At the heart of choosing a cat bed is the pet parent knowing what his kitty prefers. Some cats like to cocoon; some would rather nap out in the open; others like to perch up high. All cats are territorial and like to stake out spaces of their own for sleep, which makes it important for them to have a safe place to nestle down into to meet their “kneads.” Here are a few to consider, with a range of materials, construction and styles.
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Who said beds had to be just for sleeping? Whether it’s taking kitty out of town, or giving her a place to perch as well as snooze, we’ve chosen a few for the practical pet owner who likes the idea of a bed that meets multiple needs.
Key features: Does triple duty as a carrier, car seat and bed, with a zippered mesh top. Seven colors.
Sales tip: Crash-tested for safety, the pod has velcro that attaches to car seat belts. A separate warming kit can kick up the comfort.
sleepypod.com, (626) 421-6818
EZ Mount Window Bubble Pod
Key features: Perch with two openings and bubble window that mounts with suction cups for hours of window viewing.
Sales tip: Also popular is the half-pod, for easy in/out access.
khmfg.com, (877) 738-5188
Key features: Two tiered, open concept for easy entry and exit.
Sales tip: Created by the founder of hauspanther.com, with the idea that modern design and cat furniture can go hand in hand. (Think Ikea for cats.)
primetimepetz.com, (214) 257-8068
Since cats spend up to 18 hours a day sleeping, giving them a bed that they can snuggle into should likely rank high on pet parents’ wish list. These selections are so plush and cozy, you’ll want to curl up too. Pet tip: To help kitty transition into new sleeping quarters, place a familiar object in there, like her favorite toy or current sleeping mat.
Deluxe Donut Bed
Key features: Cats can nestle down into an 18-inch bed filled with eco-friendly recycled polyfill, with a non-skid bottom for stability.
Sales tip: Entire bed is machine washable. Affordable option, part of the Jackson Galaxy collection.
petmate.com, (877) 738-6283
Petlinks Purr Heaven Cat Bed
Key features: High sides for extra privacy, machine washable, 17-by-17-by-9-inch size can accommodate any size cat.
Sales tip: Memory foam padding makes for a comfy cushion.
petlinkssystem.com, (800) WORLDWISE
Key features: Fleece and foam padding with a microfiber shell and faux-fur trim make for a cozy cup for kitty to snuggle into, or stretch out on top.
Sales tip: Well-suited to meet a cat’s varying needs. Can hide away inside or relax on the outside of the bed.
Much has been said about cat’s need to cocoon, to find a space they feel safe in and can observe and watch the world around them. These beds play into that instinct, creating comforting nests and playful retreats. And here’s an added bonus: It’s fun to watch kitty jump out and pounce on unsuspecting family members.
P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You)
Key features: Four design choices. Comes with foam cushion with removable washable cover.
Sales tip: Made of cotton canvas and pine wood poles for a true back-to-nature experience.
petplay.com, (855) 300-7529
Key features: Playful hexagonal shape with two openings. Machine washable.
Sales tip: Many colorful fabric choices will appeal to a range of customers. Check out the fun shark model.
thecatball.com, (425) 954-5690
Wool Cat Cave
Key features: Wool beds have been enjoying popularity recently, and these are made with soft merino wool, available in 19 color combinations.
Sales tip: Handcrafted, natural and still affordable.
This article originally appeared in the July-August 2017 edition of PETS+.