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Burnt belly from heated bed

My 2 boys absolutely love the heated Pet-Mat I bought for them a few months ago, and since the weather here in Adelaide starting getting cool about 6 weeks ago, they have been spending most of their time in their bed with the mat keeping them warm. 
The problem is that they have both developed bright pink bald spots (or bald strips really) on their bellies.  It doesn't seem to bother them, but the skin on the bald strips is quite dry, and I'm worried about it getting worse.
I know the obvious answer is to turn off the heated mat, but they love their heated bed so much I'm reluctant to do that unless really necessary.
Has anyone else had this problem or something similar?  And can anyone recommend a devon-safe cream to put on their bellies to help with the dryness?

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  • Hi Shirley

    Can you turn the heat pad down, or add more layers of bedding between the heatpad and the babies.

    Cheers
    Kay
  • Thanks for your thoughts Kay,
    The heat pad only has one setting (40 degrees, which is supposed to be safe even for baby animals), and I have gone from one thin blanket to a doubled-over thick fleece blanket, which does seem to be helping the bald spots from spreading, but the dryness is not improving.

    Kay Brady said:
    Hi Shirley

    Can you turn the heat pad down, or add more layers of bedding between the heatpad and the babies.

    Cheers
    Kay
  • I've put photos of my boys' bald bellies in the photo section, (I wasn't able to put the photos into the forum post, just got gobblededook when I tried!).

    I can't think of anything that could be causing it other than their heated bed. They are indoor cats, with a netting enclosure under the back verandah that they can access through a cat flap in the window, so they can't really get up to anything I don't know about.

    Joy, what sort of heated bed do you use? Maybe I should just try another brand, but would like a recommendation on what sort, if anyone can help.

    Has anyone tried jojoba oil? - I came across this as a dry skin treatment on google.

    Cheers,
    Shirley
  • I used pawpaw ointment on my kitty's finny skin lumps and its seems to work well for her.
  • Thanks Jaki, I have some pawpaw ointment (it's good lip balm!), so I'll give it a try on the boys.
    I've also replaced the synthetic fleece blanket that was over the heated mat with a cotton towel, and that is definitely helping, as the cotton doesn't heat up the way the fleece did. That was suggested by the manufacturer, who hadn't come across the problem before (but then they hadn't heard of devons before - they're not your usual cats!).

    Shirley Lines said:
    jaki gordon said:
    I used pawpaw ointment on my kitty's finny skin lumps and its seems to work well for her.
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