There are a lot of outstanding options if you are looking for a pet self-warming pad, also known as a thermal warming mat for your dog or cat. Self-warming pads are a fantastic investment that will help to keep your pets warm and cozy all year long without the use of electricity. They work by having a thermal material that is inside the mat that reflects the pet’s own body heat back to them. They can be used indoors or outdoors, and are a great way to help protect your furniture from pet hair, while also keeping your pet comfortable. They are also an easy way to keep your pet warm in your car if you are traveling, or are looking to keep outside pets warm in the cold winter months.
Here are our top ten picks for the best pet thermal warming pads:
1. Furhaven Pet Dog Bed Blanket & Cat Heating Pad
The Furhaven Pet Pad is a bestselling option on Amazon that uses your pet’s body heat to reflect back to them because of the insulating poly fiber batting core. It is inexpensive and fully machine washable, and while the quality is durable enough for most pets. If your cat or dog is a little rough with their possessions, it may not be the best choice. This mat is a small size (17″ x 22″ x 0.25″) for smaller pets. It comes in several colors and patterns, and the material soft and plush to the touch.
If you are looking for a self-warming mat that will work well in a crate, a great one to have a look at is the K&H Self-Warming Crate Pad. You can get it in 6 different sizes, so it will fit pretty much any crate (the silts in the corners help give it a better fit in the container). The bottom of the pad has a non-slip material, while the top is a super-soft microfleece. It has a self-warming material inside the pad that will reflect your pet’s heat back onto them. It can be cleaned by putting it into a washing machine on a gentle cycle and then air-dried. It comes in three different colors: gray, mocha, and tan.
The Purrfect Thermal Cat Mat is an excellent option for cats as it is made of a durable fabric that can withstand clawing and chewing. It also comes in a favorite leopard-print Berber fleece fabric that you can switch over to a solid black color on the other side. It is one of the cheaper mats available, but it is good quality for the price since most users find it does keep their cats snuggly and warm. It makes a slight crinkling noise when cats step on it, so if you have a cat or small dog that has issues with this type of sound this probably is a mat you will want to avoid. The size is 22 x 1 x 19 inches, and it is available on Amazon.
4. Milliard Thermal Cat Mat / Self Heating
The Milliard Ultra Soft Thermal Cat Mat is very similar to the Purrfect Mat that is listed above, although it is slightly smaller. It has a soft leopard print design on one side, with solid black fleece on the reverse side. The inside of the mat is a Mylar foil, so this mat will also have a crinkly sound. You can machine wash this Milliard mat, although it must be hung to air dry (you don’t want to put any of the mats that have a Mylar insert into a dryer). It has an attached hangtag that you can use to hang dry the rug after washing or to store the mat when not in use. The size of the product is 21 inches x 17 inches. Check the price on Amazon.
5. Mora Pets Self Heating Cat or Dog Bed
This mat from Mora Pets is a newer option available that has a different look to the styles that have been popular in the last few years. It is a five-layer option that is filled with 3 layers of self-warming material including self-warming fiber, filling fiber, and noiseless heat-reflecting mylar film with outside layers of fleece and a PV plush that pets love. The size is 27.5″ x 18.5″, it is washable, and it is attractive enough to be placed anywhere in your home.
This K&H mat has a little bit more cushioning than other self-warming heating mats. The choice of fabric colors are pretty neutral (reversible oatmeal/chocolate or gray/black), so you will be able to find a match to almost any type of home decor. The top is a soft microfleece, and the mat itself is machine washable. The small size of 21″ x 17″ means that it works well for cats and small dogs, and it fits well onto most furniture where cats usually like to perch. It comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The Paws & Pals Self-Warming Dog Crate Mat is made from an ultra-soft microfleece that works well to reflect your pet’s heat back to them. It only comes in one size 37 by 25 inches that should fit most crates and large carriers. There aren’t a lot of self-heating mats that come in such a large size, so if you are looking for a rug for a larger dog, this could be a good option for you.
