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10 Best Heated Cat Beds in 2021 — Reviews & Top Picks

Quincy Miller

Pet Magasin Self Warming Cat Cave

It’s no secret that cats like being warm and cozy — that’s why they love to curl up on your laptop while you’re trying to work. However, finding a heated bed that can keep them warm while still being comfortable can be harder than you’d think.

Many heated beds are just plastic bricks with a cheap cover thrown on, or they’re just regular beds with a bit more fleece on them. This often leaves your cat too hot, too cold, or just generally uncomfortable, which ends with them just ignoring the bed altogether.

What you need is a bed that has the “Goldilocks” zone: warm but not too warm, and more comfortable than any other spot in the house. In these reviews, we reveal which beds can do all that and more.

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A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Deluxe Hooded Cat Bed K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Deluxe Hooded Cat Bed
  • Powerful 4-watt, dual-thermostat heating
  • Hood keeps heat from escaping
  • Fleece cover is machine washable
  • Best Value
    Second place
    Frisco Self-Warming Pillow Rectangular Pet Bed Frisco Self-Warming Pillow Rectangular Pet Bed
  • Good value for the price
  • Doesn’t rely on electricity
  • Great for use in cat carriers
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    K&H Pet Products Heated Kitty Sleephouse K&H Pet Products Heated Kitty Sleephouse
  • Makes a great cat condo
  • Great for travel
  • Heating pad is removable
  • Best for Kittens
    Pet Magasin Thermal Self-Heated Cat Bed Pet Magasin Thermal Self-Heated Cat Bed
  • Comes in pack of two
  • Small size is perfect for kittens
  • Plenty of cushioning
  • Downtown Pet Supply Thermal Leopard Print Cat Mat Downtown Pet Supply Thermal Leopard Print Cat Mat
  • Surprisingly warm
  • Available in multiple colors
  • Great for cats that love to stretch out
  • The 10 Best Heated Cat Beds — Reviews & Top Picks 2021

    1. K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Deluxe Hooded Cat Bed — Best Overall

    K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Deluxe Hooded Cat Bed

    Material Fleece
    Machine Washable? Yes
    Type of Heating Electric

    The Thermo-Kitty Deluxe is such a luxurious cat bed, your cat may actually give you back your own bed for once!

    The bed has a soft micro-fleece cover that can be removed and machine-washed, and underneath, you’ll find a dual-thermostat, 4-watt heating unit. This is enough to raise the surface temperature by 10–15 degrees Fahrenheit, so your cat should be comfy without sweltering.

    Better yet, there’s a hood on it that keeps the heat from escaping and helps your kitty to feel safe and secure inside their new bed. The long, 5 ½-foot power cord makes it easy for you to find a spot for it, so you don’t have to park it right next to an outlet.

    It’s a good thing that the cover is machine washable, though, as it has a strong chemical smell out of the box. You may need to run it through the machine a few times before your cat will get near it.

    That’s not much of a complaint, though, and it’s certainly not enough to knock the Thermo-Kitty Deluxe from its perch as the best overall heated cat bed.

    Pros
    • Powerful 4-watt, dual-thermostat heating unit
    • Hood keeps heat from escaping
    • Fleece cover is machine washable
    • Long power cord makes placement easy
    • Won’t cause cat to overheat
    Cons
    • Fabric has strong chemical smell out of the box

    2. Frisco Self-Warming Pillow Rectangular Pet Bed — Best Value

    Frisco Self Warming Pillow Rectangular Pet Bed

    Material Velvet
    Machine Washable? Yes
    Type of Heating Self-heating

    If you don’t want to deal with an electric option, the Frisco Self-Warming Pillow is a nice alternative. You don’t have to worry about your cat interacting with something that’s plugged into an outlet, and it’s cheaper to boot. In fact, this is our pick for the best heated cat bed for the money.

    Instead of electricity, it traps your cat’s body heat in order to keep them warm. This ensures that they won’t overheat, and you don’t have to worry about them chewing on power cables either (or running up your utility bill).

    Since there’s no cord to mess with, you can put this bed nearly anywhere. It’s excellent for stashing in a carrier, or you can rest it on a platform on your cat tree. It’s also available in two different sizes, so no matter how big your cat is, they’ll have plenty of space to stretch out.

    Don’t expect it to provide much in the way of padding, though, as it’s quite thin. You should probably place it on a pillow or other soft surface to make it more inviting. You may also need to coax your cat into using it the first time, as it makes a crinkly noise that some felines find off-putting.

