Cat houses provide felines with a comfortable and safe place to rest, shielding them from bad weather and predators alike. They are great for both indoor and outdoor use, and are able to provide much needed warmth in the colder months and shade in warmer ones.
Below is a concise but comprehensive list of the best (as determined by consumers) cat houses that are available on the market.
The Kitty Tube – Outdoor Insulated Cat House
The Kitty Tube measures 24 inches around (it is circular) and 24 inches in height, is made out of 100% recycled post consumer content, and guaranteed to never chip or crack. It is fully insulated all around, rendering it usable in both winter and summer months. Its built in handles are adjustable, allowing for a range of ventilation flow. This cat house is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and can hold up to 3 felines.
Note: the company offers a feral cat version, which comes with three layers of straw.
K&H Manufacturing Outdoor Kitty A-Frame Cat House
This cat house measures 35 x 20.5 x 20 inches, weighs approximately 7 pounds, and is made out of durable nylon and vinyl backing fabric. The house is water-resistant, and the heated version comes with a removable, ortho-foam, indoor/outdoor heated pet pad that is controlled via a thermostat. It features two entrances, and is large enough to fit up to 4 cats. The house is also easy to assemble, and does not require tools. Recommended for use in protected areas such as garages, porches, and barns.
Note: the heat pad is pressure sensitive, and will not activate if there is no weight on it.
Petmate Kitty Kat Condo
This cat house measures 26 x 25.3 x 18.5 inches and is constructed out of structural foam insulation for warmth during the colder months. The house includes a carpeted floor for additional comfort, and has a hooded entrance that diverts any form of precipitation. The house is large enough to fit 2 grown cats and can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Feline Furniture Feral Cat House
This cat house measures 24 x 13.5 x 13.5 inches, weighs approximately 10 pounds, and is offered in various colors that provides the added security of camouflage. The house is waterproof, and comes with 1/2-inch thick foam all around the inside as insulation. The two doors are constructed out of plywood (for added weight), and feature 1-inch thick insulating foam. Awnings with an overhang of 11.5 inches are present on both ends, and the house features a roof that is two layers thick for added protection against the elements. The house is able to be used indoors and outdoors.
TRIXIE Pet Products 3-Story Cat’s House
This 3-story cat house measures 22 x 23 x 37 inches, weighs approximately 30 pounds, and is constructed out of pine wood. The shingles on the roof are durable, and the house features a weatherproof finish. There are 2 cat doors (one on the second floor and a side door on the first) and a large back door for the owners to use in order to clean and maintain the house. The side door features slatted plastic flats, which keep out wind and rain. The house is set on a raised platform, allowing air to circulate and keeping the base of the house warm and dry. There are two lounging decks.
Note: this house does not come with inbuilt insulation, so owners may have to purchase additional heating pads or use towels/straw as bedding.
Additional Resources for Commercially Available Cat Houses
Cat houses are able to provide felines with shelter, comfort, and protection from predators and/or poor weather conditions. The type and design of cat houses will depend largely on the climate, neighborhood, and the cat itself. This list, however, hopes to have aided you in narrowing down your choices by addressing the top cat houses available to cat owners, as determined by cat owners.