Insulated heated outdoor cat houses are perfect for keeping your kitty warm and cosy. Chilly autumn evenings, or frosty winter nights are not great for either you or your cat. While I always encourage cat parents to keep their fur babies indoors at night, some just like being outside.
Dawn and dusk is when your cat’s desire to hunt is at its greatest. There’s plenty of activity from from small prey, allowing your kitty to chase and pounce. Lying in bed at night worrying if your cat is ok is something I’ve done many times. They can be worse than teenagers sometimes lol! At least if you have a safe, heated place for your cat to retreat to when it’s cold, you’ll feel better.
Though cats have a warm coat, they’re still vulnerable to very cold weather just like you are. Never leave your cat outside all night in the snow, even with a heated shelter. I’ve had daft cats that seem to delight in chasing snowflakes, but only during the daytime! None have ever built snowcats to my knowledge though!
Anyway, in this post you’ll discover the benefits of insulated heated outdoor cat houses, and what you should be looking for when buying one. You’ll also find tips and ideas for making your own, as well as reviews of some of the best heated outdoor cat houses.
Why your kitty needs a heated cat house
Your cat’s body temperature should be around 38C which is slightly higher than yours. In addition if she’s elderly, suffering from an illness, or has a short coat, it’s important to keep her warm. Frostbite and hypothermia don’t just occur in humans.
While you can’t stop your cat wanting to go outside, you can provide a warm, insulated shelter. Even if you have a cat flap and your feline friend comes and goes as she pleases, a heated cat house provides a private, cosy, space she can retreat to that feels safe.
If you have a senior she’ll appreciate a cosy house even more. Stiff arthritic joints and cold weather aren’t a good combination! In addition, lengthy exposure to cold, icy temperatures can weaken your cat’s immune system. In the wild, cats cuddle up to each other for warmth, and a heated shelter makes your kitty feel less alone.
What you need to consider when buying insulated heated outdoor cat houses.
Firstly, no electrical appliance should ever be exposed to the elements. Driving rain, snow, and damp surfaces are extremely dangerous. If the outdoor cat house is heated from mains electricity, you must make sure the cable is long enough. In addition, the cable itself should be protected. Most quality heated cat houses have an outer metal covering over the cable to protect not only from the elements, but bites as well.
Ideally, the house should be placed under a porch near to your door, and in a quiet space. In addition, it should be off the ground to prevent dampness getting in. Some pet owners believe you need two exits to prevent your cat being trapped by predators. Actually, this is a bad idea, as not only would it create a wind tunnel, but give predators more chance to enter!
Insulated heated outdoor cat houses for your ferals
If you have feral cats in your area, a heated outdoor house provides warmth and shelter in the winter months. Helping strays survive the cold is a kind and humane thing to do. Also, leave food and water out as well. Read how to tame a feral cat if you’re keen to know more about them.
PETYELLA Heated cat Houses for Outdoor Cats in Winter – Heated Outdoor cat House Weatherproof – Outdoor Heated cat House – Easy to Assemble
The Petyella heated cat house not only looks good, but provides a cosy place to shelter from the cold. It’s suitable both for cats, and small dogs. You can use this both inside and outdoors, making it very versatile. In addition, a handy timer allows you to save money, as you can set times for when the heating pad goes on and off.
The pad has a chew proof cable with a 4m extension. This provides ample length from the house to a power outlet. This would be a great addition to your balcony or porch, as well as living room floor.
You don’t need to be a DIY expert as the Petyella heated cat house is easy to assemble. Though it has two doors they come with clear plastic flaps that fasten with velcro, allowing you to keep one closed. If it’s very cold, you could always position the house against a wall or fence. This would block the second exit, keeping more of the heat inside.
The pad covering the heat element can be washed, and the walls simply wiped clean with a damp cloth. This makes the house very easy to maintain. You get a full 100% guarantee with the Petyella outdoor cat house, giving you peace of mind. While most ferals would jump at the chance of a snug, cosy house, some cats can be stubborn!
Petyella heated cat house key features
- Easy to assemble
- 4m power cord extension
- Can be used indoors or outside
Average rating 4.6 out of 5
Petfactors Kitty House Heated and Unheated
The Petfactors kitty house can be used both as heated or unheated. Simply remove the heated pad in warm weather for a cool place to rest and play. Made from insulated material it holds the heat, keeping your cat warm and cosy.
The house is very easy to assemble requiring no tools. This makes it ideal for those who dislike DIY, or don’t have the time for making things. Though the house has two exits, you can place next to a wall if you want to prevent the heat escaping. Some cat owners feel safer knowing their fur babies have two means of escape. However, as mentioned earlier, it’s unlikely to stop a predator.
This outdoor heated cat house is fairly large, enabling 2 small cats to fit comfortably. Dimensions are 22 inches x 18.5 inches. In addition you get a generous 9ft power cable, enabling you to plug into a mains socket with ease.
