Different Types of Cat Window Perches

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This article showcases cat window perches to suit different types of windows.

Is your window ledge narrow or maybe your window doesn’t have a ledge? Your cat does not have to be deprived of window perch sitting opportunities. There are cat window perches to suit windows with no sills or narrow sills.

This article gives you the information you need, to decide what type of cat window perch will work best in your home.

Choose the perch your kitty will love and never want to leave. Your cat will be able to survey the territory without even leaving the yard or the house.

Different Types Of Cat Window Perches

1. K&H Kitty Sill Cat Window Perch  Comfort With Orthopaedic Foam Mattress no screw installation option -good for rental accommodation
2. K&H Kitty Sill Thermo Cat Window Perch  Heated Cat Perch
3. Oster Sunny Seat Cat Window Perch Budget Option 
4. K&H EZ Mount  Cat Window Perch Pod  Pod Design  
5. NOYAL Cat Window Perch Value for Money
6. K&H Cat Deluxe Kitty Sill Cat Window Perch Bolster For Support
7. K&H EZ Mount Kitty Sill Deluxe Holds up to 50 lbs
How Are Cat Window Perches Attached?
What Are The Different Styles Of Cat Window Perches?
Cat Window Perches For Large Cats
Window Dimensions For Cat Window Perch

1. K&H Kitty Sill Cat Window Perch

 Kitty Sill Cat Window Hanging Bed and Hammock

This fleecy cover and orthopaedic foam says on this cat window perch says, comfy, comfy, comfy.  The soft fleece cover is removable and can be machine washed. Big tick for that.

The thick orthopaedic foam adds an extra layer of comfort.

No tools are necessary for installation of this cat window perch as can be seen in the image, however there is also an option to use screws if that is your choice.

Using the screws definitely gives that extra bit of security knowing that the perch will not collapse under the weight of the cat.

However not needing any screws is also perfect for those in rental accommodation or living somewhere where using screws is not an option.

The perch takes a weight of up to 40 lbs. The average cat weighs around 10 lbs and large cats like Maine Coons can weigh around 25 lbs. The brackets are adjustable and will fit any window sill.

It requires a window sill to be a minimum of 2 inches deep for installation.

Pros

No tools are necessary for installation.

Take weights up to 40 lbs so suits larger cats and small cats.

Comfortable orthopaedic foam insert.

Cons

The foam insert doesn’t cover the sides of the perch properly.

The hook and loop fasteners may not be strong enough. Follow manufacturers instructions carefully when installing.

Specifications Of Kitty Sill Cat Window Perch

No tools are necessary for installation of this window perch for cats when using the provided hook and loop fasteners. Screws are included for a more permanent attachment. There is a one year limited warranty. The perch measures 14 x 24 x 12 inches and weighs 3.3 pounds.

How about keeping the cat warm while he is on the window perch? Not all window perches will be the right size for a heated cat pad but many will be. Your cat will think he is in 7th heaven.

2. K&H Kitty Sill Thermo Cat Window Perch

Cat Window Perch Heated

The only difference between this cat perch and the one featured above is that this perch includes a dual thermostat heating unit.

The thermostat is buried within the super soft orthopaedic foam cushion that sits atop the perch. The heating unit can be removed when the weather warms up or if it is no longer needed.

The heater is pre‐set to keep the sleeping surface 12 to 15 degrees above ambient air temperature and warms to your kitties natural body temperature, when they actually lie on it.

The heating method described above is a common method of heating used for heated cat beds in the K&H range of heated beds.

The addition of the thermostat is reflected in the price as it costs a few dollars more than the model with no heating unit.

Keep in mind that it can be cold by a window even in temperate climates, the thermostat is definitely worth considering.

Pros

This window perch has the option of heating in cold weather.

Supports up to 40 lbs.

Cons

The legs of the unit look like wood but are plastic.

Specifications

The cat window perch measures 14 x 24 x 12 inches.  The legs are 3/4″ wide and 8″ from window sill to bottom of legs.

This product has been tested & certified by MET Labs to exceed USA/CA electrical safety standards

3. Oster Sunny Seat Cat Window Perch

Mounted Cat Bed

This cat window perch is mounted using strong suction cups and can be easily moved to different windows at different times of the year to take advantage of sunny spots or to move to a more protected location.

No window sill is required which is great if you are renting and it is so easy to set up.  No screws are needed.

Follow a few simple assembly instructions and the window perch is ready for the cat to use. It supports up to 50 lbs.

The cover on the perch is polyester and machine washable.

Cold weather does not affect the suction capability but follow all instructions for setting up. One reviewer did suggest popping the suction cups into some hot water for a couple of minutes to make them pliable.

Pros

Easy assembly using suction caps.

Easy to move to another window or even different location – good for people renting.

Cons

The suction caps for this perch may sometimes release. Make sure the window is clean and follow all instructions for installation.

