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Is there a nice cat bed that can be washed & tumble dried?

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LamaDrama Sun 20-Oct-13 21:18:24

I really need one I can tumble dry regularly, I have looked in a lot of pet shops & online.

Can anyone recommend one please?

Thanks thanks

cozietoesie Sun 20-Oct-13 21:30:29

Do you need one with a hood etc? Otherwise, I'd be looking at a couple of modestly priced fleece throws (one and a spare) which can be semi folded and placed in a nice cardboard box to minimize draughts.

LamaDrama Sun 20-Oct-13 21:36:45

I don't really mind, I find it hard to hoover the one I have now,

I tried a small plastic dog bed for her last week (so its wipe clean) with a cushion inside & in the morning the cushion was soaked, as it had 'sweated' on the plastic.

Might go for the box & blanket, that sounds easier.

cozietoesie Sun 20-Oct-13 21:43:20

I'd give it a try, I think. Fleece throws can be bought really cheaply (try the local shopping centre or market - or online) and they wash and tumble a treat. (Thereby removing hairs.) Cats love them as well because they're so cosy.

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LamaDrama Sun 20-Oct-13 22:03:44

Im annoyed Ive just thrown 2 dressing gowns away this week. They could have been cut up!

LamaDrama Sun 20-Oct-13 22:04:33

Oh dear blush

cozietoesie Sun 20-Oct-13 22:13:44

LD has been on the sherry! grin

Don't worry - check with friends and family to see if they've got any fleece dressing gowns they don't use. Fleece jackets are also fine - I've used the lot. You just need to fold the latter so that any zippers are underneath and aren't going to stick in the cat's ribs. (Not that they seem to notice those anyway.)

LamaDrama Sun 20-Oct-13 22:16:34

Baby was on me grin

catameringue Mon 21-Oct-13 08:25:02

I use a dog bed but no tray. Shoved it on top of a cupboard. They love it.

My dressing gown also gets dough punched and kneaded regularly so I can imagine that would make a popular bed. When I'm on mat leave I am going to cut the duvet up and make it into several beds as I reckon that would wash well.

cozietoesie Mon 21-Oct-13 08:37:46

Probably better to try and use things which don't need cutting up. The process of laundering and drying can extract stuffing and cut-edge threads from the most sturdy-looking of items. Putting something in the machines whole is a safer bet even if it does have zips or is a little too big.

(Unless you're minded to re-sew and tape edge everything - which is a whole lot of palaver to me but might be a doddle for you.)

Wearegoingtobedlehem Mon 21-Oct-13 08:40:42

You've just reminded me, our cat used to have a cardboard fruit tray and an old school cardi...... Durabed raised beds will breathe more than the plastic one and sweep/hose well- but they are a bit pricey

cozietoesie Mon 21-Oct-13 08:58:44

The great thing about cardboard boxes is that not only are they free but they can be chucked regularly when they show signs of any wear. No need for washing down.

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 21-Oct-13 09:23:50

My cats just love a piece of vet bed. Washes and tumbles really well.

catameringue Mon 21-Oct-13 13:15:51

Cosie - yes sadly I would be minded!

We're converting a shed in the garden to provide lodgings for the cats and I need to make an attractive bed. They love my duvet so thought I'd go for that. I will cut it down in size for easier laundering. The more it looks like something they shouldn't sit on, the more they will.

cozietoesie Mon 21-Oct-13 13:23:40

Not sad at all. I'm always trying to re-use things so if you're up for it then great! (My eyesight isn't too great for needles and thread so it would likely be beyond me.)

livinginwonderland Mon 21-Oct-13 18:52:38

Ours have a cheap dog bed we picked up from the market - works well and can be stuck in the washing machine easily.

They also have an old plastic toybox lined with old towels that they love. The towels can be shoved in the wash and as they're cats, they adore the box! At the moment, they also have an old diet coke 24 can box that they fight over grin

cozietoesie Mon 21-Oct-13 19:45:06

Old towels, old clothes and old boxes. A plentiful supply of those and you're all set for cats.


LamaDrama Mon 21-Oct-13 21:55:57

She slept in the box ALL day today - I put an old t.shirt in it for now grin

And stupidly I have had that box for months, on top of the wardrobe, meaning to put it in the shed!

cozietoesie Mon 21-Oct-13 22:36:03

A bigger hint you couldn't have received, eh?


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