Cats enjoy sleeping in warm places, so memory foam is a good choice for their beds. It molds to the body allowing your cat to get a deeper sleep, and it tends to retain body heat so it will keep your cat warmer. However, with so many different brands available, it can be difficult to sort through them all to find one suitable for your pet. We’ve chosen ten different beds to review for you so you can see which ones you like best. We’ll share the pros and cons of each and tell you how our cats enjoyed them. We’ve also included a short buyer’s guide where we talk about some of the things you should look for when choosing a bed for your cat.
Keep reading while we discuss size, durability, material, and more to help you make an informed purchase.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||FurHaven NAP Memory Foam Cat Bed||
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|Best Value||PETMAKER Memory Foam Cat Bed||
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|Premium Choice||PetFusion Memory Foam Bolster Cat Bed||
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|Frisco Plush Orthopedic Memory Foam Cat Bed||
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|K&H Pet Products Orthopedic Memory Foam Cat Bed||
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The 10 Best Memory Foam Cat Beds – Reviews & Top Picks 2021
1. FurHaven NAP Memory Foam Cat Bed – Best Overall
The FurHaven NAP Memory Foam Cat Bed is our pick for the best overall memory foam cat bed. It has an ultra-plush sleep surface that your cats are going to love. Ours liked to knead it before they would fall asleep. It’s available in several sizes, so it’s suitable for dogs as well as cats. The orthopedic support foam provides your cat with a comfortable surface to sleep on and is especially useful for older cats with arthritis or other joint issues. You can remove the cover and machine wash it, so it is easy to keep clean.
Our cats enjoy the FurHaven bed, and the only thing we can complain about is that the fur can work through the cover and get wedged into the foam below, where it is difficult to remove.
2. PETMAKER Memory Foam Cat Bed – Best Value
The PETMAKER Memory Foam Cat Bed is our pick as the best memory foam cat bed for the money. It has a water-resistant no-slip bottom that will help keep it in place. It’s a large-sized bed that will provide your cat with more than enough room for sleeping and lounging around. It’s four inches thick and firm, so the cat will be off the floor and away from drafts. The cover is removable and machine washable, so it is easy to keep clean.
The PETMAKER Memory Foam Cat Bed is firm and might be too hard for some owners, but our cats enjoyed it. Our only problem with this brand is that the cover is quite thin and could start to wear out after a few washes.
3. PetFusion Memory Foam Bolster Cat Bed – Premium Choice
The PetFusion Memory Foam Bolster Cat Bed is our premium choice memory foam cat bed. It has raised sides for extra comfort, and the cover is removable and machine washable, so it’s extremely easy to keep clean. The memory foam has a waterproof liner that protects it from accidents and spills. It’s available in multiple sizes, so you can even buy one of these for your dog.
The only downside we experienced while using the PetFusion Memory Foam Bolster Cat Bed is that the stitching is not very tight, so it might begin to fall apart after a few washes.
4. Frisco Plush Orthopedic Memory Foam Cat Bed
The Frisco Plush Orthopedic Memory Foam Cat Bed is another brand that features raised sides that can act as pillows to make the bed more comfortable and also more secure. The cover is removable and machine washable and features a comfortable texture that will be more inviting to your pet. An entry dip on one side makes it easy for small, injured, or older cats to get into the bed. There are also many styles and sizes to choose from, so it’s easy to find one that matches your living space.
We liked the Frisco, and our cats quickly started sleeping in it with a very little break-in period. The only thing we didn’t like is that the memory foam pad is only 1 inch thick. The rest of the bed is a poly-foam. We would have liked it better if the memory foam was at least two inches thick to provide a little more comfort for our bigger cats.
5. K&H Pet Products Orthopedic Memory Foam Cat Bed
The K&H Pet Products Orthopedic Memory Foam Cat Bed features an attractive horseshoe design that’s easy for your cat to get in. It features 3-inch medical-grade orthopedic foam, so it will raise your cat off the floor and protect its joints while providing a comfortable place to sleep. It’s available in many sizes to suit your cat and even some small to medium-sized dogs, and you can remove the cover and machine wash it.
We liked the appearance of the K&H, but it is very lightweight, and our cats would knock it around the room as they ran over it. The material is also quite thin, and we’re skeptical of its durability.
