Have you ever wondered what your cat is doing while you’re at work? According to the schedule of an average feline, she’s probably sleeping. Our furry friends sleep as much as 12 to 16 hours a day.

Having acknowledged that sleeping is a huge part of your cat’s life, not equipping her with a proper cat bed is a crime. However, there are many things you should consider before getting one. Let’s get right into it.

Why Does Your Cat Need a Cat Bed?

If you’re like most owners, you probably don’t particularly enjoy cat hair on every piece of furniture in your house. If this wasn’t enough, cats also enjoy clawing their resting place from time to time. Getting a cat bed can help you reduce the amount of hair laying around on your sofas and, of course, reduce the risk of your furniture being ruined by the needle-sharp cat claws by redirecting your cat’s scratching needs to her bed.

Another thing to consider a cat bed will help your cat stay warm during cold winter periods. Imagine yourself walking around without warm slippers during winter time. Really uncomfortable, right? Sleeping on the cold floor could make your cat catch a cold.

If your feline pet is old or tends to get sick often, it might be a good idea to provide a resting place for her. Cats and other carnivores like them like to find a safe corner to “lick their wounds out” when they’re sick. Historically, this way they used to think that they wouldn’t be spotted and hunted down by predators so a warm soft place is just the thing your elderly cat might be looking for.

Choosing The Right Cat Bed

The way people design cat beds is only limited by their imagination. Starting from a simple cat pad, which is almost the same thing as a simple folded towel, to a luxurious heated cat bed for all of her needs. So what should you consider before choosing the right bed? Here’s the answer:

● If you’re living in an area where winter gets cold and snowy, it might be a good idea to get a cat radiator bed. It will keep your pet warm, happy and relaxed. In case you’re worried for your pet’s safety, they’re completely safe to use due to extreme precautions towards fire safety.

● Do you want your kitty to have more private time? There are two types of cat beds – those that are open-top which are easy to get in and out of and those that are small caves for your pet to get some alone time in a warm, dark place.

● Are you going to use it outside? If your cat is an outdoor wanderer, it might be a good idea to let her have a warm spot to relax at, especially in winter. This is where a heated cat pad comes in handy. They’re also covered in a soft material so your cat can enjoy it even more.

● Consider the size of the bed. If your cat recently brought kittens, you should consider getting all of them a bigger place to rest. The single most important criteria for kitten beds are the size, which largely depends on how many kittens you’re planning to shelter. If you’re a huge cat lover and your house is filled with cats, a single bed might fail to suit your needs. However, worry not – there are giant cat condos which will fit all of your pets at once.

● And finally, don’t forget to match your cat bed with the style of your house. A bright neon green cat bed isn’t going to suit your home well, unless you live in a nightclub. The bigger the cat bed, the more attention it will draw so it’s necessary to think about the style and coloring of it.

Don’t Feel Like Spending Too Much?

Keeping a cat is already a luxury – cat food, cat treats, collars, toys, litter boxes and other things that we forgot to mention adds up quickly to your expenses so spending a lot of money on a cat bed might be the last thing you want to do right now.

There are many pictures on the internet where cats sit in a cardboard box next to a brand new luxurious cat bed with a happy look on their face. There’s a chance that your pet is just like one of those cats so be sure to try using a cardboard box first and you might save yourself a lot of money and time.

When it comes to cheap cat beds the material they’re made of is the key to the price. The softer it feels, the more expensive it is. You might consider getting your cat a simple cat tent. Not only will it save you some money, but it won’t take as much space as a regular cat bed would.

And finally, consider making it yourself. There are many great guides on the internet like this one which will provide you with step by step instructions on how to make most of the beds you would see in retail advertisements. Most of these DYI guides are easy to follow and you can indeed build pretty impressive cat beds using them. Our favorite is probably the cat tent, simply because it looks so cute and it’s really not that hard to build one – it only takes a few commonly found household items and some patience.

Our Top 10 Best Cat Beds 2017

1. AmazonBasics Padded Cat Bed

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Why It’s Great for Your Cat (Pros):

This is Amazon-branded cat bed that is very cheap. The cat bed serves basic purpose made of soft polyester fleece and cushion. Amazon sells these at a range of sizes from 21-inches to 46-inches. The cat bed dimensions measure at 22 x 15 x 2.5 inches with a weight of 12.6 ounces more or less depending on the size of cat bed you order. This average weight of 12.6 ounces makes this cat bed incredibly lightweight.

Where It Comes Short (Cons):

The pet bed is a bit on the thin side versus other premium brand pet beds. Heavy cat sleep usage may eventually wear out the actual fabric cushion. Also, the pet bed is not scratch proof, so if your cat tends to scratch a lot, then the inner cushion filling may become exposed. Consider checking out our suggestions for cat tree scratchers so that your cat can have something “safe” to scratch on.


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2. Blueberry Pet Microsuede Pet Bed

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Why It’s Great for Your Cat (Pros):

While the bone shape pillow would cater to more of a dog, this pet bed can still be suitable for cats as well. With pretty embroidered design on the front of the pet bed, this makes the bed eccentric and different from all the cream and neutral-based color pet beds. The pet bed has several inches of cushion wall to provide more comfort for your cat. Be mindful of the different sizes that are offered, as you do not want to order a pet bed that is smaller than your animal.

