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The Best Cat Beds of 2021

Every cat needs a comfy place to lay their sleepy head, so we rounded up eight of the best cat bed options for you to consider for your cat.

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Tuxedo cat on a cat bed near a windowSvetlana Popova/Getty Images

Buying a Cat Bed

Most cats like to sleep — a lot. Often in the weirdest places. Or in the strangest positions.

Maybe your cat likes to snuggle in front of the fire. Perhaps he or she prefers curling up inside a cardboard box. Is your cat is a social butterfly or do they hide when guests come over? When choosing a cat bed, consider your cat’s size, age, health, sleep habits and personality, as well as:

  • Available space in your home;
  • Style and shape (donut, cave, window perch, covered, etc.);
  • Material (microfiber, sherpa, fleece, suede, felt, velour);
  • Surface (soft or firm);
  • Care and maintenance (machine or hand washable).

To help you hunt for the best bed for your feline family member, here are our picks for the eight great cat beds for 2021. Keep in mind the final choice is ultimately up to your cat!

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Smiling Paws Cat Housevia amazon.com

Best All-Season Cat Bed

The Smiling Paws Pets Two-In-One Cat Cube and Bed is a soft-sided box — something we know cats love. You can configure this as a hooded hideaway for chilly winter days or an open-air bed when spring has sprung. To convert from a house to a lounger, remove the included cushion, press the top down and put the cushion back in place.

The pad and insides are lined with soft faux sherpa, and the outside features 100 percent organic cotton denim. There’s a cheeky jean-style pocket on the side to hold your cat’s favorite toy. This bed is sized for most cats (and small dogs).

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Loon Peak Darlene Square Cat Bedvia wayfair.com

Best Multi-Functional Cat Bed

At first glance, the Loon Peak Darlene square cat bed seems like a normal end table or small bookcase. However, on closer inspection, you may find a haunting pair of eyes staring back at you. That’s because the laminated particleboard table, in a rustic oak or black finish, doubles as an open cat cubby.

For indoor use only, the bed/table ships flat for assembly by two adults (recommended). It includes a microfiber cushion.

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Amazon Basics Cat Condo Tree Tower With Hammock Bed And Scratching Postvia amazon.com

Best Cat Tower Bed

A best-seller with more than 27,000 five-star ratings, the Amazon Basics Cat Condo Tree Tower elevates your cat to new heights.

The dual scratching pillars — covered in nature jute fiber — suspends a fleecy hammock to gently sway your cat to sleep. Measuring 15-3/4-in. x 15-3/4-in. x 20-in., it’s compact enough to tuck into any corner of a room. And it puts your furry friend in the catbird seat.

“Aries the fat cat couldn’t be happier and I get to save my furniture from being torn with his razor-sharp nails,” writes one Amazon reviewer. “All it took was seven minutes to put this bad boy together.”

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Super Soft Cuddle Pet Bedvia TheTrilingCat/etsy.com

Most Comfortable Cat Bed

Surround your pet in luxury and comfort. Everything about TheTrillingCat’s super soft cuddle bed screams “plush.” From the faux fur cover to the sumptuous filler, this cat bed is ideal for kneading lovers.

This handmade, machine washable bed even comes with a skid-stop material on the bottom to prevent it from sliding off counters or slipping across hardwood floors. It’s available in “Chonky Cat” (large), “Average Cat” (medium) and “Teeny Lil’ Kitten” (small).

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K&H Pet Products Self Warming Hooded Cat Bedvia chewy.com

Best Self-Warming Cat Bed

Calming and cuddle-worthy, the K&H Pet Products self-warming hooded cat bed provides a snuggly polyfill cushion with layers of warming insulation. It uses your cat’s body heat to take the chill off, and the removable hood traps the radiating heat inside. It also provides a cave-like cover for cats who like their privacy.

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K&H Pet Products Ez Mount Penthouse Cat Window Perchvia chewy.com

Best Cat Bed For Window Watchers

For the cat who’s moving up in the world, there’s the K&H Pet Products EZ Mount Penthouse Cat Window Perch. Curious kitties can lounge undisturbed on the lush microfleece pad, while surveying the landscape through mesh portholes.

The bed attaches to any window with a suction cup mounting system — particularly great for homes that have windows without sills. It safely supports up to 50 pounds. The perch is an off-the-floor oasis for cats who need a temporary escape from the kids and the dog.

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Calming Pet Bedvia pawsomecouture.com

Best Cat Bed for Shy Cats

The desire to be left alone is a common personality trait among cats. If your feline prefers solitude over stimulation, consider the Calming Pet Bed from Pawsome Couture.

It’s made of soft, durable faux fur with a deep pocket so your anti-social cat can burrow down and hole up in peace. Providing a safe haven for timid or anxious cats, this fluffy bed comes in four sizes and 17 soothing colors and patterns.

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Frisco Sherpa Orthopedic Bolster Cat & Dog Bedvia chewy.com

Best Bed for Older Cats

Just like their human counterparts, senior cats are prone to arthritis and other aches and pains. Once your cat hits a certain age, it might be time to switch out their outmoded bed for an orthopedic version.

With a convoluted foam base, the Frisco Sherpa Orthopedic Bolster Bed provides the extra support needed to protect older cats’ creaky joints. It’s also super stylish, so it looks as good as it feels to your cat.

“My cat is 15 years old and very particular about what she sleeps on,” writes one five-star reviewer on Chewy.com. “After getting this bed, it took about three days to coax her into it but once she did, it became her favorite sleeping spot!”

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a freelance travel, lifestyle and digital content writer based in a medieval hill town in central Italy. Her work has been featured in such publications as Fodor's, The Telegraph, Walks of Italy, Italy Magazine, Frommers.com, Touring Bird (via [email protected]) and more. Most recently she authored the 2020 edition of DK Eyewitness Sicily travel guide. When Toni is not roaming around Europe, you'll find her tending her alley-side container garden or honing her clay-court tennis game.

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