The 11 Best Cat Beds Of 2023

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On average, cats sleep 12 to 16 hours per day. The right bed can provide them a familiar and comfortable space of their own.

“When choosing a cat bed, pick a material that can be washed and that they can’t easily ingest, but that your cat will also like and use,” said Janet Cutler, Ph.D., Certified Cat Behaviorist at Cat World. “You may need to try out a couple different materials to see if there is one they prefer. Many cats like to be up higher where they can observe what’s going on around them."

Watch your cat closely and they’ll even give you hints about what they might prefer.

“If your cat likes to be in enclosed spaces, then a covered bed or one with high sides might be a good option,” Culter told The Spruce Pets. “And if your cat is always seeking the warmest spot in the home then a heated bed might be something they’d really enjoy.”

Our favorite cat bed is the Mau Lifestyle Vevo Woven Cat Bed because it is soft, handmade, and features a unique, adjustable design that will let you shape the bed to your cat’s preferences.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall

Mau Vevo Woven Cat Bed

Mau Lifestyle Velvety Hand Woven Single Weave Cat Bed, Taupe


What We Like
  • Handmade

  • Buttery soft

  • Multiple configurations

  • Cats love the bumps

  • 1-year warranty

  • For all sizes up to 20 pounds

What We Don't Like
  • Cushion purchased separately

  • Only two colors

  • A little tricky to wash

Mau Pets makes a wide range of cat trees, perches and other tastefully designed cat accessories. The Vevo is a functional, strikingly designed cat bed that’s made from a velvety single-weave, like a big plush basket. Each Vevo is handmade, so each bed is one-of-a-kind. Plus, it’s big enough for large cats.

The soft weave of the Vevo is a beautiful design, but also has a practical application, since the basket sides can be folded, rolled, or adjusted to create a unique look—raising the sides for cats that prefer an enclosed space, or rolling down one side so an older cat can more easily climb in. Plus, the bed’s woven texture creates bumps that cats can’t resist rubbing against.

While the Vevo can be used as a cat bed all on its own, Mau offers a supplemental cushion separately. The cushion is available in ten different colors and is machine washable. The Vevo itself is a little harder to wash—while you can technically machine wash on delicate settings, with minimal detergent and no spin cycle, the weave can take a long time to try. Unless it’s irreparably soiled, the Vevo can be maintained with a vacuum and lint roller instead.

You can try the Vevo for 45-days risk-free, and there’s a one-year warranty too. Plus, for every Vevo purchased, Mau plants a tree, further donating five percent of profits to environmental and animal causes.

The Mau Vevo Woven Cat Bed is available in two colors: Taupe and Dim Gray.

Price at Time of Publish: $79

Dimensions: 20-inch diameter; height adjustable, from 7 to 13 inches | Colors: Taupe, dim gray | Materials: Velvety synthetic fabric

Best Cave

Meowfia Premium Felt Cat Cave Bed

Meowfia Premium Felt Cat Cave Bed


What We Like
  • Handmade

  • Lightweight, soft and durable

  • Giftable

  • Eco-conscious

What We Don't Like
  • Can be deformed when machine washed

This beautiful cat bed can be used as a cave to hide in, or it can be pressed flat in warmer temperatures to form an open bed for cooler napping. It will muffle noises and retain your cat’s body heat when it is in its cave shape. We like that it is made of all-natural materials—100 percent merino wool—rather than petroleum-based synthetic materials. Customers like that it's well-made, durable, soft, and easy to clean.

Price at Time of Publish: $40

Sizes: Medium (up to 12 pounds), large (13-20 pounds) | Dimensions: 19 x 19 x 12 inches (medium) | Colors: Rose quartz, sand dune, smoky pearl, vibrant turquoise | Materials: 100% New Zealand merino wool

Best Shag Donut

Best Friends by Sheri The Original Calming Donut Bed in Shag Fur

Best Friends by Sheri Calming Dog Bed


What We Like
  • Machine washable

  • Water and dirt-resistant bottom

  • Super soft

  • AirLoft fill holds up over time

What We Don't Like
  • All synthetic

This style of pet bed has become popular in the last few years—pets love how warm and cozy they are. It is purposely designed with creases that your cat can burrow into for maximum heat retention. The sides and cushion are fluffy, which is gentle on joints and muscles. The faux fur holds in natural body heat.

The small size is recommended for pets up to 25 pounds, but you might want the larger sizes if you have more than one cat—especially if they nap together.

