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Since I started writing about cat products almost 10 years ago, the
number and variety of cat bed designs has increased significantly. We now have countless choices when selecting just the right bed to suit both our cat and our home. Here are some guidelines to help you find the perfect fit.
First, beds are places of territorial ownership for cats; they will leave their scent on a bed, marking it as their own. Soft materials like fabric and cushions will absorb scent, allowing your cat to “claim” her territory.
Keep in mind ease of cleaning when selecting a cat bed. Choose a material that allows you to easily remove cat hair with a lint brush or roller, but also look for a material that can be washed when needed. Aesthetically speaking, find a design that fits with your décor, just like you would choose any piece of furniture for your home. You don’t want something that you have to hide when company comes over.
The most significant factor in selecting a cat bed is the functional design. Consider these styles:
Cats often like to lean against something soft but supportive. Bumper cat beds are surrounded on some or all sides by a low cushion or bolster that creates a backrest and gives cats a little privacy.
What cat doesn’t like to plop down on top of a soft pillow? Pillow cat beds are simple, open cushions that invite cats to curl up in the middle. They come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and patterns to match any décor.
A multi-level cat bed offers options for cats to choose either a lower or a higher lounging surface. These beds can also be enjoyed by more than one cat at a time, making them a great choice for multi-cat households.
Hammock-style cat beds create a relaxing, suspended hangout that cats love. The hammock conforms to a cat’s body, cradling him in comfort.
Some cats like to be up off the ground a little, so look for a raised cat bed that has a pedestal or base. There are some beautiful raised cat bed designs that look like fine furniture.
For cats who want the most privacy, consider a hideaway cat bed. These beds are partially or entirely enclosed, creating a hidden hangout. Look for
a design that has more than one opening so cats can’t get trapped inside.
For more privacy, consider a bucket cat bed. It has taller sides surrounding the whole bed, creating a deep nest for cats to really snuggle into.
About the author: Kate Benjamin is the founder of the popular cat style blog Hauspanther.com. She specializes in helping people live stylishly with cats. You may have seen her on Jackson Galaxy’s show My Cat From Hell. Make sure to check out Kate and Jackson’s books Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) and Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-friendly Home.