The best heated cat bed will lure your heat-seeking cat with its irresistible warmth, as soon as the weather turns chilly.
Cats love warmth. Our cat was a sun-seeker, always parking himself in sunny spots all around the house. He seriously had the house heat mapped for warmth.
Different Types Of Heated Cat Beds
Just to make it clear. There are different types of heated cat beds.
Heated Cat Bed
This article is about heated cat beds that heat up because they have an electrical source. They are heated cat beds for indoor use.
These heated cat beds do not heat up to a super hot warmth as you might expect. I like my electric blanket on hot, hot, hot however an electric heated cat bed will not heat up to that extreme. I explain more about the actual heating up of heated cat beds in the article.
Self Warming Cat Beds or Self heating Cat Beds
A self heating cat bed, uses no electricity. Sometimes a self warming cat bed has an insulated layer that captures the body heat of the cat and reflects the heat back and thus the term self heating.
Heated Cat Mat
A heated mat that does plug in are usually rectangular or square in shape.
Microwavable Cat Pad
Microwave heated pet pads are NOT put into pet beds that heat up with the use of electricity. A microwavable pad can be put anywhere, even under some towels or blankets.
This is a portable option. Kitty can be on the couch next to you, curled up on a rug with a microwavable heated pet pad underneath. Maximum toastiness.
This article is NOT about outdoor heated cat beds. All of the options on this page are for indoor use.
Are heated cat beds safe? There is more information here about heated cat beds and the safety aspect.
The Best Heated Cat Bed – Points To Consider Before Buying
We have done the research for you. Ask yourself these questions before you start looking for a heated cat bed to keep your pet warm. Your choices will be narrowed down and you will save time only looking for what you need.
- Do you want a heated cat bed that is enclosed and has a partial cover or roof or do you want an open cat bed?
- Do you want a cat bed that is more like a flat padded mat in appearance?
- Are looking for a heated pad that can be placed inside a bed that you perhaps already own.
- Consider the age of your cat and the height of the sides of the bed. An older cat needs a bed with low sides that are easy to step over. A bed that he can walk straight into, like this one is ideal.
- Consider the size of your cat. Where appropriate we have mentioned where a large cat has had difficulty with a heated cat bed being too small.
- Consider the fabric the heated cat bed is made from. Is it washable or part washable? Can it take a machine wash?
- Consider the length of the cord and where you will mostly place the cat bed. Will the electrical cord be long enough? The warranty may be void if you use an extension cord.
- Will the cat bed be placed on carpet or tiles or on a hardwood floor?
If the floor surface makes it likely that the cat bed will slip, it may be worth placing a carpet off cut or small non slip mat underneath the bed.
- Consider a cat cave bed. Made from 100% wool. Perfect for all use all year round. If the temperature really dips a K and H heated pad could be popped inside or a microwavable heated pad.
Make a list so that you know what you are looking for, for example, senior and arthritic cats need low sides, a bigger cat needs a large bed and so on.
The Best Heated Cat Beds reviewed
|1. K&H Thermo Kitty Fashion Splash Cat Bed|
|2. K&H Thermo-Kitty Cat Bed|
|3. K&H Thermo-Kitty Deluxe Hooded Cat Bed|
|4. K&H Heated Kitty Sleephouse|
|5. K&H Mod Dream Pod Pet Bed|
1. K&H Thermo Kitty Fashion Splash Cat Bed
This heated cat bed is super popular with not only cats but their owners too. It follows doesn’t it, that if the the cat sleeps in the heated cat bed, the cat owner will be happy too.
The sleeping surface is orthopedic foam. The sides are low bolsters for support, comfort, and security.
This may not feel as warm or hot to your touch as you might expect. However, it is actually warm.
Because the temperature adjusts to the cat’s body heat and the air temperature, it will not overheat. It also means that electricity use is minimal. This bed does not have temperature control which is the same for all of the heated cat beds described here.
Turning on and off is done manually at the plug, however, the bed can be kept on for long periods of time.
This gorgeous heated cat bed is perfect for an elderly cat. The sides are low, making it easy for an older cat to navigate, and the semi-structured sides still offer support.
In summary, this heated bed ticks all the boxes. It is soft and cozy. It heats up but does not get too hot. It is a good size and comes in two sizes.
