We have two new cats in the house. I bought it for the newest cat, as he was looking for dark places to hide and sleep when we brought him home. As it turns out, his brother has claimed it and likes to hang out and nap. The dangly ball is unnecessary and I will likely remove it. And I'll probably need to get a second one for the other cat. Overall great product! I've been using K&H pet beds for years and they're always a hit with our cats.
It took a week before my daughter's cat (I'm cat sitting for 6 months) would venture all the way inside, tempted by treats. I was on the verge of returning it when it all of a sudden the cat cave became her go to spot. On cooler days I plug it in and it becomes a snuggly cave for her to lounge in and watch the world go by on our screen in patio (now called the "catio"). On warm days, I don't bother plugging it in and it is still her favorite little hidey hole. A few treats randomly hidden inside are probably helping :-) but she will sit in it literally for hours.
I opened the package, plugged it in and within an hour one of my cats was snuggled inside. I expected the smaller of our two cats to want it, but our slightly larger (12#) cat has claimed it as his. I debated buying two initially but was afraid based on mixed reviews. Within an hour of him enjoying it, I had already jumped online to Chewy and bought a second one. Our cat currently claiming this as his on this snowy day is about 12 pounds. He has room inside to move around at this size but not a lot. I would be cautious of buying this for larger sized or breed cats. Also, we may have to cut the toy off as he was standing with it resting on his head. For a young kitten that might be a fun perk but for our cats it might be more of a nuance to them. The quality is nice. I love the ability to disassemble and clean as needed.
My cats just love this bed. I put a towel over the opening with just enough opening for the cats to get in, because they really like caves. The heat is at a low level, but effective for them. I put the hanging pompon out of the way, but I have one cat who loves to play with it, so it seems to depend on the cat whether you like that feature or not.
I live in a cold climate (Michigan) and my 16 year old cat has been glued inside of this bed since we got it. Never bought him anything he's liked this much before. Even the dog is jealous she can't fit in there. :)
My girl cat does not usually like a new bed and will often take months to use it but she went right in and loved it. Then the boy cat wanted to try it so of course eventually I had to but another bed for him. They are always in their cozy heated cave. As senior cats they really seem to appreciate having someplace warm to sleep.
My three cats fight over the bed. It is not super large but even 17lb Lola fits nicely. No on/off switch so it stays plugged in all the time. It was a bit lopsided out of the package due to how it was folded but it is fine now. Bought a second one to keep the peace!
The heat in my building is so expensive that I can't turn it on often. My poor guy would hop up in my lap any chance he got to try and get warm. I figured I would try this out to alleviate some of my guilt. He has been burrowed inside since the moment I set it up this morning. The bottom is nice and warm, and he gets a little tent for privacy. I'm very glad he will have this for the upcoming winter nights!
I have never had the heated part of a bed last long for my cat, they just do not last long. That did not surprise me, and this one lasted longer than most to be fair. Even after it did not heat up, my cat continued to absolutely adore this bed, I think because he fit so snuggly in it and because when he was bored he could bat the ball at the top. That ball is very secure, I am impressed. Would absolutely buy again. .
Both of our cats really like this heated cat cave. They take turns between using their original cave and this one. At least now, they both can stay warm at the same time. We purchased this heated cave because we've had a colder winter than in the past years. So glad we did! We have aging cats, and we want to take good care of them.