    Overall, though, the Frisco Self-Warming Pillow is an excellent budget option that works about as well as many pricier alternatives.

    Pros
    • Good value for the price
    • Doesn’t rely on electricity
    • Can put it virtually anywhere
    • Great for use in cat carriers
    • Available in two sizes
    Cons
    • Not much padding inside
    • Material crinkles when stepped on

    3. K&H Pet Products Heated Kitty Sleephouse — Premium Choice

    K&H Pet Products Heated Kitty Sleephouse

    Material Fleece, Suede
    Machine Washable? No
    Type of Heating Electric

    The Heated Kitty Sleephouse isn’t just a bed — it’s an adventure. It’s basically a free-standing house with hard plastic walls that’s been wrapped in suede and fleece. Your cat can climb inside and find heated floors awaiting them.

    Most cats will love having a little fortress that they can retreat to when they need a break from the world, and the fact that it’s heated makes it all the better. Don’t worry about it taking up a ton of space in your home either — if it’s in the way, you can simply unzip it, lay it flat, and store it under the bed or something. This also comes in handy when traveling with your cat.

    The heater is only designed to bring the floor up to your cat’s normal body heat, so it shouldn’t be dangerous for them. If you’re worried about overheating, though, you can remove the heater and just use it as a cat condo.

    All these premium features come at a cost, though, and this is one of the most expensive heated cat beds that you’ll find anywhere. It also may be a bit cramped for larger cats, so your Maine Coon may need something more spacious.

    For most other cats, though, the Heated Kitty Sleephouse is a great way to get away from the daily grind (sleeping 18+ hours a day can be draining).

    Pros
    • Makes a great cat condo
    • Only warms cats up to their natural body heat
    • Unzips and lays flat for storage
    • Great for travel
    • Heating pad is removable
    Cons
    • On the pricey side
    • May be too small for larger breeds

    4. Pet Magasin Thermal Self-Heated Cat Bed — Best for Kittens

    Pet Magasin Thermal Self-Heated Cat Bed

    Material Polyester
    Machine Washable? Yes
    Type of Heating Self-heating

    If you have new kittens that you’re looking to spoil, the Pet Magasin Thermal is an excellent choice. This is actually a pack of two beds, so you can give them options when deciding where to hunker down for the night.

    These pads are quite small, which makes them perfect for kittens, but unless you have a very small breed, it’s likely your cat will outgrow them before too long. They’ll enjoy it while it lasts, however, especially since it uses Mylar foam to trap and reflect body heat.

    This also gives it a surprising amount of cushioning, ensuring that a kitten’s developing joints are well-supported. There’s a rubber coating on one side, so it shouldn’t scoot out from under them every time they adjust their positioning.

    You’ll need to be handy with the Dust Buster if you keep these things around, though, as they may end up shedding more than your cat.

    While not ideal for all cats, the Pet Magasin Thermal is a good option for kittens. Just don’t be surprised when you have to replace it with something more substantial after a few months.

    Pros
    • Comes in pack of two
    • Small size is perfect for kittens
    • Mylar foam traps and reflects body heat
    • Plenty of cushioning
    Cons
    • Cat will likely outgrow it quickly
    • Sheds fibers excessively

    5. Downtown Pet Supply Thermal Leopard Print Cat Mat

    Downtown Pet Supply Thermal Leopard Print Cat Mat

    Material Faux fur
    Machine Washable? Yes
    Type of Heating Self-heating

    The Downtown Pet Supply Thermal is as simple and bare-bones as one of these things can get, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an excellent bed in its own right.

    It excels by doing the simple things well. It’s surprisingly warm, despite merely trapping your cat’s body heat, and it’s comfortable despite being thin and lightweight.

    The leopard print is bold and attractive, and it comes in three different colors, so you should be able to find something that matches your existing décor. However, the color seems to fade quickly, especially if you wash it, and the material isn’t sturdy enough to stand up to a destructive cat.

    Since it’s basically a flat mat, it’s great for kitties that love to stretch out. If your cat doesn’t seem to like confined spaces, it’s a good bet that they’ll love this thing.

    Be careful if you have an older or injury-prone cat, however. The surface is slick, and it won’t take much for your cat to slip while standing on it.

    It may not look like much, but the Downtown Pet Supply Thermal is nearly as good as just about any heated cat bed out there, and it’s worthy of your consideration.