Specifications

The frame of the cat window perch is plastic. The window perch measures 12 x 22 x 1.5 inches and weighs 1lb. It can hold up to 50lbs.

4. K&H EZ Mount Cat Window Perch Pod

 Window Bed Kitty Sill

This very cute kitty half pod window perch for cats is available unheated or heated.

The version shown here is the unheated version. The dimensions of the heated and non heated window perch are slightly different. The heated perch is 5 inches deeper.

Here is a link to the heated window perch. The suction cups are strong and can hold up to 60 lbs of kitty weight.

For the suction cups to stick as intended, the window must be thoroughly cleaned before attaching the suction caps.

Detailed instructions are given for washing the window and how to apply the suction cups for the best results.

The suction cups either work perfectly or take a little bit of extra coaxing to work perfectly. Soaking the suction caps in hot water helps. The cups also have an extra tightening control knob to help with adding that extra bit of  suction.

Once the window has been cleaned, installation takes seconds so it is ready to go very quickly. Suitable for no window sill.

This half pod is a comfy place for the cat to observe what is going on or to have a snooze.

A pad is included for kitty comfort.

Many people take this a step further and wrap a towel or old t shirt around the pad for extra comfort.

Pros

There is plenty of space for the cat to stretch out in this pod perch.

Very sturdy.

Cons

No real cons other than the suction caps sometimes not working as expected.

Specifications

Includes a machine washable pad for comfort, which attracts cat hair and dander and is easy to take out and clean. One year limited manufacturer warranty. The pod measures 27 x 6 x 11 inches and weighs 5.36 ounces.

5. NOYAL Cat Window Perch

 Cat Window Perch Window with durable heavy duty suction cups

The images of the window perch, show two cats snuggled up on the perch happily together. The stated weight capacity of this perch is 30 lbs.

A bonus point with this perch, is that an extra two suction cups are included. The perch is easy to assemble and has photos clearly showing the steps required to assemble the cat window perch.

The hard wearing Oxford Cloth cover is easy to clean.

Cats do sometimes like to have a chomp at the guy wires. Of course they do. These wires are steel inside a pvc rope so the cat will not be able to chew through the wires. No window sill required.

How to install: Clean the window. Put the suction cups into warm water(30-50℃) to increase suction. Dry the suction cups. Press firmly to squeeze out air.

Pros

This perch is easy to install using the suction caps provided.

Two extra suction cups are included.

Cons

The very small loop where the cable attaches through the fabric may pose a risk if the cat gets his paw stuck. It is worth taking the time to tape this area or check the size of the loop to see if it would affect your cat.

Specifications

The perch measures 21.2 x 12.6 x 1.5 inches and it weighs 1.45 pounds. The perch is rectangular in shape. The fabric cover is breathable Oxford Cloth. The stainless steel cord length is 26″and the suction cup has a diameter of 3.3″

6.K&H Cat Deluxe Kitty Sill Cat Window Perch

Deluxe Kitty Sill with Removable Bolster

We love this window perch because the animal print bolster gives some extra protection around the back and to a lesser extent the sides of the perch.

This is a very good consideration if your cat is getting older as there is extra support around the body. The bolster is soft and cushioned so comfy to lean against.

The bolster can also be zipped off and totally removed if desired.

This perch can support up to 40 lbs and the cover can be removed and machine washed.

No tools are needed for assembly however the perch does come with screws if a more permanent structure is desired.  

This perch requires a 2 inch window sill for installation.

Installation: Using the provided hook and loop, the K&H Kitty Sill can be installed with no tools, making it practical for rental living.

For a more permanent solution, screws are included for attaching to your sill. Just ‘pop’ the legs into place on the frame (and yes, they make an actual popping noise when installed correctly) and attach the Kitty Sill to your windowsill. 

Pros

This window perch has a cushioned bolster, good support and comfort for older cats.

This perch can be assembled with no tools.

Cons

The perch requires a 2 inch window sill.

Make sure you are buying the correct product. With so many options it can be confusing.

Specifications

This window perch measures 14 x 24 x 14 inches and weighs 3.77 pounds.

7.K&H EZ Mount Kitty Sill Deluxe

 Kitty Sill Deluxe with Bolster

A hugely positive point of this perch is that the perch can be flipped up in order to more easily be able to draw the curtains or blinds at night. I must say that we drew the curtains around the perch but folding would certainly make for a neater look.

This cat window perch has a removable, washable cover and bolster.

This is a sturdy cat window perch, the suction cups can hold over 50 lbs.

If the suction caps slide after some use, they can be removed and cleaned and re-positioned.

If the cups start sliding, the manufacturer recommends cleaning the window and the suction cups with alcohol to remove any grime that would stop the suction cups from adhering securely.

Pros

The perch folds against the window so that curtains can be closed.

The hammock sleeping style is supported on three sides by a bolster.

Cons

No cons that would preclude a purchase.

