Cats can be the darnedest little beasts. One cat owner spent ages selecting the furriest, warmest, most prettily coloured cat bed for her cat. It was quite an expensive one, too. But when the cat bed arrived, the cat decided to sleep in the Amazon packaging box instead.
We all know how difficult cats can be. But even so, there are certain products that get great reviews from both their feline occupants and their human purchasers. We researched and reviewed the top products available to come up with the five best cat beds which have proved acceptable to the majority of felines, reducing the risk of you buying something that's unacceptable to your furry companion.
Our Top Recommendation
One of the most important criteria is whether the bed is open, like the traditional cat basket or blanket, or closed, like a cave, for the cat to snuggle into. Cats definitely have their particular preferences; some like to snuggle under the blankets (one reason you may need to buy them their own beds, to keep them out of yours), and others like to sprawl.
If you have a particularly big cat, such as a Maine Coon or Rag Doll, you also need to make sure you've got a bed that's big enough for her to be comfortable. The materials used in the construction are also important, ranging from pure wool to 100% polyester, and you may want a cat bed that matches your décor, though your cat probably couldn't care less about that.
So without further ado, here are the best cat beds currently available to buy online:
The Twin Critters 'KittiKubbi' is a remarkably versatile cat bed; it can be used as a 'cat cave', giving a cat a sheltered, warm retreat, or it can be squashed down as a cat cushion or blanket. In most cases, the cat is the boss, and will simply decide whether he wants to wriggle inside, or jump on top. With a footprint of 20 inches by 20 inches, this cat bed is big enough for a pretty chunky feline; in fact, there's room for two adult cats to snuggle up inside.
Sometimes a cat bed can be unpleasing to your kitty because she can smell chemicals used in the construction. The KittiKubbi won't offend her nose - it's 100% felt made with New Zealand merino wool, and with no chemicals used at any stage of the process. There are no wires used in it that could eventually work loose; only the thickness of the felting makes it stand up.
This cat bed is really elegant, in dark grey wool with a simple swirl pattern in light grey. It's practical as well as elegant, though; the felt is durable, and won't snag or pill, and it's difficult for a cat to get her claws into since there are no threads to get a purchase on.
You can even feel good about buying this product because it's not just eco-friendly, it's also doing good by giving secure employment to Nepali women who hand-felt the wool.
This isn't the cheapest of cat beds but you should still not be paying more than $60 or so. There are a couple of downsides; one is that because there's no wire frame, it can easily start to look a bit lopsided if your cat pushes it about. (That's the negative that comes with versatility.) The other is that though it's easy to clean, it's hand wash only - don't even think about putting it in a washing machine.
The Refined Feline kitty ball rattan cat bed is our most expensive option, at $70-80, and it's a cat bed that will delight anyone who likes rustic elegance. It takes the traditional wicker basket bed and makes it vertical - like turning a bungalow into a skyscraper.
It's made of poly rattan, which unlike wicker, will resist getting clawed, and it's a beautiful shape with its ball shaped 'bedchamber' fixed on a pedestal. Though the bed is raised up, it's not high off the ground, so cats who might not want to jump all the way up to the radiator-hung bed might prefer this one. It gives your cat plenty of privacy as well as a vantage point for watching what's going on.
On the downside, the pillow supplied with it is rather small; many cats prefer their humans to supply them with a blanket or cushion inside, instead. And when consulting owners, it seems that it's a love it or hate it product for cats - more so than other cat beds.
Rosewood Pet's bamboo radiator cat bed is an upmarket version of the cat hammock that will not only look great in a contemporary décor flat but also suit cats who like to climb around. It's made to hang over a radiator, but can also be slung over a bed frame, banister, or towel rail, and it comes with a cushion which can be taken out and cleaned whenever necessary. It's a great option for smaller homes, since the cat bed isn't taking up valuable floor space.
Cats can jump into the end, or they can use the porthole in the top - most will probably want to investigate both options. Most owners say their cats love it. Cats love being next to the radiator anyway, to keep warm - this is a great way to offer them that option and let them do a bit of climbing, too.
There's one potential problem; this cat bed doesn't fit old style antique radiators, only thinner modern ones, so if you live in an older property or conversion, you may be out of luck. Of course, if you have other rails or banisters that fit, you can use those instead.
The bed can also be a little tricky to assemble - it doesn't need any particular skill but attaching the ends so that the hooks match up is a bit fiddly. At around $40 this is a nice way to give your cat a stylish little pad of his own.
The Pet Magasin self-warming cat bed is as versatile as you can get - it can be used as a round basket, a cat cave or a blanket, depending on how you fold it. Its faux fur lining, foam padding, and microfibre outer shell will keep any kitty as warm as toast, and it's easily cleaned too - hand wash and tumble dry. It looks great - however it's used - with the furry lining providing an attractive trim to the fawn plush exterior.
Used as a basket it's 17 inches in diameter, and used as a cat cave it's 20 inches long, which should be big enough for all but the biggest cats. It's particularly good for the kind of cat who likes to snuggle under a blanket, since they can wriggle right in. The only downside is that a bit like the KittyKubbi, it's not quite rigid enough, and tends to flop down a bit in front when it's being used as a cat cave. (One buyer rigged it up with a wire coat hanger to give the cat her own little 'tent'.)
This cat bed runs around $30, and given its versatility you're really getting three different cat beds for the price of one!
The Armarkat cat bed is a simple cave design available in several colors, and at around $25 is one of the cheaper options we looked at. It's made in soft velvet and has a removable pillow that can be machine washed - no need to handwash.
It has no hard surfaces and no wires, just lots and lots of polyester stuffing that makes it a very warm bed - great for outdoor cats who need somewhere warm to snuggle in a barn. It's also relatively weighty, so it won't tip over if your cat wiggles around or chases mice in his sleep.
There are a few downsides. It measures only 18 inches long, so a really large cat might find it uncomfortably cramped. And it also has a slight chemical smell attached to it so you might want to air it out first.
On the other hand, over 90% of cats given this cat bed loved it - the highest proportion of 'likes' of any of the beds we looked at. There seem to be relatively few feline doubters, so chances are high that if you pick this bed, your cat will choose the bed and not the Amazon box.
And the winner is… the KittiKubbi. Its simplicity, versatility, and 100% natural material make it an outstanding cat bed, and its favourable feedback from satisfied customers show that both owners and cats approve.
Whichever bed you decide to buy, remember that it can take cats a while to get used to a new bed. Sprinkling a little catnip can help a cat get interested, or you could put one of her favourite toys in the bed to show her the way to go. You'll still probably need a little patience as Fluffy sniffs around doubtfully, but most of the time, cats will come round to the right idea in the end.