Cat House: They’re Not All Created Equal

By Clearvoice / June 12, 2018
cat tree house on ground

We know how much cat lovers adore their feline companions and we know that you want the best of the best for them. Ensuring that your fur baby is living their best life possible, you’ll want to check a few boxes, including finding the best cat house.

Before you head to your local pet store and choosing the first option you find, there is quite a bit to consider. Cat houses can truly provide a better, safer life for your fur baby and pet parents can find specific houses for their cat’s individual needs.

Benefits of Choosing the Best Cat House

A cat house provides protection, warmth, and security for your cat and is something we highly recommend looking into if you haven’t already. We will warn you though, once you open the can of worms that is “pet furniture,” it can become pretty overwhelming, very quickly. There are so many options available, how is one able to choose?

Furthermore, it is important to realize upfront that the requirements for finding the best cat house will vary depending on whether you are purchasing the product for an indoor cat or an outdoor cat.

In this article, we hope to answer all of your questions and guide you in the right direction of finding the best cat house possible to fit all of your cat’s needs.

Things to Consider with Your Cathouse

Cats, like their owners, are each unique in their own, differing ways. Therefore, a cat house that works great for one cat may not be what your cat needs. There are a few things to consider before purchasing a cat house for your feline friends.

three kitties in outdoor cat houses

Best Cat Houses for Your Cat’s Environment

First, cat owners need to evaluate their cat’s day-to-day environment. Indoor, domestic cats have very different needs than outdoor, feral cats. Furthermore, the part of the world that you live in and the weather in your town also come into play.

A cat living in a warm, tropical place such as Florida will have different needs than a cat living in an area that gets into below freezing temperatures.

Outdoor Cat = Outside Cat Houses

Outdoor cats have higher demands as far as cat houses are concerned. These higher demands come from the fact that being an outdoor cat involve higher risks.

A cat house will need to provide shelter and safety from environmental conditions including rain, snow, and heat (dependent on where you live). Additionally, you may want to make sure that your outdoor cat house is wind resistant, again, depending on where you live.

Outdoor Heated Cat House

Outdoor cat houses are essential in keeping feral cats warm and safe during bouts of cold weather. However, if you live in an area where the winter months are particularly harsh, you may want to consider purchasing a heated outdoor cat house.

kitten inside a heated cat house

Outdoor Cat Enclosure Home

The K&H Outdoor Kitty House comes in a heated and unheated version and ranks high up on our list of favorites.

Insulated Outdoor Cat Houses

If a heated outdoor cat house isn’t necessary for your cat’s needs, you’ll still want to make sure that the cat house is insulated. Insulation provides protection from wind and helps to keep the cats warm during cooler nights. We particularly like The Kitty Tube Outdoor Insulated Cat House.

Many cat parents agree that The Kity Tube blows most of its competition out of the water. The Kitty Tube is made with earth-friendly materials and has a well-protected interior. These features make for great insulation. Additionally, the Kitty Tube is easy to clean. You can see why pet owners love The Kitty Tube.

No More Cardboard Cat House! DIY Cat House!

Cat owners should also consider the material of the cathouse they are looking to purchase. Is it water-proof? Wind resistant? With outdoor cat houses varying in construction materials, you’ll want to make sure you’re buying the house that best suits your environmental conditions.

A few options include:

  • Non-Porous Plastic
  • Recycled Plastic
  • Cedar Wood
  • 600 Denier Polyester

Indoor Cat Houses for Large House Cats

If you have a domestic, indoor cat, there are less environmental factors to consider and many more options available. Cat lovers are easily able to choose a cat house based on their fur baby’s needs and their own particular wants.

kitten playing outside cat house

There are many options on the market, but typically there are a few things that are universally common in cat houses. For one, cat lovers probably already realize that their feline can be pretty particular. Unlike your dog who can curl up and fall asleep just about anywhere, your cat may prefer a secluded, enclosed area to rest in. The manufacturers of cat houses recognize this. Therefore, you’ll find cozy nooks and cave-like spaces in most cat houses.

TRIXIE Pet Products

Cat owners who have smaller indoor cats rave about TRIXIE’s 3-Story House. It is a bit on the pricier side but it cat owners agree that it is worth the investment for years of use.

Additionally, because of its weatherproof construction, the three-story building is also able to be used outdoors for small outside feral cats.

The cons of TRIXIE’s 3-Story House is that it may not be the best option for larger cats.

Cat Tree House and Scratching Posts

One of the most popular indoor cat houses is the cat tree house. Tree houses come in varying sizes and have an abundance of features that pet parents can keep in mind.

cat playing with yarn needing a cathouse

Additionally, a great feature of tree houses is that the majority of them will have at least one scratching post. Feral cats have several options for scratching their nails down. If your indoor cat doesn’t already have a scratching post, chances are, your coffee table has seen better days. An indoor cat house that is fully equipped with a couple scratching posts will make a great addition to your cat’s life.

Cat Tree Amazon

We also recommend sites like Amazon where cat lovers like yourself are able to leave honest feedback on the product that you are considering.

Cleanability & Portability of the Cathouse

For both indoor and outdoor cat houses, cat lovers will want to consider the cleanability and portability of the cat house.

Outdoor cat houses should be able to be moved if necessary. Also, it is important that the houses are portable in order for them to be cleaned. Typically, plastic houses are lighter than a wooden house option.

The cat owner may want to look for an indoor cat house that is fairly easy to be cleaned. Some houses will have features such as zip-off cushions that are machine washable. Depending on the cleanliness of your feline friends, this may be an important, deciding feature.


Another important detail to keep in mind is the size of the house that you are looking to purchase. This will be dependent on not only the size of your cat, but also the number of cats that the house will be providing shelter for. Cat owners should also consider the amount of space they have available for the cat house, indoor and outdoor.

two fat cats waiting on their outdoor cat enclosure house

Activity Level of Your Cat

It is important for cat owners to consider their fur baby’s normal activities when purchasing an indoor cat house. A cat who loves to climb and play will benefit from a different house than an orange tabby for instance, who are known to be low-energy. Knowing your cat’s “normal” behavior will ensure that cat parents purchase the best-suited house for their feline.

Additionally, age and activity level typically go hand in hand in many cases. If your cat is getting older, they may have trouble climbing like they used to. Cat owners should make sure that the cat house they choose caters to their cat’s needs as they get older, i.e. ramps to help mobility and appropriate cushions to ease joint pain.

Kitty Condo House

If your cat likes to rest and lounge in enclosed places then you may want to consider a cat condo. Here’s a link to one of our favorites, the K&H Pet Products Hangin’ Cat Condo Tan – Cat Tree that Mounts to Door. 

Special Features

Last but not least, many cat houses come equipped with special features that you may want to consider for your cat’s individual needs. Cat lovers know that their feline friends tend to get bored pretty easily. From toys to cat hammocks to scratching posts. Many companies cater to the different personalities of their clientele.

The Bottom Line

At the end of the day, humans may not always understand their furry companions. Cats are interesting creatures and are not always as easy to read. Luckily, we have experts to rely on when it comes making the best decisions for your cat. Whether you have an indoor or outdoor cat, providing a cat house can be incredibly beneficial and make both of your lives better. Who wouldn’t want that?!

cat waiting on his diy cat house to be built

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