Article at a glance…
- The best cat beds I’ve found are: MidWest (basic, sizes available for kittens, up to >1 adult cat), Thermo Kitty (heated), Fur Haven (orthopedic for older cats) and K&H (outdoor).
- Make sure to check the measurements of the bed against the size of your cat before purchasing! And if your cat is still growing, go for a larger size.
- Other points to consider when it comes to cat beds are if it’s easily washable, temperature appropriate and enclosed or raised.
Choosing the right cat bed is a bit more difficult than you might expect. Just like picking a human bed, neglecting to do your research means you probably won’t get the best bang for your buck. Unfortunately, I made the wrong choice for my cats’ beds. They outgrew them.
My two oversized cats now sleep anywhere but in their beds. Sansa in particular has claimed my pillow. She certainly likes the finer things in life – that pillow is a 50 dollar memory foam affair for my poor neck! Now it’s her butt rest and I have to lie with a face full of cat fur every night. Don’t be me. Choose the right cat beds first time around I’ve learned my lesson and am ready to pass my wisdom on to you, my dear readers 🙂
What to look for in a cat bed
There are a number of characteristics that the best beds for cats will all have in common. It should be the best quality that you can afford. You don’t want to be the one to break it to your kitty that his favorite hang out spot has gone into the trash. And a comfortable fabric will always be appreciated by your cat. Other factors will depend on your and your pet’s particular lifestyle and preferences. Here are just a few to consider:
How big and heavy is your cat?
Don’t make the same mistake that we did and buy a bed that your pet will grow out of. You can check the average adult measurements for different cat breeds here. Compare the length and weight of your cat to the manufacturer’s specifications. Although your cat may fit in his bed, if he’s on the heavier side it could quickly become squashed and lose its padding.
Now that we live in Australia where it’s super hot, I’ve realized that cooling cat beds are a really neat creation Upon moving here, I also learned that cats can get sweaty. Just a little bit because they have most of their sweat glands on their paws (source) but it’s easy to tell that they’re uncomfortably hot. They usually sprawl out on our tiled kitchen floor. Good cat beds for cooling are raised off the floor and made of a breathable fabric for hot climates.
On the other side, if you live somewhere with cold winters, a self warming cat bed could be the way to go. If that’s too indulgent, there are plenty of non-electronic beds that are specifically designed to insulate against cold floors.
Do you need cedar shavings to prevent odor, fleas and ticks?
We don’t have this problem because our cats are indoor-only and we wash them regularly to keep smells at bay. If you do have an outdoor cat, finding a cat bed with some cedar shavings in the stuffing could be useful. Cedar is a natural insect repellent and smells pretty nice too (source). It’s a nice alternative to chemical products.
Ease of cleaning
Your cat bed should definitely be machine washable, or at least easily wiped down. Many models have detachable covers or pads for this reason.
How particular are you about the appearance?
Let’s face it, if you pick the right cat bed for your pet, it’s going to end up looking ratty and covered in fur at the end of the day. That’s a good thing, it means that it’s well-loved! However, if you have a gorgeously designed interior, you probably want a cat bed that looks sleek enough to fit in. Don’t worry, there are plenty to choose from.
Do you need something portable?
This won’t apply to most people, but if you often leave your cat to stay with a friend (it’s better to have the sitter come to you though, cats don’t like change) then you might want a bed that you can pack with him. Similarly, if you travel with your cat, you should opt for something portable so that he will have something comfy and familiar wherever he goes. Something with this type of design is easy to throw in your your trunk without having to worry about it getting squashed.
What are your cat’s sleeping preferences?
Does your cat like to sleep in high places like cat trees? Or enclosed spaces? Somewhere warm? How about spread out on your human bed like my two? Think about what you know your cat already likes and get a cat bed that’s similar.
The Basic Cat Bed
If your kitties are anything like mine, the more fancy and expensive the bed/toy/treat you buy them, the more likely they are to ignore it. In fact, Loki likes to sleep on our shaggy rug on the floor most of the time.
