I was always firm believer that a pet could sleep where ever it wanted to, that is until I owned my own dog. When you’re a kid its comforting knowing your dog is asleep at your feet or your kitty likes to snuggle. I never thought about what my mom had to go through with hair and what not until I got my little Piper, a cute little Min Pin that for the first night home slept under my pillow. She only weighed 2 pounds when I brought her home so I was very nervous I was going to squash her, so I got her the first of many pet beds. I no longer have Piper, but I now think back as to how much money I could have saved by making my own instead of buying them. Here are some pointers to make sure you are choosing the right bed for your pet.
Dogs and Cats
A good bed for your pet is just as important as clean bowls for food and water, a collar and a leash. A good pet bed will provide warmth, support for the back and joints and a sense of security for your pet. When a pet has a bed of his own, he will appreciate the comfort and will be able to take advantage of these benefits. (Why Your Dog Needs a Good Pet Bed)
When it comes to choosing a bed for your pet consider these questions:
· Is it the right size for your pet?
· Is it easy to clean?
· Will it be big enough for your pet now and in the future?
· Will it be warm in the winter and cool in the summer?
· Will the design of the bed be cozy and protect your cat from any drafts?
· Is the material hard wearing?
· Will the design fit in with your home?
· Will your pet feel safe when using the bed?
Materials needed to sew your own pet bed:
1. Fabric: Any fabric items, either store-bought or homemade, must be monitored for chewing and wear and tear. Loose threads can get tangled on your pet and cause injury. A loose thread here and there can be trimmed away, but anytime a fabric item is being chewed to bits or showing wear and tear it should be discarded.(Choosing Fabrics…)
Some common fabrics for pet beds:
· Fleece: It is easy to work with, and because it doesn’t fray, however, it is not the strongest fabric.
· Denim: It is tough enough to last a bit longer with heavy chewers, but you do need to monitor for loose threads (trim the occasional loose thread but discard the item once serious chewing has begun).
· Cotton and flannel can be a nice change (and cotton is good for making beds for warmer weather, where flannel is cozy for cooler weather).
2. Filling: Batting, Polyfill, or Foam: Stay away from cedar chips or anything like them. They are not washable and can cause allergic reactions in your pet. If your pet is older and had orthopedic issues check with you Vet for best filling suggestions.
3. Sewing machine
5. Straight sewing pins
6. Heavy Duty Thread
Assembling Pet Bed
1. Choose the shape you want. Round, rectangular, square or another shape.
2. Decide what fabric you want to use for your bed, and if you would like the top and the bottom to be made of the same material.
3. Decide what size bed would be best for your pet.
Here are some great pet bed patterns and links.
· Pretty Little Thing
Our pets are an important part of our lives. Show them a little extra love by giving them a special place to sleep everyday.
· Pet Barn Warehouse, Worcester
· Bark About Town, Worcester
· Silk Road Oils Inc, Lanceister
· CJ’s Pet Supplies, Douglas