Your cat really does love to snooze and, as they are nocturnal animals, most of this slumber time is during the day. But as all cat lovers know, they can also be a little picky about where they choose to take their catnaps. Yes, they like a bit of luxury but they also want to feel safe and secure while they sleep. And many cats are private animals and like to be out of sight when they relax into their sleepy downtime. So, providing them with their perfect space to snuggle down is going to earn you some serious ‘good pet owner’ points.
But with so many different types and styles of cat beds available, how do you choose? We take a look at some of the best cat beds you can currently buy so you and your furry friend can rest easy.
The Best Cat Bed
The cuddle effect of this Deep Dish cat bed, combined with the quality materials makes the OrthoComfort our best Choice. There is a deep donut-style design to this cat bed that your kit will love, giving them enough security and privacy without totally shutting them out. Your cat can choose to snuggle deep or relax and watch the world go by, all the time being supported by the bed’s warm Sherpa fabric that helps them to sleep.
There’s lots of nice touches to the OrthoComfort such as the high rear bolster wall to soothe joints and muscles and a lower front to support their head and neck. Inside there’s enough room for your cat to stretch out while the more than generous AirLoft fibers keep them snuggled and supported. Sized for most cats, this bed also works well for small dogs and is made from pet-safe materials. Plus, you get a waterproof bottom and the whole bed is machine-and dryer safe too.
Deep dish design for support and comfort
Made from pet-safe Sherpa fabric
High bolster wall for support
Machine and dryer-safe
- BrandBest Friends by Sheri
- Weight1.8 pounds
Deep and supportive design makes it ideal for older cats
Waterproof bottom and machine-washable so easy to clean
The walls are soft and not rigid so do fold unless supported
As a low wall enclosed cat bed, there’s a lot to like about our Best Value pick from Aspen, not least the fact that it is self-warming so a toasty haven for your snoozing pet. Using heat reflecting technology, this large cat bed has a Mylar inner layer that reflects your sleeping cat’s body heat to provide a warm and comfortable sleep zone. And to up the comfort level, the bed is surface lined with snuggly faux lambswool to complete your cat’s sleeping experience.
This is a spacious bed, with plenty of room for your cat to stretch and move, while the circular outer wall is just high enough to give them the privacy and security they need for easy sleeping. It also has an anti-skid bottom and the whole bed can be handwashed to keep it fresh. We think this is the perfect cat bed for travelling or vacations, and all for less than $15.
Lightweight enclosed bed design
Corduroy outer with faux lambswool liner
Heat-reflecting inner layer
Handwash to keep clean
- Weight1 pounds
Uses body-heat reflecting technology to keep your cat toasty
Plenty of space for larger cats
The outer wall could be a little more rigid and supportive
Now here is a super-cozy hideout for the cat that likes its privacy but doesn’t want to miss out on any of the family action! Made from a choice of faux suede, linen or corduroy and with a poly-foam lining to create the supportive tent frame, your puss can hide away inside without feeling totally isolated, thanks to the decent sized front opening. This really is a cozy bed he will love, not least because of the super-plush cuddle inner pillow.
The Pet Tent can also stand up to some kitten-crazy use as the frame doesn’t collapse as easily as some other tent-style cat beds and has an anti-skid bottom, so he feels secure and safe. And despite its sturdy looks, the Pet Tent is also easy to wash and keep clean and can be popped into the washing machine without stretching or losing its shape. If you’re looking for cute cat beds that do their job, then the Pet Tent could be it!
Pet tent for indoor use
Choice of outer fabrics
Soft poly-foam frame and lining
Removable ‘cuddle’ cushion
- BrandBest Pet Supplies, Inc.
- Weight2 pounds
A secure tent-style cat bed that doesn’t hide your cat away
Inner cuddle cushion cradles your cat and helps them sleep
The inner cushion can crinkle a little so may initially spook a timid kit
The Armarkat is a cool looking cave cat bed that’s perfect for the more timid pet or the cat that likes to get away from everything when they snooze. Made from a lovely soft velvet and thickly filled with 100% poly fill to create both the shape and the bed’s overall comfort, this is the bed where they can totally cocoon. The inner space is snug so it’s more suited to a pet that likes to feel wrapped and safe or a small to medium sized cat rather than a cat that needs a more room to maneuver. We like the depth to the Amarkat Cave Cat Bed as it means your cat can also sit inside and comfortably keep an eye on what’s going on outside. The bottom of this washable cat bed is also waterproof and is anti-skid while the whole bed is machine washer safe. Not bad for a bed that comes in at less than $20.
