5 Insidious Ways Synthetic Cat Beds Are Slowly Killing Your Cat (#5 Will Shock You)
Synthetic cat beds have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their affordability and accessibility. However, despite their widespread use, synthetic cat beds can cause serious harm to your beloved cat. Many cheap beds are made from polyester, acrylic, or nylon.
Here are 5 shocking ways these cheap beds are shortening your cat's lifespan:
#1 Lack of Breathability
Synthetic cat beds do not allow air circulation through the fabric in the way that natural fibers do. This lack of breathability results in your cat sweating, panting and dehydrating.
The same lack of breathability will affect your cat’s sleep quality and stress levels. A hot stuffy bed will cause your cat to toss, turn and get up frequently, disrupting their rest and leading to fatigue and irritability.
Synthetic beds are not well ventilated and will trap odors from your cat’s body, urine or feces leading to an unpleasant smell that can discourage your cat from using it.
#2 Poor Insulation
Synthetic cat beds do not provide adequate warmth during the colder season nor coolness during summer months. Inability to regulate body temperature has been shown to affect cats’ energy levels, digestion and overall health.
Cats prefer to maintain their optimal body temperature of around 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Cats who do not have access to a comfortable warm bed have to expend more energy trying to keep themselves warm, leading to higher stress levels and a weakened immune system.
Poorly insulated beds also provide a lackluster barrier against loud sounds which can disturb many sensitive cats, keeping them on edge and perpetually anxious.
#3 Poor Hygiene
Synthetic materials on cheap beds will accumulate dust, dirt, pet hair and other debris which are a potential threat of infection and other disease. This is especially dangerous with an already immunocompromised cat.
These materials are also not breathable, making them the perfect trap for moisture and odors which in turn becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus and viruses.
Synthetic beds are also difficult and annoying to clean. Once the bed becomes dirty it can cause skin irritation and infection to the cat which in turn can cause increased scratching and damage to the bed.
#4 Risk of Allergies
Synthetic bed materials are often treated with chemicals such as formaldehyde or flame retardants which can trigger allergic reactions in cats such as itching and rashes.
Furthermore, cats can also develop allergies to synthetic fabrics such as acrylic, polyester and nylon to name a few. These materials can make the skin itchy and irritable, leading to further health complications.
Cats who are already prone to asthma, allergies or skin conditions are more susceptible to these reactions which can lead to a decline in their well-being.
#5 High Toxicity
As already mentioned most synthetic beds are made with a toxic array of unhealthy fabrics treated with flame retardants, plasticizers, resins and synthetic dyes. These are all highly detrimental to the health of cats.
One of the most significant risks is the potential for chemical exposure through inhalation, dermal contact or ingestion. As cats groom themselves they may accidentally ingest loose fibers from the bed which contain a range of harmful chemicals. Moreover the bed’s padding or filling often contains volatile organics compounds (VOCs) which will off-gas over time, leading to respiratory irritation.
Many of these chemicals are known to be harmful to cats and humans alike. For example, flame retardants are linked to hormonal disruption, liver toxicity, thyroid problems and risk of cancer. Phthalates, which are used in many of these synthetic fabrics, can cause reproductive problems, endocrine disruption and immune system damage.
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