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10 Cat Houses for Your Outdoor Cat

If you have a cat with all its claws that likes to spend time outside, a cat house can make for a fun and safe spot to both play and relax. Cat houses can protect your cat (with claws) from the outdoor elements while also giving them a place to hide from predators. Here are 10 cat houses your cat will enjoy in the backyard.

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Two-Story Cat Pad

All the neighborhood cats will want to hang out in this two-story cat pad. It has a ladder to the second level, along with an escape door. “I just adore this cat house! My cat sleeps and eats in it every single night,” said one buyer. “She’s roughly about 9 pounds and fits in it perfect. I have another cat that’s 17 pounds and he likes to hang out on top of it. It was easy to put together and it looks perfect!” Why do cats knead? Learn the reason behind this weird habit.

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Heated Cat House

Give your cat the warmest spot on the block with this heated cat house. The water-resistant house comes with a heated pet mat and an extension cord with a timer so you can set it and leave it. “My wife and I have two cats, and they really don’t like to be kept inside for too long. This is a problem in winter where it’s fine for them to be outside in the daytime but not at night,” explained one buyer. “As such I bought two heated pet houses for them (because they don’t share anything) so I know they will be OK if they don’t get back in. This was one of them and I have to say that although it isn’t as stiff and sturdy on the roof as the other model, it is otherwise better designed and the timer outlet that came with it was a nice plus.”

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Three-Story Cat Condo

This three-story cat condo has a weatherproof finish, with hinged shutters and peek-a-boo holes so cats can easily watch what’s going on around them. The inside raised floor also allows for air to circulate, keeping the floor dry and comfortable for cats that just want to relax inside. Yes, high-end cat furniture is a thing and it’s just as ridiculous as you’d imagine.

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Elevated Cat Patio

This easy-to-assemble elevated cat patio is great for cats who like to spend the daytime relaxing outside. The balcony provides cats with a spot to snooze in the shade while the bottom has an escape door for cats in search of some peace and quiet. You can make these 15 clever pet products at home.

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Cat Condo with Window Box

This weatherproof cat condo has a flap escape door on the back and the floor’s bottom can be removed for easy cleaning. It’s also elevated to help keep rain from getting inside. And in the warmer months, you can plant flowers in the window box! “I was pleasantly surprised what a beautiful cat house this is. Easy to put together and very sturdy. As soon as we finished putting it together four of our porch furry friends loved it,” said one buyer. Every pet owner should know these 19 cleaning tips.

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Cat with Scratching Pad

This two-story cat house has a scratching pad ramp so cats can keep their claws healthy. “I wasn’t sure our family cat would take to it but she loves it. I put her food bowl on top first few days and bingo she immediately started using. I wish it was a little larger but the cat loves it and that is what matters,” said one buyer. These 11 cat furniture ideas are DIY friendly.

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A-Frame Cat House

This A-frame cat house is a great choice if you’re looking for a simple cat house for your yard. It has a removable floor for easy cleaning. If you’re buying it for stray cats, the company offers a 10 percent discount. Here’s a safe way to get rid of ants if you have a cat or dog in the house.

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Two-Story Cat House with Perch

This two-story cat house with perch can be opened from the top for easy cleaning. The asphalt roof keeps snow and rain from getting inside, and the door keeps wind and moisture out. “Love this cat house and so do the cats. We have two outdoor kitties that have lived in our backyard patio for five years and never leave. This cat house is perfect when the weather gets chilly or there are rain storms. We painted it the same color as our house and keep it under a roof covered terrace,” said one buyer. Check out these 10 really cool pet products you can buy on Amazon.

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Extra Wide Cat House

A great option for those looking for a quick cat house, this water resistant and portable cat house doesn’t require any tools for setup. It’s available in both heated and unheated models, and has two exits with see-through doors to prevent cats from being trapped by predators. Keep your cat from scratching furniture with these tricks.

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Cat House with Porch

Set your cat up in this cabin with a porch! Perfect for indoor/outdoor cats (and some small dogs), this cat house is durable, portable and sturdy. It sits off the ground to help keep it free from moisture and the hinged roof allows for easy cleaning and arranging of bedding. Keep your cat off the countertop with these 10 DIY tricks.

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Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.