Note that the cover and lining are fully removable which is helpful to throw into washing machine to clean. Works with zippers that go all around the bottom part of the pet bed.

Where It Comes Short (Cons):

The Blueberry Pet bed is a bit more expensive than other general types of pet beds, however, you get a premium quality fabric and cushion. Weighing at 11 pounds, this pet bed is much more heavier than other bed counterparts.

The extra bone cushion, while not cat-related, can still be a great pillow that your cat curls up on and sleeps.


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3. Coolaroo Elevated Pet Cot

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Why It’s Great for Your Cat (Pros):

The Coolaroo is not so much a pet bed, but is definitely more of a “pet cot”. This cot for cats is elevated  7-inches from the ground. The empty space below the cot allows for cool airflow to pass underneath. This helps keep your cat cool, especially during those hot summer months. Speaking of heat, the fabric material is made to withstand heat, so if you accidentally left it in the direct sunlight, the fabric won’t be hot to the touch.

Where It Comes Short (Cons):

Since the platform is made of thin fabric, it has absolutely zero cushion. So if your cat (or other pets) don’t like surfaces without cushion, then the Coolaroo will not be the right choice!


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4. Kisspet Hamburger Cat Bed

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Why It’s Great for Your Cat (Pros):

The Kisspet bed is shaped like a hamburger, made of soft material and plenty of cushion filling. Definitely ideal if your cat likes to curl up in a ball and stay warm by being covered up. Ideal for cooler climate regions.

Where It Comes Short (Cons):

Although the interesting “hamburger” design may make it a good comfortable choice for cats, the design flaw also may make cats not understand how to get into the bed. Recommendation is to get the cat bed, see if your cat understands the bed setup. Not all cats will respond well to this cat bed.


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5. OxGord Tunnel Cat Bed

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Why It’s Great for Your Cat (Pros):

The OxGord bed is versatile, meaning when in its unzipped state, it is a normal cat bed that measures 22 inches by 36 inches. When you want to fold it up into a “tunnel”, then the bed becomes almost like a blanket cover for your cat, to keep them warm on cool days.

Where It Comes Short (Cons):

The outer fabric is not removable, so if there is stains, you would need to wash the whole cat bed in washing machine, or simply spot stain remove.


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6. MidWest Ombré Swirl Cat Bed

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Why It’s Great for Your Cat (Pros):

This cat bed measuring at 17 x 11 x 1.5 inches, is one of the more plusher beds in terms of thickness. So your cat will have plenty of cushion. The MidWest cat bed also is one of the more cheap cat bed options if you are on a budget.

Where It Comes Short (Cons):

Since it’s a cheap cat bed, after at least 1-2 months of heavy use by your cat, the fabric may start to wear and tear. And if your cat enjoyed using it more as a scratch pad, then it will definitely not last beyond short period of time.


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7. KittiKubbi Wool Cave Cat Bed

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Why It’s Great for Your Cat (Pros):

While majority of cat beds we’ve seen prior have been made of cheaper types of synthetic fabric, the KittiKubbi cat bed is made of wool sourced from Nepal. The cat bed is handmade fabricated in the “felting” technique. Wool naturally retains heat, so your cat can stay warm on cold days/nights. The bottom of the inside of the cat bed is padded for additional cushion.

Where It Comes Short (Cons):

Since the cat bed is made from wool, its not machine washable. Recommended care would be to dry clean the wool cat bed. Also, if your cat doesn’t know to curl up inside of the interior of the bed, some cats have laid on top, which then squishes down on the design, creating a curve cat bed. This can be a pro or con depending on the buyer. And since it’s made from wool, this cat bed is a bit more on the premium side and would not be considered a cheap cat bed.


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8. K&H Hooded Lounge Cat Bed

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Why It’s Great for Your Cat (Pros):

The K&H cat bed looks great as it has a removable top hood by zipper. When unzipped, it becomes a normal cat bed, but to give added shade or protection against wind, the hood part can be zipped on around 3 sides. The inner portion of the bed has a removable pillow for added cushion.

Where It Comes Short (Cons):

After multiple uses by cat, the top removable hood may eventually lose its shape.


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9. K&H Outdoor House Cat Bed

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Why It’s Great for Your Cat (Pros):

Instead of simply just being a cat bed, your cat can have an entire room to herself. The cat house is made form sturdy material that holds up even if a cat jumps on the top of the roof. Since it’s enclosed, the cat can stay nice and warm through insulation.

Where It Comes Short (Cons):

The K&H House cat bed is great for small to medium sized cats. Just be sure to check the dimensions of the house to the size of your cat, so that you can be sure your cat has enough comfortable room to move around inside the house. The house cat bed may not be appropriate for larger cats.


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10. K&H Thermo-Kitty Cat Mat

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Why It’s Great for Your Cat (Pros):

The K&H cat bed has an electrical cord that plugs into the wall, and the cat bed heats up only upon cat weight placed on it. Definitely ideal if you live in colder climates and want additional warm heat to keep your cat cozy and warm.

Where It Comes Short (Cons):

In order for the cat bed to heat, it needs to be plugged in, so you can’t place this cat bed anywhere, since it needs to be close to a power source.

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Which cat bed does YOUR cat love to sleep on?

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