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June 15, 2021
If you're one of the many pet parents that like to share their bed with their furry friends, you likely find yourself struggling with a common dilemma. You love to snuggle up with your fur baby at night, but you dread dealing with the hair they leave behind. Not to mention anything else they might track into your bed like dirt, litter, and allergens.
Plus, your pets likely do a number on your sheets with their paws as they knead and paw their way to ultimate comfort. Sheets can only take so many washes before they start to wear thin, so finding durable, high-quality linens is a must if you plan to share your bed with Fifi and Fido.
Of course, the obvious solution is to deny your pet access to your bed, but you'd probably be just as upset by this solution as your pal. In fact, many people find having their pets with them while they sleep is helpful. Of course, you could also consider a low-shedding cat or dog breed, but what if you already have the perfect pet and they shed like crazy?
So, you can resign yourself to constantly lint-rolling or replacing your sheets, blankets, and comforters, but that's no fun either. Instead, check out some pet-friendly bedding options that will have you and your pet drifting off together into dreamland.
Did you know you don’t have to keep struggling with bedsheets covered in pet hair or threadbare, faded sheets because you’ve washed them too many times to count? There are options out there that make keeping your bedsheets in tip-top shape much more manageable, despite the damage your pets inflict on them. Here are a few suggestions, so you can rest easy with your furry friend no matter how much they shed, dig, or scratch (or how many drool-covered toys they try to bring into the bed)
Typically, the higher the thread count, the tighter the weave in the fabric. This translates to making it more difficult for pet hairs to become embedded in the material, making the sheets easier to clean. However, when you start to see sheets that boast a 1,600 thread count or more, tread lightly and choose wisely.
You might be looking at a little trickery on the manufacturer’s part, as some get creative in how they can pump up this number to raise the price. In other words, if a set of 1,600 thread count sheets comes with a $500 price tag, you would do just as well with a 400 to 800 thread count; plus, you won’t break the bank.
Check out some of these options for pet-friendly bedsheets:
You don’t have to compromise style for your pet’s comfort. Consider getting a protective blanket cover for your bed so your pet can lie on it without messing up your comforter. Of course, this option only works if your pet likes to lie on top of the covers. If they prefer to get underneath the sheets with you, then concentrate more on pet-friendly bedsheets.
When you’re shopping for your bedding, keep an eye out for items that are stain-resistant, durable, and hypoallergenic. Also, opt for materials that will help keep you and your pet cool and are easy to care for. It’s also wise to pay attention to the color of your bedding. Finding a color that suits your pet’s fur can help make pet hair less noticeable between cleanings.
If you have lots of throw pillows on your bed, consider getting covers for them that are easy to clean. For example, canvas covers are excellent when it comes to pet-friendly material. In addition, you can often find them in various colors and sizes to work with your room décor and bedding style.
Instead of opting for oversized, bulky comforters that can get hot and be a pain to clean, go for a duvet with a linen, microfiber, or cotton duvet cover. Duvets come in multiple thicknesses so you don’t have to get stuck with a heavy, hot comforter, plus you can easily wash the cover, as opposed to toting your comforter to the dry cleaners.
Now, as much as you love having your fur baby cuddled up under the covers with you, sometimes everyone, pets included, need their own space. So, make sure to also get your kitty or pup a bed of their very own. Of course, you also want your pet’s bed to be easy to clean and hold up well over time. Therefore, ensure you choose a high-quality bed for your pet that can withstand everything your pet can dish out. Also, when your pet’s bed becomes torn, ragged, or starts coming apart, then it’s time to replace your pet’s bed.
When choosing a great pet-friendly bed for your cat or dog, look for the following qualities:
Of course, even sheets that are better-suited for pets will collect some hair. Plus, you have to wash your sheets no matter what, ideally every two weeks. If you have any allergies, it's wise to wash your sheets weekly. Here are a few bonus tips for taking care of your sheets when they have pet hair on them.
Taking the time to swap out your linens for some pet-friendly bedding is well worth it when it comes to the lifespan of your sheets. You and your pet can enjoy a pleasant night’s sleep, and you won’t have to worry about buying new sheets for a while. Want more helpful tips like these? Check out the rest of our blog for valuable resources, interesting info, and more pointers on how to be a top-notch pet parent.
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