Best Cat Window Perches, Seats & Beds for 2019

Best Cat Window Perches, Seats & Beds for 2019

  • 20 min read
  • Last Updated: 04/26/2019
  • Author: Jonathan Burton

Owners of cats know that most cats love to watch the world around them, spending hours gazing out a window or door at wildlife, other animals, people walking by, and sometimes just the wind in trees. Most cats have instincts that make them highly aware of what’s going on. They feel safer when they can observe and see what’s happening or take a nap in a place where they can easily scope out any potential threats and then go right back to sleep. Since most cats spend a great deal of time indoors it’s important to give them the opportunity to enjoy this pastime and stay connected to their surroundings. And last but probably most important- a place where your cat can be high up and enjoy the sunshine is likely to be one of his favorite spots. Indoor cats benefit greatly from sun exposure. A cat window perch is a convenient way to give your cat a safe, comfortable place to keep an eye on the goings-on both outside and inside and plenty of stimulation.

Click here to scroll down to see what things we look for
when choosing the best cat window perch

Best Budget

K&H Pet Products EZ Mount Window Bed Kitty Sill

8/10

Easy to install

Open top offers easy access

Includes heat-retaining Amazin' Kitty pad

Suction cups may detach in cold temperatures

Narrow size

PERCH TYPE:
Suction Cup

Cable Style
SIZE:
6" x 18"
WEIGHT LIMIT:
Up to 60 lbs
MATERIALS:
Nylon
fleece
plastic

K&H Pet Products EZ Mount Penthouse

8/10

Easy to install

Accommodates multiple cats

Two levels

Fleece sleeping surfaces

Cables may ensnare an older or less mobile cat

Suction cups may fail in colder temperatures

PERCH TYPE:
Suction Cup & Cable Style
SIZE:
15" x 23"
WEIGHT LIMIT:
Up to 60 lbs
MATERIALS:
Fleece
mesh
plastic
nylon

LAZY PET Deluxe Cat Window Perch

3/10

Rigid

Fleece cover is washable

Quality control issues

Velcro must be attached with adhesive, may weaken with temperature changes

PERCH TYPE:
Ledge Style
SIZE:
24" x 12" x 2"
WEIGHT LIMIT:
25 lbs
MATERIALS:
Fleece
foam
fiberboard
metal

K&H Pet Products Kitty Sill Deluxe with Bolster

6/10

Bolster zips on and off

Easy to assemble

Optional heating pad

Attaches with velcro or screws

Plastic may become brittle over time

PERCH TYPE:
Ledge Style
SIZE:
12" x 24"
WEIGHT LIMIT:
Up to 40 lbs
MATERIALS:
Fleece
mesh
foam
plastic

Kitty Cot Original World's Best Cat Perch

5/10

Easy to clean

Easy to install

Quality control issues

Mesh can easily fray

Cups can weaken

PERCH TYPE:
Suction Cup & Cable Style
SIZE:
Small (19.5" x 14"
Medium (22.5" x 14")
Large (25.5" x 14")
WEIGHT LIMIT:
20 lbs
MATERIALS:
PVC
nylon
metal
plastic

K&H Pet Products EZ Mount Cat Scratcher Kitty Sill Cradle

4/10

Two-in-one solution for napping and scratching

Refillable cardboard scratching surface

Contoured rounded edges

Gap between steel frame and cardboard

No anchors securing cardboard surface

PERCH TYPE:
Suction Cup & Cable Style
SIZE:
11" x 20"
WEIGHT LIMIT:
60
MATERIALS:
Metal
cardboard
plastic

Best Suction Cup Style

K&H Manufacturing K&H Pet Products EZ Mount Window Bubble Pod

8/10

Includes Amazin' Kitty Pad

Bubble allows visibility on both sides

Provides privacy

Comes in 2 colors

Narrow

Ideal for one cat only

PERCH TYPE:
Suction Cup

Cable Style
SIZE:
6" x 18"
WEIGHT LIMIT:
60 lbs
MATERIALS:
Nylon
plastic plexiglass

Oster Sunny Seat Window Mounted Cat Bed

3/10

Easy installation

Washable cover

Flimsy construction

Weak suction cups

PERCH TYPE:
Suction Cup & Cable Style
SIZE:
12" x 22"
WEIGHT LIMIT:
50 lbs
MATERIALS:
Nylon
plastic
steel

K&H Thermo Heated Kitty Sill

7/10

Washable cover

Included heating element

Bolster

Requires screws for stability

Velcro can weaken or fail

PERCH TYPE:
Ledge Style
SIZE:
14" x 24"
WEIGHT LIMIT:
40 lbs
MATERIALS:
Fleece
mesh
foam
plastic

Best Quality & Best Versatile Cat Window Perch

CatastrophiCreations Hammock Lounger

8/10

Well-built

Extremely durable

Attractive

Requires installation/screws/toggle bolts

Higher price point

Harder to clean

PERCH TYPE:
Ledge style
SIZE:
52" x 11"
WEIGHT LIMIT:
62 lbs
MATERIALS:
Wood
steel
canvas

