Your Go-to Guide for Pet Beds and Pet Foam

 

While it can be nice to have your dog or cat sleep with you on the bed, it’s not always practical. A great alternative is a pet bed. In this blog we will go over the different foams you can purchase for your pet, similar to the foam you would get for your own mattress.

Whether you’re in need of foam to create a top-notch bed, a solid ramp, a sturdy set of stairs, or a comfortable travel cushion, we’ve got you and your pet covered.

Pet Bed

 

Memory Foam

For premium quality and comfort, Memory foam is commonly used. This foam type is popular due to its orthopedic qualities, such as having soft yet supportive cushioning for joints, especially those that are inflamed. To aid in comfort, Memory foam conforms to your pet’s body shape, providing excellent pressure relief. For these reasons, Memory foam is ideal for growing pets as well as senior pets with arthritis and joint pain.

Using Soft Memory foam, for small pets weighing 1 – 22 lbs, we would recommend a thickness of 2 inches. For medium-sized pets weighing 23 – 55 lbs, we would recommend a thickness of 3 inches. For large pets weighing 56 – 78 lbs, we would recommend a thickness of 4 inches and lastly, for extra large pets weighing 79 – 100 lbs, we would recommend a thickness of 5 inches.

We would not recommend Soft Memory foam for any pet weighing over 100 lbs because they will sink too low in the center of the foam, creating a hammock effect that will not be comfortable. Therefore, for pets over 100 lbs, we would recommend utilizing Soft Memory foam as a topper to be used with a bottom base foam.

High Resilience Foam

High Resilience is an excellent quality foam that works well for pets who tend to overheat or who generally feel hot throughout the day. This is because of the foam’s open cell qualities, which create a good amount of airflow and keep pets cool on hot days.

High Resilience foam is also known to be springy with a quick return to action, making it comfortable for pets to sleep on. The longevity of High Resilience foam is excellent and will withhold a pet’s weight and pressure without deteriorating for quite some time.

This foam type is geared towards higher-end comfort and longevity for pets of any age and physical ability. High Resilience foam is suitable for all pet sizes and weight ranges because it’s available in firmnesses ranging from Medium Soft to Super Firm.

Lux Foam

Lux foam is of slightly lower quality when compared to High Resilience foam, making it a more cost-effective option while still maintaining longevity. This foam type is less springy than High Resilience foam, but similarly, carries an open cell structure that provides breathability and airflow.

This foam type functions as a good quality bedding solution. Lux foam is offered in firmnesses ranging from Soft to Firm, making it suitable for small to medium-sized pets.

High Density Foam

High Density is a medium quality, industrial-grade foam that is used in most average bedding for a pet. This foam type is available in a range of firmnesses, from Soft to Super Firm. As a result, it’s suitable for a wide variety of pet sizes and weight categories.

High Density foam is known to function as a thermal insulator, gearing this foam type more towards pet beds that will be placed on cold floors and remain in generally colder temperatures. With this thermal functionality, High Density will keep pets warm and block cold air from seeping through.

This foam type has a longevity of around 4 years. It’s considered cost-effective in comparison to the previous foam types described.

Commercial Grade Polyurethane Foam

Commercial Grade Polyurethane foam is the most cost-effective, least expensive foam type available for a pet bed. Of all the foam types described for a pet bed, Polyurethane foam carries the largest open cell structure, providing a substantial amount of airflow to keep pets cool.

This foam type does break down faster than the other foam types described, which will eventually create a sink area in the center of the foam where pets lay the most. This can be seen as advantageous because many pets will find comfort in this spot that has become significantly softer.

Of all the foam types described, Polyurethane is the lightest weight at 1.2 lbs per cubic foot, and because it’s the least expensive foam type, it is classified as disposable, making it a good fit for owners interested in a portable pet bed that can be discarded after some use. In comparison to the other foam types described, Polyurethane foam has the least amount of longevity.

We offer Commercial Grade Polyurethane foam in a firmness of Soft, Medium Firm, and Extra Firm.