Price at Time of Publish: $35

Sizes: Small, medium, large, extra-large | Dimensions: 23 x 23 x 7 inches (small), 30 x 30 x 7 inches (medium) | Colors: Dark chocolate, gray, mink, navy, oyster, baby blue, shag cotton candy, dark chocolate, denim, dusty rose, frost, gray, lavender, sage, taupe | Materials: Vegan polyester faux fur, AirLoft fiber filling

Best Tent

Best Pet Supplies Pet Tent

Best Pet Supplies Pet Tent


What We Like
  • Machine washable

  • Well-made

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • Fine cat hair sticks to the fleece

Tent and cave-style cat beds offer security and warmth as well as noise buffering. They are very well suited for cats who like to hide—the Best Pet Supplies Pet Tent can provide a space where you will reliably them. It's also great for sleeping, and might even tempt your cat away from your bed pillow or favorite chair.

The foam sides and bottom are soft and capture noise and heat to create a cozy space for your cat. Each includes a removable, washable pillow that your cat will love snuggling.

With seven colors and prints to choose from, you’re sure to find one that will blend seamlessly with your home décor.

Price at Time of Publish: $39

Sizes: 14 and 19 inches height | Dimensions: 16 x 16 x 14 inches, 19 x 19 x 19 inches | Colors: Brown, gray, light blue, pink, tan | Materials: Faux suede, linen or corduroy, poly-foam lining

Best Heated

K&H Thermo-Kitty Deluxe Hooded Cat Bed

K&H Thermo-Kitty Deluxe Hooded Cat Bed


What We Like
  • Soft faux suede

  • Cute leopard print interior

  • Fluffy cushioning

What We Don't Like
  • Some cats don’t like the hood

Does your cat sit in front of the stove or next to the heater vent? They might like the warmth of a heated bed. My cats always choose the heated cat bed over the non-heated ones. This heated bed.

Includes a dual thermostat 4‐watt heating unit buried within the pillow that warms the surface 10-15 degrees above ambient air temperature when not in use. When your cat lies in the bed it warms to your pet's normal body temperature of 102 degrees. K&H has a 20-year history in heated pet products and their beds and pads earn top ratings among competitors.

The bed includes a 5.5-foot cord that’s safe for indoor use. The removable cleaner can be machine washed on a gentle cycle with cold water, then hung to dry.

You can also consider the style without a hood. We have previously reviewed that version of the Thermo-Kitty cat bed.

Price at Time of Publish: $69

Sizes: Small, large | Dimensions: 16 x 16 x 14 inches (small), 20 x 20 x 14 inches (large) | Colors: Mocha, tan | Materials: Micro fleece bed, polyfill pillow, heating unit

Best Sofa

Enchanted Home Pet Ultra Plush Snuggle Pet Bed

Enchanted Home Pet Ultra Plush Snuggle Pet Bed in Dark Grey


What We Like
  • Four color choices

  • Washable cushion cover

  • Elevated

  • Back storage pocket

What We Don't Like
  • Too small for extra large cats

A pet sofa is an excellent way for your cat bed to blend with your existing décor. Most are made for both dogs and cats, so look carefully at the smallest sizes of the many dog sofas available to choose from. We like this hand crafted with quality wood furniture construction. It features soft ultra-plush polyester fabric with a removable washable cushion cover. The raised back is designed helps your cat feel secure and protected while resting. Elevated on two-inch legs, your cat will enjoy draft-free sleep. The back also has a convenient storage pocket for toys or treats.

A toggle and loop secure the foam cushion in place to keep it from sliding out. Enchanted Home has a range of faux leather and plush sofas, most of which are available in sizes appropriate for cats. Get the next size up if your cat is much over 10 pounds.

Price at Time of Publish: $170

Dimensions: 27 x 15 x 15 inches | Colors: Pink, dark gray, brown basketweave, Chevron (gray and white print) | Materials: polyester

Best Window Bed

Affinity Pets Cat Window Perch/Hammock

Cat Window Perch, Window Seat Cushion, Wooden Cat Hammock, Assembly Hanging Cat Bed, Cat Furniture


What We Like
  • Easy to assemble

  • Simple to install

  • Small business owner

What We Don't Like
  • Can cause air gaps in some windows

Although many window beds use suction cups to hold them in place, they often fail unexpectedly, which can scare your cat enough to make them not return or trust the perch. We like this adjustable hardwood perch because it can be installed on windows, drawers, chair backs and some bedsides.

Simple hanger clips work in conjunction with adjustable snap-in felt-padded legs to provide sturdy support without marking your walls or furniture. The best part is, it can hold up to 40 pounds, in case you have multiple cats or a butterball at home.

The washable canvas bed is reversible, off-white on one side and black and white on the other. It is also designed so that the position of the legs is adjustable, making it versatile and functional in a variety of mounting situations. Its simple style makes it blend in around your home.

