I couldn’t imagine going to bed at night without my two little furries, Avery and Bjorn. They’re extremely snuggly Velcro cats who typically follow me around the house and come join me when I sleep, even if I’m merely having a nap in the afternoon sun.
There’s no way I could imagine not letting these two into my bedroom at night, though truthfully, I’m not sure if they’d even let me keep the door closed if I wanted to. Avery would absolutely stand outside crying until I let him in, and since I find it a lot easier sleeping with a snuggle buddy or two, it’s not like I’d be able to resist propping the door open.
Back when we first took in Bjorn, a couple months back, he was having issues vomiting every few days, and even peed in odd places (specifically, cardboard boxes) once in a blue moon. He’s a stray/feral cat who just wouldn’t leave our property, so when we took him in, I expected there to be hiccups related to adjusting to indoor life. Avery was also a stray/feral cat when we took him in roughly 6 years ago, and so was Beau, my brother’s cat, so I knew the potential issues that could crop up and watched out for them. I absolutely have had an easier time than I thought bringing Bjorn into the fold, especially when it comes to solving and eliminating the vomiting & urination-outside-the-litter-box issues. But when he first arrived, I strongly considering beginning to look for alternate solutions to these problems, in case they took a lot longer to resolve themselves and he wanted to join us in bed at night.
The first thing that came to mind in terms of these alternate solutions: a combination of different waterproof bed covers – from bedspreads to mattress protectors, to small pads in case Bjorn was the sort of cat to stay in one place the whole night and not really move. It turned out Bjorn likes to sleep on top of the bed covers, like Avery, but also beneath the sheets snuggled up right next to us, so the mattress protector was a necessity in my head if he showed any issues with incontinence or vomiting at night.
I still think there may be a time when these types of waterproof bed covers for pets come in handy. Maybe if one of the cats has a surgery that requires anaesthesia and finds holding pee in an issue during the recovery. Or maybe the cats will develop incontinence issues as they age. I may also take in another cat or two in the future, seeing as how bringing in a second went so well. The new cat may have a transition period where these would come in handy, the same way they nearly did with Bjorn. Lots of cases I can see waterproof bed covers for pets being handy to have around, so I figured it’d be a good idea to look into them preemptively.
It’s actually happened to me before where I’ll do an article (like the one I wrote up on cat chew toys), then later had the very problem I did the research on (Bjorn’s proven to be an avid chewer). So who knows! Maybe I’ll be needing this sometime soon.
Without further ado, some excellent options if you’re looking for waterproof bed protector cover solutions for your pets. Let me know in the comments if you use or are thinking about using one or more of these types of covers, and which you think would be more useful than others.
Waterproof Pet Covers for Human Beds: From Mattress Protectors to Duvets
There are a lot of hypoallergenic waterproof mattress protector covers out there. While they’re not usually created with the intention to be used as protection against pet accidents in particular, instead I’m pretty sure they’re all made with their primary purpose being pee proof protection from bed wetting accidents by young children, I still think they’d work phenomenally well for use with pets. It’s not as though pets typically need anything special, except in the case of some cats who like to scratch up mattresses. In those cases, however, I feel it’s probably a good idea to use a couch protector cover to keep the areas your cat likes to scratch up off limits.
In terms of alternatives out there for this particular waterproof mattress cover, here are a few other great options:
- LINENSPA Premium Smooth Fabric Mattress Protector
- Luna Mattress Protectors Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof
- SureGuard Mattress Protectors Premium Fitted Cotton Terry Cover
- LUCID Premium Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof Mattress Protector
- Utopia Bedding Waterproof Bamboo Mattress Protector
This machine washable, reversible bed cover for pets is probably the best option out there if you’re looking for a soft covering for your bed that’s also quite comfy. The Mambe Waterproof Bed Cover is microfleece on both sides, with a silent, non-crinkly waterproof membrane in the center. I don’t know how ideal it is with fur, but having two grey cat myself, I typically do my best to grab blankets that are grey in colour so fur doesn’t show up as well. You may want to do this is your cats and/or dogs shed mostly the same colour, and that colour happens to be available.
