by | Oct 4, 2022 | Pets, Reviews, Z

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2022 @ 3:25 pm.

What is the best heated cat bed? To find out, we asked the cat owners among our parent readers for their favorites. Which is best for elderly cats? Hairless cats? What about those cat houses? Then we did another seven hours of research, comparing quality and features. Here are the ones we think are best.

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Best Budget-Friendly

Saves your sleep
Love this super soft bed that is easy to wash and easy to use. Also great: cord is designed to prevent cats from chewing through it!
$27.99

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Best Budget-Friendly: NICREW Pet Heating Pad for Dogs and Cats

Let’s talk the best heated beds for cats!

Before we get to the picks, let’s go over a couple of points to remember about these beds:

• Most of these beds only heat to about 102 degrees. That is much cooler than say, an electric blanket. Some folks are disappointed that these beds don’t get hotter . . . but they are designed to make a cat comfortable. And 102 is just about the right temp for most cats.

• Heated beds are great for keeping a cat from sleeping on top of you! That’s one of the great uses for these beds—to keep those cats off you at night.

• These are great for older cats. Also we like these beds for fostering kittens who can’t regulate their own temperature yet. 

After looking at over a dozen models recommended by our readers and comparing quality, we decided this model by NICREW is the best budget-friendly pick—it works well, yet doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet.

What We Liked

• Soft!

• Cord is designed to protect against cats chewing on it.

• Easy to wash.

• Great for older cats.

What Needs Work

• No auto-off timer.

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Best for Elderly Cats

Easy to clean
Excellent cat bed is perfect for houses or apartments that don't get much direct sunlight. Removable cover is machine-washable—a nice plus.
$51.95

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Best for Elderly Cats: K&H PET PRODCTS Thermo-Kitty

If you have an older cat, a heated cat bed is a must—some have issues regulating their temperature or have aches and pains from arthritis. This bed by K&H is one of our readers’ favorites and we agree: it is well-designed and priced right.

What We Liked

 Not too hot.

• Comfortable and soft.

• Easy to clean.

• Removable cover is machine-washable.

What Needs Work

• Cord doesn’t have chew protection. 

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Best For Hairless Cats

Comfy and private
Yes, this pod has a skylight for viewing—we loved the design, which is great for older cats as well.
$75.21

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Best For Hairless Cats: K&H PET PRODUCTS Thermo Lookout Pod Heated Cat Bed 

Hairless cats are the cats that probably need a heated cat bed more than other breeds, as you might guess. They simply get cold easier. This model by K&H has a clever design: a pod that is great at keeping warmth in. And yes, there is a see-through top so you can keep an eye on your cat and take cute pictures. 

What We Liked

• Great hideaway spot.

• Easy to clean and maintain.

• Pod design keeps warmth in—great for cold or drafty homes.

• Can use with or without the top.

What Needs Work

• Pricey.

• Cats that jump can break the plastic window area.

• Not all cats like the enclosed space.

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Best Heated Cat House

So adorable
We love this cat house, which is easy to assemble. And yes, the temperature is adjustable—that's a feature missing from other models we compared.

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Best Heated Cat House: MARUNDA Heated Cat Houses

Yes, this is more than just a heated cat bed—it is an entire heated cat house. Or a house with a heated cat bed inside, if you will.

Our readers recommended this model (note there are two versions: one with and one without heat. This review covers the heated version).

We like how well this house is engineered, with an adjustable temperature on the heating pad. (Most heated cat beds don’t have this feature).

What We Liked

• Easy to assemble.

• Durable.

• Great for a cold room in your home.

• Long cord.

What Needs Work

• Not waterproof. This house isn’t really designed to be used outdoors—it isn’t weatherproof. This disappoints some folks who thought they could put it outside.

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