Cave-shaped bed for comfort and security
Made from soft, washable velvet
Filled with extra-thick 100% poly
Waterproof and anti-skid base
Washing machine safe
- Weight10.9 ounces
Deep enough inner cavity for privacy but the opening is wide enough for your cat to see out
Best suited to smaller or medium-sized cats who like to feel secure
Give the cat in your life a little sleep-time luxury with this snug and gorgeously made cave-style cat bed made from 100% Merino wool. This is one of the most unique cat beds in our review as it is handcrafted in Nepal from 100% natural wool and free from harsh chemicals or synthetics. Hand-shaped from wool and soap using ancient techniques, this is a remarkable cat bed that is both durable and comfortable. And while its artisan and eco credentials may be lost on your puss, the comfort and cozy cave design won’t be!
The use of Merino wool means this premium cat bed can help to regulate your pet’s temperature as they sleep, keeping them nicely cool in the summer and warm when the temperatures drop. The Mewofia is large enough to accommodate a cat up to 20 pounds and will look stylish in your home. And we are impressed with its durability, springing back into shape if it is knocked about. Pop in a small blanket or cushion for extra comfort if he needs it and watch him make the Mewofia his sleeping home from home.
Crafted from 100% Merino wool
Hand-shaped to create the cave bed design
Free from chemicals and synthetics
Repels odor, dirt and stains
Bounces back into shape
- Weight1.4 pounds
A smart-looking cat bed that offers remarkable comfort and warmth
Some wool fibers could come a little loose over time
While not a stand-alone cat bed and intended to be used with the product’s associated Cat Playpen, this plush cat bed cushion could also be used as an effective day bed or lie-on cushion for your pet. And at less than $10 it could work well when your cat wants a rest but likes to stay alongside his human family crew.
Made from a chenille material that feels gorgeous to the touch and nicely filled to comfort and support your cat as they lay back and relax, this cat bed also has a non-skid bottom to keep your cat stable and the cushion firmly in place. This is also a good option to add to a cat crate if travelling for an extra layer of comfort for your pet or to pop on top of a piece of furniture if your feline likes to rest a little high up. Available in a warm caramel color, the cat bed cushion is also machine washable to keep your cat and your home smelling fresh and clean.
Cat bed to fit the MidWest Playpen
Non-skid bottom for security
Soft chenille fabric outer
Plush filling for comfort
- BrandMidWest Homes for Pets
- Weight5.6 ounces
A good value cat bed cushion that is soft and supportive
You will need to buy the associated Playpen for its intended use
No supportive outer walls
Our Premium Pick is also a hot pick thanks to its 40W heating system designed to keep outdoor kits toasty warm, even when the temperature drops. The tent style design is suitably hardy for outdoor use and can accommodate up to four cats in snuggly comfort. Designed for outdoor use, this is one of the smartest heated cat beds for outdoor use in the garage, outbuildings or even in your own home. The 40W heating system is safety tested and certified and warms up the heated floor cushion to create a cozy place to shelter and sleep.
This is an ideal cat bed for felines who prefer the outdoor life but need a warm place to sleep. The tent itself is made from durable and waterproof vinyl and has a nice overhang roof design for extra shelter and retaining the inner warmth. This outdoor cat bed is not intended to be placed in total exposure but in a sheltered area such as a porch, garage or barn.
Heated tent-style cat bed
Designed for up to four cats
Use in shelters areas such as porches
40W heated cat bed cushion
Waterproof and durable vinyl outer
- BrandK&H Pet Products
- Weight8.5 pounds
Large capacity – can accommodate up to four felines
Effective 40W heater warms the inner cushion
Needs to be placed in a shelter so not for full outdoor use
The heater cable could be a little longer
As super cute cat beds go, the HollyPet tent house really does make the grade, not only in looks but for the cozy space they create. Available in an impressive 20+ designs and colorways – including a festive look to get your puss into the Holiday spirit – for the price, its likely you could end up with several to cover most occasions!
But how does it perform as a cat bed? Well, it is a little on the small side and inner space can be tight, so perhaps this is a cat bed more suited to the smaller cat or even kitten…or an average sized cat (maximum size 12 pounds) that likes to feel cocooned and snugly safe. The design and materials also make it a self-heating cat bed, with your puss’s own body heat warming up the inner velvet lining for optimum sleeping time. All-in-all a good value cat bed that gives a shy, timid or private cat the hideaway they need. Shame it is not machine-washable, but you can’t have it all.
