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8 Best Cat Beds

Every cat needs a comfy place to catch some ZZZs. We rounded up our eight favorites!

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Buying a Cat Bed

Your cat likes to sleepa lot. But does your cat need a bed of its own? Or will a fuzzy blanket, old pillow or cardboard box do the trick?

It all depends on the individual cat. If you are on the hunt for a bed your cat will want to curl up in again and again, pay attention to their habits and preferences. Then look for a bed with features that match said habits and preferences. (Your cat may need to test out a few before you find the right fit, of course).

Not sure where to begin? You could make some DIY cat furniture or buy something online. Our list of eight great cat beds in multiple categories will help get you started. Keep in mind, though, that the decision is ultimately up to your cat!

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Best Bed for Shy Cats

A desire to be left alone is a common personality trait among cats. If your cat prefers to avoid other people and pets or feels anxious when overstimulated, consider the Calming Pet Bed from Pawsome Couture. Made with soft, durable faux fur and specifically designed as a safe haven for timid cats, it comes in 13 colors and four sizes.

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Coziest Cat Bed

Ever notice how your cat gravitates toward the sunniest spot in the house? That’s because they are heat-seekers by nature. So it’s no surprise that this cozy and heated Thermo Kitty leopard-print bed from K&H Pet Products is so popular among felines. The four-watt electric bed simply plugs into any outlet and heats to 10 or 15 degrees F above ambient room temperature. Plenty of five-star reviews say, basically, “My cat loves it!” It’s a high-end piece of cat furniture.

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Best Cat Bed for Window Watchers

A window perch might not be a bed per se, but let’s face it — many cats love to nap in front of windows. If this is your cat, consider the Kitty Sill. It allows your cat to keep an eye on whatever is happening outside as they relax on a soft, comfy surface. And if they happen to doze off, well, no problem. The perch is made from joint-friendly orthopedic foam — perfect for cats who like to knead.

If you want to take your cat outside and away from the window, these cat harnesses are ideal.

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Best Bed for Older Cats

Senior cats are prone to arthritis and other aches and pains, so once they hit a certain age it might be time to switch out their tried-and-true bed for an orthopedic version. With a convoluted foam base, the Frisco Sherpa Orthopedic Bolster Bed provides the extra support needed to protect their joints. It’s also fluffy and stylish, so it will look good to you and feel good to your cat. This is a fine piece of pet technology.

“I have a very picky 12-year-old cat,” says one five-star reviewer. “This bed is perfect for his needs.”

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Best Hammock-Style Cat Bed

Just about everyone loves a hammock. Even cats? Yes! And we love this beautiful handmade hammock, designed specifically for pets under 30 pounds (which obviously includes most cats).

“I’m not even lying — my cats were fighting over it within two minutes of my putting it on the ground,” says one five-star reviewer.

The 30-in. x 10-in. x 17-in. wood hammock stand is $40 and comes in chestnut (shown), black, gray and espresso. The faux Sherpa/cotton hammocks are sold separately for $24 and come in various decorative patterns and colors.

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Silliest Cat Bed

Your cat will go bananas over this whimsical banana-shaped bed. It is definitely silly and fun, but it also offers all the practical features cats love in a bed — plush fabric and a perfect place to cuddle up and hide.

Customer reviews (which average 4.5 stars) indicate that the bed is “super cute” and well-constructed. It comes in three sizes and with a semi-open top, so your cat can pop in and out as they please. You can buy funny themed cat beds for almost anything.

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Best Design-Minded Cat Bed Splurge

Looking for a cat bed that doesn’t look like a cat bed? There are many out there, but the Lulu Deluxe Wicker End Table Cat Bed is a favorite. At $163, it’s spendier than many other beds, but it blends so well into your home décor the price won’t feel unreasonable — especially if you like your living room free of bona fide pet accessories.

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Best All-Around Cat Bed

If you’re on a budget and need an all-in-one place for your cat to sleep and play — or even just hide — consider the AmazonBasics Collapsible Cat House with Bed. Available in blue, brown or gray, this bed is structured, soft and designed to encourage interactive play. The best part? It’s only $30! Plus, it’s easy to assemble and clean.

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Dawn Weinberger
Dawn Weinberger is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon who has contributed to numerous publications and websites over the past 20 years, including, Glamour, Women's Health, Entrepreneur, and many others. Dawn has a BA in journalism from Western Washington University and is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She writes about everything from health and medicine to fashion, shopping, and business.