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Although your cat is likely to sleep wherever he wants — and you might question how his chosen spot can even be comfortable — a cat bed provides a safe, comfortable place to sleep. In fact, cats sometimes sleep in strange places or strange positions because they don’t have a favorite spot to sleep in.
Even the pickiest felines might appreciate a soft, warm bed of their own, especially when it offers extra cozy walls and a roof, a place to stretch their claws, or a built in heater. Choosing a bed based on your cat’s behavior and placing it in a warm, secluded spot will eventually entice the cat to give it a try. To help you choose the best bed for your cat, here are Tuck’s top choices.
This guide will discuss common characteristics, functions, and features of today’s cat beds, and also share our picks for the best models available. Our choices are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.
The Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler is our Editor’s Pick for best cat bed thanks to its ability to give cats the feeling of security they need to get better sleep. The 12-inch high rear bolster and curved 9-inch high sides and front give your kitty a comfortable, secure space to curl up and snuggle without feeling exposed.
The high sides also help support your cat’s joints, relieving pressure and making them more comfortable, an especially important feature for older or arthritic cats. The sherpa fabric cover is also designed to mimic a mother cat’s fur, adding to the feeling of security.
We especially like that the OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler is machine washable. It doesn’t hold odors like other beds can, and doesn’t attract dirt, dust or cat hair. And if it does get a little dirty? Just toss it in the washer and dryer. The AirLOFT filling used in the bed maintains its shape longer than other beds, so even after multiple washings and regular use, it stays soft and comfortable for your cat.
The same memory foam technology that offers comfort in the Purple Mattress is used in the Purple Pet Bed, our pick for the Best Luxury Pet Bed. The bed is made from three layers: a 1-inch top layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer Smart Comfort Grid, 2 inches of high density polyfoam, and a 2-inch support base of polyfoam.
Together, these layers help support your pet by adapting to their weight and pressure points. The entire bed is covered with a removable, polyester/viscose/Spandex machine-washable cover that resists stains and odors and holds up to even the most aggressive scratching and clawing. The cover is also antimicrobial and hypoallergenic, and the entire bed is made from nontoxic materials that won’t harm your furry friend.
The Purple Pet Bed’s excellent support and conforming makes it one of the most comfortable beds for your pet, especially an older cat who needs extra support for their joints. And unlike beds stuffed with other materials, it won’t become lumpy or flat over time. However, unlike other cat beds, it doesn’t offer sides or a “cave” like atmosphere that many cats prefer for security.
If your cat is always looking for a warm place to snuggle up, then the Aspen Self-Warming Bed may be a good choice. Constructed with a layer of Mylar film in the base — the same material used for warming space blankets — the bed reflects your pet’s body heat, keeping the bed warm. There are no heating components that require electricity or could possibly overheat. And with a price tag of about $25, the bed is a bargain compared to some other heated pet beds.
The extra warmth provided by the Aspen Self-Warming Pet Bed is also excellent for older cats with joint issues, as the heat can relieve pain. The soft, stuffed bolsters also provide plenty of support for your cat’s head and neck, and are deep enough for him to burrow into. The bed is made from a soft corduroy exterior and faux lambswool interior, so it’s soft and comfortable.
Unlike some other heated pet beds that have electrical components, the self-heating feature of the Aspen pet bed makes it machine washable and dryable. The entire bed can be tossed into the machine – no need to remove a cover. And with three colors (navy, red, and brown, all with cream interiors) the bed is versatile enough to match any decor.
Cats scratch for a number of reasons, including to relieve stress, exercise, and sharpen their claws. Unfortunately, these benefits often come at the expense of your furniture. The Pet Fusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher and Lounge helps solve that problem by giving your cat an attractive place to scratch that also doubles as a cat bed.
The Ultimate Cat Scratcher and Lounge is made from layers of cardboard and corn starch-based glue, giving your cat a healthy, eco-friendly spot to stretch their claws. Many cats prefer the feel of cardboard to other materials (like carpet or jute) used on scratchers, and the included catnip leaf helps attract your cat to the lounger.
The curved, figure-8 shape of this scratcher/lounger is also an ideal place for your cat to lie on and rest. Because it’s a neutral color, it fits in with any decor, and some owners have even mounted the bed to a wall, giving their cats a higher perch where they can sleep, rest, and scratch. It’s durable and strong, capable of holding cats of any weight.