    Pros
    • Surprisingly warm
    • Comfortable despite being thin and lightweight
    • Available in multiple colors
    • Great for cats that love to stretch out
    Cons
    • Material won’t stand up to a destructive cat
    • Colors fade quickly
    • Surface may be too slick for older cats

    6. Pet Magasin Self-Warming Cat Cave

    Pet Magasin Self Warming Cat Cave

    Material Microfiber, faux fur
    Machine Washable? Yes
    Type of Heating Self-heating

    If your furry friend enjoys enclosed spaces, you’ll have a hard time prying them out of the Pet Magasin Cat Cave. It’s just what it sounds like: an enclosed space that your cat can retreat to when they want to get away from it all.

    The design of this bed puts the heat-trapping insulation on all sides of the cat, ensuring that none of their warmth gets lost. It also makes for a remarkably comfortable bed, so it’s no wonder that our kitty won’t want to leave.

    It’s more versatile than it looks too. You can leave it out as a basic cave, or you can flatten it and allow your cat to use it as a mat. It can also be set upright for use as a giant cup-like seat for your furry friend. However, if your cat is suspicious of tight spaces, they may not give it a chance.

    Large may not like it either, as there won’t be much room for them. There’s nothing to hold the entrance open, so if gets trampled, your cat may be unable to climb back inside.

    None of this is necessarily a deal-breaker, and the Pet Magasin Cat Cave is an excellent buy regardless. However, you may want to be careful, especially if you have a plus-sized cat.

    Pros
    • Insulated on all four sides
    • Plush and comfortable
    • Can be used in various ways
    Cons
    • May be off-putting to claustrophobic cats
    • Large cats may not fit inside
    • No way to prop entrance open

    7. K&H Pet Products Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Pad

    K&H Pet Products Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Pad

    Material Fleece, Plastic
    Machine Washable? Yes
    Type of Heating Electric

    The Lectro-Soft is the best heated bed that you’ll find for your outdoor kitty, but overall, we’d recommend bringing your cat inside and giving them something a bit more powerful instead.

    This is a low-wattage option, so you don’t have to worry about it scorching your cat (and since the power cord is wrapped in steel, you don’t have to worry about them chewing through it either). It’s perfect for offering a slightly toasty place to rest when the mercury drops.

    You can set the temperature with the included thermostat. There’s nothing you can do that will make this much more than an afterthought if it’s snowing outside, but it’s better than nothing.

    The foam interior is encased in water-resistant PVC, so it will do fine in all sorts of weather. The fleece cover is soft and can be removed to be washed, but it’s so thick that if you leave it on, little heat can get through. However, the pad without the fleece isn’t that comfortable, leaving you in a lose/lose situation.

    The fleece isn’t that durable either, so don’t expect it to last long if exposed to the elements. It also slides off frequently, making it easy to lose.

    All in all, the Lectro-Soft is as good as it’s likely to get for outdoor cats, but it’s no match for a warm blanket inside by a roaring fire.

    Pros
    • Won’t burn your cat
    • Cord is protected from damage
    • Made with water-resistant PVC coating
    Cons
    • Doesn’t get that hot
    • Not comfortable without fleece cover on
    • Cover isn’t that durable
    • Fleece exterior slides off frequently

    8. Frisco Self-Warming Bolster Round Cat Bed

    Frisco Self Warming Bolster Round Cat Bed

    Material Faux fur, polyester
    Machine Washable? Yes
    Type of Heating Self-heating

    The Frisco Self-Warming Bolster is as simple as it gets — in fact, it’s hard to distinguish from a regular cat bed. That’s great if you don’t need much in the way of extra heat, but it also means that it can’t compete with some other options.

    The rounded edges make it great for stashing on top of a cat tree, as even the klutziest feline is unlikely to roll off of this thing.

    Given that this is one of the cheapest heated beds that you’ll find, it’s good value, especially if you just want to have a couple lying around.

    However, it’s just a basic bed. It’s not nearly as cushy as some other options, and it only provides a little heat (or rather, traps a bit of heat). If your cat is seriously cold or you want the heat for therapeutic purposes, this bed likely won’t get the job done.

    It’s also incredibly small, so most adult cats will have to contort themselves to fit on it. Don’t expect it to last forever either, as it’s not especially durable. Luckily, it’s cheap enough that it shouldn’t bankrupt you, even if you have to replace it every few months.

