If you own a cat, then I’m sure you already know how much cats enjoy sleeping, and they love nothing more than snuggling up in a warm cosy spot. Investing in a good cat bed will not only give your furry little friend a comfortable place to sleep, but also a safe spot if they ever get scared or nervous.
There are so many different cat beds available that it can be overwhelming when trying to find the perfect bed for your kitten or cat. To help you with your decision, we have researched the best cat beds available in the UK and combined them into this bitesize guide to help you make an informed decision.
Our Favourite Cat Beds
If you’re looking for a quick recommendation, we have picked out our top picks from the reviews in this guide. You can read our full reviews and ratings further down this page.
Best Marshmallow Cat Bed: Friends Forever Donut Cat Bed 5/5
Best Washable Cat Bed: BEDSURE Small Washable Cat Bed 5/5
Best Igloo Cat Bed: VERTAST Cat Cosy Igloo Bed 5/5
Best Heated Cat Bed: Petmate Self Warming Cat Bed 4.5/5
Best Cat Tree: Milo & Misty 3 Platform Cat Tree 5/5
Best Cat Lounger Bed: PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge 5/5
Best Cat Shelf: PawHut Cat Shelf 5/5
Best Cat Bed Reviews
After doing extensive research, we’ve collated our selection of the best cat beds available in the UK. This guide includes the top picks from our best marshmallow cat bed, heated cat bed, cat tree, cat lounger & cat shelf guides.
Best Marshmallow Cat Bed: Friends Forever Donut Cat Bed
The Friends Forever donut bed is the top pick from our full review on marshmallow cat beds. Coming in 4 colours (Grey, Ivory, Pink and Tan) and 3 sizes (Small, Medium & Large) this donut cat bed is the choice of our cats. It is unbelievably soft and fluffy and makes the perfect spot for our cats to snuggle up.
Our cats took to the marshmallow bed very quickly with one of them marching on it whilst we were removing the packaging. It is machine washable and comes with a non slip pad on the bottom to keep it in place. When the cats are curled up in this bed, the sides mould to the cat making it perfect for retaining the body heat of your cat.
We’ve been through our fair share of cat beds, and this is one of the best quality beds we’ve ever had. Its not the cheapest on the market, but in our opinion you get what you pay for and our cats love it!
Best Washable Cat Bed: BEDSURE Small Washable Cat Bed
This comfortable cat bed is excellent value for money, and is a highly rated best seller. This cozy cat bed is snuggly comfortable and has raised sides to create a feeling of comfort and safety whilst your cat sleeps.
The bed is completely machine washable (wash on its own on a cold wash, and tumble dry on a low heat) making it a great option for cleanliness and controlling cat hair shedding!
The sleeping cushion on the base of the bed is detachable and can be flipped depending on your cats preference of material. The cushion contains a layer of self warming material that reflects your cats body heat to make the bed extra snuggly.
The bed measures 64cm wide x 53cm deep x 23cm high making it big enough for almost all cats.
Best Igloo Cat Bed: VERTAST Cat Cosy Igloo Bed
The classy VERTAST cat igloo is stylish cat bed that is super soft and the perfect spot for your cat to curl up. The high quality finish is evident when you unbox this cat bed, and the fur collar on the bed entry is lovely and fluffy.
The bed itself measure 40cm x 35cm x 25cm which makes it a perfect fit for most cats. The raised entry to the igloo means this bed isn’t a great fit for very young kittens. The cushion inside is well padded and is fully removable for washing and cleanliness.
Best Heated Cat Bed: Petmate Self Warming Cat Bed
This is our highest rated self warming cat bed as taken from our heated cat beds reviews. If you are looking for a cat bed to keep your cat warm during the winter then look no further. The Petmate self warming bed uses space blanket technology to reflect your cats body heat. It generally takes a couple of minutes for the bed to heat up once your cat has curled up for their afternoon snooze.
We love this cat bed because it is significantly cheaper than running an electric heated bed, but has excellent performance (and retains the heat once your cat leaves the bed). It comes in 5 different sizes, making it a great choice for all cats and kittens.
Best Cat Tree: Milo & Misty 3 Platform Cat Tree
If your cat is more adventurous, and you have plenty of room for it, a cat tree is a brilliant alternative to a simple cat bed.
The Milo and Misty cat tree comes out on top of our ratings in our cat trees guide, and provides excellent value for money. We love cat trees for kittens and younger cats that are adventurous and playful. Cats love to be up high, and this cat tree provides three different levels and 3 different sleeping options, with a cave, hammock and perch for your cat to choose from.
The tower weighs approximately 10kg, and is very sturdy and safe due to the large base and supporting cat ladder.
Best Cat Lounger Bed: PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge
If you’re looking for a cat bed that could be slightly more in keeping with your décor, the Pet Fusion cat lounger could be a great choice. This lounger doubles up as an extremely highly rated cat scratcher (the best on the market) which helps to relieve your cats stress, provides great exercise and allows them to naturally maintain their nails.
This lounger is actually made of recycled cardboard (its a lot more durable than you’d think!) which is the perfect material for cats (cats actually prefer the feel and smell of cardboard for scratching and lounging) and is combined with premium organic catnip leaf to be as attractive as possible to cats. This is excellent value for money and is a great choice if your cats loves to claw your furniture.
Best Cat Shelf: PawHut Cat Shelf
Our Rating: 4.5/5Check Price
If your cat prefers to sleep up high, a cat shelf could be for you. Cat shelves are a great space saver if you are tight for room, and are easy to add next to a window or safe space so your cat can safely nose at the neighbours!
The PawHut cat shelf is a standout choice for us in our cat shelf reviews guide. We love the curved shape, making it very safe for our cats to sleep in, and the simple design makes it sturdy and easy to put up. It also comes in white if that would better suit your décor, and is suitable for cats weighing up to 4.5kg.
Types of Cat Bed
There are many different types of cat bed. We have listed the main types below:
- Igloo/Cave Cat Beds – these can take on many forms, but they create a cave space for your cat to hideaway in.
- Marshmallow / Donut Cat Beds – These cat beds are generally round and have raised sides to give your cat added comfort as they sleep in the middle.
- Cat Shelves – These are beds that fit to your wall and allow your cat to sleep up high.
- Perches – These are beds that often perch next to areas such as window sills. These are great for nosy cats!
- Cat trees – These often double up as a play toy, but most have cat beds on them where cats love to snuggle.
- Heated Cat Beds – These come with a heated element to keep your cat warm and snuggly. They are excellent for older cats with joint problems.
Buying a bed for your cat can be a difficult task. Especially when you don’t know a lot about cat beds or when it is your first time shopping for your cat. There are some important factors that you should always keep in minds such as the comfort of your cat and your budget. In this article, I shared the best cat beds in the UK after doing research and reading reviews of many customers.