It is an interesting thing cat’s and their beds. I’ve spoken with plenty of feline owers over the course of my time spent at markets and shows like Meowfest. And the common response that I get from cat pawrents is that their cats much prefer the box their bed came in rather than the bed itself. Even when I attempted to reach out to cat influencers to try my products I was met with skepticism. It seems cat owners are frustrated at throwing away money at yet another bed that they hope will make their furbaby comfortable. As a cat owner myself – trust me I understand the struggle.
But when I really started to think about this trend more I found myself asking “Why?” Cats are incredibly intelligent creatures, and they love being comfortable and sleeping in their favourite spot. So why would they consciously avoid the softest plushy bed that I just bought? It doesn’t make any sense.
The answer – they know that it is bad for them. All one needs to do is take a closer look at the tag, and understand the statements and warnings that are right “in front” of you.
Cats have an incredible sense of smell, better than a human I might add. They are sensitive to faramones for things like mating and marking their territory. But Kylie you ask, what does this heightened sense of smell have to do with their pet bed? Well, let’s dive deeper into that shall we. Past that cozy softcover, on the inside of your bed is a filling most commonly known as Polyfill. The more that you understand about this product the more obvious your cat’s signals will be to you.
Polyester fibrefill (polyfill or brand name Poly-fil) is a synthetic fibre derived from coal, air, water, and petroleum. Polyester/polyurethane = plastic. Developed in the 20th-century to mimic the properties of natural fibres like cotton, wool and down; polyester fibres are formed from a chemical reaction between an acid and alcohol.
To put it plainly the standard pet beds that you find at your big box stores are stuffed using polyurethane; plastic and toxic, human-made chemicals in a factory. These chemicals have a smell that is not obvious to humans but can be picked up easily by cats. The chemicals in polyfill break down and become airborne over time, meaning that your cat breathes them in when they are sleeping. These chemicals can also be absorbed through the skin, If you look at the tags on these beds you will find some very obvious warnings. “Not intended for use by children.” “Remove bed immediately if torn or damaged” “Seek veterinary attention if ANY material is ingested.”
If you are like me I am sure you’re asking yourself, why we are allowed to use these products in our home if they are so unsafe? The answer, our pet industry is severely unregulated. I mean just look at rawhide chews, and what’s come to light about what actually goes into our pet’s food recently. Following its introduction to the United States in 1951, polyester quickly became the country’s fastest-growing fibre replacing its natural alternatives due to its economical cost and convenience. Polyfill is cheap to produce but the carbon footprint and conditions in which it is made, not to mention the amount of it still existing in our landfills is sad to think about it.
So what makes my beds different? The key again is in the filling.
After the discovery of polyfill and all of its downfalls, my research stumbled upon an all-natural fibre called Kapok. Believe it or not, this incredible fibre was very common before polyfill existed. The first known use for Kapok was in 1939 when it was used in the life preservers of G.I.s in World War II. Unlike polyfill beds that retain heat, smells and are a breading ground for bacteria – Kapok fibre is environmentally friendly, and also safe for your pet! Kapok fibre is lightweight, non-allergenic, non-toxic, naturally anti-bacterial, resistant to rot and odourless. Learn more about this all-natural and sustainable fibre.
For creatures that are sensitive to smells the properties of Kapok are perfect for them. Without the overwhelming scent of chemicals, my pet beds and their shells allow the natural scent of your feline to mark the territory of their bed. I always love to hear the stories of our pride members who love their beds. It’s very common for pawrents to message me in disbelief when their new bed arrives and it instantly becomes their felines favourite spot. I promise there is no catnip or treats buried inside – the secret is all in the magical properties of the Kapok.