Despite having a reputation for being standoffish, cats have varying personalities and preferences. Cat owners will know that cats all have their own resting and sleeping preferences, and some cats can be rather finicky about only sleeping on certain types of beds.
While it’s completely fine to have cats rest on your furniture, cat beds can help reduce the amount of hair you’ll find on your furniture and clothes. They’re also specially designed to bring more comfort to your cats. So, having a cat bed or two can really benefit both you and your cat.
Here are some of the most typical types of cat beds you’ll find. Each one has its own set of pros and cons, so it’s important to get to know your options to find a bed that’s perfect for your cat.
The 10 Typical Types of Cat Beds
1. Bolster Bed
Bolster beds are one of the most common cat beds you’ll find in pet stores. It has a plush cushion base and raised sides for back support. The shape of bolster beds helps cradle cats and also retains warmth. So, they’re often a popular option for cat breeds with short or very little hair, like Sphynxes.
While bolster beds feel like being wrapped in a warm hug, they can also become too hot for some cats. Cats also won’t be able to sprawl or lay on their sides when in a bolster bed, so they can feel cramped.
2. Cat Mat
Cat mats are the preferred choice for cats that like to lay on their sides. They don’t have much back support, but this usually isn’t a problem if your cat likes to sprawl out when it sleeps.
Cat mats don’t trap as much heat, so it’s an ideal bed for the summer season when the days are hot. Also, as long as you don’t get a fancy mat with a thick memory foam cushion, cat mats are usually very affordable and reasonably priced.
You can also quickly roll them up or slide them under furniture if you want to clear up your space when guests visit your home.
3. Donut Bed
Donut pet beds have become increasingly popular over the years. These beds help cats feel safe by surrounding them with cushioning. They retain a lot of warmth and are usually made with soft, fluffy material.
When you’re shopping for a donut bed, make sure to find a high-quality bed that uses microbeads or memory foam. Cheaper models use polyfill, which means they’ll quickly lose their shape.
4. Cave Bed
Timid or shy cats will enjoy having a cave bed around the house. These types of beds are usually dome-shaped and have a small hole for an entrance. It provides a dim atmosphere where cats can feel safe and sleep undisturbed.
While cave beds come in various sizes, it can be difficult to find one large enough for bigger cat breeds, like Maine Coons. If you do manage to find one that’s big enough, it usually ends up looking very bulky and takes up a lot of space.
5. Ball Bed
A ball bed is a fun and interactive cat bed, so it’s a great option for playful cats. These beds roll around and have two exits so that your cat can quickly jump in and out of them. They do lack cushioning, but because they’re usually made with thin and flexible material, they’re very easy to wash. They’re often machine washable and can also go into the dryer.
6. Box Bed
Box beds are another excellent hideaway for shy or reserved cats. They also have a very sturdy and solid base, so you could also place them on platforms and shelves if you think your cat would enjoy a space with a higher vantage point.
Box beds are a nice alternative to cave beds and ball beds because they also have sturdy sides that can support your cat’s back. You can also find cheaper box beds made with recycled cardboard, so they’re a great choice if you want to shop consciously.
It can be difficult to clean up large messes in box beds because they won’t fit in your washing machine. However, if you end up using an affordable cardboard box bed, it’s easily replaceable.
7. Orthopedic Bed
Senior cats can start to develop joint issues and arthritis, so many will appreciate the comforts of an orthopedic bed. While these beds can be the most expensive types of cat beds, they’re very durable and last a long time.
High-quality orthopedic beds can help cats experience some alleviation from joint pain. Since they’re so comfortable, they also help promote better sleep.
8. Window Perch Bed
If you have a cat that follows the sunlight around your house and basks in it, it may enjoy having a window perch bed. These beds do require some assembly to ensure that they can safely hold your cat’s weight and not damage your window frames. However, they’re perfect spots for cats to sit and watch the outside world and sprawl and lay down comfortably if they want to rest.
Most window perches aren’t sold with cushions. So, if your cat likes lying on soft things, you’ll have to purchase a separate pillow or bedding.
9. Cat Tree
Cat trees can act as both beds for your cats and interior decoration. They’re a great option if you have multiple cats in your home because you can stack several different beds in one area. While they’re more expensive than other kinds of beds, you can usually find cat trees that have multiple kinds of beds, like hammocks, perches, and box beds.
Cat trees also usually come with a scratching post, and they encourage cats to climb and get in some exercise. So, it really doesn’t hurt to have a cat tree in the home, and you can usually find one that matches your living space colors.
10. Hammock Bed
Hammock beds are relatively affordable and are a great option for cats that like to curl up but get overheated easily. They help cats feel safe by cradling them, and you can also store them away easily.
When shopping for hammock beds, it’s usually a good idea to spend a little more on a high-quality one because poorly made hammocks are made with cheap fabric that will easily stretch out and lose their shape.
Different cat beds serve different functions, so it doesn’t hurt to have a small variety of beds in your home. Cat beds can significantly improve your cat’s quality of life, and they can also be fun elements to add to the interior design of your living spaces. So, take some time to explore your options and discover what kinds of beds your cats will appreciate and enjoy.
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