Fun and well-made small tent cat bed
Self-heating thanks to the velvet inner
Takes cats up to 12 pounds
Outer printed flannel
- Weight9.6 ounces
Compact and bijou – but still a super comfortable cat bed for smaller felines
It is on the small side so not for claustrophobic pets!
Surface wipe cleaning only
A simple concept for a cat bed but very well made, the Ultra Plush does what it says on the tin when it comes to a quality sleep space for your pet. A halfway house between a mat and a full-on cat bed, this deluxe cushion-bed is available in a range of sizes perfect for small cats as well as toy dog breeds through to larger pets and can be used alone or in their travel crate.
Made from soft synthetic fabric that has been overstuffed with polyfiber, the result is a plush feel that supports as it comforts your pet. There is a non-skid surface underneath to keep everything in place and the cushion is totally easy to maintain as there is no need to remove any covers, just pop the whole thing in the washer and you’re done. This is a good cat bed choice for kits that don’t mind sleeping ‘open plan’ or need room to stretch out and relax.
Plush cat bed in a range of sizes
Use alone or in their travel crate
Synthetic outer/polyfiber filling
- BrandMidWest Homes for Pets
- Weight1 pounds
Plush, comfortable and completely machine-washable
Use alone at home or pop into your cat’s travel crate
The cushion is really soft so will need fluffing out between uses
Just like a loving hug from his human, the SnooZZy is a cat bed that gives good cuddles! Designed to support, comfort and embrace your cat as they relax or sleep, this cuddler cat bed is a roomy round shape with a decent enclosing wall surround. Overstuffed, the bed’s bolsters also offer a good level of soft support, making it a good cat bed choice if you have an elderly or smaller pet. The outer fabric is soft shearling while the inside is stuffed with lightweight poly fiber fill, making it a cat bed that’s easy to move around. But once in place on tiles or hard floor surfaces, it is nice and secure, thanks to the skid-free studs on the bottom. The whole machine-washable design means the SnooZZy cradles your cat and gives him the security he needs to feel safe as he sleeps.
Cuddler cat bed design
Shearling outer with bolster walls
Overstuffed with poly fiber fill
Anti-skid pattern on the bottom
Completely machine washable
- Brand Petmate
- Weight1.6 pounds
A well-designed cuddler cat bed for elderly cats or smaller pets
The enclosing walls are high so could limit the view for small cats
Another lux cat cave made from Merino wool; this is a substantial enclosed cat bed that can comfortably house most sized cats. Chemical free and 100% natural, this large cat cave from Twin Critters is a sustainable product both you and your privacy-loving cat will enjoy. Use as a full-on bed hideaway or squashed down as a sit-on mat – either way the cat cave springs back into shape after use. For extra comfort, you can add a blanket or cushion inside the cave. And while it is made of wool, this cat cave can naturally regulate the inner temperature, keeping your pet cool or warm, depending on the time of year. It also comes in a choice of 12 gorgeous colors so you can choose a cat cave to suit both your kit and your home.
Large-sized cat cave
Handmade from 100% Merino wool
Use as a cave or a sit on mat
Helps to keep your cat warm or cool
Made from sustainable materials
- BrandTwin Critters
- Weight1.7 pounds
Sustainably made, with no harsh chemicals or nasties
The outer can look at little rough due to the natural handcrafting
If your cat feels the chill, then check out this soft foam enclosed heated cat bed that uses a low 4W heater that responds to temperatures changes to keep your kit feeling comfortably cozy and warm. And this clever cat bed only warms up when your pet is actually in the bed.
Made from covered foam with a soft fleece liner, a soft, poly-filled pillow and orthopedic base, this is a spacious round bed for your cat to settle into, with a nice height boundary wall to keep his privacy and ensure he feels safe and secure. Plus, if you upgrade to the deluxe model, you also get an additional zip on/off hood for when your cat wants to really hide away. Both beds also have removable covers for quick and convenient washing. Available in two sizes – 16 and 18-inches – the Thermo-Kitty can accommodate most sizes of cat and offers them an inviting and warm haven to while away their sleepy hours.
Soft foam heated cat bed
Low 4W heater
Responds and adjusts to temperature changes
Poly-fill pillow and orthopedic base
Removable, washable cover
- BrandK&H Pet Products
- Weight1.44 pounds
Clever low-watt heater responds to your cat and temperature changes
The internal soft cushion is not removable
If you have a multi-cat family and each one has its own preferences and quirks when it comes to sleep, then we think the Kitty City Stackable Cat Cube could be for you. This square box-designed cat bed offers both privacy with a cave-like bed, as well as an out-in-the-open bed cushion for the more confident or sociable pet.