6. Brindle Waterproof Memory Foam Cat Bed
The Brindle Waterproof Memory Foam Cat Bed is a square bed that is approximately 4 inches thick. The bottom half is a 2-inch layer of high-density support foam. The top layer is two inches of memory foam that will form to your cat’s body and provide a comfortable sleeping surface. The cover is removable and machine washable, and the foam mattress has a plastic covering that will help prevent liquids from getting into the foam.
We noticed it isn’t as waterproof as the name might lead you to believe while we were using the Brindle. One of our cats tends to wet the bed, and the urine leaked past the shield. The bed got an odor that we couldn’t remove, and mildew grew under the plastic. We also didn’t like that there are no raised sides.
7. Pet Craft Memory Cat Bed
The Pet Craft Memory Cat Bed was one of our favorite beds because it has raised sides for added comfort and stability. The ultra-soft plush covering looks like it’s extremely comfortable and is attractive. The material is self-warming, so it will be more inviting to your pet and help them sleep better, especially on colder days. It’s available in two sizes and is machine washable.
Unfortunately, the Pet Craft Memory Cat Bed is not without its problems. Many of our cats wouldn’t use it, even after we let it sit for several weeks. It also doesn’t have any dip to make it easier to get in for cats with arthritis or other joint problems. We also noticed that some of the stuffing would come out when we washed it.
8. Milliard Orthopedic Memory Foam Cat Bed
The Milliard Orthopedic Memory Foam Cat Bed is a square slab of foam that is four inches thick. It has a two-inch thick, sturdy foam base with two inches of memory foam on top to provide your cat with maximum comfort. The waterproof cover is extremely durable, and it comes off easily, so you can place it in the wash. All beds are the same thickness, but you can get them in multiple sizes to suit any animal.
The downside to the Milliard bed is that the cover is that they treat the fabric with a chemical to make it waterproof, and while this chemical works well at first, it comes off after a few washes, and the bed will no longer be waterproof. We found the zipper flimsy and easy to break, and we prefer beds with raised sides.
9. Barkbox Memory Foam Cat Bed
The Barkbox Memory Foam Cat Bed is another square bed that features two layers of foam. A lower layer of high-density foundation foam and an upper layer of memory foam infused with a therapeutic gel that helps even out the temperature. You can remove the cover and machine wash it, so it’s easy to maintain. The ultra-plush cover is soft and water-resistant.
The downside to the Barkbox Memory Foam Cat Bed is that it is only about 3 inches thick it doesn’t provide as much padding as many of the other brands. The memory foam is very thin, and we don’t believe it adds much comfort. The zipper is also difficult to use, making it harder to wash the cover if it gets dirty.
10. Amazon Basics Memory Foam Cat Bed
The Amazon Basics Memory Foam Cat Bed is the final bed on our list to review for you, but it’s still worthy of consideration. It has raised sides, so it will help your cat feel more secure, and your cat might also use the sides as a pillow. The cover is removable and machine washable, and it’s also water-resistant. The bed is available in several different sizes and is suitable for even the largest cats.
The Amazon Basics never fully expanded from the shipping package, so it didn’t provide much cushion for our cat. Many of our cats would not use it, even after we let it sit for several weeks. The material also formed pills that made it look worn, especially after the first wash.
Let’s discuss a few things you should consider before choosing a memory foam cat bed.
What Is Memory Foam?
Memory foam is viscoelastic polyurethane. The foam has open bubbles that allow air to move through them. This movement enables the foam to form to return to its original shape. The foam also softens in response to heat, allowing it to form to the body faster to provide optimal comfort for your cat as it sleeps. Not all foams are the same, and some will be much denser than others. Denser foam is better because it provides more support. Cheaper foams tend to be lightweight and less dense.
If you are in the market for memory foam long enough, you are sure to encounter some brands with a blue gel either placed on top or mixed throughout the foam. This blue gel helps eliminate hot spots in the foam by allowing heat to dissipate more evenly. We don’t feel this blue gel is necessary for a cat bed because most cats have a thick fur coat that will not detect hot spots the way bare skin might, and these beds are often more expensive. If you get a good price on one, it’s a good idea, but we would only seek them out for hairless breeds.