On the downside, the Ultimate Cat Scratcher and Lounger doesn’t give your cat a place to burrow or hide, nor does it offer a soft and supportive surface to relieve pressure.
Cats are naturally attracted to warm spots, and the K&H ThermoKitty Bed gives your kitty a warm place to sleep at all times. The 4-watt electric heater is activated by your pet’s weight, and warms to 10-12 degrees above the ambient room temperature, providing a warm and cozy sleeping spot. During warmer months, the heater can be removed.
The K&H ThermoKitty Bed is ideal for older or arthritic cats, as the warmth eases their aching joints. It’s also a good choice for colder climates, especially in homes where the thermostat is set lower when no one is home. Your cat will always be able to find a warm, comfortable spot for napping. And because the 16-inch diameter bed only has 6-inch walls it’s easy for even arthritic cats to climb in and out.
The K&H ThermoKitty bed is constructed with a microfleece cover that can be removed and washed. The foam bed and heater cannot be washed. The cover should be line-dried or dried without heat, as it will shrink in the dryer.
Cats are naturally attracted to wool, and this 100% natural lambswool cat cave gives them a cozy, secure place to sleep.
The iPrimo bed is hand constructed using natural merino wool from New Zealand. The cave style design features a 7-inch inch opening that accommodates cats of all sizes, and the 20-inch bed provides plenty of room for sleeping. The cave design gives cats the feeling of security while still letting them see what’s happening outside.
The natural wool of this eco-friendly bed, which is made without any toxic chemicals, stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. And because wool is naturally moisture resistant, it is easier to clean if there is an accident. Wool also repels cat hair, so it’s easy to clean.
The iPrimo Cat Cave is not machine washable. It can be hand-washed with a mild soap and cool water. To ensure it retains it shape, it should be stuffed with a towel after washing until it dries.
The Milliard Portable Outdoor Pet House provides your feline with a secure place to hide outdoors. The strong 600-denier nylon can withstand the elements, giving your kitty a warm and dry hiding place in a sudden rainstorm, as well as a place to hide from other animals. The house has two exits so your cat won’t be cornered, and the removable doors have transparent “windows” allowing a clear view outside.
The Millier Portable Outdoor Pet Bed is fully collapsible, and the comfortable base pad can be removed, so it’s perfect for traveling as well. Your cat can have a familiar, safe place to hide when you’re on the road. Setup is easy, and when you want to move the bed, you simply need to unzip the roof and collapse the walls. Cleaning is easy, too: Simply spot clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent.
Buying a cat bed might seem like a simple task, but with so many different options for style, materials, and features, finding the perfect bed for your feline friend can be a process of trial and error. Here are some of the things to think about when making your selection.
Cats spend about two-thirds of their lives asleep, so it’s only natural to want to make that as pleasant and comfortable for them as possible. Cats are particular about where they sleep, but probably not in the ways you think. They aren’t necessarily looking for comfort or warmth (although they certainly help) but rather want a safe place where they can see what’s happening around them, without being seen themselves.
That being said, many cats do like having a place to sleep that is their own, especially in a busy home with other pets. For you, giving your cats their own bed to sleep in can help keep them from sleeping elsewhere and shedding all over other furniture. Older cats, and those who have joint problems, can also benefit from a cat bed that provides extra cushioning and support that reduces pain.
Cat beds are available in a number of different configurations, with individual cats often preferring one over others. One of the most popular styles is the cat cave, which offers an enclosed space that provides your cat with a feeling of security and privacy. A cat cave serves their instinctual need to burrow, while still giving them the ability to see what’s happening outside of the bed.
Cat beds designed with cushioned walls or bolsters are also useful, especially for older cats, who need the extra support to relieve pain in their back and joints.
Adding a favorite blanket, or a clothing item that smells like you, can entice your kitty to try out their new sleeping spot and make it their own.
Once your cat has established the cat bed as their own, clean it every week or two to eliminate allergens and bacteria. This is especially important for outdoor cats. Follow the care instructions for your individual cat bed.
For machine-washable beds, use a mild, unscented detergent and hot water, and wash the bed separate from other clothing or household items. Fabrics like sherpa, should always be dried completely in the dryer to prevent matting, tangling and pilling and maintain the soft surface.
If you ever notice that your cat’s bed is damaged, and losing stuffing, repair or replace it right away.
When shopping for a cat bed, here are a few things to consider when making your selection.