If you're the type of person to tuck your short-haired, pleading-eyed pets in under the blankets the second the thermometer dips below 70 (I'm seeing you seeing me seeing you), then you're going to love the latest development in home decor: heated pet beds.
That's right, some genius has figured out how to make a heated pet bed that's actually safe enough to leave on when you're not home—peace of mind for that thermostat that always seems to go into Away/Eco mode one second or less after you (or your pets) stop moving about the cabin.
Just like there are people who are always freezing, there are pets who always need a little extra help staying cozy warm and safe in the winter months. (Trust me, I've spent my entire adult life being ruled by long, skinny dogs with a more extensive and expensive cold-weather wardrobe than my own. Yes, including their own fleece pajamas.)
If this week's abnormally chilly temperatures across the country (it was 35 in Texas already, y'all) are any indication about the type of winter we're about to have, it's time to order a K&H heated pet bed, stat. Claiming to be the "largest dedicated producer of heated pet beds in the country," K&H offers several models of both indoor and outdoor heated pet beds, domes, and houses for not just dogs and cats but all manner of menagerie. The beds are "thermostatically controlled to warm to your pet's normal body temperature" and use only 6 watts of electricity. The base model Thermo-Snuggly dog bed, for instance, starts at $42 for a medium-size bed designed for 24/7 operation—potential daytime electricity savings would pay for that in no time.
Even more genius yet, however, K&H sells adapter kits so you can turn your existing pet bed into a heated bed starting at $16—as well as a microwaveable pet bed heater insert for $27.99 if the idea of leaving a pet bed plugged in while you're away, even with safety assurances, activates your overprotective pet parent paranoia. (Guilty here.)
According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, we're in for a lot more double-coat days and nights ahead this winter, so it might just be time to make some upgrades.