Cats are notorious nappers, sleeping for an average of 12-16 hours per day. Although they may be happy to snooze wherever they see fit, whether that’s on your bed, on top of your freshly folded laundry or inside the cardboard box from your Amazon delivery, there are many benefits to getting them their own cat bed.
Not only will a cat bed provide a sense of security, but it can also help prevent fur buildup around the house! We all know that cats are very fickle, that's why we created this buying guide to help you determine whether they would prefer a donut bed or an igloo. We compare the top 10 in the UK, from self-heating options and hanging radiator beds to ones with scratching posts for them to dig their claws into. All available online on Argos, eBay and more!
Finding the perfect bed for your cat can be difficult as there are so many different shapes, sizes and materials to choose from. To help get you started, in this buying guide we compare the different types of cat beds, the best materials and dimensions to ensure you pick the right one.
There are many different types of cat bed available, all of which provide their own unique benefits. Ultimately, it comes down to what your cat prefers the most. Think about where they currently sleep: do they prefer open or enclosed spaces? Do they like sleeping on the ground or higher up?
If your cat prefers to sleep in open spaces, and you would like to be able to move the bed around your house, an open cat bed is a great versatile choice. These come in the form of padded blankets or mats that can be conveniently placed in different locations, such as their favourite spot on your bed, or even their pet carrier.
If you have a small kitten or an older cat with mobility issues these types of bed will be easier for them to get in and out of, especially if you put them in readily accessible locations such as the floor.
These beds have a classic round bed shape with raised sides that resemble a donut. If your cat likes to sleep curled up as opposed to splayed out, they will be able to comfortably snuggle up in the middle.
The raised sides are great for keeping the heat in, without it getting too hot. Making these beds suitable for year round use.
Cave or Igloo beds are fully enclosed with a small opening to allow your cat to get in and out. Your cat will feel safe and secure snuggling in one of these as the walls of the bed provide a sense of privacy.
If your cat is a bit shy and likes to hide away, consider choosing one of these beds as a sanctuary for your furry friend.
Radiator beds hang over the side of your radiator, allowing your cat to soak up warmth from the radiator, without any additional heating required.
These are perfect for pets who prefer to nap higher up as they can be suspended above the ground, allowing curious cats to survey their surroundings.
It’s no secret that cats love to snooze in the warmest spots in the house, which is why a heated bed is a great option. You might want to consider this option if your home gets cold in the winter, or for older cats with health problems such as arthritis, as the heat may help to alleviate symptoms.
Aside from radiator beds, there are a variety of heated cat beds that are ideal for colder climates. These range from plug-in heated pads that are much like electric blankets, to self-heating beds that use heat-reflecting technology to radiate heat using your cat’s body warmth.
The sizing of the bed is very important for ensuring the comfort of your cat. Pick one that's too small and they'll be cramped and uncomfortable, but too large and your cat may not find it cosy enough for their liking.
To work out what size bed to pick, measure your cat from their head to the tip of their tail. Add a few extra centimetres to that measurement to allow adequate room for them to stretch and change positions comfortably.
Choosing the right materials are essential in finding a comfortable bed for your cat. The fabrics or material of the frame could make or break the overall practicality and durability, so you should consider this carefully when making your decision.
Lightweight, natural fabrics such as cotton or suede are great as they're breathable and reduce the risk of the bed holding onto unpleasant smells. They're also very easy to keep clean as they're often machine washable or can be wiped down with a damp cloth. However, if your cat likes to scratch a lot, these materials may not stand a chance against your pet's claws!
More heavyweight fabrics such as wool or corduroy are a lot more insulating which is ideal for colder temperatures. These sturdier fabrics are also very durable and more resistant to your cat's scratches.
If you want something luxurious, a faux fur fabric will be soft and plush for your furry friend to cuddle up in. Although, it must be noted that fabrics like wool have to be cleaned more carefully than cotton to avoid damage.
If you decide to go for a bed with a hard shell or frame, then you will need to think about the pros and cons of both natural and synthetic materials. Mad-made materials like plastic are very durable and easy to wipe clean. Furthermore, they are generally a more economical option when compared to more expensive natural materials. However, the lower cost could mean compromising on the quality of product.