It is perfect for older cats with mobility issues. It is easy to remove the cat heating pad unit to wash.
This bed is easy to clean with a vacuum brush attachment.
The sleeping surface is good quality orthopaedic foam.
Minimal use of electricity.
Be careful not to brush too hard when cleaning.
The bed is not dependent on the weight of the cat to heat the bed.
None of the K&H beds are body weight activated. It has a four watt heating unit that heats the air to 10 to 15 °F above ambient air temperature. Then, when the cat enters, the temperature adjusts to the cat’s body temperature of around 102 °F.
It is available in two different sizes: small, which is round and measures 18 inches, and large, which is oval and measures 16 inches by 22 inches. These heated cat beds are for indoor use only. There are two colors, mocha and blue, both great colors.
2. K&H Thermo-Kitty Cat Bed
How hot does it get?
The unit doesn’t just keep heating up and getting hotter and hotter. It is not warming the surrounding air like a space heater.
It warms the surface of the bed to be 10 to 15 degrees above the air temperature when unoccupied.
When the cat lies on the bed, it warms to approximately 102F, which is a cat’s normal body temperature. It is in no way dependent on the cat’s weight.
This is a popular cozy bed for cold weather. The 4 watt heating unit is concealed within the thick and extremely soft orthopaedic foam base.
It uses less electricity than the average night light. Note: Some beds may use 6 watts.
With normal day-to-day use, the removable cover is easily washed in cold water, however, if the foam ring gets soiled, it can be hand washed with soapy water, rinsed, squeezed gently, and then air dried.
Eco mode: The bed warms when the cat comes to snooze.
One year limited warranty.
Remove the heated pad when warm weather arrives.
Always check to make sure that the bed is not too hot for your cat. In theory, this bed should not overheat, but with anything electric, it does pay to check every so often.
The heating unit consumes 4 watts. It heats only the surface of the bed, not the surrounding area. The bed is available in two different sizes. The small bed has a sleep surface (diameter) of 15 inches, and the larger size has a sleep surface (diameter) of 19 inches. The actual size of the small bed is 16 x 16 x 6 inches. The cord is 5.5 feet. It has a removable, washable cover. For indoor use.
3. K&H Thermo-Kitty Deluxe Hooded Cat Bed
This cozy bed works in the same way as the Thermo Kitty heated cat bed described above. It has a 4 watt heating unit that heats the air approximately 15 °F above the air temperature.
The removable hood is an added feature in this bed. It adds to the coziness factor. Plus, we know how cats love to hop into small, enclosed spaces.
When the cat gets into the bed, it adjusts to kitty’s own body temperature of about 102F which is the normal body temperature of cats.
The bed is not pressure sensitive, it does not rely on the weight of the cat.
It will warm a little. This will tempt Kitty into a nice warm environment, and then, as explained, the plug in heated bed will adjust to the cat’s body temperature. How clever is that?
There is no danger of the cat or the bed overheating, and the cat will still be drawn to the bed as a warm place to have a snooze.
This little electric heated cat bed is really cavelike, and we know how cats love that.
The hood gives that extra warmth factor too, if the surrounding air is cool making it extra snuggly to keep the cat warm.
There are two different sizes suitable for all size cats. Small cats can stretch out and the larger model takes a 20lb cat.
It is popular with owners of older cats for the warmth factor that having a cover brings. The plush, supported sides are perfect for an older cat, who may tend to collapse against the sides.
It is easy to take apart to wash and refresh when needed.
It has a washable cover.
The heater is removable.
The hood is removable.
Some have reported a strong smell when the package is opened.
The heating element does not cover the entire base. It is approximately 8 X 9 inches.
It has a 4-watt heating unit. The foam walls measure 6 inches high and are 20 inches in diameter. At 5.5 feet long, the cord is a good length. A smaller size is also available with a 16-inch diameter.
Note: The temperature of the cat heated bed may not feel particularly warm/hot to the human touch because it is not made for humans.
It is made for the body temperature of a cat. Don’t compare human heating elements with one for a cat.
4. K&H Heated Kitty Sleephouse
This sleep house is for indoor use only.
This sleep house is for indoor use only.
One great advantage of this heated cat bed is that the cat can just stroll inside. There are no sides to jump over, making it an ideal heated cat bed for senior cats. It has the same appeal for cats as a cat cave. You know, crawl in , curl up and go to sleep.
