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Bill Watterson’s Hobbes once said, “You can take the tiger out of the jungle, but you can’t take the jungle out of the tiger.”
Cat lovers know that their favorite fuzzy friends will always have a little bit of the wild in them. Cats never lose their urge to chase, to scratch, and to hunt their own food. Understanding their instincts is the key to building cats a happy home.
One of the habits cats brought into our homes from the wild is their love of high perches. Cats perch to keep watch for rivals and prey, to exercise, to explore, and to get away from annoyances like dogs, other cats, or human children. In fact, cats love to perch so much that if you don’t give them a perch, they’ll make one for themselves — likely by pushing a bunch of stuff off a table or dresser.
Buying your cat a perch-bed combo can be daunting, so we’ve written up reviews of our favorites to help you search. Afterward, stick around for more tips in our expert-written buyer’s guide.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||K&H Pet Products EZ Mount||
|Best Value||Oster Sunny Seat||
|Premium Choice||K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty||
|Kitty Cot Original World's Best||
The 6 Best Cat Window Perches and Beds – Reviews 2020
1. K&H Pet Products EZ Mount Cat Window Perch – Best Overall
Our favorite cat window perch and bed combination is the EZ Mount Perch from K&H Pet Products. It combines fundamentally strong construction with lots of the features we look for and is sure to please both kitties and humans.
This perch mounts using suction cups. Two of them anchor directly to your window panes, while the other two hook onto the end of support straps. Overall, it’s extremely easy to install. It’s also convenient to fold up temporarily when you want to close your blinds.
The suction cups are both compressed and twisted for an extra-tight hold. It makes them extremely strong, capable of holding up to 100 pounds — not to mention completely unfazed by multiple cats. The bunk is lined with a comfortable cover that can be removed and run through the wash.
The biggest reason the K&H perch made #1 is that we tested it on cats, and they love it. Once a cat gets on, it’s hard to get it off. The only issue we noticed is that the suction cups lose power if the window isn’t completely clean and dry, so make sure to wash and wipe the glass down thoroughly before installing this perch.
2. Oster Sunny Seat Cat Window Perch – Best Value
The question “What are the best cat window perches and beds for the money?” doesn’t only mean “What’s the cheapest?” For us, it’s about not settling for less because you’re on a budget. For your money, the Oster Sunny Seat Cat Window Perch gives you the best value.
Similar to the K&H Perch at #1, the Oster Sunny Seat is a suspended bunk, with two suction cups on the bed and two hooked to shoulder straps. It’s just as easy to install without tools, though not quite as strong, rated to hold up to 50 pounds of cat.
If you put the Oster Sunny Seat in direct sunlight, your cat will be happy to sunbathe in it all day. Since it sells for cheap, you can buy two without much trouble, giving two cats equally high beds — or one cat an exciting obstacle course.
The suction cups are less reliable on this bench. You’ll need to clean the window thoroughly, and possibly refresh them at least once in boiling water, to ensure they hold the weight limit. We also noticed that cats sometimes chew on the retaining cables, so you might need to replace them with something less exciting.
3. K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Window Perch – Premium Choice
All the window perches on this list are high-quality, but there’s no denying that paying extra can get you some nice perks (Perch perks? We should do something with that). The K&H Thermo-Kitty Window Perch is the best example of a perch bed for cats that earns a higher price.
The Thermo-Kitty provides an orthopedic foam bed, similar to a memory foam mattress for humans, with a removable faux-lambskin cover that’s washer-safe. Instead of suction cups, it attaches to your windowsill using a pair of stable, detachable legs, which fix in place without tools. If you want extra stability, however, there’s also an option that uses screws and Velcro.
The real draw, though, is the electric heater. If you plug this perch into an outlet, it heats up to 15 degrees above the ambient temperature, creating a warm and comfortable surface that will check all your cat’s boxes.
The Thermo-Kitty perch is definitely pricey, and more complicated than suction-cup perches — it’s frustrating that you have to install it near an outlet. It’s also less strong than many others, only holding about 40 pounds. That’s enough for one cat, but might not be able to hold two.
4. Kitty Cot Cat Perch
The “Original World’s Best Cat Perch” from Kitty Cot is a bold name to live up to. Since we’ve only put it at #4, we don’t agree, but we do think this window perch earns the title of “World’s Fourth Best Cat Perch.”
The Kitty Cot World’s Best is a window perch in the classic style, mounted with four suction cups and two shoulder cables. The frame is made of stout PVC pipe, and the support cables are stainless steel — both reliably strong and unlikely to be chewed on. The bed itself is a plain hammock, where you can either add a bed or leave it clear depending on what your cat prefers.
