This month three lucky Cool for Cats UK readers will each win a RadPet Cat Hammock, kindly supplied by RadPet. (When I checked out the RadPet website I was so impressed by these new super-sturdy and rather handsome radiator beds that I bought one myself – you can read my review and see some more photos further down the page.)
If you don’t have a cat of your own, you could still enter and donate the prize to your local cat rescue: the RadPet Cat Hammock can be hung on the mesh of a pen (see pic below), and the cover’s machine washable, so will meet with rescue centre hygiene standards.
To enter the giveaway please leave a comment at the end of this post. Entries must be in before midnight on 31th October 2013. Only one entry per person, please! The three winners will be selected by a random electronic draw on 01/11/13 and notified by email. Each winner will receive one RadPet Cat Hammock of the dimensions and hook size of their choice. Prizes must be claimed within 14 days of notification by email, otherwise a new winner or winners will be selected. Sorry, but this giveaway is only open to addresses within the UK!
The RadPet Cat Hammock is the invention of Nigel Childs (aka Charlie), who decided to put his thinking cap on after experiencing the usual frustrations connected with traditional radiator beds – wobbly frames, which some cats hate; covers which won’t stay put; inability to sit flush against the radiator…. to name but a few.
Charlie is a life-long cat lover who’s been assisted in the development of his cat hammocks by the lovely Bootsie (pictured below in her own RadPet Cat Hammock). Bootsie is a 14-year-old tortie who’s had problems with diabetes in the past, but is now able to manage her blood sugar levels without insulin jabs, thanks to Charlie’s efforts to stabilise her condition.
Charlie’s goal was to produce a high-standard radiator bed with the following qualities: must fit firmly and flush to all standard radiators; must not wobble; must offer a range of sizes; must look good; and last, but by no means least, must have plenty of cat-appeal.
Unlike the conventional, flimsy-framed radiator bed, the Radpet Cat Hammock has a frame built from alloy and wood – which makes this an extremely sturdy, yet lightweight, piece of cat furniture that will provide a wobble-free snoozing experience for your cat. The hammock itself is made from a high-quality, machine washable fleece, which, because of a clever design trick, will remain firmly in place, and not slide around on the frame. The neutral colours of the fleece and the wood ensure that this bed will blend well with most decors.
Another feature which sets the RadPet Cat Hammock apart from other radiator beds is the wide choice of size configurations available. Not only do these hammocks come in a range of length and width combinations to suit even the largest of cats, you can also select from three different ‘Step’ lengths – the distance from the top of the radiator to the base of the hammock – to accommodate different radiator heights and variations in leaping abilities between individual cats. There are also multiple hook sizes to ensure that the hammock will sit flush and wobble-free on all standard radiators. (See RadPet site for more size info.)
So there you have it – a sturdy, high-quality, extremely versatile cat radiator bed, that will blend well with most decors. But what did my lot make of it? And did it meet my expectations?
RadPet Cat Hammock Review
Well, I’m pleased to say that the RadPet Cat Hammock turned out to be everything I’d hoped it would be – I can honestly say that it’s the best cat radiator bed I’ve ever seen.
A conventional radiator bed is guaranteed to irritate the hell out of me because: a) it’s a poor-quality product which wobbles alarmingly every time a cat jumps on it; b) the cover keeps sliding down the frame and hanging off the edge of the bed; and c) it looks crap. The welcome addition of the RadPet Cat Hammock to my (large!) collection of cat beds means that now, for the first time in my life, I own a cat radiator bed that looks good and functions perfectly.
To get an idea of the pleasingly neutral, ‘no frills’ look of this product: imagine if Ikea made cat radiator beds – they would probably look just like a RadPet Cat Hammock. They would also take flat-pack form – just like the RadPet model. But before you scream and run for the hills at the mention of flat-packs, this one’s very easy to assemble. Unlike Ikea, RadPet offer full and comprehensive instructions for their product, plus there are only a few parts to put together anyway. Honestly – it’s a simple and painless procedure*!
But what did the HQ Cats make of their new bed? Well, I had Ethel in mind when I ordered my cat hammock, as she often sleeps in front of the radiator I intended to hang it from. Ethel’s a fairly small cat, so I selected a 50cm x 30cm hammock. As my lot are all still nimble I decided to go for an 8cm step – which means the hammock sits high enough from the ground to prevent me from walking into it all the time. (It’s in a narrow hallway, and I’m very clumsy!)
Ethel staked her claim on the new hammock before it was even out of the box.
But, once it was in place, her brother Alfie decided to take over – which surprised me as Alfie’s usually deeply suspicious of anything new. Alfie absolutely loves the new radiator bed, even though I haven’t had the central heating on yet. This picture shows him standing on one side of the hammock to illustrate just how sturdy it is. I’d say Alfie weighs around 5kg (11lbs), and there’s not even a hint of a bend or a wobble from the hammock, and zero cover slippage!
Verdict: a big thumbs up from me, and a definite paws up from Alfie. Sadly for Alfie, I predict that he won’t get to enjoy his new radiator bed in peace for much longer – once Beryl and Martha notice he’s found a Good New Place for a Snooze he’ll be ousted!
* Edit 10/10/13: You may notice that I’ve added new photos to this post since it was first published yesterday. This is because I assembled my hammock incorrectly the first time round (I didn’t look at the instruction picture properly – doh!). When Charlie from RadPet saw the original pics he kindly informed me of my error and I’ve reassembled the hammock and re-taken the photos. I have to say that if you put the hammock together correctly it’s even easier to assemble and looks even better when you’ve finished!
PS: RadPet hammocks are also available for smaller animals. Here’s Peanut the squirrel (who was rescued as an injured orphan by Charlie’s friend, Sam, a veterinary nurse); and Sam’s cat, who’s managed to squeeze himself into a squirrel-sized hammock – and is looking very smug about it!
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