Sweet Dreams: The Best Calming Beds for Your Cat

A ginger cat sleeps in his soft cozy bed on a floor carpet, soft focus

Key Points

  • A cat coming into a new home may be anxious, so they need a calming bed to help the transition.

  • Some beds create a den-like environment, which appeals to many cats who want to feel safe.

  • Tunnel beds offer opportunities for exercise, mental stimulation, and relaxation.

If you bring a new cat into your home, they may feel a bit uncomfortable and nervous. They need a place of calm retreat. The best calming bedding options are only a click away.

Create sweet dreams for your feline friend with one of these seven calming beds. They comfort any cat and have qualities to specifically quell the nerves of a cat with anxiety.

What Kind of Bed Should You Get?

A calming bed benefits a new member of your pet family or a cat with anxiety. Every cat is different, so you must choose the type of bed that addresses their needs.

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals is a United Kingdom vet charity for pets in need. They say, "One of the most important things for many cats is having a space of their own where they can hide when they’re scared. Why not make them a den if they like to hide under or behind furniture? Or think about making a cosy bed for them on top of a wardrobe, or putting up shelves for them to sit on if they prefer to be up high."

A couple of the beds on this list are already den-like. It's also a good idea to put a new cat in a separate room, apart from your other cats, until they get used to one another. Allow them limited, supervised contact for small amounts of time.

New cat or not, any anxious kitty is on cat cloud nine with these beds. If none suit you or your cat, there are other comfortable bed options. Read through the descriptions of these beds and pick out the one that's best for your feline.

Calming Cuddler Cat Bed

by PetFusion 

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PetFusion Ultimate Pet Bed

The PetFusion Ultimate Pet Bed offers a comfortable and calming resting place for cats, with memory foam and a cozy design. The memory foam padding supports aching muscles and joints, and the soft polyester material adds to your cat's comfort. The puffy, high-walled bolsters give your cat a sense of protection and security.

At 25×20", it easily accommodates large cats or those who like to stretch out during naps. The loose blanket bedding is perfect for cats to knead and form to their liking. The removable bolsters and cover are machine washable, but customers say they take a long time to dry. Spot cleaning saves some headaches. If you machine wash, line dry it on a sunny day.

Thermo-Kitty Mod Dream Pod Heated Cat Bed

by K&H Pet Products 

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K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Bed

The K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Bed features a heated design that provides warmth and relaxation, promoting peaceful sleep for cats. The covered bed also retains heat on cold winter nights.

The bowl design has a zipper to keep the top and bottom together. This versatility allows easy access to the removable heating pad. Leave the top section off if your cat prefers a more open bed. It's good for warm weather because the cat doesn't feel stuffy inside the cave.

This heated bed is ideal for kittens or short-haired cats in the winter. Hide the cord under a rug if you have kittens or cats who tend to chew on things.

Calming Oval Cat Bed Pad

Best Friends by Sheri 

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Best Friends by Sheri Calming Oval Cat Bed

Best Friends by Sheri Calming Oval Cat Bed is a plush and supportive bed that creates a sense of security and relaxation for cats. Its oval shape is perfect for cats who like to curl up when they sleep. There's still ample room, even if your cat likes to stretch. The bolstered sides support their head/neck when they sprawl out.

The bed is also self-warming with an aluminum insulated base to regulate your cat's body heat, keeping them comfortable at night. The soft, vegan faux shag fur is available in various colors to match your home's decor.

Customers say the bottom of the bed is very thin, probably due to the self-warming layer. Cat owners put the bed on a sofa or soft rug to compensate for the thin padding.

Premium Felt Cat Bed Cave


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Meowfia Premium Felt Cat Cave Bed

Meowfia Premium Felt Cat Cave Bed offers a cozy and enclosed space to provide cats with a sense of security and tranquility. The 100 percent Merino wool muffles outside noises to ease the nerves of your anxious cat, which is only one of the reasons your cat needs a wool cat cave. Many cats enjoy sleeping in cave-like beds, but you can also smash it down if your cat prefers an open-access bed or for warmer days. The bed is also 100 percent decomposable, making it an eco-friendly option.

The bed is likely smashed when shipped. The company recommends using a steamer to reconstitute its shape. Most customers say it easily pops up after a few fluffs. Many say the bed is exactly as described, and reviews are overwhelmingly positive.

Donut Bolster Cat Bed

by Frisco

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Frisco Donut Cat Bed

Frisco Donut Cat Bed is a plush and circular bed that envelops cats, offering a soothing environment for a restful sleep. Many companies refer to round pet beds as "donut" cuddlers, but this one actually looks like a donut — complete with sprinkles!

The outside is plush polyester. Polyester fiber fills the inside. Its 20×7" dimensions allow cats of every size and sleeping style to enjoy this bed. It's wide enough for sprawlers, and the height suits those who prefer elevated sleeping areas.

The unusual design adds a bit of whimsy to your decor. It's machine washable for easy cleaning. Customers love the adorable design and say the bed is extremely plush. Small dogs also love this bed, so you may need more than one if you have multiple pets.

Cat Tunnel Bed

by Kitty City

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Kitty City Large Cat Tunnel Bed

Kitty City Large Cat Tunnel Bed provides a spacious and plush sleeping area so your cat can stretch out and relax. The tunnel surrounding the bed fosters a feeling of security and offers mental stimulation and exercise.

An anxious cat sometimes needs to work off some nervous energy. This bed provides that opportunity. Cats love to hide, run, and chase each other through tunnels. The fully encircled tunnel has openings on two opposite sides. Leave the tunnel partially open for easier access to the bed in the middle.

This is a huge hit for customers and their cats! Many cat owners say it's perfect for their large cats. However, it takes up a decent amount of space when the tunnel is drawn completely around the bed. If your cat has other beds, you may want to bring this one out for a limited time for special occasions.

A TikTok video posted on June 28, 2023, features this bed in an "unboxing" video starring Mischa and Roxie. There's only a bit of hesitation before both cats enjoy playing in the tunnel.

Cozy Pet Bed

by Armarkat 

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Armarkat Cat Bed

Armarkat Cat Bed features a soft, padded design with a cozy cushion to give cats a place to unwind and have sweet dreams. The tall, padded sides hold the cat securely, while the lowered portion allows easy access for senior cats.

This 20×20" bed is perfect for large cats, but there's also a smaller option. It has an anti-slip rubber backing for hardwood or other slick floors and a waterproof base. The faux suede and luxe velvet wrap around this thick, poly-filled bed.

It's machine washable but takes a while to dry due to its thickness. Spot-cleaning the outside is best. The pillow is removable and reversible. Vacuum the pillow, reverse it, and throw it in the washer.

Sweet Dreams Are Made of These — Beds

You may never know what your cat dreams about, but their dreams can be sweeter with one of these great calming beds. They give your cat comfort, security, familiarity, and a sense of ownership.

A calming bed isn't always quite enough to completely ease the nerves of an anxious cat. You may need some positive reinforcement training and additional calming care products to address that issue.

Whether using a calming bed for your anxious feline or simply as a comfy bed for your relaxed cat, these beds are great options. Give one a try, and let your cat nap to their heart's content.

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