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According to our cats, this is the best thing since tuna treats! Cats love heated objects, whether it is the radiator, your lap, a heating pad (which can be dangerous for your feline!), or something specifically designed for pets.  PetSafe has outdone themselves with this product. Now, before I continue on too much further, I want to specify something.  There is a voluntary recall on PetSafe's website.  That recall does NOT apply to this product.  The recall specifies heating kits, not the actual beds.  I can reassure you that I have had this bed for over 2 months, it has been plugged into an outlet the entire time, holding no less than three cats, and I have not had a problem.  I have never unplugged the bed, and if I did, I can guarantee that my felines would throw a tantrum, the likes of which no one has ever witnessed.

In short, this bed is very safe, and your cats will love it. I have put in a call to the manufacturer, and they assure me of the safety of this product. That said, the bed is designed in three sizes; small, medium and large.  To view the actual measurements, click here. Our cats love this bed.  They can be found at all hours of the day curled up together with each other.  Apparently the more cats you curl up, the more heat you obtain.  Each of the cats fight for their place, as you know there is a 'pecking order' amongst felines.

We currently have a large heated pet sleeper, which easily accommodates three, sometimes four (depending on what kind of mood they are in), large cats.  If you had kittens, you could fit the entire litter AND their mother in this bed.

We have used this bed for several things.  First, when a cat injured his back leg (we had to put him in a separate room, away from the other cats), and rest assured that it took no special urging to get him to lie down.  He spent all day in the cozy sleeper.  Next, we put it out for all of our cats to try, and they all did...  We had a few little spats, but it was fine.  Finally, we used it for a set of rescued kittens who had lost their mother.  The little ones slept soundly and quietly, no doubt dreaming that they were curled up against their warm mother. It is important not to let your pets stay on the bed for days at a time, which I hope goes without saying.  If you use this item in a kennel, be sure to allow room for your pet to move away from the bed and get some "fresh air", because I can pretty much guarantee that they will want to be on it all the time and it doesn't matter to them if you give them the ability to move away from the bed.  In fact, you will need to be the regulator for this particular item, as the heat is just too good to e true - particularly in the cold of winter!  Follow the handy safety precautions and use some common sense, and your pets will love this bed! The covers are machine-washable, but let them air-dry as you want to keep the micro fiber in good shape!  Follow the directions for washing the cover. My pets have not had any desire to chew on the cords, which are wrapped in a coiled wire, but I don't have any puppies.  If you do have a puppy, be sure you never leave him or her unattended n the bed.  In fact, it's always good to keep them under your watchful eye, be it feline or canine.

I highly recommend this bed.  It's the best I've seen for cats and dogs, and while my cats have taken it over completely, I can see my dogs falling in love with it as well.  The only problem?  They don't make one big enough for my monster dogs!  But, this is a column for cats, and so all is well.  For beds large enough to accommodate your pooch, check out PetSafe's Wellness Bed. Prices can vary depending on where you purchase.  I've seen them begin at $29.99 and increase to $109.00.  So do your homework!  Remember, the bigger the bed, the more it will cost.  It's the price of having a lot of pets that we all know so well!

From the Cats:

Hisses & Spits: We love our new heated bed! Purrs: Purring contentedly... Every household should have at least one (or two, or three)!

From the Humans:

Two opposable thumbs up! We love this bed - it's therapeutic, relaxes our frantic felines and they even rest happily in the same space!   Drawback? While the cost can be a little high compared to regular, non-heated beds, we have found that our pets enjoy it more and it lasts a lot longer than regular beds!

Cover Washing Instructions:

Detach power connector from Heated Wellness Sleeper™. Unscrew nut from grommet and remove cover from foam core insert before washing. Use a mild detergent and machine wash on gentle cycle. Allow the cover to air dry. Do not put in dryer.

Safety Precautions:
  • Check to insure that there is no damage to the unit, power cord, or plug before each use. Inspect the product to ensure there is no sudden rise in temperature. If detected, do not use the product.
  • Use the product with the included cover at all times. If the Wellness Sleeper™ is used for extended periods, periodically remove your pet from the bed.
  • If the Wellness Sleeper™ is to be used in a pet cage, allow sufficient space for your pet to be able to move off the bed.
  • Do not allow your pet to chew on the power cord or the heating unit.
  • Do not use the Wellness Sleeper™ near heaters or open flames.
  • Disassembling or submerging this product under water may increase the possibility of a fire or electric shock.
  • Do not leave pet unattended while using the Wellness Sleeper&trade.
  • Unplug the product when not in use.
  • For indoor use only.
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Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who currently resides in the southwestern deserts of Arizona with a few dogs, several cats, and a very understanding husband. She is a regular contributor to Pet Age Magazine, Catster, Animal Behavior College, and of course, PetsWeekly. Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She is also the author of a bestselling urban fantasy/thriller, Shepherd's Moon; a humor book entitled, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One), and a line of Educational Activity Books for children.


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