So my recommendation is to keep it simple, at least to start. There are plenty of cheap, comfy beds to suit most cats. You can throw them in the laundry when they get dirty and not worry about them too much. My pick is this one from MidWest. It comes in lots of different sizes and colors and features a bolster style “pillow” border for kitties to rest their heads.
If you’re lucky enough to have cats that get along well enough to sleep next to each other, then you’ll need to find a bed for two cats. Mine rarely sleep that close, but I knew two brother kitties that would snuggle up into a single ball of fluff!
Of course you’ll need a bigger cat bed so there’s space to get comfortable. Luckily the MidWest bed comes in larger sizes, perfect to accomodate two kitties. Another popular option for two cats is cat bunk beds. I haven’t tried them myself but this one looks cute as heck.
Beds for kittens
If you’ve just added a kitten to your family, it can be tempting to go on a huge shopping spree and buy all the adorable cat supplies. This is great and I’m sure your kitty will appreciate it. However, don’t forget that kittens won’t stay tiny and cute forever. Some of them (like our British Shorthair and Siberian) can grow much bigger than you may have expected. A cat bed like this can provide a safe, enclosed nook for your nervous kitten. When he gets older, you can use it as a blanket or padding for a carrier.
The best self warming cat bed
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried an electric blanket for humans, but it’s the best thing ever if you live in a place with cold winters. In fact, it’s rather hard to get out of in the mornings! Why not spoil your cat with the same luxury? I think it’s worth it just to see their faces when they discover the MOST PERFECT AND COSY NOOK EVER. I’m so excited about this design in particular – the “Thermo Kitty” self warming cat bed from K&H. The name “Thermo Kitty” sounds like something out of Rick & Morty (which just makes it cooler in my book) and the design is really nice!
This is the best heated cat bed I’ve reviewed. It comes in lots of gorgeous colors and two different sizes. Mine definitely need the bigger size as they’re larger than your average feline. Of course it doesn’t have to be hot all the time, you can turn it off when your home heating is on or during summer and it’s still a perfectly decent cat bed. It heats the surface about 10-15 degrees above room temperature so you don’t have to worry about it being too hot for your pet. You just plug it in and it’s ready to go. The cover is washable, if you were wondering about how to clean a cat bed with an electronic component.
The best looking cat beds
This category can go one of two ways. First you have the gorgeously hip and slick cat beds worthy of interior design magazines. This one is my personal favorite. It has that earthy, nature vibe which I love. This model is actually hand-crafted by artisans in Nepal. Nothing but the best for our felines. I also like the cat perch which is basically a hammock for cats.
Then you have the novelty cat beds, which would make a great funny gift for the cat-owner in your life. This bed inside a shark’s mouth is particularly cute for the cat who likes to live dangerously.
Beds for older cats
Older cats need special care. They may have aches and pains (just like us humans). Older cats spend more time resting in bed than their younger counterparts. As our cats age, they rely on us more than ever for care and comfort. I think this deluxe orthopedic mattress from Fur Haven is good for older cats. Cats of any age will appreciate the luxurious faux fur surface. And at the heart of its design is a convoluted foam core. This soothes pressure points and supports joints so your pet can enjoy a deeper, more restorative sleep. It also improves circulation and provides full body comfort. I may just have to steal this one for myself!
Cat beds for outdoors
Outdoor cats may be independent but they still need somewhere safe and comfy to sleep. You could leave them to fend for themselves, but it gives peace of mind to know they’ve got a soft, dry bed. As far as outdoor cat beds go, the outdoor kitty house from K&H is the cream of the crop. The bed is contained within a little “house”, not unlike a dog kennel. It has the option for heating if you’re in a cold climate and is insulated and weather resistant. Be careful , when word gets out, you’ll find all of your neighbors’ cats hiding out in here too!
I hope this post has helped you find the right cat bed ever for your pet. As for me, it’s time to go shopping. I’m sick of Loki stealing my pillow, it’s time to invest in something bigger for him.
Does your cat have a favorite when it comes to cat beds? I’d love to hear from other cat owners 🙂