The Whisker City® Animal Print Cuddler Pet Bed, made exclusively for PetSmart, has great reviews on their site and retails for only $19.99. It rates 4 and a bit out of five stars with 17 reviewers writing in. I decided to buy the bed last week and see how my three senior cats, ages 9, 10, and 13, liked it.
At the store, what I initially liked about the bed was its plushness, the well defined walls, and the soft micro terry texture of the fabric inside. It doesn’t hurt that the bed comes in a leopard design which my son likes. Initially the cats were interested in it. I saw all three cats happily curled up in the bed at different times of the day. Unfortunately for the bed, the honeymoon is now over.
All three cats completely ignore the bed. I tried to entice my brown tabby and white cat, Annie into the bed when I saw her resting on the hard surface of the white table. Annie came over after I placed the bed on the table and sniffed it a little bit. I started to get my hopes up, but they were quickly dashed when Annie sauntered over to the edge of the table, lifted her leg and began grooming herself, with her back to the bed.
Later that night we saw the cats lounging around the heater, enjoying its warmth. We decided to move the bed near the heater to give the cats something better to sleep on than the hardwood floor or thin area rug. Several hours later I saw my white cat, Casper, lying on the hardwood floor not far from the cat bed.
In a final attempt to coax the cats to the bed, I moved it onto the couch and tried to carry each cat to the bed and pet him or her. Pepe, my thirteen year old cat, immediately jumped out and settled himself on the couch cushion next to the bed. Annie and Casper each repeated this behavior. It matters not if the bed is left alone or moved near them, the cats now completely ignore it.
I personally found little fault with the bed; it looks comfortable, has an aesthetically pleasing design and is easy to move around. My cats, however, want no part of it. All of them snubbed the bed after their initial curiosity was satisfied. My sample was relatively small, only three cats, and my cats are all less active than their younger counterparts. Your cats might think differently.
Overall, given that none of my cats will deign to use the bed anymore, I give the Whisker City® Animal Print Cuddler Pet Bed a lukewarm rating of 3 out of five stars.