One thing that cat lovers love to do is shower their kitty with gifts, one of which being a comfy, cozy cat bed. And it’s just as well, because cats need a trusted bed for many reasons - for their comfort, safety and privacy, to name but a few.
A comfortable place to sleep is a basic feline need, and considering they sleep for most of the day anyway, this makes it an even more essential item!
While a basic cat bed can provide a reasonably comfortable place for your furry friend to rest, a cat cave will give them a particularly safe, private and super snug place to retreat to.
What is a cat cave?
The difference between a basic cat bed and a cat cave is simple. A standard cat bed is often a cushioned spot out in the open for your cat to rest upon, whereas a cat cave is a largely enclosed space for your cat to escape to - warm, and with the heightened sense of security they need to fully relax.
Here at Feltcave, we are cat lovers and experts, and we know what features are the most important to your cat when choosing a place to sleep. Your cat not only wants a safe, comfortable bed to sleep in, but also one that keeps them cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
What do cats love about cat caves?
Cats are naturally heat-seeking creatures, having originated from the desert. Ever wondered why your cat is always lounging in the brightest sunny spot or right next to the roaring fire? That’s why. They love the warmth and this is especially true when they are sleeping.
They are also a curious mix of being a highly effective and ruthless predator, whilst also needing to feel comforted, snug and safe as they sleep. In fact, in the wild, cats have evolved to feel particularly vulnerable when sleeping, and so have developed the sweet habit of hiding away in small spaces to rest.
Cats also need some quality time alone to unwind and rest undisturbed. Especially if their home is a busy and noisy one, it’s important to provide them with somewhere comfy and secure that they can retreat to for some solace.
For these reasons, they love nothing more than to snuggle up inside their favorite cat cave. The perfect cat cave has it all. For starters, it has just the right sized opening to make it easy to access, and provides your cat with the perfect peek-a-boo window to keep an eye on what’s going on. It then has a super-snug, enclosed area to give them a great sense of security to rest easily. Because of this design, in addition to materials such as 100% natural wool being used, a cat cave is a self-warming bed for a cat - warming them consistently as their own body heat circulates inside the naturally insulated design.
We researched dozens of cat cave beds and came up with the twelve listed in this article, based on the materials used, the overall quality, durability, aesthetics and, of course, the price.
👑 WINNER: Feltcave Felted Wool Cat Cave - $59.99
This handmade cat cave is made of 100% merino wool and can hold cats up to 15 pounds. This cat cave is very cozy and the perfect place for your cat to hideout.
The designs are very attractive and it comes in various colors. A great feature of the Feltcave cat cave is your cat can use it as a flat and round mat or sleep inside.
It may seem obvious we would choose the Feltcave as the winner, but we know a good product based on more than just research alone. This cat cave meets all of your cats basic bed needs as well as being fairly priced for a high quality product.
|Variety of Designs: With (currently) 8 beautiful color combinations, this cave can fit and compliment any house.||Price: At $59.99, our cat cave definitely costs more than the average cat bed, but for a handmade, 100% merino wool product, it's not too bad.|
|100% Handmade: Handmade with care, as opposed to most products that are mass-produced in China.|
RUNNER-UP: Cactus Pet Condo - $49.99
With it’s funky design, this fun cat cave bed features a super soft inside cushion that is easily removable and washable, helping you to keep your kitty’s digs nice and fresh!
Comes in an aesthetically pleasing pastel/cactus green color.
|Materials: Soft, plush finish is particularly snug and warm for your cat, especially in winter||Durability: Not made from particularly durable materials|
|Washable: Removable, machine washable cushion makes it easy to keep the inside fresh||Size: Not suitable for larger cats|
This cozy nap pad and cat cave combo sets up in seconds and is designed with sturdy walls to ensure that it maintains its integrity when kitty is perched atop it.
A polyester insert pillow and fleece mat are easily removable and machine washable, too.
Collapsable to tidy away or move with ease. With the Kitty City Cat Cube, you can either spoil your cat with the choice of comfy spots or, if you have two cats, provide a bed for each in one purchase!
|Versatile: Stackable and collapsible for a variety of convenient needs||Flimsy: Not reportedly sturdy enough for larger cats|
|Washable: Easily removable cushions and mats for machine washing||Comfort: Minimal internal cushioning reported|
Bow Meow Pet Cave is a 2-in-1 cat bed with a plush polyester outer shell, Microsuede fleece interiors, and non-skid base. The inside is equipped with a removable fleece pillow.