Yet another option from Mambe, again – waterproof, fully machine washable, quiet, and soft, though this one made of thick Polartec Classic 200 Fleece on the outside. I’m not sure which I’d grab between the two, both look like excellent options. I’d strongly consider grabbing one of these two options as a duvet replacement for my own bed.
These leak proof non-slip mattress pads are excellent for pee proof protectors for pets, but I don’t think they are large enough to cover the entire bed. If you have a pet who sleeps in roughly the same spot the whole night, they should work perfectly, but if you need something that covers the entire bed because your pet moves around a lot (one of mine does this – Bjorn), and will often be at the foot of the bed or at the head of the bed, for instance, you may want to look for a mattress protector cover like one of the ones I showcased before.
I spoke about these types of couch protector covers before, and while yes, they’re intended to be used on sofas rather than beds, I think they’d work really quite well on beds anyway. Again, they’re not usually big enough to cover the entire bed, but at the same time, if your cat or dog sleeps in the same spot on the bed for the whole night, or only really moves around in a small space, like at the foot of the bed, they should work out great in my mind. Considering they’re quite a lot cheaper than some of the other waterproof covers on this list, I think they’re worth a go if you think they’ll suit your needs.
6. WhatsBedding Waterproof Mattress Pad Queen Size Cotton Top Hypoallergenic Down Alternative Filling Pillowtop Mattress Topper
If you’re in the market for a mattress topper that adds to the comfort of your mattress by being heavily padded, you’d like your mattress to be protected from spills and accidents, and you’d like a hypoallergenic version to top it all off, you may be surprised to learn you can have all these features wrapped into one in this WhatsBedding Mattress Pad. If I didn’t hate soft beds so much (yup, I’m a crazy who goes for firm mattresses), this would so be on my list to try.
In terms of waterproof pet blankets in general, and not meant for particular use on beds, couches, floors, or wherever else you might like to keep a blanket for a pet, there are a number of good options out there. These are in my opinion the best bet if you’re thinking of moving a pet blanket around from one spot to the next, as they aren’t too big, but aren’t small enough to make having them on the bed an inconvenience if you have a pet that moves around a bit. If your cat or dog moves from one side of the foot of the bed to the other, for example, these should do the trick quite well, and be great blankets to move to the living room once you’re up for the morning.
Pee proof, yet still look oh-so-cozy and warm for pets who struggle to stay warm, or even just plain like extra-warm, self-heating types of fabrics over snuggling into other types of blankets. I have a feeling my cats would love this one in particular over the others, though I do wonder if my cats knead into it, if it would maintain the waterproof coating or if their claws would damage it. I think I’d take the risk and give it a try nonetheless.
9. Dogbed4less DIY Durable Brown Microsuede Pet Bed External Duvet Cover and Waterproof Internal Case
Want a pet bed cover that’s waterproof, durable, nearly nail resistant (for cats who love to scratch!), and also quite soft as well. These seem to be really viable options. They don’t come with the stuffing, so do be aware you’ll have to buy that separately or throw in a pillow pet bed you’ve already got at home.
An excellent budget alternative if you’re looking for something 100% waterproof you can try out, and if you like it, buy multiples in case you have to throw the blankets into the wash often. I don’t know exactly how high quality these pet blankets are, and they don’t have many reviews amassed yet, but considering they’re getting pretty high reviews, and they’re darn cheap compared to alternatives, I thought I’d list them just in case they were great. I’d personally believe them to be worth taking a risk on.
Your Thoughts on Bed Pet Protectors?
Have you ever bought a protector cover of any sort specifically for use on your bed? What type of protector did you get? Did you like or dislike what you picked up?
If you had to choose one or two covers, which type of protector do you think would work best against issues with pets wetting and/or vomiting while resting on a bed? Which options do you think are less than ideal and should be overlooked?
Are there any uses you can think of that would make these great for having around? Any time you feel one type would work a lot better than others?
Love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!