Not for larger animals
Only one fabric choice
Smiling Paws Pets Cat House & Cat Condo
We purchased the Smiling Paws Cat House & Cat Condo so our writer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.
Staying at home with your furry friend can be fun and relaxing. But sooner or later, your pet will begin looking for its own space, especially indoor cats that prefer some separation from their human family members. Many pet owners turn to cat beds and condos as soft places for their pets to rest. I tried the Smiling Paws Cat House & Cat Condo and was happy with it; my cat seemed interested.
My cat has a love-hate relationship with cat beds and cat condos. My kitty likes the novelty of them for a few days but almost always prefers the couch, my lap, or my bed, leaving a lot of pet hair behind. I have spent hundreds of dollars on cat beds, perches, and large trees that take up a lot of space in my home, only to see the cat quickly lose interest.
The Smiling Paws Cat House & Cat Condo is washable, which any pet owner will love.
One of the great things about this cat bed is the option to choose the best setup for your pet. The Smiling Paws Cat House & Cat Condo has two configurations: an enclosed cave-like cat house with an optional soft pillow inside or a cat bed with upright sides and the optional soft cushion on top. It is easy to switch between the two options. Take out the pillow, then push the top of the cat house down to create the upright sides of the bed.
My cat much preferred the cat house configuration. My cat seems to like being enclosed versus being out in the open, so this was not a surprise to me. My cat was not as interested in the cat house when the optional pillow was inside. Once I removed it, and she spent hours each day curled up inside the enclosed house.
This cat bed is well constructed. The seams are reinforced. After a full month of use, there weren’t any noticeable snags or loose threads. The outer fabric design isn’t anything unusual, which makes it fit well with various decor styles. If you are looking for something more original or unique, you may be disappointed with the Smiling Paws Cat House & Cat Condo's neutral color and design when comparing it to others on the market.
The Smiling Paws Cat House & Cat Condo is washable, which any pet owner will love. I washed the cat bed twice. Washing it cuts down on cat hair in my home and keeps things fresh and clean. I removed the included pillow before washing. You can wash it separately, but I didn't since my cat didn’t use it. Smiling Paws recommends using the faux Sherpa pillow during colder temperatures to keep your pet cozy and removing it during the warmer months to allow your cat to stay cool.
The cat house material is organic cotton. Fabric choice was not critical to my cat or me, but some pet owners may be more selective about the material and potential chemicals their pet may be exposed to while they sleep.
I liked the design because when I created the cat bed, the circle opening of the cat house folded over itself. The entry was a half-circle at the front of the cat bed. This carve-out made it a lot easier for my cat to get into a comfortable position. The sides go up around seven inches when collapsed. With the pillow on top, it does require a bit of a leap for smaller cats. My cat is petite, only seven pounds. She didn’t have any issues getting into either the cat house or the cat bed.
The included pillow is soft and fluffy. It is supportive enough to stand on its own, so my cat had more interest in it as a separate item than as part of the cat house or cat bed. You can put it into the cat house; it shrinks the usable space inside. Some pets like to be cozy, while others want more room to move around or lounge. My cat wanted to curl up closer to the back of the cave without the pillow taking up space.
I have spent so much on cat beds and been disappointed in their durability. The price for the Smiling Paws Cat House is excellent for the quality. When you consider that it is made of organic cotton, has multiple configuration options, and is washable, this is a fantastic bargain for a product that will last for a long time and can be used by multiple pets with different lounging preferences.
Frequently Asked Questions
What material is the pillow made of?
The pillow is made of dual-spun faux sherpa. It is incredibly soft and gets get warm after some use. The same soft material lines the inside of the cat house.
Can I use this bed with other animals?
Yes, this house would make a good bed for a small dog. The most significant limitation is the size of the animal. The base is only 13 inches by 13 inches. This bed works for most indoor cats but will only work for small dogs.
Does this cat bed work for outdoor cats?
The Smiling Paws Cat House & Cat Condo is designed for indoor cat use. You can use it outside, but the fabric is not weather or waterproof. It is OK if you use it on clean surfaces outdoors for a short time. If you plan to leave it outside or expose it to any weather, dirt, or sun, you can expect some noticeable wear and tear.
How do I wash the Smiling Paws Cat House & Cat Condo?
To wash it, remove the pillow. Throw both pieces into your washing machine. The washability of this is one of my favorite features. It keeps my house cleaner and rids the bed of bacteria or germs.
Smiling Paws Cat House & Cat Condo vs. Amazon Basics Collapsible Cat House with Bed
If you have a pet that likes to be elevated, consider the Amazon Basics Collapsible Cat House with Bed. Like the Smiling Paws Cat House & Cat Condo, it has an enclosed cat house and collapsible sides for an open cat bed. It also has a top perch for kitties who like to be up high. It costs about twice as much, starting at around $80. If you know that your pet will want the perching option, the Amazon Basics option may be worth the higher price.
Yes, buy it.
Smiling Paws Cat House & Cat Condo is a great quality cat bed for an affordable price. If you’re unsure which configuration your pet will prefer, you’ll like having the two options in one product.
- Product Name Cat House & Cat Condo
- Product Brand Smiling Paws Pets
- Price $39.95
- Weight 1.5 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 13 x 13 x 13 in.
- Color Dark blue stripes with tan pillow