Specifications

The sleeping surface of the perch measures 12″ x 23″. The perch itself measures  12 x 23 x 19 inches and weighs 2.62 pounds. It has a one year limited warranty.

Why Do Cats Like To Perch?

Cats like to survey what is happening around them preferably from a height.

This is a hark back to ancestral times when cats would have been alert for any danger coming their way.  

Our domesticated cats still display this trait.

Even when a cat appears to be asleep there is always that extra layer of built in safety, so if there is a threat they are ready to take off.

pinterest image - cat window perches

How To Choose The Best Cat Window Perch

Who Should Buy a Cat Window Perch?

Cat window perches are excellent for indoor cats and outdoor cats.  Our cat was an outdoor cat in his younger years but still loved to sit in his perch in the window and even curl up there for a nap.

This is where he could be found when the family was returning home from an outing. We always looked to the front window to see if the cat would be waiting there for us on his perch.

He often was. Cats can and do get bored.  Giving them an outlet to observe what is going on outside will help alleviate that boredom.

The beauty of a cat window perch is that you will be able to find one that suits your window even if you have narrow window sills or no window sills.  

Related: A microwave heated cat pad is a great way to make the cat window perch a little warmer in cold weather.

How Are Cat Window Perches Attached?

Some perches are attached with suction cups and some give an option of suction cups plus screws.

You may be like me and have a general mistrust of suction cups (sorry suction cups) however I have to say that K&H seemed to have overcome this general mistrust and most of their perches will take up to 60 lbs or more using suction cups as the method of attachment.

The suction caps must be applied to a squeaky clean window and there are specific instructions for achieving this. From reading hundreds of reviews the suction cups are not necessarily problem free but overall they get positive comments.

The secret is in the application of each suction cup. Occasionally there may be a faulty suction cup in which case chose a product that has an easy returns policy.

Other perches may have Velcro like attachments with the option of also using screws.

The great thing about the suction caps is that if you are renting it is an easy matter to move the window perch.

You may even decide to move it within your own home to take advantage of the weather. Capture that little bit of winter sun or move away from a hot window in summer.

Cat Window Perches For Large Cats

There are three things to consider and check when buying a window perch for a large cat.

First of all the dimensions of the perch. Yes you need to measure the length of your cat, approximately.

Secondly, consider the weight of your cat and  thirdly, the suggested weight capacity of the perch.  

To give yourself peace of mind, a cat window perch that is attached with screws and suction caps is probably going to be the best option.

a cat sitting in a cat window perch, raining outside
It’s cold and wet outside. I’m snug as a bug in a rug!

What Are The Different Styles Of Cat Window Perches?

Some perches need no window sill and uses suction caps for attachment. Mostly the suction caps are placed above the perch however this model has the suction cups under the perch.

Other perches can be attached to the sill even if the sill is narrow like the K&H window sill perches.

There are two storey perches for multiple cats and even a heated cat window perch for chilly weather.

Window Dimensions For Cat Window Perch

Make sure that the placement of the suction cups on the window, will actually fit into the size dimensions of your window. If the suction cups need to be placed at a wider angle, this is going to make the overall width of the perch wider than the actual perch.

Many households have more than one cat and it is not unusual to see two cats on one perch. 

If you think this will be the case in your household make sure the weight requirements are sufficient to take the weight of both cats.

Related: Why do cats sleep in a ball? Even having a snooze in a window perch they will often be curled up in a ball fast asleep.

What Is The Material/Fabric Of The Perch?

The covering on cat window perches does vary.

Most covers are removable and machine washable. An Oxford Cloth cover will be easier to spot clean than a fleece cover however a fleece cover has the comfort factor.

Consider whether you are more likely to spot clean a cover than remove it for washing.  A fabric that is breathable may be more suited to warmer climates.

Of course many people choose to use their own cover or towel, folded blanket and so on on the perch for comfort. We used a folded blanket on our cat window perch.  Another cute alternative is a kitty window perch nap pad.

Let’s face it cats do shed hair so the simplicity of being able to pick up the rug, give it a good shake and put it back again was a simple process.

Using a lint roller will also take care of excess cat hair without necessarily removing a cover.

What Is The Weight Limit Of Cat Window Perches?

Weight limits do vary so it will be necessary to read the manufacturer description of the product.

Once you have installed the product you can always just give it a weight test yourself by placing an object an equivalent weight of the cat onto the perch.

Most of the time, cat owners nervous anticipation of the cat window perch falling, are not realized, however sometimes they do fail, so a quick test will put your mind at rest if you are concerned about this.


If you are not sure about the window perch just yet, wait until you see the cat wall shelves.

There is so much we can provide for our cats that is not at ground level.  

Cats love being at a height.

Living in confined spaces sometimes means being creative with our choices for keeping our pets entertained.


I wonder if there is a double perch dear? Otherwise we will have to take turns
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K&H Kitty Sill Cat Window Perch

Comfortable orthopaedic foam insert.

Take weights up to 40 lbs.

No tools necessary.

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