Pet Ramp

 

High Resilience Foam

If you feel your pet needs a good amount of support or you’re more cautious with your pet using a ramp, High Resilience foam in a firmness of Extra Firm or Super Firm works well. At approximately 2.8 lbs per cubic foot, this foam type is ideal for pets that are heavy because the ramp will showcase great stability with little to no shifting. A firmness of Extra Firm or Super Firm is also ideal because it will withstand a great number of pounds per square inch created by the paws of pets when they step.

High Resilience in a firmness of Extra Firm or Super Firm is an excellent choice for pet owners who are interested in a long-lasting, excellent quality foam for their pet’s ramp.

High Density Foam

With High Density foam being of medium quality and cost, this foam type generally works well for pet ramps. Regardless of a pet’s weight, a firmness of Extra Firm or Super Firm would commonly be used due to the pounds per square inch created when pets take a step. These firmnesses also work well to prevent the ramp from wobbling as the pet goes up and down.

In a firmness of Extra Firm or Super Firm, High Density foam is not as firm nor as heavy as High Resilience foam. High Density foam carries approximately 1.8 lbs per cubic foot.

Pet Stairs

Pet stairs are normally built with a bottom base block in the largest size. Stacked on top of the bottom base block is usually a second block, ⅓ the size of the base block. At the very top would be a third block, ⅓ the size of the second block. The most common thickness is 5-6 inches per block with a finished height of 15-18 inches.

High Resilience

Similar to a pet ramp, High Resilience foam in a firmness of Extra Firm or Super Firm is ideal for owners who desire an excellent quality and highly durable foam for their pet’s stairs. As mentioned earlier, when pets walk, they naturally produce a large number of pounds per square inch. As a result, Extra Firm or Super Firm High Resilience foam works best for larger pets. This is because of High Resilience foam’s heavy weight and steady firmness, which ultimately makes the stairs harder to shift in comparison to other foam types such as High Density. This allows owners to feel a sense of confidence that their pets will be safer while using the stairs.

High Density

High Density foam is a more cost-effective alternative to High Resilience foam. When it comes to pet stairs, High Density is most commonly used in a firmness of Extra Firm or Super Firm. When compared to High Resilience foam, High Density foam won’t last as long, is less heavy, carries more risk of shifting, and feels slightly less firm. Nonetheless, High Density in a firmness of Extra Firm or Super Firm is the most popular combination for pet stairs.

Travel Cushion

Memory and High Resilience

The most comfortable setup for a travel cushion is 2-3 inch thick Memory foam, which is offered in a firmness of Soft only, placed on top of 2-3 inch thick High Resilience foam. Because of High Resilience foam’s firmness variety, any pet size and weight can be catered to.

Memory and Lux

A more budget-friendly alternative to the above-described combination is 2-3 inch thick Memory foam placed on top of 2-3 inch thick Lux foam, which is available in firmnesses ranging from Soft to Firm.

Memory and High Density

The most budget-friendly foam combination for a pet’s travel cushion is Memory foam in 2-3 inches thick stacked on top of 2-3 inch thick High Density foam, which is available in a wide variety of firmnesses. This foam type can accommodate any pet’s size and weight.

Egg Crate Foam

Egg Crate foam works very well for travel cushions because of its airflow qualities, which allow for a cooler surface that pets enjoy – especially on hot days. Egg Crate foam is offered in all foam types as well as a variety of firmnesses, ranging from Very Soft to Extra Firm. As such, Egg Crate foam accommodates all pet sizes and weights.

We would suggest using a 1-inch cone on a 1-inch base for smaller to medium-sized pets. For larger and extra-large pets, we would suggest using a 2-inch cone on a 2-inch base.

There you have it. Your go-to guide for pet foam.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please reach out by giving us a call at (805) 964-2001 or by sending us an email at info@foamonline.com.

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  1. Daisy James
    Daisy James says:

    I like how you said that memory foam can support their joints! My husband and I plan on getting a puppy for our family next month, so I wanted to look into finding a pet bed for them ahead of time, and I want to make sure I choose the right one. I’ll keep these tips in mind as I search for a dog bed for our puppy.

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