The Pet Magasin Cat Bed is a little different because it comes as a package of two mats, one large (22″ x 18.5″) and one small (17″ x 11″) so you can position them in a couple of different areas in your home. The mats have a core layer of Mylar film, which is the self-reflecting heat material that many of the other mats also use. The outer material is a soft velvet cover with a rubberized non-skid backing on the bottom. The Pet Magasin Bed makes a slight crinkling noise when pressed on, but many cats love that sound and have no problem with it. They are not machine-washable, so if you have to wash them, you will have to hand wash them.
Another option that will work well for a little dog or a cat is the Frisco Self Warming Pillow Rectangular Pet Bed. It is made of ultra-soft micro-fleece material, with a non-slip textured bottom that helps give it a secure fit. It is ideal for use in small crates or as a stand-alone bed. It 23.5 by 18.5 inches and it has a decent amount of cushion to it. It is machine washable, and you can find it at Chewy.com.
10. Aspen Pet Self Warming Bed
Despite this post being about self-warming mats, I thought I should also include this Aspen Pet Self Warming Bed just in case you love the idea of your pet staying extra warm, but didn’t realize these heat-reflective materials are also available in pet beds as well. It comes in various sizes and a few different colors. It is very well reviewed and give the extra cushion to ensure your pet stays as comfortable as possible.
When shopping for a self-warming mat for your pets, there are a few features to consider.
Is it washable?
Almost all of these types of mats are ‘washable,’ but some of them are not machine washable and must be washed by hand. If you have a cat or dog that is older and is prone to accidents or throws up a lot, you may want to look for a mat that is machine washable. To dry these types of mats, you will have to hang them to dry; you cannot put them in the dryer because of the material that is used for the self-heating. If they do go in the dryer, they may be ruined.
Does it have an outer cover to take off and wash?
If you are planning on washing the mat a fair amount, you may want to look for a rug that has a removable cover to make it easier to clean.
What is the heat reflective material that is used?
The most common type of heat reflective material that is used is Mylar, which is a polyester film made from stretched polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that is used for reflectivity. The texture of the Mylar means that it does have a crinkly sound to it when it is stepped on, some cats and dog will love this sound, others with hate it and not want to use the mat. If you aren’t sure how your cat will react to the sound, start with an inexpensive option.
What size mat should you buy for the size and weight of the pet?
Obviously, the size of the mat is essential to the size of the animal you are buying for. The mats that are made only for cats are pretty small at around 21” by 17” inches. The bigger mats that are intended for large dogs are approximately 25″ x 37″.
Does the warming pad have a crinkle noise that repels the cats?
Unfortunately, the material inside most of the mats that helps it radiate your pet’s body heat is also what may make the crinkling noise. Most cats will either like the sound or not be bothered by it. If you have a pet that is disturbed by particular sounds or you already know that they don’t like the crinkling sound, look for a mat that has a thicker foam pad to help drown out the noise of the Mylar. Are they chew proof?
Most of the mats are made of a soft micro plush fabric that isn’t built to withstanding much chewing or clawing. If you are buying for a puppy or a cat or dog that likes to chew or shred their things, some of the mats do claim to be a durable enough material to withstanding chewing, so you will have to look specifically for this feature.
What situations are you going to use it in, crate, as a bed or a mat?
These mats are intended to be used to keep your cats or dogs warm around your house or in their crate during the winter months. They can be used outside and used for additional warmth for a garage or sheltered areas that may contain pets. If you are leaving a pet outdoors on a freezing winter night, these types of mats won’t be sufficient to keep your pet warm, since they are only reflecting the pets own heat back to them.
How thick is the pad? How much cushion does it provide compared to a thicker foam pad?
You may be surprised to find that most of these types of pads aren’t very thick. Because of this, they are often used in combination with furniture or thicker padded beds to help keep pets warm. They are more like a liner than a cushioned pet bed.