Made with sturdy fabric walls that also fold flat for storage, the main box contains a cozy hideaway with a plush poly-filled pillow where your feline can snooze away in a secure and private space. Meanwhile, atop is a fleece padded mat for your more inquisitive kit can happily sit. Or, for the indulged solo-living cat, he can use the box for his bed and the top perch for his favorite seat to watch the world go by! The beauty of the cat cube is that they are designed to stack in pairs of two, so you also get the option of creating a versatile cat condo to cater for your whole cat family. Fun, practical and versatile, what’s not to like!
Two-in-one cat cube bed
Hideaway bed plus top bed pad
Fabric box panels that fold away
Washable cushion and bed mat
Stackable with other cat cubes
- BrandKitty City
- Weight6.27 pounds
Versatile and easy to use
Creates a multi-sleeping environment for multiple cats
Might not be suitable for extra-large or heavier cats
The phrase ‘snug as a bug in a rug’ comes to mind when you look at this Cuddle Cave from Sleep Zone. Made from a faux suede outer and a soft, recyclable filling, it almost resembles a large croissant in its design, and you can see how a cat will love to burrow and snuggle inside. Ideal for small to mid-sized cats, the ribbed design cuddles your cat as they nest down, cradling them as they sleep. Yet the opening is big enough and keeps its shape to avoid covering your cat completely. We also like the way the filling is distributed so the bed doesn’t lose its shape and maintains a thickness in the middle to keep the bed and your cat supported. At 22 inches long, the ideal inhabitant is a cat up to 10 pounds or small dogs.
Cocoon-shaped cuddle cat bed
Faux suede exterior
Soft fleece interior
100% recyclable filling
- Weight1.9 pounds
Well-designed and proportioned to create the cuddle effect for your cat
The cone shaped end is a little tight so a larger cat may struggle to fit
Straightforward in design and made from soft, easy care materials, the Igloo Hut makes for a cozy indoor cat bed that gives your pet his own space. Available in five home décor friendly colors, the soft faux shearling material is naturally self-warming to keep away any chill and create a welcoming environment for your pet to take their catnaps. The bed itself has a nice igloo style that is flexible but holds its shape, even in the face of a restless cat. And while snug, the inside has enough room for your cat to find his happy space.
A roof handle makes the whole bed readily portable and the bottom of the igloo is both water and dirt resistant while the whole bed is machine washable and even dryer safe for a clean and fresh sleeping space for even the pickiest of feline pets. However, larger cats may struggle with the Pet Igloo Hut as it is designed for pets up to 10 pounds.
Faux shearling igloo cat bed
Choice of five fabric colors
Flexible design that holds the shape
Carry handle and waterproof bottom
Washing machine and dryer safe
- BrandBest Friends by Sheri
- Weight1.1 pounds
Made from soft faux shearling that is naturally self-warming for your cat
Easy to clean and good to go into the dryer too
The inside pad could be a little thicker and softer, but you can change it
Best Cat Bed Buying Guide & FAQ
Features to Consider When Buying Cat Beds
Your feline friend can be a champion sleeper and all that catnapping needs a comfortable space. Here are the main features to look for when choosing the right cat bed for your sleepy puss:
- Your cat’s sleeping behavior
The right bed for your cat needs to work with their individual behavior and sleep ‘quirks’. Some cats instinctively curl up to sleep, making themselves small and using their body to protect themselves. Curling up also helps them to preserve their body heat. If this is your cat, then they may well prefer a snug-fitting cat bed that gives them added (padded) protection and the privacy they need to slumber peacefully. However, other felines are more confident and prefer to spread out as they doze so a more open cat bed with a larger surface area would work best. Know your cat and get the right bed to match.
- Materials used
Comfort is top of the list for your kit, but durability and breathability are also important considerations if you want your pet to make the new bed their own. Look for natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, wool and fleece which are all soft and breathable, so reducing the risk of lingering odors and potential mold. The filling also counts and should be sturdy and safety-tested but not lumpy or over-stuffed. Polyester fiber fillers are a good choice for the best cat beds as they are allergen and harmful chemical-free.
A stretching, yawning cat is not necessarily a delicate thing, when you consider their claws and a tendency to scratch. To help prolong the life of your cat bed, look for durable fabrics and well-stitched designs that can stand up to the cat-mauling it will get over time. The design also needs to be sturdy and well-made to give your puss the privacy and protection they prefer when they sleep.
Especially if you will be using it in an outbuilding or garage, the thermal properties of the cat bed should count towards your final choice. From lux or double-layered fleece to self-warming beds using NASA technology and even electric-heated cat beds, you can choose a bed to give the right level of warmth to your sleeping cat.
