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Old 11-07-2019, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Burbs
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I wanted to send my son an electric blanket for his birthday because he just moved to the Midwest after living in Florida for the past few years. He lives alone except for 2 indoor cats also from Florida. I don't know much about electric blankets but I imagine he may want to leave it on for those cats so I figure it should have multiple settings and automatic shut off. I need some advice from people who have cats as to how to keep them safe and how to keep the blanket from not being destroyed right away. Thank you.
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Old 11-08-2019, 06:56 AM
 
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Personally I would not leave an electric blanket on when not in the house and keep it under a thick comforter to keep the whiskered friends from accidentally ripping it and exposing wire.

For the cats - please check into self heating pads. Basically cat beds with some reflective material. They are popular at our house and inexpensive. Chewy's has them for under $15.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:36 AM
 
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I wanted to send my son an electric blanket for his birthday because he just moved to the Midwest after living in Florida for the past few years. He lives alone except for 2 indoor cats also from Florida. I don't know much about electric blankets but I imagine he may want to leave it on for those cats so I figure it should have multiple settings and automatic shut off. I need some advice from people who have cats as to how to keep them safe and how to keep the blanket from not being destroyed right away. Thank you.

The answer is very simple: NO, NEVER, NO
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Old 11-09-2019, 01:24 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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I have to agree to not leaving the blanket on when you are not around. I use an electric blanket and it is shielded by the sheet on the bottom and a comforter on top - kitties do not come into direct contact with the blanket. When the cats sleep on top of the bed, they may get a little radiant heat. I also have a 'catbed' (it is a cushy pillow-like contraption with the heating source embedded in it) heater for my 18-year old that I plug in for her at night.
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Old 11-09-2019, 02:40 PM
 
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Personally I would not leave an electric blanket on when not in the house and keep it under a thick comforter to keep the whiskered friends from accidentally ripping it and exposing wire.

For the cats - please check into self heating pads. Basically cat beds with some reflective material. They are popular at our house and inexpensive. Chewy's has them for under $15.

^^ this

You can buy self warming beds, make your own (I've been making them for years), or buy a reflective camp blanket, and cut to size to fit under existing beds. I do that too, for their cardboard box beds.

These are what I use for the lining in the beds (and cut up to put under their cardboard boxes, in winter)
https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0007RSGQ6/ref=dp_cerb_2

Here are my two cats enjoying two of their self warming beds out on the porch on a chilly but sunny day.
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Old 11-11-2019, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I agree with everyone else in saying to NOT leave a blanket on that's unattended. You can buy heated cat beds that activate only when the cat sits on it. We have one and it works great.
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