One of the first things most people think about when choosing a pet bed is the size. If your cat is fully grown, we recommend measuring it from the forehead to the base of the tail. Use this measurement as a guide and purchase a bed that is at least that wide for maximum comfort. If your cat is still growing, we recommend getting a bed at least 20 inches wide. Larger beds are more inviting to cats, and some may be large enough to fit more than one cat, though they will require more space in your home.
You will need to keep a close eye on your cat before purchasing your bed to see their preferred sleeping position. Some cats like to sleep on their belly while others want to curl up. If your cat tends to sleep in a curled-up position, it will be more likely to use a round bed. If your cat likes to sleep on its belly, it will usually prefer square or rectangle-shaped beds.
We found that most of our cats enjoyed beds with raised sides. We’re not sure if it’s because the sides support their back as they are sleeping or if it gives them a feeling of security, but most of our cats choose beds with sides when they intend to take long naps. They tend to use flatbeds when they take shorter naps and want to view the area around them quickly, usually during the day or when other animals are active. If this is your first be, we recommend getting something with raised sides.
Most of the beds on our list have a removable cover that you can take off. Removing the cover allows you to machine wash it, so it’s easier to maintain and keep clean, especially if your cat has many accidents or frequently gets hairballs. The primary thing to worry about when looking at the cover is the quality of the stitching. Higher quality beds will use tighter, more durable stitching that can take more cycles through the wash without falling apart. Inexpensive coverings will have loose stitching that will begin to fray or even come apart after a few washes.
Most cat beds offer you waterproofing through one of two ways, a plastic liner or a chemical treatment. If your cat frequently gets hairballs or is getting older and losing control of its bladder, you will want to get a waterproof bed, so it is easier to clean up accidents and they don’t ruin it. We prefer the plastic liner in most cases because it tends to last longer than the more expensive chemical treatment unless your cat likes to dig its nails in or bite the bed.
The chemical treatment is a spray that dries to become very effective at waterproofing the fabric, but it tends to wear off after a few cycles through the washing machine. With these beds, you won’t know when it’s no longer waterproof until it’s too late and urine or vomit has soaked through to the foam.
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Washing The Foam
You cannot wash the foam in a machine like you can wash the cover in most cases. You will need to remove the cover and carefully hand wash the foam in warm water with a mild detergent like Dawn dishwashing liquid. Once the foam is clean, you will need to give it plenty of time to dry, especially if it has a plastic liner. Covering the foam while it’s still wet can allow mold and mildew to form, which will be difficult to remove once it’s embedded.
When choosing a memory foam cat bed for your pet, we feel it will be hard to beat our pick for the best overall. The FurHaven NAP Memory Foam Cat Bed is one of our cat’s favorite beds to sleep on. It has an ultra-soft plush cover that you can remove and machine wash making it very easy to maintain. It’s available in several sizes to fit any pet, and the foam is firm yet flexible. Another smart choice is our pick for the best value. The PETMAKER Memory Foam Cat Bed is inexpensive yet provides your pet with our inches of padding to get a good night’s rest. This bed is especially helpful for cats with arthritis or other joint problem because it’s easy to get on and off. The cover is removable and machine washable, so you won’t have any trouble keeping it clean. It’s also available in multiple sizes to suit any pet.
We hope you have enjoyed reading over these reviews and found a few models you would like to try out. If we have helped you find your cat’s new favorite spot, please share this guide to the best memory foam cat bed on Facebook and Twitter.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Memory Foam Cat Beds – Reviews & Top Picks 2021
- 1. FurHaven NAP Memory Foam Cat Bed – Best Overall
- 2. PETMAKER Memory Foam Cat Bed – Best Value
- 3. PetFusion Memory Foam Bolster Cat Bed – Premium Choice
- 4. Frisco Plush Orthopedic Memory Foam Cat Bed
- 5. K&H Pet Products Orthopedic Memory Foam Cat Bed
- 6. Brindle Waterproof Memory Foam Cat Bed
- 7. Pet Craft Memory Cat Bed
- 8. Milliard Orthopedic Memory Foam Cat Bed
- 9. Barkbox Memory Foam Cat Bed
- 10. Amazon Basics Memory Foam Cat Bed
- Buyer’s Guide
- What Is Memory Foam?