- Easy cleaning
It goes without saying you should choose a cat bed that is quick and easy to clean, ideally washing machine safe. Beds with removable covers and wipeable fabrics are good options so you can keep those catty odors and ingrained stains at bay.
- Extra features
Check out if your preferred cat bed has any handy extras such as anti-slip grips, removable cushions and even attached toys to keep her occupied when she is awake and chilling.
Selecting the Style and Size of Cat Bed
The size of your cat, the breed and their sleeping habits will all factor in your final style choice of cat bed. Whichever type of bed you choose, you need to ensure your pet has enough space to turn in a circle as they settle as well as room to move and stretch as they sleep. However, too big and your cat may lose some of the security they crave. And the timid or privacy-seeking cat may also like a covered cat bed, whereas the more social feline may prefer the open, cushion-style sleeper to settle down on.
Different Types of Cat Beds
Once you understand your cat’s sleeping preferences and have also factored in where you will be keeping their new bed, you can now choose the right type for your pet. The main types of cat beds on offer include:
- Open: the simplest type of cat bed, the open versions are designed like super-comfortable floor cushions on which your puss can spread out and relax. These are a good choice for confident, sociable cats that like to be in the thick of the family action when they snooze.
- Enclosed: a padded floor cushion with thick, soft sides to create a cozy haven, the enclosed (or donut) cat bed is a good all-round choice if you cat likes to be aware of what’s going on around him but still needs to feel snug and secure.
- Cav: these cat beds are exactly as they sound; a full enclosed, cave-like bed in which your cat can retreat and get away from it all. Safe, secure and private, these are ideal for the cat who likes to have some alone time. You can also choose beds that are tent or igloo shaped.
- Heated: for a cat that likes to keep warm or for a more feral or outdoor cat that seeks shelter in a garage, you can opt for a bed that heats up for extra snuggling. Choose from self-heating beds, which use space-blanket technology that adds excellent thermal properties to the inner of the bed, or even electrically heated beds, to turn the temperature up when your cat needs a little more warmth.
Best Cat Bed FAQ:
Q: How do I Get My Cat to Use Her Cat Bed?
A: With their naturally suspicious nature, it can take a little while to convince your cat that their new bed is the best place ever and to make it their own. The first step to getting your feline to embrace their new sleeping arrangements is to leave them to explore it on their own terms – forcing your cat to use the bed could well make things worse. You can help your cat take to her new bed by placing it in a semi-private place in the home that she favors and gives her the peace and quiet she needs to make up her own mind. If your cat is still reluctant to make the bed their new sleeping space, you could try tempting them in with a treat or lacing some of their favorite toys inside. Eventually they should realize the space is warm, safe, secure and most importantly, theirs.
Q: Can You Wash a Cat Bed?
A: It does depend on the material and fillings used, but all cat beds should be cleanable so read the washing instruction label for the right way to wash your new cat bed. Many open and enclosed/donut-style cat beds will have removable covers you should be able to pop into the washer. If your cat bed is not machine or hand-washable, you should be able to spot-clean it to get rid of those odors and catty dirt marks. If in doubt, always opt for clearly marked, washable cat beds.
Q: What is the Best Place to Place My Cat’s Bed?
A: The location of your new cat bed should be in a place which suits your kit and their individual sleeping behavior. Place it where they typically like to sleep and make sur the environment means they feel safe and secure. Some cats like to sleep at a height so you could pop the bed on a cabinet top while others like to be away from the family action so perhaps in a utility room or cozy corner. Inquisitive cats may also like to have a sleeping room with a view, so a windowsill or by the patio windows where they can see out into the yard or street can also work really well. As long as it is a place your cat feels familiar and comfortable with, they are more likely to use it for their precious slumber time.
Q: Can You Use a Cat Bed for a Dog?
A: There are some similarities between cats and dogs in relation to how they sleep, however many dogs are happy enough to be in an open or semi-enclosed bed. It does depend on your dog’s size as to whether a cat bed is suitable, but it will need to be durable as dogs by nature are more boisterous and potentially destructive. A cat bed could work for smaller dogs and toy dogs but anything bigger and you’d be better off buying their own dog-specific bed.
Our Top Pick
For a bed that feels like a warm, soft cuddle for your pet, and with an easy to clean and use design, the OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler scoops our best cat bed review Top Pick. Soft, sumptuous and deep, with a snuggly high bolster to help ease joint pain and support your cat, this is a lovely, warm bed that will comfort your cat as they sleep and will become their favorite chill-out space.
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