On the other hand, natural materials hold many benefits too! Sustainable materials such as bamboo and wood are the most eco-friendly choice. Additionally, wood is naturally insulating, while bamboo is strong and durable.
You wouldn’t like to sleep on a dirty, fur-covered bed and neither would your cat! So you need to make sure the bed you choose can be adequately cleaned.
For beds with soft fabrics that can't be simply wiped down, check the care instructions. Some beds are handwash only, which may be a bit of a hassle. However, there are many machine washable options, which are easier and more convenient if you don’t have the time to was your cat's bedding by hand.
Now you (and your cat) have decided on a nice new snoozing spot, let’s look at the top 10 best cat beds available to buy online in the UK!
|Bed Type||Donut, cave|
|Size||28.2 x 27.2 x 9.4 cm|
|Material||Plush cotton with cotton filling|
|Size||61 x 25 x 18.5 cm|
|Bed Type||Heated, cave|
|Size||49 x 48 x 48 cm|
|Machine Washable||No - wipe clean only|
|Size||55.5 x 34.5 x 44.5 cm|
|Size||45 x 37 x 4 cm|
|Material||Fleece and cotton|
|Size||40 x 28 x 47.5 cm|
|Material||Bamboo, eco-fibre and faux fur cushion|
|Machine Washable||Yes - lining only|
|Bed Type||Open, cave|
|Size||38 x 38 x 43 cm|
|Material||Suede and sherpa|
|Machine Washable||No - wipe clean only|
|Bed Type||Open, donut|
|Size||Bed: 48 x 10 cm Blanket: 56 x 36 cm|
|Size||48.3 x 48.3 x 38.1 cm|
|Machine Washable||No - hand washable only|
|Bed Type||Donut, heated|
|Size||61 x 50.8 x 17.8 cm|
|Material||Lambswool, corduroy and recycled polyester fiber|
Aspen Pet Self-Warming Bed
Premium Felt Cat Bed Cave
Legendog 2PC Pet Bed
Collapsible Cat House
Jolly Moggy Bamboo Cat Radiator Bed
Pet Bed Blanket
Cat Scratching Post with Bed
3-in-1 Scratching Lounge Bed
Cute Banana Cat Bed
A Self Warming Bed Made of Recycled Materials
For Cats Who Prefer Their Privacy
A Plush Donut Bed and Blanket Suitable for All Seasons
A Collapsible Bed Perfect for Smaller Spaces
A Bamboo Cat Bed That Hangs on Your Radiator
Use as a Standalone Bed or in Crates and Cars
A Raised Cat Bed With Scratching Posts
A 3-in-1 Cat Scratcher and Bed
An Adorable Novelty Banana Shaped Cat Bed
|Bed Type||Donut, heated||Cave||Open, donut||Open, cave||Radiator||Open||Open||Open||Donut, cave|
|Size||61 x 50.8 x 17.8 cm||48.3 x 48.3 x 38.1 cm||Bed: 48 x 10 cm Blanket: 56 x 36 cm||38 x 38 x 43 cm||40 x 28 x 47.5 cm||45 x 37 x 4 cm||55.5 x 34.5 x 44.5 cm||61 x 25 x 18.5 cm||28.2 x 27.2 x 9.4 cm|
|Material||Lambswool, corduroy and recycled polyester fiber||Merino wool||Faux fur||Suede and sherpa||Bamboo, eco-fibre and faux fur cushion||Fleece and cotton||Polyester||Recyclable cardboard||Plush cotton with cotton filling|
|Machine Washable||Yes||No - hand washable only||Yes||No - wipe clean only||Yes - lining only||Yes||No||No||No|
When they're not sleeping, cats need to be entertained. From scratching posts to cat nip, we've found a few more articles on some of the best cat products in the UK to help keep your fun-loving felines occupied!
So concludes our ranking of the top 10 best cat beds available to buy in the UK. Hopefully, you have found a suitable new bed, that will provide your cat with comfort and security throughout their future snoozes, so long as they don’t just play with the parcel packaging instead!
Author: Dodo Wang
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