The Best Heated Cat Beds & Mats of 2021
- Our Top List
- 1. K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Heated Pet Bed
- 2. K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Heated Cat Mat
- 3. Best Friends by Sheri – Deep Dish Cuddler
- 4. K&H Pet Products Lectro-Soft Heated Outdoor Pet Mat
- 5. K&H Pet Products Mod Dream Pod
- 6. K&H Pet Products Thermo Kitty Sleephouse
- 7. Snuggle Safe Heating Pad
- 8. Pet Magasin Thermal Self-Heated Bed for Cats
- Final Verdict & Review
- K&H Thermo-Kitty Heated Pet Bed
- Buying Guide
It’s the season to be chilly so you’ve made sure to stock up on winter coats, long johns, and wool socks. Unfortunately, those thermal layers aren’t built-in for you like they are for your furry friends. But if you’ve ever woken up with your cat Fluffy laying on your face as I have, you know that cat fur isn’t a foolproof heating system.
While they lounge around the house sleeping all day, your cats love to stay cozy and warm, so this holiday season, get your cats a little something to show them that you care. A specially designed heated cat bed should do just the trick and even save you the trouble of dealing with morning claws! Suitable for all breeds and ages, a cat bed will take you from zero to hero, so let’s make sure that you find just the right one.
Our Top List
Price / Value
K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Heated Pet Bed
K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Heated Cat Mat
Best Friends by Sheri – Deep Dish Cuddler
K&H Pet Products Lectro-Soft Heated Outdoor Pet Mat
K&H Pet Products Mod Dream Pod Pet Bed
K&H Pet Products Thermo Kitty Sleephouse
Snuggle Safe Pet Bed Microwave Heating Pad
Pet Magasin Thermal Self-Heated Bed for Cat
First up is the K&H Pet Products Deluxe Cat Bed. For indoor use only, this round pad envelopes your kitty in the lap of luxury with its leopard print, fleece lining that keeps your furry friend shielded from any pesky drafts with an appealing, zip-off, half-moon hood.
With a removable heating element, this fluffy, poly-filled pillow is an all-season bed that your cat will love to lounge in all year long. When plugged in, the four-watt heating pad warms this bed up 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit above the ambient temperature, making it perfect for snuggling.
When you can wrestle back your kitty’s new favorite spot away, the cleaning is a breeze: just remove the heating pad, unzip to remove the foam walls, and throw the cover in the wash with a mild detergent on a gentle cycle. Line dry or no heat cycle required.
This bed even comes in two sizes – 16” and 20” in diameter – and two colors – Mocha and Tan – for cats of all sizes and styles.
- Heater uses only 4 watts and is MET Listed
- Hood zips off easily to create a kitty cup
- Removable heater and cover for easy wash and care
- For indoor use
- Available in 2 sizes and 2 colors
- One year limited warranty
For indoor cats needing a more affordable option to the Deluxe Model, K&H Pet Products Heated Mat is just the ticket. A dual-thermostat heating pad sits underneath the soft foam and can be left plugged in all day. When not in use, the heating pad will idle at 15 degrees Fahrenheit above the ambient temperature, and when your kitty cat takes a nap, this pad will heat up to 102 degrees, the natural body temperature for cats (and doggies too).
The standard (12.5 inches x 25 inches) and the large (14 inches x 28 inches) come in both Sage and Mocha for furry felines of all shapes and styles, and they fit almost anywhere. MET listed for safety, these pads are just as pet parent-friendly with a removable heating element and a washable cover, just remember to use a mild detergent, gentle cycle with cold water, and line or no heat dry.
- Recommended for indoor use
- Can be used year-round
- Uses only 6 watts
- Convenient size fits almost anywhere
- Cover is removable for washing
- Available in 2 colors
- MET Listed for Safety
- One year limited warranty
Up next, we have Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler. Featuring high twelve-inch rear bolster walls and nine-inch front walls, this thick luxurious pad is uniquely designed with your furry friends’ joint pain, head, neck, and orthopedic support in mind. These high walls give your pet the safety and security they need for a restful sleep, better health, and more loving behavior.
This Best Friends pad is designed for your peace of mind with a waterproof bottom, a durable oxford fabric cover, and virgin AirLOFT fiber filling that is all pet-safe and non-toxic. The filling fibers even keep their loft up to three times longer than the second-hand fibers found in most pet beds. These are machine washable and dryer safe beds make cleaning a snap so odors and stray hairs are a thing of the past.
Available in a Standard and Jumbo options as well as 14 unique color schemes, the Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler is sure to blend with any decor.
- High 12 inch back wall that helps relieve pressure from joints.
- Lower carved 9″ front and sidewalls for easy head resting.
- Cozy sherpa fabric that induces a deeper sleep
- Stitched down walls to hold the filling in place.
- Tough nylon backing that resists dirt and water.