    Pros
    • Inexpensive
    • Rounded edges keep cat from rolling off
    Cons
    • Not especially comfortable
    • Only traps a little heat
    • Likely to fall apart after a while
    • Too small for most adult cats

    9. K&H Pet Products Thermo-Snuggle Cup Bomber Heated Dog & Cat Bed

    K&H Pet Products Thermo-Snuggle Heated cat bed

    Material Fleece
    Machine Washable? Yes
    Type of Heating Electric

     Your cat will stay seriously warm with the Thermo-Snuggle Cup Bomber, as it can raise the heat level by as much as 15 degrees Fahrenheit over the ambient temperature.

    Most cats don’t want that much heat, though, so that might be a bit of overkill. Fortunately, most of that heat is provided by a removable 4-watt heater, so you can try to make things a bit less stifling for your cat.

    If your cat does want that much heat, though, they’ll have to be patient. It takes quite a while for this thing to warm up, likely because the fleece cover is so thick. It also has little cushioning on the bottom, so it’s unlikely to be that comfortable unless it’s placed on a soft surface.

    Many cats will like the sense of security that the side walls provide — until they put them to the test, anyway. The walls are extremely flimsy, and they’ll fold over if your cat puts their weight on them, which could lead to a kitty taking a tumble.

    There’s not much room in here for big cats, and they may not want to give it a shot as a result. Smaller cats and kittens may love it, though, so if you want to keep them warm, the Thermo-Snuggle Cup Bomber is the way to go.

    Pros
    • Raises temperature by as much as 15°F
    • 4-watt heater can be removed
    Cons
    • Heat may be too much for most cats
    • Takes a long time to warm up
    • Walls are flimsy and will fold if cat leans on them
    • Little cushioning on bottom
    • A bit cramped for large cats

    10. K&H Pet Products Extreme Weather Kitty Pad & Fleece Cover

    K&H Pet Products Extreme Weather Kitty Pad

    Material Fleece, Plastic
    Machine Washable? Yes
    Type of Heating Electric
     

    The Extreme Weather Kitty is a good choice for outdoor cats that need help staying warm. It’s considerably expensive, though, and it’s unclear if it’s worth it.

    It’s basically a thick slab of ABS plastic with a thin fleece cover on it. That means it’s only a slight step up from lying on the ground, and many cats (especially older ones with joint or mobility issues) may not see the value in it.

    The thin fleece does let it get warm, though, so it can be a literal lifesaver in extreme weather. The flip side to that is that it could get too hot for some cats, so it’s hard to find a nice balance.

    It’s also large and bulky. That makes it hard to fit in some of the tight spaces that many cats enjoy, especially in inclement weather. Don’t forget that you’ll also have to keep it within 6 feet of an outlet, so this thing can be a beast to find a home for.

    There’s no doubt that the Extreme Weather Kitty does its primary job — providing heat in cold climates. That doesn’t mean that it’s right for your cat, though, especially if they like to tuck themselves away in cozy, comfortable spots.

    Pros
    • Provides plenty of heat in inclement weather
    Cons
    • Not comfortable
    • May get too hot for some cats
    • Large and bulky, making it difficult to place
    • On the pricey side
    • Not ideal for older cats or those with mobility issues

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    Conclusion

    If you’re in the market for a heated cat bed, you can’t go wrong with the K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Deluxe. It’s incredibly comfortable and provides the perfect amount of warmth.

    The Frisco Self-Warming Pillow is another great option, especially if you’re looking for a budget model that outperforms its price range. It’s warm and cozy and won’t even run up your electric bill.

    Any of the beds in these reviews will likely be a welcome addition to your home, and they can keep your cat snug and satisfied, regardless of what the weather is doing.

    Be forewarned, though, that there’s a serious downside to all of these beds: Your cat may like them so much that they stop climbing into your bed to snuggle with you!

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    Quincy Miller

    Quincy has been around mutts his entire life and has been writing about them for the past nine years and now consists of sharing a house with three spoiled pups who couldn’t hold down a job to save their lives. Quincy never intended to be a cat person. When his wife brought home a kitten one day, he told her she had one week to find it a new home. That week turned into 10 years (his wife moves very slowly), and that kitten turned into three (they got two more, the kitten didn't self-replicate). After a decade of sharing his home with the dogs and three cats, one horrifying realization finally set in: oh God, he's a cat person now too, isn't he???