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Doubtblush: Heated Cat Blanket

You may have noticed that we're hardly perpetual rays of sunshine around here, but even so, we seem to spend a lot of our time enthusing about one gewgaw or another. Doubtblush exists to make it clear that we do not, in fact, like everything.

If you need only a nudge to push you into "crazy cat lady" status, you might consider investing in the Heated Cat Blanket ($80, regular rust), a silky, luxurious affair that promises to warm your feline companion (or should we say companions plural?) to a cozy 102 degrees. It does everything that a naturally occurring sun spot in the corner of your apartment does. Hmm, the large-size Heated Cat Blanket ($120) does include a free car adapter so those trips in the dreaded carrier would be a lot more appealing to kitty. Oh, no, listen to ourselves!

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tim

Posted on 09.25.09 at 6:20 AM

you can get a "thermo pet throw" that work at home or in car on ebay for 44 bucks. this one your showing is overpriced.

TM

Posted on 09.25.09 at 8:34 AM

This is actually a horrfyingly bad idea. Electric blankets for humans have been linked to incidences of cancer,aneurysms and pregant women who use them have an unbelievable high risk of miscarriage. Why is this? Products that use electricity give off levels of EMF. It's not safe for us and it is especially unsafe for our smaller (and thus more vulnerable) pets. This product is shockingly ignorant of science and abusive to animals. The sad irony is that people who love their pets and concerned with their comfory and well-being are likely to buy this. Please don't!!

Janet

Posted on 09.30.09 at 11:19 AM

TM, did you read this in your findings? I found this in my research. Can you believe everything you read?

Concerns have been raised regarding the use of electric blankets or other heating devices such as heating pads or heated water beds while pregant. There is little scientific evidence to prove one way or the other whether these devices may be harmful. There are two areas that should be looked at: electromagnetic fields and body temperature.

Some long-standing research data suggests that the extremely weak electromagnetic field generated by objects such as electric blankets are biologically harmless. Some studies contradict this claim, suggesting that these weak electromagnetic fields may contribute to changes in stress level, memory lapse, cancer, miscarriage or impaired fetal development. These studies, by their own admission, are inconclusive.

Dolly

Posted on 09.30.09 at 10:09 PM

I find both of the above claims interesting; unfortunately, neither provided sources.

Electric blankets for humans are bad for felines because they knead and their claws can pierce delicate wires inside the blanket. I don't know what about this blanket is protecting against such an occurrence, but I doubt anything at all.

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