The last bed was pretty nice and cushy, but over 4 years it became COVERED in cat hair. It was taken outside and shaken out many times, but since having Ian I haven't touched it. It also has what appears to be dirt or mud all over the sides of it. This is a little concerning since she is an indoor only cat. I had zero intentions of putting it through the wash. All the hair would probably destroy our brand new HE washer. Regardless, I decided it was time for the old bed to go meet Jesus.
J says it looks like one of the chairs from 2001 A Space Odyssey. I concur. It's nice because the cushion is removable. I have vowed to keep on top of the cat hair this time.
This is a neat little item that we use at work. You stick the disk in the microwave for 7 minutes and it will stay warm (but not hot) for up to 12 hours. It's about 12" in diameter and fits nicely underneath the cushion in the bed. We use it at work for hospitalized patients - you don't have to worry about burns and it's safe to leave in a kennel overnight.
So now I don't feel too bad about her being out there on really cold nights. I hope that cat knows how lucky she is.