Cats love to be warm, and buying a heated cat bed is a great way to give your kitty the comfort she craves. If you're shopping around, check out certain models that stand out as the best options for indoors and out.
Indoor Heated Cat Bed Options
Some heated cat beds designed for indoor use incorporate an electric, low-wattage heater within the base of a regular plush or fabric cat bed and others use special materials to trap and reflect your cat's body heat.
K&H Thermo-Kitty Bed
The K&H Thermo-Kitty Bed is a four-watt, round cat bed that comes from a reputable brand that offers high-quality cat beds. The deep bed provides a ledge for kitty to rest her chin while the high walls of the bed allow her to sink inside and ignore the world around her.
This product encloses a heating pad (which is sold separately) within two layers of thick foam that keeps the bed 12 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit above ambient room temperature when not in use. When your cat is on the bed, it heats to your cat's typical body temperature.
Pricing: The Thermo-Kitty bed retails for about $90 and the heating pad costs around $40.
- Comes in 16 and 20-inch sizes
- Available in mocha or sage colors
- Can be left plugged in when not in use
- Removable and machine-washable cover
Pet Remedy Low-Voltage Heat Pad
The Pet Remedy Low Voltage Heat Pad works like a normal human heating pad, except that it runs on a relatively low voltage. Originally developed for the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, the Pet Remedy Heating Pad is available for sale in the United Kingdom, though it can also be purchased through Amazon for delivery to other locations.
This bed is an especially good choice for post-operative use, or for a cat with reduced mobility since it doesn't have any deep sides the cat needs to climb over. Pet Remedy also recommends it for whelping.
Pricing: The product retails for about $70 (or £36.00).
- Dimensions are 16.5-inches by 15-inches
- Is safe to leave on constantly
- Comes with the 12V AC adaptor needed for the pad
- The pad can be wiped clean
- The cable is wrapped in a protective sheath to prevent the animal from chewing through
- The cable is 2.7 meters (8 feet, 3 inches)
Cozy Cushion for Cats
Doctors Foster and Smith are two real-life veterinarians from Wisconsin that are dedicated to providing pet-owners with high-quality products and information about keeping their furry loved ones healthy and happy. Their Cozy Cushion for Cats has a self-heating insulation that reflects your cat's body heat back to him via thermo-reflective fabrics. Available in several fun animal prints, the luxurious plush cushion will look beautiful anywhere in your home and it works well for travel. The Cozy Cushion is perfect for your cat's favorite spot on the couch or bed.
Pricing: This bed sells for around $25.
- Dimensions are approximately 20.5 inches by 17 inches
- Available prints are zebra, gray leopard and tan leopard
- Electricity is not required for this self-heating unit
- Pad is machine-washable
Best Outdoor Heated Cat Beds and Shelters
Heated shelters and bedding for outdoor cats are essential to protect cats that don't live indoors and keep them warm through the nights. Rescues and cat lovers with strays in their neighborhoods will place these beds in their yards, under porches and in other spaces that shy cats tend to hide. Good options include:
Outdoor Kitty House
A rather beautiful cat house, the Outdoor Kitty House from K & H not only provides shelter from the wind, rain and snow, but also provides a warm and inviting safe space for outdoor cats to relax or sleep. The house is shaped just like a "people" house, with four walls, a steeped roof, a front door and a back door. The rear exit ensures that outdoor cats can't be trapped inside the house by other pets or predators.
Nylon and vinyl construction keeps the inside of the kitty house dry while the Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Bed keeps the heated model warm and cozy. Just like in a real house, the roof overhangs the doorways to prevent rain and snow from coming inside.
Pricing: The heated model costs around $160.
- Provides shelter and warmth for one or two cats
- Outer dimensions are 18 inches by 22 inches by 17 inches
- Inner dimensions are 14 inches by 18 inches by 16 inches
- Can be left plugged in
Indoor/Outdoor Heated Bed
Great for a variety of environments, the Indoor/Outdoor Heated Bed from Doctors Foster and Smith is a heated pad that can be used in an outdoor cat shelter or inside with your pets. Available in two sizes, this bed accommodates small and large kitties, as well as moms and their new babies.
Worried about putting an electronically-heated pad outside? Don't be. The water-resistant PVC wipes clean, and the cord is steel-wrapped and impenetrable to cat teeth. The machine-washable lambs' wool cover is soft, comfortable and removable.
Pricing: This bed costs from $45 to $65, depending on size.
- Available in small (14 inches by 18 inches) and medium (19 inches by 24 inches) sizes
- Does not become hot all over, instead heating only in the area covered by your cat's body
- Includes an air valve so you can adjust the bed
- The 5.5 foot cable is wrapped in steel to make it resistant to chewing
Safety Measures for Cat Owners
Do not use heating pads intended for humans. These are dangerous to cats as they get much warmer than heated beds designed for cats. Heated beds designed specifically for cats keep the wattage very low incorporate a built-in thermostat. This way, the bed won't overheat and cause burns, or become a fire hazard when left plugged in.
Some kittens and older cats have a bad habit of chewing on wires and cords. Does this sound like your cat? If so, don't bring an electrically-heated bed into the house; it's just too dangerous. If a self-warming bed isn't providing enough heat for your little one, consider buying a microwaveable heating pad like the one created by Snuggle Safe. Follow the instructions carefully to make sure the temperature is suitable for your cat and check the pad yourself to double-check.
Electrical heating pads and pet beds without a working thermostat and safety settings pose a threat not only to your cat but to your home. When you first start using a new heated cat bed, check the settings carefully and make sure that the bed is behaving as it should. Old and sick cats with severely aching joints and other problems may not realize that their fur or skin is burning in time to prevent injury, so you'll have to keep an eye on things just to make sure everything is okay.
Keeping Kitty Warm
Geriatric cats that have trouble getting warm love electric beds, as do brand-new kittens and cats struggling with illnesses such as arthritis and flu. Whether your kitty is suffering from joint pain or an infection, warmth plays a big role in comfort, healing and pain management. Of course, even cats without any ailments just love to snuggle in a warm spot and nap for hours. Go ahead and treat them! There are plenty of safe products on the market that can help you cater to kitty's every desire.