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Best Cat Beds for 2020

A cat sleeps on average sixteen hours per day, so if anybody in your home needs the perfect bed, it is definitely your feline friend.

Cat beds can be a great way to ensure your pet feels comfortable and secure in your home. It offers them a dedicated space, often nice and compact so they can get cosy and warm and be by themselves if they need to escape a busy home.

But of course, some cats may prefer to stretch out in the open and be able to see everything going on around them. One may like warmth, and another prefers to be a bit cooler. Cats can even be fussy about materials and smells.

The best cat bed for your pet will depend on their sleeping habits and personality. Below, we have included the best open beds, enclosed beds, beds with a fun design and beds suitable for cats who are well and truly spoilt, tested against what you need the most as the buyer.

If you are after a radiator bed, they have their own dedicated page here.

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    Our Top Picks

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    House of Paws Hooded Arctic Cat Bed
    • Washable
    • Faux fur lining
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    Danish Design Cosy Cat Bed
    • Easy clean
    • Nice high sides
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    Petkit Smart Cozy Pet House Bed
    • Temperature monitoring
    • App connectivity
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    Top 10 Best Cat Beds Reviewed

    1.
    House of Paws Hooded Arctic Cat Bed

    A nice warm, cosy bed for any cats out there who seem to be attracted to the heat and are fussy about having their own place to rest their head.

    It is really well made, so if you are looking to spend that bit more now and have something which will last it is ideal. There is still enough room for your kitty to look out and see what is going on despite it being a hooded design, and it’s pretty stylish too so won’t look out of place in your home.

    Features

    • Washable
    • Faux fur lining

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 35 x 39 x 37cm
    • Colour: Brown
    • Material: Polyester

    2.
    Danish Design Cosy Cat Bed

    When your kitty wants something in which they can hide away, but the idea of a roof over their head is a bit too much for them, an enclosed bed is ideal.

    It is made from thermal sherpa fleece, which is self-warming and will keep them snug in the cold. A removable inner cushion means it is easy to wash, so you can stay on top of this and provide a clean environment.

    Covered with the Danish Design famous paw print pattern, it is also stylish in case you’re concerned about your living room as well as their comfort.

    Features

    • Easy clean
    • Nice high sides

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 42cmø
    • Colour: Light Brown
    • Material: Fleece

    3.
    Petkit Smart Cozy Pet House Bed

    You’re thinking “Why on earth would I need a smart cat bed?” aren’t you? Well, hear us out.

    There are infrared sensors so you can monitor when your cat leaves and enters the bed, and therefore gives you a time spent in the bed total.

    This is good for anyone worried that their cat is spending too much time asleep which could be a sign of illness, or indeed not enough time in bed which could be a sign that they’re uncomfortable with its positioning or they’re feeling threatened.

    A sleeping calendar is made, so you can identify how and when your furbaby likes to sleep. Say they always enter their abode at 7.32 pm for a rest – you will know to clear the room and leave them in peace in preparation.

    Then there is the temperature monitoring, which gives you the choice of seven different heats. From warm to cool, you can change the temperature in winter and summer so they are comfortable, or even adjust depending on the breed (Ragdolls will need less heat than a Sphynx, for example).

    All this, without even the slightest noise of a fan or heater. Most other heated beds are self-heating, but you can plan ahead with this one and set it just right, making it by far the best heated cat bed around (even if you have t spend that bit more).

    Features

    • Temperature monitoring
    • App connectivity

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 38 x 43 x 42.3cm
    • Colour: White
    • Material: Plush, Plastic

    4.
    Purrshire Felt Cat Stool House

    If your cat likes being up high but you don’t want to start fastening beds to the wall or hanging them over radiators, then a stool house could still give them everything they need.

    The bed area is covered in soft, durable felt for a soft and warm feel, and the general base and build is flakeboard and wood so it is sturdy enough for them to safely use. The pod is a good size for cats to comfortably use, and the entrance is large enough for them to safely jump into. When they decide to grace you with their presence again or want to look at all of the commotions outside, they can look out without having to come out of the pod.

    It isn’t just great for your cat, but also your home style. With a Nordic touch, it is perfectly modern so isn’t going to be an eyesore. We will say it is best against a wall or other surface however, to avoid it tipping when your cat jumps in and out.