A power adapter with DC low voltage makes it very safe. This gives peace of mind knowing your kitty won’t be at any risk of an injury. Also, the heat pad is thermostatically controlled with 7 levels of heat, giving your pet maximum comfort. With 3 power options you can choose from standby, heating, and constant temperature. This gives you full control over everything.
Petfactors heated cat house key features
- Safe DC low voltage
- 3 power options
- 7 levels of heat
- MET Safety Listed
- Easy assembly
Average rating 4.3 out of 5
K&H Pet Products Outdoor Kitty House Extra-Wide Olive – Outdoor Cat Shelter (Heated or Unheated)
This generous size cat house allows space for multiple kitties. It’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, with waterproof design. Assembly is easy with hook and loop fasteners, and an overhanging roof shields the doors.
The heated bed only covers part of the floor, giving your feline friend the option of sitting on or off the warm space. As it’s also available as unheated, you get one for indoors, and one for outside in the colder months.
This shelter is ideal for feral families due to its spacious design. You could also leave food inside for hungry felines. The house is constructed from 600 denier nylon with vinyl backing, ensuring maximum protection from damp and rainy weather.
With a very low 20 watts, the heated house is very energy efficient. It’s also MET safety listed giving you peace of mind. In addition, a one year limited warranty covers you for any failures.
K&H kitty house key features
- Large size for multiple cats
- Easy assembly
- MET safety Listed
- Low 20 watt usage
- 1 year limited warranty
Average rating 4.6 out of 5
Heated Cat Houses For Indoor and Outdoor Cats, Elevated, Waterproof and Insulated
Elevated cat houses are ideal for keeping dampness out, and your kitty cosy and dry. This outdoor heated cat house sits two inches off the ground and has a waterproof base. This gives added protection, ensuring your kitty keeps warm and dry even in the wettest weather.
The heated pad has a chew resistant cable to keep your cat safe, and a luxurious faux fur cover with bolsters for the ultimate in luxury. Plus, a handy timer lets you control when the heated bed is on and off without having to remember.
You needn’t worry about the house being blown over in strong winds as it comes with 4 safety buckles to secure it to the ground. Removable pvc door covers mean you can give added protection in cold temperatures, and allow for air circulation in hot weather.
Easy to assemble in minutes, it has waterproof fabric on the base, and high quality water resistant polyester fabric for the roof. The dimensions of the house are 14 inches by 16 inches, giving your feline enough room to curl up on the cosy bed.
- Elevated design
- Waterproof base
- Easy to assemble
- Luxury faux covered heating cover
- Removable pvc door covers.
- Safety buckles for securing to the ground
Average rating 4.5 out of 5
ROCKEVER Outdoor Cat Shelter with Escape Door Rainproof Outside Kitty House
This luxury 2 storey outdoor cat house is made from cedar wood, coated with non-toxic water based paint, The sturdy design has a balcony on the top floor for sunbathing, and overhanging roof eves to protect the house from rain and snow.
The floors are removable, making cleaning easy. You can also remove the roof to get inside. Although the house doesn’t include a heated bed, you can easily buy one and place on the floor. The cat house is easy to assemble using a phillips screw driver, and all parts are included.
This luxury cat shelter is ideal for multiple cats, allowing several to snuggle up inside. You could place the house on a patio or deck area so it’s within easy reach.
Rockever outdoor cat house key features
- Easy to assemble
- Made from weatherproofed cedar timber to ensure the house doesn’t get damp.
- Removable floors and roof for easy cleaning
- Includes 2 warm mats to keep your cat snug
- Top floor balcony for sunbathing
- Asphalt covered roof for greater protection from rain and snow.
- Raised off the ground to stop dampness getting in underneath.
- Choice of colours
Average rating 4.5 out of 5
How to build a cat house for outside
If you have a few basic DIY skills you could make your own cosy outdoor cat house. Of course, the main benefit is you’ll save money, and you can be creative with the design. These make ideal shelters for feral cats and can be placed in your back garden near bushes or other sheltered areas. The following video demonstrates how to build an outdoor cat house using wood. Furnish it with a cosy blanket or heated cat bed. You could also place food inside.
Large plastic containers also make a great base for a cat shelter. The following video shows you how. Plastic can be hard to cut, but as demonstrated, a hairdryer can soon soften the material. You could easily make several of these cosy shelters for local ferals.
Choosing the best insulated outdoor cat house for your kitty
As you’ve discovered, there’s a wide range of cat houses on offer, from very basic to luxury, multi-storey constructions. A basic house will serve it’s purpose in keeping your kitty warm and dry, but a beautifully designed house will make an attractive feature in your home or outside.
Choosing a heated cat house with a timer is a great idea if you’re out at work all day. Also, low voltage heated beds save money and energy. You could also consider placing a self heated cat bed inside an outdoor shelter. You wouldn’t need to worry about being near a mains outlet and unless temperatures are very cold, your cat will keep warm.
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