The whole thing is straightforward to wash with soap and water. The suction cups aren’t as strong as you might want, though: it only holds up to 25 pounds, which isn’t enough for the biggest cats, and absolutely not for many two-cat households.
In general, this is a great, comfortable perch, but it’s overpriced. For this much, we expect pampering on the order of the heated memory foam perch at #3, not a standard bunk with no bed that looks a lot like all the others.
5. Orangelight Cat Window Perch
The Orangelight Cat Hammock is comfy and soft. At 21.6 by 13.8 inches, it’s wide enough for most cats to curl up and big enough for two small kitties if they’re OK with cuddling. The bunk itself is made of Oxford cloth, a fabric that’s popular for being both soft and breathable.
Orangelight’s window perch hangs from suction cups on steel wires, which won’t shed burrs and hurt your cat if it gets curious. The perch can hold about 30 pounds, which should be enough for multiple cats if they aren’t too big.
As usual, it’s important to clean the surface extremely well before attaching it, as any foreign objects interfere with the suction cups. Also, be warned that there’s no mattress or washable cover for this bed — but human pillowcases are about the right size.
Our biggest problem with the Orangelight Cat Hammock is quality control. Orangelight isn’t an established brand, so these perches vary in quality. Some are smaller than advertised, some have support wires with uneven lengths, and some have unpleasant smells in the packaging. Most of these beds are awesome, but we can’t recommend our readers roll the dice until the company improves its oversight.
6. David City Cat Window Perch
We had some issues going into our tests with the David City Cat Window Perch. Its product page doesn’t show any cats actually using it — the only picture with a cat in it is obviously faked.
However, once we applied real cats to this perch rather than photoshopped ones, we discovered they enjoy it. Heavy cats can get comfortable here, though the fit is a little tight. Since it’s not made of material cats naturally enjoy, they might take some convincing, but with their favorite treats and blanket in place, they’ll hop right up.
The mesh hammock is scratch-proof, and it’s a cinch to clean. The support straps are sturdy, though kitties like to chew on them. The suction cups are meant to hold up to 30 pounds, if it works properly.
Sadly, it usually isn’t. Of all the perches we’ve highlighted here, this is the only one that refuses to behave. At least one of the suction cups seems to be loose at all times. The PVC frame is also cheap, often visibly cracking after a few weeks of use. If you want to pamper your cat, we don’t recommend David City.
Chances are that if you’re shopping for a cat window perch and bed, you’ve seen a few other review articles like this one. “10 Best Cat Perches!” “25 Best Cat Perches!” We get it — it can start to feel like a little bit much.
That’s why we’re doing it a bit differently. Instead of just telling you our favorite products, we want to give you the information you need to find the perfect cat perch and bed for your needs. At the end of the day, you know your cat best, so you should get to make the decision!
In this buyer’s guide, you’ll learn more about the value of a cat perch, and discover the different types, most important things to look for, and critical questions to answer before you buy.
Why Do Cats Perch?
At the start of this article, we claimed that cats perch because of ancient instincts handed down to them from their wild ancestors. To illustrate why giving your cat a high perch is so important, we thought we’d share a bit more detail on feline evolutionary psychology.
Types of Cat Window Perches
Cat window perches can be classified by answering two different questions: what’s on top of this perch, and how does it attach to the windowsill?
Cat Window Perch Questions to Ask
There are a lot of cat perches on the market, so it pays to narrow down the selection a little. To make sure you’re looking in the right place, start with these basic questions.
A few cat perches have extra touches that make them work a little differently than the others. Here are some non-standard designs you might encounter.
Our favorite cat window perch bed is the K&H EZ Mount Perch. It’s incredibly strong, relatively affordable, and cats can’t get enough of it. We really like the comfortable material and the wide surface area that gives kitties plenty of space to lounge in the sun. As long as you diligently clean the window before installing it, you won’t have any trouble.
For cat parents trying to save money, the Oster Sunny Seat is a fantastic choice. It’s a warm, comfortable window perch with strong suction cups. There’s a little more risk of the cups not holding if they aren’t properly cared for, but you won’t be disappointed by this perch as long as you follow the directions.
We hope our reviews and guides have helped point you toward your cat’s new favorite spot in the house. Nothing makes us happier than making pets and their owners happy. If you tried any of our favorite beds, or have your own favorite we didn’t mention, let us know in the comments!
Featured Image: Kitty Cot Cat Perch, Chewy
Roland has been an animal lover all his life, with cats holding a special place in his heart. He is owned by three felines: Wheely, KitzKitz, and Nugget (all rescues) who bring all the laughter and mischievousness one can expect from the feline master race. As the creator of ExcitedCats, his mission is to assist in the search for the best gear to help improve the health and wellbeing of cats everywhere.