Cat basket & cat bed in the Maxi Zoo online shop
Bedding down in the basket: cat basket as sleeping place
In general, cats can sleep in the most astonishing places and in the strangest positions. However, the classic cat bed is a cat basket with pillows. Here the cat can snuggle up comfortably because its basket offers security and protection. As a home accessory, baskets are as timeless as they are decorative, with a wide variety of materials and designs for an appealing selection.
What is special about a cat basket?
In contrast to other sleeping areas, such as cat nooks or cat beds, a cat basket actually consists of woven material, which is padded with a cat cushion. Typical materials include willow, rattan, reed, seaweed or water hyacinth. Due to the heat exchange through the weave, a cat basket made from willow is particularly suitable for a location near the heating system, which increases the comfort factor for cats even more on cold days. The special shape of the cat basket, with its high, sturdy walls, is anatomically suited to the cat’s body: when lying down to doze, it can lean against the edge of the basket and assume a relaxed posture. For undisturbed deep sleep, rolling up in the cat basket is a more comfortable choice than a flat bed in a more exposed area.
What do I need to be aware of when choosing a cat basket?
A cat basket made of wood or plant material is a particularly sustainable purchase because it is produced using renewable natural materials. When making your selection, make sure that it is sturdily built: your cat will occasionally try out its claws and teeth on the basket. Willow baskets in particular are impressive thanks to their resilience and easy care. The willow can occasionally be rinsed off with warm water and air-dried. From time to time, a delicate rattan cat basket must be wiped with a slightly moist cloth and brushed out. Incidentally, a rattan cat basket is not suitable for use close to a heater, as the material dries out easily.
As an alternative to the cat basket made of natural material, there are also models made of polyrattan that are easy to clean and disinfect. In addition, basket-shaped sleeping areas made of plush, corduroy or fabric are an alternative for cats. If buying a textile cat basket, make sure that it is washable. A cat cushion or blanket should also be cleaned in the washing machine from time to time. Particularly practical in everyday life is a cat basket with a cage in the shape of a cat den: a cat basket of this type, which is suitable for transport, can be used for travelling as well as visits to the veterinarian. Our online shop offers cosy cat baskets in all sorts of materials, produced by well-known brands such as AniOne, Silvio Design, Trixie, Happy House, Hunter and many more.