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Saskia Kemsley

Best cat beds to keep your kitty cosy

Our feline friends are mysterious creatures.

Often petulant rather than accommodating, we purchase delightful toys and delicious treats to please our furry companions just to find them discarded or buried in the garden. If you tell your cat to stop, they’ll go, and if you tell them yes, they’ll make clear that their answer is no – but we adore them all the same.

Due to their inherently picky nature, it can be difficult to find accessories amenable to their wants and needs. As such, it’s important to take note of your kitten’s nesting, burrowing and sleeping habits in order to ensure you can provide them with a cosy bed that suits their particularities.

What are the different types of cat beds?

  • Exposed: Large, exposed cat beds with a flat and open design are a brilliant option for cats who love to stretch out while they sleep. A comfortable cat that feels safe and secure likely won’t miss high-sided nesting beds, but it remains important to note your feline’s habits before opting for such a spacious option.
  • Igloo/Cave: If you often find your cat hidden away in discarded boxes or even curled up in your bathroom sink taking on an almost liquid form – it’s likely that your cat prefers to rest in a concealed environment. While these beds might appear strangely small at first, nesting igloo and cave beds are perfect for cats who enjoy burrowing away into safety and security. These beds are a particularly great option for nervous kittens or foster pets.
  • Heated: Another fantastic option for new kittens and fosters, heated beds can provide the simulated warmth of their mothers’ bodies to help along their adjustment to a new home. They can also help with providing some relief for older cats with bone and joint issues Likewise, heated cat beds will keep your furry friend warm during the winter.
  • Elevated: Sometimes our kittens’ true feline instincts kick in, and they prefer the vantage that they gain from an elevated resting spot. This is where window hammocks and towering scratching posts with integrated condos come in handy. Go for an elevated cat bed if your cat often perches at the top of your sofa, above cabinets, or even on top of your fridge.

We’ve rounded up a selection of the most fantastic and unique cat beds on the market. Keep scrolling for more.

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Calming Pet Nest

Available in four different sizes and a myriad of colours to suit your interior aesthetic, the Calming Pet Nest will provide a plush, fuzzy haven for your burrowing cat. Designed to help soothe cats with anxious tendencies, the raised walls and half-cover will provide some welcome relief from the daily stresses of being a kitten. Pop a heating pad beneath the padded centre for extra comfort if you’re taking care of a newborn or anxious foster.

Buy now £41.00, Pawsome Couture

Plush Donut Cat Bed

A high-sided option without a half-cover, you might have come across the Donut Bed already if you’re a dog owner. Not only does the extra plush, high rim of this bed help to relieve anxiety by providing protection and sumptuously soft sleeping conditions, but it also serves as a comfortable nook upon which your cat can rest their weary head.

Buy now £13.99, Amazon

Cordless Folding Cat Window Perch

Some cats simply adore keeping an eye on their kingdom – both indoors and out. With over 18,000 positive reviews, it’s safe to say this 360-degree adjustable window hammock is a feline favourite among cats across the globe. It can be attached to a window with sturdy suction cups, or attached to a wall with screws – the choice is yours.

Buy now £19.99, Amazon

Pecute Orthopaedic Pet Sofa Bed

Who said cats don’t also deserve sinkable, soft orthopaedic memory foam beds? Certainly not us. This flat-topped option can be popped atop your sofa for kitty cuddles that won’t get fur all over your precious upholstery.

Buy now £36.49, Amazon

Everest Cat Cave & Bed – Home Garden – 100% Wool

We’ve frankly never come across a more enchanting cat cave than this 100 per cent wool option from Everest. With its sprouting toadstools, butterflies and posies, your burrowing cat will certainly find comfort in this bed fit for a fairy prince or princess.

Also available at Amazon

Buy now £60.00, Everest

John Lewis Gingham Pet Bed, Seafoam

Proud owner of felines and canines? Often find yourself unable to separate them from the same bed – your kitten constantly flocking to your pup’s resting area for no apparent reason? Why not purchase a traditional pet bed that we’d normally associate with dogs for your strangely dog-like cat? This option from John Lewis comes in three sizes and two different colourways, though we’re partial to the seafoam green and blue gingham combination.

Buy now £32.00, John Lewis

Pets at Home Luxury Radiator Cat Bed Cream

Solve two problems in one fail swoop with this radiator cat bed from Pets at Home. Rather than spending precious pounds on a dedicated heated bed for cats, let them take advantage of the warmth of the radiator without overheating or becoming uncomfortable. This machine-washable option fits most radiators and is significantly padded for fussy cats.

Buy now £22.00, Pets at Home

Herbarium Pet Bed

An option fit for royalty, the Gucci Herbarium pet bed would be a welcome addition to any home – one that houses pets or not.

Buy now £5170.00, Gucci

Adorable Frog Shape Wrapped Pet Bed Cat Cave

Cosy enough to attract even the pickiest of felines, once your cat nestles into this cartoonish frog bed, both owner and furry friend are sure to get a significant amount of joy from such an adorable sight.

Buy now £27.99, FunnyFuzzy

Ramen Cat Bed

We don’t think it’ll take much convincing to purchase this high-sided, ramen-themed donut bed for your cat. It even comes with three plush fish for your kitten to play with. We added this one to our basket at lightning speed.

Buy now £46.95, Amazon

Trixie Malaga Cat Scratching Post Activity Centre Anthracite Grey

Got a cat that loves climbing up and down all day? Though standard, scratching towers offer an entertaining means of gaining height, they often require a big old leap downwards for your cat. This is a scratching post that comes with sisal-wrapped ladders which lead to cosy condos and is therefore a great choice for cats who love to roam, play, and rest.

Buy now £163.50, Pets at Home

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