Cats are known to sleep anywhere – in blankets, on floors, on boxes, even outside! Just like us, though, cats do prefer a comfy bed to snooze in.
When it comes to it, sometimes it can be hard to know which cat bed is best for your pet. Classic cushions, igloos or cave, even heated cat beds, where do we begin?
The best place to start is understanding what type of cat bed you can get your hands on and figuring out which suits your cat the most.
Which beds are best for cats?
Here’s our breakdown of the best type of cat beds you can buy right now:
• Round beds: Also known as donut beds, these are simply circular beds with a cushion in the middle – perfect for that classic croissant sleeping shape cats do! These are also great for any anxious cats as they are comforting and have extra warmth around their body to calm them down.
• Cat caves and igloos: Great for kitties who like their privacy or sneak off to have their cat naps frequently. These beds typically have a roof and sides with an entrance hole for complete comfort, in the shape of a cave or igloo, of course.
• Cat houses and furniture: What better for a cat owner than to pretend your cat has their own house or furniture? These are super trendy at the moment and literally look like human houses, sofas or beds but are made smaller, especially for your cat.
• Perches and trees: If you've ever had a cat tree you'll know they come with shelves as spaces for cats to rest. You can get beds that are made in this way so that your cat can climb and get to their own cosy space.
Do cats need cat beds?
Just like us humans, we like to be wrapped up warm and cosy in a nice comfy bed as we sleep at night. The same goes for cats. If you've noticed your cat is sleeping many hours of the day, it's because cats need twice as much sleep as us and if they don't then it could be harmful to their health.
Investing in a cat bed will give your cat that space to go away and rest without being disturbed, put them into a routine as well as be extra comfy.
If your cat is particularly prone to anxiety or you're just fed up with cleaning up all the cat hairs, cat beds are a great way to give your cat its own space.
The best cat beds UK 2022
Small Velvet Cat Bed
Best small luxury cat bed
We're kicking off with our most luxurious bed for those spoiled cats. This velvet cat bed is perfect for any regal kitty with a reversible inner cushion, tufting details and non-slip base. With a gold velvet fabric, this will keep any cat purring away in their sleep.
Size: 40 diameter
Review: "I have had this for a couple of weeks now, and my cat barely moves from it. She tried her best to ignore it but once we had taken out the cushion and moved her favourite golden, silky cushion into it she was delighted. She seems really happy to be able to snuggle right down inside it, but the sides are low enough for her to keep an eye on everything that is going on. I wanted a luxury bed for her as she is nearly twelve, and this fits the bill exactly."
VERTAST Cat Small Igloo Hideout Bed
Best cave cat bed
This is a great option for any cat parent who's looking for a cave bed. With a large opening allowing them to pop their head out but a soft fluffy inside keeping them warm, this is great for any kitty who likes to go and hide.
Size: 40 x 35 x 25 cm
Review: "My kittens love this! They had been burying themselves under cushions so I thought a little igloo would be worth a try and it was worth it. They curl up in here together for hours. It’s as it looks in the picture, and very warm and snuggly for them inside. Am very happy with it."
MADE Terri Teepee Cat Bed
Best teepee cat bed
Similar to an igloo-shaped bed, this teepee cat bed from MADE is a cute addition to any household. With a tall cover and circular bottom, this gives enough space for your cat to cosy up with a cushion.
Size: 90 x 65 x 57 cm
Review: "I was dubious about buying this as my cats have got so many beds that they never use but this teepee is something else! As soon as I took it out of the box, I showed my eldest cat how squishy and soft the cushion was and he’s permanently in it asleep. Worth every single penny!"
Wainwright's Donut Cat Bed Grey
Best anti-anxiety cat bed
Extra cosy, this doughnut-shaped bed by Wainwrights has a fluffy soft-to-touch material, making it extra secure for your cat. In a light grey, this can suit any home. Even better, the covers are removable and machine washable if you're sick of cat hairs. Great for any kitty with anxiety or stress problems.
Size: 15 x 50 x 50cm
Review: "The donut bed is plush and well made, the fabric doesn't feel cheap and is soft to the touch. My cat has never liked cat beds until this one! He liked it so much he now has a second one for upstairs."
Pets at Home Radiator Cat Bed Cream
Best radiator cat bed
Want a simple cat bed your pet can mount easily? Pop this plush cat bed on any radiator in your house that your cat can reach. The warmth from the radiator will make it extra comfortable and have them snoozing off in no time. For just £10 it's a bargain.
Size: 23 x 45.5 x 31cm
Review: "I adopted a rescue cat with anxiety issues and he was hiding away upstairs so I thought I'd try this to help make him more sociable. Within half an hour of putting it on the radiator, he jumped up and didn't move for an hour! Definitely worth investing in. Quite a sturdy framework and lovely thick fleecing. Would recommend."
Amazon Basics Round Pet Bed
Best simple cat bed
Want more bang for your buck? This Amazon Basics round cat bed is great if you're looking for something that's value for money but will keep your cat happy. It also comes in an octagon shape if you want to give them more security.
Size: 50.8 x 50.8 x 15.2 cm
Review: "For £12 I didn't expect much in terms of quality but I am impressed (and so is she!). Great little bed for a very spoilt cat! Will buy again."
Allison Cat Tree by Archie & Oscar (Brown)
Best cat bed tree
If you want an all-in-one tree and bed with scratching posts and climbing frames, this Allison Cat tree is perfect for any excited cat. Grey is currently out of stock but it is available in brown.
Size: 65 x 40 x 40 cm
Review: "It's a great little tree. Strong rope and soft fabrics. I would've liked the base to be a little bit heavier so the whole thing doesn't wobble when my other cat jumps at it. But the one in the picture fits perfectly and she loves it!"
Argos Cat Lounge Box with Scratcher
Best cat bed house
If you want to get your cat a little cat house of their own, this cat lounge box has it all. Great value for money, it also has a scratcher and a lid for you to keep an eye on your pet. For under £20, this is a great cat bed option.
Size: 27 x 32 x 42 cm
Review: "I think it's a perfect, neat little box for your fur babies. They will absolutely love hiding in there, sitting on top of the box and their little scratcher at the front. The colour is beautiful and goes nicely with other home furniture."
PawHut Pet Sofa
The best cat sofa
If you want your cat to be sat on the sofa just like you, why not invest in this cat bed that looks exactly like a human sofa! In a beautiful Chevrolet material that will suit interiors, your cat will be lounging on their sofa in no time.
Size: 73.5 × 41 × 33 cm
Review: "Fabulous pet sofa. My cat approves, it's just like a human sofa but in mini form. Padded armrests, plump cushion, soft velvety material - it's a winner!"