We got loads of cat beds for our cats, but the latest addition appears to be the topper of all cat beds. We got our cats a Cat Shark Bed last Christmas and the bed is visually pleasing, cuddly and cozy warm to our cats and easy to maintain.
There are many cats beds on the market but rarely are they as visually pleasing as this shark cat bed does. It’s just plain funny to see the tables being turned. Isn’t the classic picture that of a cat with a fish in its mouth? Now you can have a cat sticking out of a fish’s mouth. Luckily this fish isn’t real and your cat will survive the sharks bite no problem.
My guess is that cats do not see the bed as a danger, perhaps for the best for now so they will use it. For us humans it is all the more funny though when a tail or a head sticks out of the sharks mouth, resting on its teeth.
For Whom Is The Bed?
Although I would call it a cat bed, technically it is a bed for pets. While bigger dogs and probably huge cats won’t fit in it, most cats and small dogs will. The bed itself is for those that fit, so that would include other small animals as well.
The shark cat bed comes in two sizes, one being small fitting most cats and a medium bed that will fit the bigger cats and the smaller dogs too. It comes flat-packed in a box, but is easy to pop up and put into shape. Inside goes a separate pillow for extra comfort of your pet.
One could also say that the bed is made for people that don’t want cat hairs all over the place. Having a dedicated spot for your pet is a great way of reducing floating hairs and keeping your furniture reasonable clean(er).
Why a Cat Bed?
I should perhaps call it a pet bed, but since we here at Cat Habits usually only concentrate on cats, I call it a cat bed. Like I mentioned in the previous paragraph, cats (dogs too) leave a lot of hair behind wherever they sit or dwell. Installing one or more cat beds will therefore make sure that cat hairs stick to the easy to maintain cat beds instead of your furniture.
Cats come in two types:
- Bush dwellers
- Tree dwellers
Bush Dwelling Cats
Bush dwellers love to sit low-down at ground level and tend to hide in (you guessed it) bushes. Not every bush needs to be made of leaves and branches, for they show this behaviour in a lot of different area’s and materials.
Typical examples of bush dwelling behaviour are cats loving to go underneath a blanket, trying to dig underneath the pillows on the sofa or hiding in their cat tunnel. These cats also love to lie down in a 5-sided enclosure, such as is the case with this shark bed. They got a place to sit on, they are surrounded within 3 side walls and got a roof over their head.
Cat beds like the shark bed offer both heat and security. Bush dwellers like to feel secure with having control over what is in front of them. They sit with their head sticking out to check for their surroundings. The rest of their body is “safely” within the bush – or in this case the shark.
Because of the shapes and the soft material of the bed, it will also feel nice and warm inside. All cats (or should I say most cats?) love heat. They prefer warm pillows, soft blankets, jumpers, sweaters and cuddly soft bathrobes to set their claws in and kneed away in a mesmerizing murmuring.
This cat bed also comes with a soft pillow, so the cat bed will be loved by them without any problems. It is an excellent hiding place for them, as they can tug themselves into a small circle deep inside the mouth of the shark.
Tree dwellers are cats that like to find the highest place in the house to sit at. These are the masters of climbing straight up a wall or cupboard or find their way up through several steps. Tree dwellers want to have an overview of their surroundings below them. They rather take it all in from a higher level and hope not to be spotted by the ones down below.
The cat bed works fine as well for the tree dwellers – all you need to do is put it up on the top shelve of your cupboard or bookshelf. Alternatively you can look into buying a cat tree instead.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Most material can be easily wiped clean with a (damp) microfiber cloth, but the pillow can be taken out and washed at low temperatures in the washing machine (say 30C). Do not tumble dry them but let it air-dry instead.
The bed itself can also be washed as there is no metal in this bed to keep it in its shape, just a very well-designed popup system.
For small patches of cleaning, I would use something like Urine Off on a spray so that it is safe for your cats to continue using and cleans it effortless.
Pros & Cons
- Cozy warm experience for your cat or small dog
- Visually pleasing for us humans
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Keeps hair away from furniture
- Needs to be placed on a flat surface
- not suitable for medium to large dogs and very large cats
Our cats absolutely love this bed and it is often a matter of a small battle who may lie here first. We placed the cat bed on top of a chair that already was dedicated to them before.
More often than not I see a tail hanging out of the sharks mouth. It’s a funny sight. At other times a head is hanging out. Most of the times they are all tucked in being warm and comfortable and I have troubles spotting them. It has already happened once that I lift the bed up with cat and all, only to see an annoyed face sticking out asking to put them back down on the chair again.
It puts a smile on your face to see your favourite pet happily tucked away in the mouth of a dangerous but cute looking shark.
Want a happy cat? Buy him/her a shark bed now!