For Kitty Karen’s and Cat Carl’s taking care of neighborhood cats, the K&H Pet Products Heated Outdoor Pet Bed is just the ticket to help your little buddy make your house their home. Made of a soft and sleek PVC material, this durable, waterproof heated bed gives you the flexibility you need with a five and a half foot extension cord that is steel wrapped for their safety.
For added comfort, the bed comes with a machine-washable fleece cover designed for maximum heat and lounge-ability for your furry friends. When you want to wash the pad itself, just add water and wipe it down.
By utilizing a thermostatically controlled, energy-efficient heater, this bed is designed to set it and forget it. When in use, it will maintain your cat’s natural body temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit in outdoor conditions as low as 20 degrees.
- Rugged, heated pet pad for indoor or outdoor use.
- Free machine-washable fleece cover included
- Ideal for doghouse, kennel, garage, basement, or porch.
- Great for cats and dogs.
- Internal thermostat warms bed to pet’s normal body temperature when in use.
- Low wattage and economical.
- Available in 3 sizes.
- MET Listed for safety (MET E112895)
If your kitty is like mine and they enjoy the privacy of a den, then the K&H Pet Products Pod Pet Bed is an ideal place to call home. This comfort-minded bowl design has an EVA based exterior and a rugged, 600 denier polyester fabric surface. Your kitty’s new den is designed for indoor use with a heater and outdoor use when the heater is removed.
The large opening and 22” cushion make this one bed that can handle any size of cat, so no worries about outgrowing their favorite hideaway. The poly-filled pillow feels like a cloud while the 4-watt heating pad keeps your furry friends toasty warm, and the plush lycra interior keeps your furry friends from waking up after rolling into a chilly lid.
K&H Pet Products has even taken the hassle out of laundry day by designing their Dream Pod so all you have to do is remove the lid and machine wash on a gentle cycle with cold water. Remember line dry or no heat cycles are the way to go.
- Zips together easily
- Large entry
- Durable exterior
- Super-soft washable sleeping pillow inside
- Heated model uses only 4 watts
- Heated model is MET safety listed (MET E112895)
Everybody wants the best of both worlds, and your kitty is no exception. That’s why K&H Pet Products released its Thermo Kitty Sleephouse. Designed to be a stylish hideaway and a regal throne, the Kitty Sleephouse features a chic leopard print covering the thermostatically controlled heater.
The ultimate set it and forget it heater, the heating pad will idle until in use when it matches your pet’s natural temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
Built for beauty, brains, and brawn, the walls of the Kitty Sleephouse are micro-suede covered hard plastic to remind everyone that your Sphinx is a gentle warrior. Designed for indoor use only, this bed comes without major assembly required but can be unzipped and laid flat for shipping and storage.
When my old buddy Whiskers started to have health problems that required IV fluids under his skin, this was the best place I found to treat him. He felt safe and comfortable in the large, enclosed structure, but also couldn’t run away when he needed his medicine. The Sleephouse made all of the difference for his care.
- Simple, tool-free assembly
- Wonderful hideaway for cats
- Fashionable leopard print
- MET Listed (heated model)
- Indoor household use only
- Warranty: 1 year
Pet parents of chewers and teeth-ers looking for a non-wired heating pad will find the Snuggle Safe Pet Bed Microwave Heating Pad has exactly what you need. Designed with newborn, convalescing, and elderly pets in mind, this pad delivers 10 hours of safe and soothing warmth. At the size of a dinner plate, it fits right underneath your existing pet bed.
The SunggleSafe heating pad contains Thermapol, a non-toxic substance that will remain largely solid when microwaved correctly and in accordance with the instructions. Cleaning the SnuggleSafe is a cinch by wiping it down with a damp cloth or misting with a disinfectant – just make sure to skip any abrasive substances. Remember, you need to let the heating pad cool completely before reheating.
You’re just a few minutes away from the best 10 hours catnap ever, with the original microwave heating pad, just make sure you use the right times for your microwave.
- Microwave Power & Heating Time
- 600- 650 watts for 8 minutes
- 700-750 watts for 7 minutes
- 800-860 watts for 6 minutes
- 900-1000 watts for 5 minutes
- 1,100-1,200 watts for 4 minutes
- 1,300-1,500 watts for 2.5 minutes
Alright, alright. I’ve shown you some great options, but what if your kitty likes to chew on wires AND you can’t be home to microwave their heating pad every 10 hours and they have a couple of favorite spots around the house, not just one? No problem. Pet Magasin Thermal Self-Heated Bed for Cat is the solution you’ve been waiting for.
Underneath the velvet smooth cover and thick, hypoallergenic foam is a layer of mylar film. This is the same material used in spacesuits and fire blankets to absorb, hold, and reflect heat back at its source. It uses your furry friends’ own body heat to keep them toasty warm and insulated from cool floors.
