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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Concern about Cats Getting Caught in Protect-A-Bed Mattress Covers

Question about the Queen Protect-A-Bed Waterproof Allergy Mattress Cover .

Q:"Your pad sounds like just what I need, but what is the "skirt" for? I have 13 cats and they would love to wiggle under something enticing like a skirt hanging down. Two of the cats were injured and are incontinent which is one reason I need a mattress cover. What is the purpose of the skirt? I bought a bed with drawers underneath it so that they could not get under the bed. Is there such a thing as a good quality cover like yours minus the skirt? Thank you, Ellen."

Answer: The skirt is the stretchable fabric that goes down the sides of the mattress and partially underneath like a fitted bottom sheet does. There is elastic around the fabric to keep the mattress cover taut on the bed. Once you have the bottom sheet on your bed, the cats should have no access whatsoever to the cover or the fitted part, the skirt. Without the side skirt, the cover would not stay in place on the bed.

I don't know of any other similar cover that is both water repellent and soft and comfortable to sleep on. The other ones are vinyl or that heavy flannel and vinyl that are cold in winter and hot in summer. These covers are cotton bonded to polyurethane and are quiet and don't get either hot or cold.

We do sell a total encasement cover that zippers, the AllerZip . The only drawback for you is that removing and reinstalling that cover would be more difficult for you. The Protect-A-Bed mattress covers are on all my mattresses at home. My one dog wet the bed a few times when I first got her. Plus I have grandkids who sometimes sleep very deeply and we all know what can happen then. Because the covers are not heavy, they machine wash and machine dry easily.

We appreciate your question and wish you well with your animals.



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