    Features

    • Very sturdy legs
    • Plush inner
    • Nice spacious opening

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 35 x 35 x 53cm/Opening 22 x 14cm
    • Colour: Grey, White, Wood
    • Material: Wood, Felt

    5.
    Legendog Cat Bed

    It isn’t hard to see why a marshmallow bed is called a marshmallow bed, but this fluffy round slumber pad is perfect for any cats who just love luxury.

    Available in several colours, including pink – just in case you or they have a preference – it is great for keeping them warm and comfortable. The material is skin and fur-friendly, so won’t irritate them.

    With an anti-slip mat at the base, it won’t move around on the floor, which is especially important if you have hard flooring. The only downside is that it has to be hand spot washed due to the delicacy, but cats are pretty clean creatures anyway.

    Features

    • Very fluffy
    • Comes flat packed
    • Non-slip base
    • Choice of colours

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 50 x 20cm
    • Colour: Pink, Beige, Light Grey, Dark Grey
    • Material: PP Cotton

    6.
    Morocco Cat Sleeping Bag

    A lot of cats love to hide, which makes a sleeping bag perfect.

    They can snuggle up inside and keep warm, while not being bothered by what is going on in the outside world. The faux suede material will be comfortable to lie on top of as well as inside, in case they want to peer at their kingdom.

    It gets the Morocco name thanks to the brown shade and stripes, which give it a real warm feel and traditional African look.

    Features

    • Very well padded
    • Brings a hint of Africa into your home

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 38 x 25 x 13cm
    • Colour: Brown
    • Material: Suede

    7.
    Memory Foam Bolster Cat Bed

    There is nothing better than memory foam to sleep on – it moulds to shapes, is soft and you melt into it.

    So, it is bound to be something your cat appreciates. It will support them so they can get a deep, replenishing sleep ready for their next runaround.

    The cover is removable, so can be placed into the washing machine and means there is no need to dampen it down with a sponge or worry about stains. Available in grey, green or pink, it comes in various sizes and you can also buy it as a sofa for any Kings and Queens.

    Features

    • Choice of sizes and colours
    • Can come as a higher bed
    • Very soft

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: Small 66.5 x 51 x 17/Medium: 87.5 x 55.5 x 21cm
    • Colour: Grey/Green/Pink
    • Material: Memory Foam

    8.
    Banbury & Co Luxury Cosy Cat Bed

    A lovely igloo bed, but with a more spacious opening which is ideal for cats who like to have their own private space but occasionally peek their head out to be nosy or spoilt.

    The inner cushion can be removed, for an easier wash. Covered in faux sheep shearling, it is soft and comfortable to keep them relaxed.

    There is a fun teaser toy hanging from the roof, which could provide an incentive for them to enter the bed as well as ensuring you will well and truly know when they have woken up and are ready to tear through the house again.

    Features

    • Washable
    • Playtoy
    • Gets warm quickly

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 47cm x 37cm x 19cm
    • Colour: Cream, Grey
    • Material: Polyester, Nylon

    9.
    Navaris Small Cat Bed Basket

    Your cat will sleep in anything which adapts to their shape for the ultimate comfort. This basket can do just that, with a really plush base pillow and high woven edge for maximum security.

    The woven rope surface also gives a good material for your cat to knead on, without causing any damage to the surface or their claws. Carry handles make it easy to move around the home without messing everything up too much, such as when you’re off to bed and the cat sleeps upstairs. Why not carry them around when they’re already in it?

    To finish it off, the grey colour and style actually make it a really nice addition to any home, so it’s ideal if you want the comfiest bed possible for your kitty but don’t want to damage your decor too much.

    Features

    • Stylish design
    • Conforms to shape

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 34 x 18cm
    • Colour: Grey
    • Material: Cotton, Polyester

    10.
    PetFusion Jumbo Cat Scratcher Lounge

    If you were to describe your ideal bed, what would you say? A plush, soft luxurious mattress or a large nail file?

    Well, for some cats, a nail file is the one (yes, really). They wake up, they go for a manicure without even having to move, and then they jump up ready to start their day.