Both pads that come in a pack have a rubberized, no-slip bottom that way you don’t have to worry about trips, slips, or falls, and you can even place the pad on the shelves or dressers that your cat has claimed as one of their many thrones.
The Pet Magasin Thermal Self-Heated Bed for Cat, pack of 2 comes in two sizes. The Medium pack comes with 1 large (22 inches x 18.5 inches) and 1 small (17 inches x 11 inches) mats; while the Large pack comes with 1 Large (28.5 inches x 34.5 inches) and 1 Small (17 inches x 11 inches) mats. No matter the sizing, these mats can be machine washed with cold water in a delicate, mesh, wash bag and tumble dried on low-no heat. For the best results, you should make sure to line dry.
- Self-heating, mylar film layer
- Hypoallergenic foam filling
- Rubberized, no-slip underside
- 2 year warranty
- 100% money-back guarantee
With all of the best heated cat beds and mats in mind, there are a lot of factors to consider. Is your cat indoor, outdoor, or a little bit of both? Does your kitty prefer a bed or a den? Are there orthopedic support concerns? Does your sphinx think there’s a riddle inside every cord?
In my experience over the years, the K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Heated Pet Bed was the bed that was just right for our indoor needs with its ease of cleaning, durably luscious interior, comforting hood, and thermostatically controlled heating pad. It didn’t raise our electricity bill significantly by using only 4 watts, and the 1-year warranty made me comfortable that K&H Pet Products stands behind their products.
Don’t let the fur fool you, your cat will need a little help this winter staying warm, especially when they’re sleeping. Side effects of an unheated winter bed may include haughty attitudes, side-eye, impatience, and frustrated behavior. Think about it, are you sleeping without a blanket in December? So while you’re looking for a heated cat bed or mat this winter, here are the features that you need to keep an eye out for.
There are plug-in heating beds that typically draw 4-6 watts of power to avoid adding to your electricity bill significantly. Many of these heating elements are thermostatic and will only warm up to their full temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit when your pet is using it. Otherwise, they will typically idle around 15 degrees higher than the ambient temperature of your home.
You can even test this by laying a pillow on top and feeling the heat on it after a few minutes.
When opting for a corded heated bed or mat, you need to verify that it has an MET listing number to be sure that your kitty’s new home has been safety tested for quality assurance. These products will also feature a steel wrapped cord for safety.
These heating pads typically contain a non-toxic, thermapol technology that will give off heat for hours. These will need to be allowed to cool completely before reheating and be sure to follow their instructions to maintain proper functioning.
These heating pads typically contain a layer of mylar film underneath layers of foam and fabric. This material is the same used on spacesuits and fire blankets that will absorb and reflect back the body heat of your feline friend.
These cat heating beds and mats are easy to store and travel with. While typically not requiring major assembly, they will zip together and apart as need be. You’ll also be able to unzip any heating elements or foam inserts when cleaning the bed or mat cover.
With some rectangular heating pads, your sphinx will get a throne of their own complete with a den and a bed on top. These are ideal for those cat personalities with a little more duality than others, and they often come with sturdy walls that you won’t have to worry about being damaged during play or collapsing on your sleeping baby.
Round pads are often more luxurious than their rectangular counterparts, featuring velvety fabrics and removable hoods to create a domain all their own for your favorite furry critters.
Most heated cat beds and mats on the market today are machine washable – once you take out the heating element of course! Be sure to check with the instructions on your model to see if it requires a cold wash and line dry though, or you may make a mess that your warranty won’t cover. Be sure that your new cat bed or mat has removable covers.
The hand-wash-only heated beds are far and few between, and most will opt instead for a gentle wash cycle inside of a delicate, mesh, wash bag. However, just because they are rare doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t check before buying. Can you imagine the dirty looks you’d get if you both took away and destroyed their new favorite hangout? Yikes.
Heated cat beds rated for indoor use will have fun patterns, durable fabrics, and occasionally rubberized undersides. Mats in particular are a good choice for cat cages. These mats will also have limited cord range and not be rated for use in extreme temperatures.
If you have a window perch or hammock of some kind for your cats (you should!), putting a heated mat on it can send them into overdrive. Our cats love their window spots, and once we put a mat there and made it a warm place to be, it became their favorite thing. We also tried putting it on top of a condo and it has the same effect but you need an outlet nearby so the condo or large tree can’t be in the middle of the room somewhere.
Heated cat beds, mats, and enclosures rated for outdoor use will often have an optional, durable, soft fabric cover over the soft PVC structure itself. These will often have cords that extend for five feet or more out of the box and will work in more extreme conditions. If you have outside animals in a place with harsh winters, you should be sure to confirm that your pad or outdoor cat house of choice will work down to temperatures that you need it to without overheating your babies.
If your outdoor animal has a tendency to chew on cords and wires, you might opt for an outdoor heated igloo, to enclose your furry friends in the warmth but away from cords as they fall asleep.
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