We all keep many types of pets: cats, dogs, hamsters, parrots and so on. Out of those all, cats and dogs are generally the biggest in size, and definitely require a specialized pet bed for themselves as a place to sleep. Sure, some owners don’t bother with a heated dog bed or heated pet bed for cats, but when the cold winter sets in and the chilly winds start to blow in and out the house via open windows and tiny gaps between the doors, the full extent of coldness that our beloved pets feel is well realized. That is why it is essential to get a heated pet bed no matter of you have a cat or a dog.
Types of Heated Pet Beds
If you start looking for heated pet beds to buy online, you may run into countless brands, variants and designs. These are just the exterior appearances; in reality, there are basically two types of heated pet beds. One of them is electrically heated pet beds. All you need to do is plug the power pins into the power socket, turn the thermostat on and the bed will warm itself automatically. These types of beds automatically adjust the heating depending on the thermostat temperature.
Another type of heated pet bed, the safer one (for reasons that’ll be mentioned soon) is the microwavable gel-based heating beds. In this case, the beds come with a couple of removable, microwavable gel packs which are inserted beneath the bed. To make the bed warm, the gel packs are taken out from the bed and put in a microwave. You can easily set the temperature up to which you want to heat the pack. After it’s done, take it out, put it back inside the bed and let your pet lie down on it. No electricity is involved; all you need is a microwave oven and a bit of time to heat the gel packs.
Benefits of Using Heated Gel Packs as Bed Warmers
Now many will ponder as to why a pair of simple heated gel packs are better than a top-of-the-line electric heating bed with automatic temperature control and temperature sensor?
The advantages are many:
- Heated gel pack based beds don’t require continuous electricity to run. Sure, they require electricity in the microwave in order to get heated, but that’s it. No continuous flow of electricity, no dependency on power once the gel pack is heated.
- Gel-based heated beds work like a mobile phone: charge them with heat, and easily move it around or put in a place with no power socket nearby. Electric beds are like a desktop computer or TV: they require a mandatory power socket nearby to plug in to be able to work.
- Gel-based heating beds don’t have any moving parts or any wires. So they are perfect to leave your pet on all night while you go to sleep.
- Gel-based heating beds are inexpensive, and the gel bars are easy to replace in case they go bad.
- Gel bars can serve a different purpose during hot summers; providing cooling to your pets. All you have to do is refrigerate them and put it back into the bed. This way, they’ll serve your pets in both winter and summer seasons.
Risks of Using Electric Beds
There is always a risk factor involved in anything that uses direct power from the power sockets, and even more when pets are around the place.
- Pets can accidentally chew the cables away, as they may not be aware that it is an electrical cable and result in them getting an electric shock. This makes it very dangerous around pets who are prone to chewing off anything they can find like young, hyperactive dogs.
- If your dog gets wet outside and comes back to lie down in the electric heated bed, there may be a change of short circuiting of the bed or electrocuting. Of course, you can monitor the situation but this can happen even if the electric bed is not plugged to a wall socket.
- Heat burns is also a real issue with heated pet beds. Most of the beds work on the basis of the surrounding temperature and automatically keep the bed temperature a few degrees higher. However, if the thermostat stops working or the sensor in the beds stop working, it can pose a critical risk of over-heating the bed, and probably leading to heat burns to your dog or cat.
Even though with the risks, many owners prefer to use electrical heated pet beds because not many are aware of the existence of gel pack-based heating beds and where to buy it. If you are looking for a heated pet bed, you are better off buying gel pack based pet beds over electrical ones for your own safety and your pet’s safety.