Price at Time of Publish: $62

Dimensions: 18.5 x 15.6 x 8.5 inches | Colors: Milky white or chessboard | Materials: Cotton canvas (milky white) or fleece (chessboard), hardwood supports, metal clips

Best Orthopedic

Newton Baby Washable Orthopedic Pet Bed

Newton Washable Orthopedic Pet Bed |100% Washable, Even The Core | Breathable + Supportive | Better Than Memory Foam | GreenGuard Gold Certified | Available...


What We Like
  • Removable, machine-washable cover and core

  • Breathable and cooling

  • Certified low emissions

  • Durable, scratch-proof

What We Don't Like
  • Only one color

Orthopedic cat beds are an excellent choice if you have a senior cat or one with limited mobility. These cats need cushioning that will keep them comfortable for longer periods of time without causing pressure sores. Most foam beds can trap heat. So, a self-cooling bed is also useful when cats can’t get up and move easily to cool off. This bed is designed and made by a company that specializes in baby products so you know your cat will be safe and cool.

With a breathable, washable dual-layered removable cover, you’ll be able to keep this cat bed clean easily. It’s proprietary fill is made from 90% air and 10% food-grade polymer that cushions joints and pressure points while maximizing airflow.

Unlike most pet beds, this one is Greenguard Gold Certified, meaning it has been independently tested and certified to have low chemical emissions, exceeding industry emissions safety standards to protect indoor air quality.

Price at Time of Publish: $130

Sizes: Small, medium and large/x-large | Dimensions: 21 x 25 x 6 inches (small) | Color: Heather gray | Materials: polyester cover, Wovenaire® mattress

Best Shelf

Refined Feline Lotus Branch Cat Shelf

THE REFINED FELINE 60 Inch Lotus Branch Cat Shelf in White with Replaceable Carpet, Playing, Climbing, & Lounging Cat Shelves And Perches For Wall, Cat...


What We Like
  • Curved design

  • Four color choices

  • Replacement parts sold separately

What We Don't Like
  • Some cats take time to trust and use it

Cats love to be up high. They can see the whole room and instinctively they sleep better knowing they can hear everything coming. You’ll both love this elegant perch. Your cat will love playing and then napping on this sturdy shelf.

The top of the shelf has either faux fur (white shelf only) or Berber carpet held on with Velcro, making it removable for cleaning or replacement. You can get creative with shelf placement, using multiple shelves or placing a cat tree nearby for easy play and access.

You can hang it over your bed, couch or desk, or near a window. Four wall anchors are included with each shelf that weighs approximately 14 pounds. The manufacturers recommend securing the shelf into wall studs.

Price at Time of Publish: $149

Dimensions: 60.25 x 10.5 inches | Colors: Smoke gray, white with faux fur, dark espresso, mahogany | Materials: Solid wood and bent ply, Berber carpet or faux fur

Best Cushion

Pendleton National Parks Pet Bed

Pendleton Glacier National Park Dog Bed


What We Like
  • Removable, machine washable cover

  • Durable and well-made

  • Available in a variety of colors inspired by national parks

What We Don't Like
  • More expensive than other cat beds on our list

The Pendleton National Parks Pet Bed has a soft fleece cover that's removable and machine washable. The inviting cushion-style bed provides four inches of plushness without any bolstered sides limiting access.

These pet beds from Pendleton come in a variety of color combinations that were inspired by national parks across the United States. The rectangle-shaped bed is available in four sizes (small, medium, large, and x-large), and most cats will have sufficient space and support on top of a small.

Price at time of publish: $100 (small)

Dimensions: 28 x 20 x 4 inches (small) | Colors: White with stripes, blue with stripes, navy with stripes, red with stripes | Materials: Polyester, cotton

Best Budget

FurHaven Ultra Plush Pet Bed

calming dog bed


What We Like
  • Very soft, removable, and machine washable cover

  • Available in four colors

  • Supportive foam interior

What We Don't Like
  • Price increases along with size

Give your cat an extra cozy oval-shaped space to curl up in with the FurHave Ultra Plush Pet Bed. Most cats will find a small or medium size to be sufficient, but the bed is available in larger sizes in case you have cats that like to snuggle together.

This moderately priced cat bed is available in four colors, Strawberry, Chocolate, Gray, and Cream. The cover is removable and machine washable, and the supportive foam interior is manufactured in the United States without formaldehyde, ozone depleters, or phthalates.