    This jumbo lounger is completely made from recycled cardboard, so it isn’t too harsh on their comfort but gives them the ideal place to rest and sort their claws out.

    Two-tiered and long, it is great if you have two or more cats as they can also play and interact on the bed. Plus, it means two layers so multiple cats can sleep in the same place.

    Features

    • Two levels
    • Soft cardboard yet great for claws
    • Includes USA organic catnip leaf for attraction

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 99 x 28 x 36cm
    • Colour: Light Brown
    • Material: Cardboard

    Buying Guide

    What To Consider Before Buying A Cat Bed

    Most of these points centre around your cat’s behaviour and sleeping patterns, but just as you would think when buying your own new bed or mattress, there are other things to think about too.

    How They Sleep

    Curled up in a ball, with their tail around their body and head tucked under paw, or sprawled out on their side with legs out? If the former, they are probably preserving heat and protecting themselves while they rest as they would in the wild.

    A smaller, thickly padded bed and perhaps one with a roof on could be the answer. But if the latter, a large mat-type bed with little cushioning, in the open, would suit them best.

    Size

    This can depend on your cats sleeping habits, but at the same time, just because your huge Persian curls up very small to sleep doesn’t mean they don’t need a bit of extra room at other times, such as when they just need a bit of time out.

    You should also ensure they can curl up as they wish rather than restricting their positioning and size too much, so find a happy medium.

    Material

    Again, think about their habits. If they seem to like the warmth or soft surfaces, then go for cotton, fleece or wool outer with plenty of padding inside. But colder or hard surfaces could mean a hardwood bed and a blanket could be the answer.

    Also, think about washing it – a removable cover which is machine washable could be good if your cat sheds a lot, or is fussy about cleanliness.

    Types Of Cat Bed

    Enclosed

    Also known as Donut beds. Often with a thick padded base and soft walls which hide the cat when they are sleeping. Good if your cat likes cosier spaces but still likes to be out in the open

    Igloo

    Also referred to as ‘cave’ beds, or indoor cat houses. These have a full roof, like a little mini house, and are usually soft. Perfect for cats who like to hide away for ‘me time’. They can be based on the ground or on legs for a bit of height

    Open

    A soft pillow, pad or mat with no sides, which is good if your kitty likes to stretch out or be nosy and see the world in between naps

    Heated

    Usually with a self-healing material on the base, such as foil or faux fur. Good for older cats or colder environments. Can also come where you control the heat, setting it just right for their breed or preferences. Is often controlled by an app

    Radiator Beds

    These hang on an appropriate radiator. This can give them a heat source, but also means they are off the ground which is good for any cats who like to be up high to escape from the rat race

    Hammock Beds

    Can be attached to a wall or between two areas, for cats who like height and personalising their own sleeping area

    Other Buyers Ask...

    My cat scratches/chews – which bed is best?

    A bed made from a solid material may be best, such as plastic or wood. You can personalise this with blankets or cushions if they need something softer.

    Check out the materials if you do want a soft bed. Some are made from suede, denim or heavy wool which could be more rigid, with piping as opposed to stitching which is less likely to be broken apart.

    Try to avoid beds with any outer attachments too, such as zip linings, buttons for decoration or decorative stitching.

    Will my cat bed be easy to clean?

    Most are – either the whole thing will be machine washable, or the most important base/cushion section will be. The rest is often hand-washable, so will need a wipe when required.

    If your cat sheds a lot, it could be worth buying a pet vacuum cleaner which gets rid of the hair without the need to wash the bed so much. This could save some stress washing and drying the bed, as well as ensuring the bed largely keeps your cat’s scent which is important if it is a real comfort item for them.

    How much do I need to spend?

    The price of a cat bed can vary anywhere from around £10 to closer to £100.

    This price can vary with style. Ones with a roof or removable sections may cost a bit more, and material can make a difference too. But do remember that if your cat does use the bed, it will hopefully be their lifelong sleeping place, so a good investment now could see you spending less long-term.

    Can a kitten use a cat bed?

    Yes! But – ensure they can get into it, by assessing the height and maybe don’t go for anything too fluffy for their first bed to ensure they don’t sink too far into it. A flat and rigid, yet soft, bed may be best