This cat bed can be flattened for your kitty to use as a regular bed or he can cuddle up inside. The outside of the cave can be hand washed and the removable pillow can be cleaned in a washing machine.
|2-in-1: Serves as an enclosed cat cave, and when collapsed it also serves as a cat bed for your cat to lay on.||Too Small: This pet house is too small to fit an adult cat comfortably.|
|Warm & Snug: The soft plush will keep your cat warm during the cold winter days.||Flimsy: Some customers report that this cat cave is too flimsy and doesn't easily holds its shape.|
Much like the Feltcave Cat Caves, felted wool is super soft and highly durable, whilst maintaining ultra comfort for your kitty in this woolen hideaway that keeps them warm in the winter and cooler in the summer!
|Materials: Made with 100% natural Merino Wool for durability and comfort||Price: Particularly expensive price point.|
|Cute design: The anglerfish design is cute and amusing.||Versatility: Whilst a super fun design, it might not compliment decor.|
The Fhasso Bamboo cat beds are handmade with an outer shell made from natural, organic bamboo that is environmentally-friendly and sustainable. The cushion is machine washable and the cover zips off for easy maintenance.
This cat cave has a modern design to go with any decor and the interior is painted in neutral colors. It is suitable for both dogs and cats that weigh 10 pounds or less.
|Decorative: This bamboo finish provides great modern touch and compliments your interior.||No Cushion: You will need to purchase an extra cushion to put inside this bed since it is not soft.|
|Eco-Friendly Bamboo: Made from natural, organic bamboo.||Unstable: Due to its shape, this bed can be wobbly and not so comfortable for your cat at times.|
This comfy pod-shaped bed is made out of coral velvet and high elastic foam which is very soft and warm, while being surface washable and very easy to clean.
It is available in two colors: grey and beige.
|Comfortable: The coral velvet will be very soft and comfortable for your cat.||Not Holding It's Shape: Does not hold its dome shape as shown in the pictures.|
|Easy Care: This cave is surface washable and very easy to clean.||Small: Customers report that this product is not intended for medium-large sized cats.|
This adorable, banana-shaped cat bed is a real talking point and with a semi-open lid design, provides a cozy hideaway spot at the back and an open area at the front for playtime and easy access.
It is made with elastic sponge and a soft, plush finish which is ultra cozy to the touch.
|Design: Amusingly novel, cute design||Unstable: It is reported that this design does not always stay upright when cats attempt to enter it|
|Materials: Very soft, cozy finish||Size: Potentially too narrow for some adult cats, but does come in a variety of sizes.|
The Mod Thermo-Kitty Heater Shelter make this a very unique cat bed. The large size and wide opening accommodate cats of any size. The exterior is EVA based and has a rugged denier polyester fabric surface for durability.
Inside your cat will find a comfortable heated floor that is removable for year round use.
|Heated: The inside is heated which is great for cold weather areas.||Smell: Some customers report bad smells coming out of this product.|
|Well-Made: A well built product that will stand the test of time.||Electric: While being able to heat the bed is a plus, pod is limited to areas near outlets.|
The Petsure Pet Tent Cave Bed offers warmth and comfort for your kitty when it is cold outside. This bed has a sturdy construction made of 100% microfiber and high-density foam.
The removable microfiber bed is soft, hypoallergenic, and removable, which means it is cozy, washable and suitable for allergic felines.
|Affordable: At $25.99 only, this cave won't break the bank.||Durability: Some customers report durability issues (e.g: anti-skid rubber bits falling off).|
|Versatile: The pillow can be removed and place on top of the tent and serve as an open bed.||
Size: The plush pillow takes a lot of space making it hard for adult cats to enter the tent and stay there comfortably.
This novel design is a 3-in-1 convertible cat bed - a comfy pillow bed, a padded pet mat, and a hide-a-way cat cave. Designed with soft felt and eco-friendly faux fleece to provide a comfortable and secure feeling for sleeping or lounging on.
Natural felts repel odors and dirt naturally, and with the unfold design, the cave can easily be flattened out and brushed or vacuumed off or cleaned with a hair remover roller.
The removable pillow has both a breathable velvet side and a soft fleece side to alternate as the weather (or your kitty’s preferences) dictates.
|Versatility: With its 3-in-1 design, it is a mat, a bed and a cave!||Comfort: Customers have reported that the cushion lacks fullness or plushness|
|Cleaning: Flattens out for easy internal cleaning||
Sturdiness: There are some reports that it may lack a little sturdiness, but overall that it is sufficient.
This attractive, macaroon-colored cat bed is half cave for added snugness. The faux fur finish is super plush for extra comfort and, with an all-in-one machine washable design, it’s easy to keep clean, too.
It is designed with a non-slip bottom to keep the bed from slipping around your tiled or hardwood floors. It also comes in a variety of sizes to cater for all cats!
|Washable: All-in-one machine washable design with non-slip bottom||Plushness: Comes vacuum-packed which flattens it considerably|
|Sizes: Comes in a variety of sizes to cater for any cat||
Flimsy: Top may not stand up well (according to consumer report)
Emma my Siamese loves to be in cozy spaces. She really enjoys her Feltcave, and I have a feeling she will love it even more when the weather is cooler. Beautifully made, outstanding quality, and the perfect shape and size. We are both very happy with our purchase! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🐾