Price at time of publish: $20 (small)

Dimensions: 19 x 15 x 5.5 inches (small) | Colors: Pink, white, gray, brown | Materials: Polyester, synthetic fabric

Final Verdict

Our top overall pick is the Mau Lifestyle Vevo Woven Cat Bed because it is soft, beautiful and handmade. You can adjust its shape to make it fit just right to keep your cat cozy. We also love the Refined Feline Lotus Branch Cat Shelf because it is a unique, elegant addition to your home and your cat will love being up high and feeling safe during their naps.

What to Look for in a Cat Bed


Because our kitties spend such a large proportion of their life span sleeping, we want to be sure the materials that make up the bed are healthy for the cat. When possible, choose natural materials like cotton and wool over synthetic fibers. Synthetic fabrics may degrade over time and can release chemicals, especially when exposed to sunlight for extended periods. The same is true for stuffing and mattress materials.

Look for products made in the United States or Europe since they have the highest safety standards for pet products. Evaluate the craftsmanship as well. Some low-end pet beds are mass produced and therefore stitching can unravel quickly, shortening the life of your bed.

Shape and Size

Both shape and size of a pet bed depend highly on the preferences of your cat. Some cats prefer the added security of a cave-style bed while others are afraid to enter. Similarly, some cats like raised sides while others, especially older and disabled pets might prefer to sprawl on a mat-style bed with no sides.

Watch your cat’s normal behavior for clues. Do they crawl under the bed or sleep in the window sill? Do they sleep on a high up perch? Do they curl into a tiny ball under the covers with you at night or sprawl in the middle of the living room floor? These habits will give you hints on how to choose a style that your cat is more likely to use.

The size of the bed also relates to whether they like to curl up or sleep outstretched. Cats who sleep in a ball might like a smaller bed or a donut style that they can feel all around them. Those that sleep stretched out might like a mat style or extra large size.

If you choose a cave-style bed, make sure the opening is wider than your cat’s whiskers. Their whiskers are highly sensitive (perhaps even more powerful than their sight or smell) and they generally don’t like them unnecessarily stimulated.

It’s possible that you might need to try more than one shape or size to figure out what your cat prefers.  


Many cats prefer to perch in high places where they can see their surroundings and feel like they are above the fray. Some pet beds come with or include a pedestal to add elevation. Window beds and wall-mounted options can be hung relatively high, just be sure your cat can safely reach them.

Some beds are elevated only a couple of inches. Those beds allow air flow underneath for better heating and cooling. In the case of aging or injured pets, an elevated bed can also relieve pressure on joints, acting more like a hammock.

Heat and Sun Exposure

Because a cat’s normal body temperature is around 100 to 102 degrees, they tend to prefer warmth while they sleep. Especially if your home is drafty or you keep it cool, your cat might enjoy a heated bed or pad or a window bed that gets some sun exposure. In some cases a window bed might get too much sun. So think about the temperature range where you place a cat’s bed.

When buying a heated bed, choose one that is certified by an independent group or government agency to ensure that it is thermostatically controlled and cannot over heat.

Synthetic fibers tend to retain more heat than natural fibers that are generally more breathable. So a synthetic donut bed with deep crevices will be warmer than a cotton bed with an open style. Think about how the bed traps heat, or doesn’t and whether your cat prefers to bury themselves or sleep out in the open.

  • How can I encourage my cat to sleep in their bed?

    “To start encouraging your cat to sleep in their bed, make sure that their bed is inviting,” Dr. Cutler told The Spruce Pets. “If they aren’t using it, then you might want to try it in a different spot in your home as it could be the environment around the bed they aren’t liking, not the bed itself. You can then encourage your cat by sitting near it and petting them on it, or putting treats on the bed.”

    Sometimes new cat beds need a touch of familiarity. “You can also try putting a blanket or towel that smells like them on their bed,” she adds. “Put it somewhere they rest for a couple days and then move it to their bed to encourage them to use it.”

  • Where should I place a cat bed?

    “The perfect spot for a cat bed will really depend on what your cat likes,” Dr. Cutler said. “They may prefer warm sunny areas, or may like to be tucked away in a quieter area. Many cats like their beds to be elevated as well. If you watch where they like to rest, then that can give some clues. If your cat has a favorite spot already, then you’ll likely have the most success by putting the bed there, and if you need to move it away, do so very gradually.”

Why Trust The Spruce Pets?

This piece was written by Lorraine Wilde who has had at least two cat companions in her home for the past 35 years including some special needs kitties. Two of her cats lived happily and healthily into their early 20s.

When researching each product and brand, Lorraine evaluated the type and quality of each product, customer reviews, the company’s research and development and their business ethics. The Spruce Pets also tests top products at home, so see how real cats feel about them.

Lorraine also holds a Master’s degree in environmental science. She is a firm believer that consumers can make informed and environmentally conscious choices to protect their pets and our planet.

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