The cat can also do a little rooftop reconnaissance as the bed has a flat roof, which is suitable for some cat spying.
One very handy feature is that when the heated bed is not being used, it folds down. This is a practical idea as storage if you have multiple cats as cat beds can be an issue. Somehow cat beds seem to multiply.
It is great for any time of the day, but particularly if your house is a little chilly at night.
Cats gravitate to this cute little house but some kitties may need coaxing. A little bit of catnip placed in the house is a good enticement.
This bed warms in the same manner as the other K&H heated cat beds reviewed and explained on this page.
Can fold down when not in use for easy storage.
Maybe not a good choice for a large cat. The kitty house will support the weight of the cat (on the top) but the house is fairly lightweight and some cats may push it over. It weighs 3.05 lbs.
The thin heating pad is inserted into a sleeve, which then covers the base of the house. The heating pad (17 x 16 x 14 inches) can be removed for cleaning.
The pad is the only part of the bed/house that emits heat. The fabric on the outside is microsuede and fleece. The dimensions of the kitty house are 17 X 16 X 13 inches.
Some microwavable heated cat pads will keep cats warm for up to 12 hours. That’s basically the whole night. The pad can be reheated if necessary or if the weather is cold.
5. K&H Mod Dream Pod Pet Bed
This shell shaped and aptly named pod bed is not only functional but also really cute.
One reader liked the color green and commented on how it almost gave the impression of having greenery inside the house. There are other colors if green is not your thing.
One negative is that some people report an unpleasant chemical smell, however others report no odor at all.
It appears that the smell, which is a chemical smell dissipates over time. If you are overly sensitive to particular smells this may be something you would need to consider.
The unit heats in the same way as the other K&H products reviewed and explained in detail on this page.
The design is ideal for cats because it has that appealing ‘jumping into a box’ feel that cats adore. They really are safe and secure in these pods. There is only one way in and out, and the cat has it covered. They have a good view of comings and goings.
It is intended for indoor use. The pod comes in two parts. The top is zipped to the bottom.
This bed is safe to be plugged in 24/7. When the cat is not lying in the bed, the heat just dissipates into the air.
Most people with cats prefer to leave the bed turned on so that it is warm for the cat to pop in at any time. It is your choice though because it needs to be manually turned on and off.
The exterior fabric is a 600 denier polyester and the interior is a plush Lycra fabric. The shell can be washed by hand when necessary.
It cannot be machine washed. To wash by hand, use a mild detergent, rinse thoroughly, and air dry. Rinse thoroughly as detergent can get trapped in the nylon fabric.
May have a chemical smell. Leave to air before use.
The measurements are 22 x 22 x 11.5 inches, and the bed weighs 3.9 lbs. This bed is for indoor use. Children should not climb inside. Remove the bed if the cat has chewed the bed. Visit the vet if you suspect that some of the bed fabric has been ingested.
6. K&H Thermo-Snuggle Cup Bomber Heated Cat Bed
If you are looking for a heated bed that the cat can snuggle right into, this would be a good choice. The sides can also be turned up for extra warmth.
It is from the K&H range so it has been Met safety tested.
The heating unit is energy efficient at a low 4 watts.
This bed is totally machine washable. Just remove the heater and wash it in the washing machine.
This particularly good for a senior or convalescing cat where the bed may need to be laundered more frequently than usual.
This bed would also suit a small breed dog.
Heater can be removed so the bed can be used year – round.
Some packaged beds have arrived flat and not like the image indicated. All K&H products have a one year warranty.
The measurements of this bed are 18 x 14 x 7 inches. The two colors of the lower half of the bed are chocolate or gray. This bed is for indoor use.
The Best Heated Cat Bed
1.K&H Thermo-Kitty Fashion Splash Cat Bed
This bed is irresistible for kitty. The bed is slightly warmer than the ambient air temperature.
The warmth draws kitty to the bed, and he will snuggle in as the bed adjusts to his body temperature.
The cat will not overheat. You know the bed is safe because it has been MET safety tested. It has a one year warranty.
It is super easy for the cat to get in and out of the bed, which makes it a plus for senior cats who may have trouble navigating beds with higher sides.
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