home website at £22, I think I paid £20 instore in December, good value, it's been worth every penny to see them so cosy.
Before bringing Tinker home we looked at the different cat beds available both online and in pet shops before coming across the pets at home hooded one (ours is not the colours above but a blue polka dot one which goes really nicely in my kitchen, full of Cath Kidston accessories). The polka dot design really attracted me, as well as the fact that the bed looked cosy and comfortable, and we thought that it would be the perfect hideaway for a little kitten who might be a bit shy and nervous in a new environment.
The bed cost £20 from Pets at Home which I think is pretty reasonable, yes you can buy cheaper ones but there are also some that cost £30 or more. It measures approximately 76 x 45 x 86 cm and it has a fleece lining, which feels thick and soft. The inner cushion which goes on the bottom is reversible, on one side it is made of the fleece material, on the other the same blue polka dot material as the outside of the bed. This is also washable and I have washed it a few times since we have bought it and it still looks as good as new, without having lost it's plumpness. I have not tried to wash the rest of the bed itself as yet (as we have not had it that long anyway) but I imagine that if you put it in the washing machine it could probably lose it's shape and firmness, so I would probably just try and wash it by hand.
Our little Tinker absolutely loves her bed (I think she would have preferred a pink polka dot though), she looks very comfortable, almost sinks into the cushion when she lays in it. I think that because of the raised hooded part it is also nice for her to get a bit of privacy and she always buries her head into it. This also offers a small amount of protection from draughts.
I would definitely recommend this cat bed as an alternative to a flat one, as it looks good, is comfortable and very reasonably priced.
Cat beds in our house are something that never seem to work out the way we hope but I always keep trying different ones in the hope that our cats will like this new one rather than our beds and sofa's etc. I bought this one over a year ago when we had 2 cats and before our beloved Sooty passed on.
The bed itself is made from faux sheepskin ours is a different colour to the picture on Dooyoo but exactly the same in all other ways. The outer is a soft suede type material that is easily cleanable with a wipe or in some extreme cases we have used some foam carpet cleaner and this has always removed any dirt or scuff marks. The inside of the bed is a soft sheepskin type material that is lovely and soft to touch and nice and cosy. The base inside is reversible one side being the suede design and the other the fleecy faux sheepskin. We mainly have it with the sheepskin up wards as this is how both cats have preferred it. The base has been in the washing machine on a low temperature several times and still looks as good as new.
Now it doesn't really matter how well it cleans or how comfortable it looks, the important fact with cat beds are they used and in our house I can't really give a definitive answer. When she was alive Sooty used to love the bed in the winter months and used to love the fact it was a hooded design as this seemed to protect her not only from any draughts but meant she could only be approached by our son from one direction and this seemed to make her feel nice and safe. She was a cat that would get into the most awkward type of places to sleep such as under cupboards or wardrobes on occasion anywhere she felt cosy so the hooded designed suited her to a tee. Our other cat Sweep has always being the more dominate of the pair and would of if she wanted stop Sooty from going places or push in front of her at times but she had never shown any interest in the cat bed whilst Sooty was alive meaning that Sooty got it all to herself. After Sooty died I gave the bed a good clean and tried placing it in several places I knew Sweep liked to sleep to see if she would take to it. These were in front of the airing cupboard, in a bedroom by a radiator or just in a cosy corner in the living room. These all failed really and she really has never taken to it at all and I can probably count on both hands the amount of times she has actually slept in it.
If I had being buying this just for Sweep I would of being disappointed as it clearly like most cat beds doesn't suit her personality or wish for a bed she seems to prefer a chair or the floor. However Sooty who was a more timid cat loved it for the short time we had it with her she loved the cosy nest like qualities of the bed and for this reason I am giving it 4 stars as it provide a lovely safe haven for her and was very cleanable. At £20 for the bed it isn't a cheap cat bed but it is of a high quality and is standing up the test of time including my son making a bed for some of his soft toys on occasions. However it could be an expensive mistake if your cat doesn't like it and I would only recommend this for cats who are a bit more timid and like to find places to hide and snuggle down in as our more brazen cat who doesn't mind laying on her back exposing her tummy when she sleeps doesn't find it suits her personality at all.