CatastrophiCreations The Cat Mod - Wall-Mounted Cat Bridge

9/10

Customizable

Sturdy

Attractive design

Requires installation/screws/toggle bolts

Higher price point

PERCH TYPE:
Ledge Style
SIZE:
Up to 42"
WEIGHT LIMIT:
60 lbs
MATERIALS:
Wood
canvas
steel
twine

Arf Pets Cat Perch, Wall-Mounted Wooden Shelf

7/10

Attractive appearance

Easy to clean

Requires screws/toggle bolts for installation

Carpet may slide off and need to be replaced

PERCH TYPE:
Ledge Style
SIZE:
20" x 11"
WEIGHT LIMIT:
44 lbs
MATERIALS:
Wood
carpet

Art of Paws Cat Shelf

2/10

Attractive appearance

Small sitting surface

Requires bolting to the wall

Very thin wood

Cheap construction

PERCH TYPE:
Ledge Style
SIZE:
16" x 12" x 5"
WEIGHT LIMIT:
33 lbs
MATERIALS:
Wood
fleece

Wall Mounted Cat Climber Multi Level Shelves with Solid Wood Steps and Sunny Seat

6/10

Good for multiple cats

3 levels

Scratching post

Requires bolting to wall

May not work with all windows

Lightweight construction

PERCH TYPE:
Ledge style
SIZE:
43" high
WEIGHT LIMIT:
15 lbs
MATERIALS:
Wood
fleece
rope
steel

Ultimate Cat Perch

8/10

Easier for cat to access

Easy installation

No holes in walls

No wires

Higher price point

PERCH TYPE:
Suction Cup

Cable Style
SIZE:
14" x 24"
WEIGHT LIMIT:
80 lbs
MATERIALS:
Walled tubing
plastic
nylon

D.Jane Cat Window Perch Seat

6/10

Good for smaller windows

Easy to install

No bolts or screws needed

Tray is unsecured

Not for heavier cats

PERCH TYPE:
Suction Cup

Cable Style
SIZE:
14.5" (11.8 interior)
WEIGHT LIMIT:
28 lb
MATERIALS:
Nylon
plastic
steel

AmazonBasics Window-Mounted Cat Perch

2/10

Easy to assemble

Lower price point

Breathable mesh cover

Easy to clean

Somewhat flimsy

Pipe connectors are weak

Quality control issues

PERCH TYPE:
Suction Cup & Cable Style
SIZE:
28.7" x 16" x 23.5"
WEIGHT LIMIT:
30 lbs
MATERIALS:
PVC
mesh
plastic
wire

Tabby Napper

8/10

No screws, velcro or suction cups needed

Sturdy steel frame

Hammock portion may sag and give out if cat is too heavy or if it's frayed

May not work with all windows

PERCH TYPE:
Ledge Style
SIZE:
14" x 20"
WEIGHT LIMIT:
60 lbs
MATERIALS:
Fleece
steel
plastic

HOW TO CHOOSE A CAT WINDOW PERCH:

There are many variables in your home environment to consider when purchasing new things for your pets. Your cat’s temperament, size, and habits will also play an important role in picking a good product. Do you have more than one cat? Some window perches are not strong enough to hold more than one cat at a time. Even if you have multiple cats and they tend to sleep by themselves, a window perch may prove so popular that it will need to support more than one.

Keep in mind the needs of your kitty as well. If you have an older cat or a less mobile kitty you may want to consider a perch that is easy to access. Some owners will add “steps” to or near a perch so a cat will not need to jump very far. Many suction cup and cable style perches utilize cables that suspend the perch from suction cups stuck to the window and cats whose vision is not what it used to be may become entangled. And the stability of the perch is critical for a cat’s safety. The perch should be firmly anchored and not wobble, fall down or otherwise move much. While a weight rating may be for continuous weight of a cat sitting on a perch, remember that the sudden movements of a cat leaping off of it or onto it will temporarily and quite suddenly exert more force and weight onto the perch. It’s a good idea to test out any perch at home before you allow your cat to utilize it and to ensure it will work properly.

We love all the options out there for pet parents. Suction cup styles allow for a perch to be set up and taken down easily, although they may not work as well in colder temperatures when the glass gets cold. The ledge style perches allow a pet parent to set up a secure and sturdy option for multiple cats, or cats who may need more support. Some of the ledge style perches are even heated, for the last word in sunbathing luxury on cold winter days.

To help you research what will work for you, we’ve divided the top selling cat perches into the categories below.

Suction cup style: This style uses a suction cup and wire structure to hold the perch in one place. They typically do not rest on anything else for support.

  • Suction cups suspend from the window and typically also on the ledge itself
  • Temperature extremes such as cold weather may weaken the grip of suction cups
  • Some cats may not like the wobbling of a suction cup suspended ledge when they jump up and down

Ledge style: A flat ledge that can attach to existing windowsill using velcro or bolt to the wall

  • May require installation/modification of the wall
  • Many will need to be reinforced with screws or hardware

Finding a great cat perch that is safe and works well for your furry family member will give him hours of entertainment and provide a great place to take naps, soaking up the sunshine.