Keep your feline friend warm with the best heated cat beds

Give your heat-seeking cat its own snug spot.

Cat in warm in bed

by Ellen Kinsey |

If you're a cat lover, then you will know that felines love warmth. You will often find cats curling up on a windowsill or a warm patch soaking up the sun. Cats are creatures of comfort, and there is nothing more comfortable than warm heated cat beds.

British weather can be very unpredictable, so give your cat their allocated warm space all year round and spare them from snoozing in front of an oven or climbing into the airing cupboard.

Heated cat beds are a great way to keep your cat snug and warm. So, whether your indoor cat is looking for a bed of luxury or your outdoor cat is looking for a mat to lounge on, here are our chosen favourite heated beds for every cat to help you make your decision easier.

What to consider when purchasing a heated cat bed

Electricity powered vs self-heated

When browsing for a heated cat bed, it is good to think about where this bed will primarily stay and what the purpose is for. If you have indoor cats, then electric powered heated beds have been built with cats explicitly in mind, although do make sure that the temperature is just right for your cat before they get snuggled in. If you have outdoor cats, then a portable self-heating mat would be ideal as you can move it around to their favourite hangout spots.

Check the electric wire and heating pad

It is also essential to ensure that the heating element isn’t exposed, as it could potentially injure your cat. Finally, when your cat is relaxing on the heated bed, keep an eye that it isn't getting too hot every so often. Some upmarket models have an automatic switch-off system in place after a set time of being on, which makes it safer for you and your kitty. Additionally, make sure the cable is correctly encased as you do not want your cat to play with wires and potentially hurt themselves.

Remember to switch it off

Just like any electrically heated item, cat beds need to be switched off. Think of them as electric blankets; if they are left on for too long, they could be potentially dangerous. All products mentioned are safe to use. However, common sense should be applied when using any electrically heated item. Just remember to turn it off when it's not in use and switch it off every few hours.

Our pick of the best heated cat beds

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K&H Heated Cat Bed

Most comfortable heated cat bed
K&H Heated Cat Bed
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If your cat likes to curl up in tight, snug places, then they will love this heated cat bowl. It is lined with fleece and gently heats from below when plugged in. With washable covers and a removable heater, this bed is made with convenience and comfort in mind.

Dimensions:

Small / 41 x 41 x 15 cm

Large / 51 x 51 x 15 cm

Review: "I've bought many cat beds over the years, and my cat has not shown any interest in them other than the box that they were packaged in. This, however, got the old lady's approval straight away. I don't know if it was the heated mat inside it or the shape. Who knows. But seeing as she's the fussiest cat ever, I think the bed definitely earns a 5-star approval."

Mora Pets Cat Bed Self Heating Pet

Best non-electric heated cat mat
Mora Pets Cat Bed Self Heating Pet
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If you are looking for a heated cat mat that can be used inside or outside, this pet mat from Mora would be perfect. It is activated by your cat laying down, and it reflects and retains its body heat so no need to plug it in. The mat is filled with three layers of lab-tested self-heating material and is entirely washable.

Dimensions:

70 x 47 x 3 cm

Review: "We have tried other self-heating pads for cats, but they've all made rustling noises or are only 'spot' clean rather than washable - so they end up being given to rescue centres. We have an old blind rescue cat, and he's very sensitive to noise for obvious reasons. When the pad arrived we rubbed this against him to transfer his smell and the moment we put it on the sofa he jumped up and laid on it. No noise - brilliant - exactly as described. He adores it. It's thick and comfy without being too thick for him to trip over if it's on the floor. Will buy more for his favourite spots. Would definitely recommend it. Arrived quickly and compactly packaged. Perfect all round!"

Petmate Self-Warming Cat Bed

Best non-electric heated cat bed
Petmate Self-Warming Cat Bed
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This fluffy traditional cat bed does not require any power and is easily transportable. The self-warming cat bed retains your pet's body heat to keep them warm and cosy. In addition, it can be cleaned in the washing machine on a cold wash.

Dimensions:

9.5 x 49.5 x 18 cm

Review: "Bought this for my two cats after taking to my car sitter and being told how much they loved the heat pads she had but didn't want to use up electric and saw this online as a better option. It arrived early and is fantastic definitely keeps them warm and my eldest cat has lived in it since it arrived."

Nicrew Pet Heating Pad

Best budget heated cat bed
Nicrew Pet Heating Pad
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If you are looking for a budget-friendly option, this cat bed is basic but does the job perfectly. One thing to note is that it does not have adjustable temperate settings; however it does stay warm, so the cat will be content regardless. You can purchase an adjustable temperature option for a bit more money if you would like, however.

Dimensions:

9.5 x 49.5 x 18 cm

Review: "Bought this for my two cats after taking to my car sitter and being told how much they loved the heat pads she had but didn't want to use up electric and saw this online as a better option. It arrived early and is fantastic definitely keeps them warm and my eldest cat has lived in it since it arrived."

Petnap Heated Cat Bed with Leopard Print Design

Best stylish heated cat bed
Petnap Heated Cat Bed with Leopard Print Design
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If you are looking for a bed to match your cat's sassiness, then look no further than this stylish leopard print cat bed. The heat pad can be removed to clean in the washing machine and is powered by electricity. This rectangular bed can fit small to large cats so they can nap to their heart's delight.

Dimensions

50cm x 40cm x 20cm

Review: "This is the second one I have bought. The first was still going strong but eventually, the stuffing didn't re-fluff after five years of washing. My elderly cat adores it and it is worth its weight in gold to see how it helps her stiff old legs. This time I use a thin blanket on top so that I can wash the blanket and keep the bed clean."

Petnap Electric Heated pet Cat Dome

Best secure cat bed
Petnap Electric Heated pet cat dome
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We love this blue cat dome bed. It's cosy, machine washable and comes with a heated blanket and perfect for the cat to spend time outdoors or like to have a private space to relax. One thing to note is that it is electrically powered.

Dimensions:

45 x 30 x 25 cm

Review: "Bought this to put inside an outside kennel for a stray cat that has been hanging around for over a year. It only took a day for him to get inside, and now he loves it. I can sleep knowing he is nice and cosy now. I would let him live indoors but doesn't like my dogs."

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