Best Cat Window Perches

Cats love windows, so surely they would love a window perch. We take a closer look at four models available and weigh the pros and cons of each one.

Ash loves hopping into his sibling's Sunny Seat window bed. By: Ashquatch/Facebook, used with permission.
Ash loves hopping into his sibling’s Sunny Seat window bed. By: Ashquatch/Facebook, used with permission.

I think we can all agree on one thing: Cats like windows.

Whether they are stalking birds or bugs or basking in the sunshine, I have yet to meet a cat that is not drawn to a window at some point in their nine lives.

Countless products lift our furry friends up to a higher view, and some of those are designed specifically for windows. When you’re considering buying a window perch for your cat, which ones are good buys? We looked at four of them and took customer reviews into account.

The following four summaries take into account customer reviews, ratings and prices from various websites.

1. Sunny Seat Window Mount Cat Bed

Pros

  • Cats love it
  • Sturdy
  • Easy to assemble/install/remove
  • Room to stretch out for most cats
  • Affordable
  • No construction materials/damage to install
  • Holds up to 50 pounds
  • Easy to relocate
  • Removable and washable cover
  • Can accommodate multiple cats

Cons

  • Plastic cables can be chewed on
  • Fabric may have a strong chemical smell upon delivery
  • Window and suction cups may need regular cleaning to ensure secure contact
  • May not fit narrow windows
  • Larger cats may sink in the middle
Ash and Catsy show off their pad.
Ash and Catsy show off their pad.

As long as your windows are clean and you secure the suction cups, this bed tops the list at weight capacity and ease of use for installation, cleaning and relocation.

We noticed that Andrew and Angelica, proud parents of John Bartlett‘s kitten cam graduate Ash and their earlier-acquired cat Catsy, use the same window perch. We asked what they thought about this perch, and Andrew described their experience:

“While the cats generally take turns sleeping in it, it is strong enough to support the weight of both cats simultaneously. It also holds up during the ensuing scuffle, as both cats being in the bed at the same time likely means Ash has jumped on top of a sleeping Catsy.”

2. Lazy Pet Deluxe Cat Window Perch

Pros

  • Cats love it (Can you see a pattern emerging here?)
  • Removable and washable cover
  • Easy to assemble and install
  • Various colors available
  • Affordable
  • Elegant appearance
  • Bonus window-mounted toy included
  • Holds up to 25 pounds, although an available multi-cat version supports up to 65 pounds
  • No construction materials needed for installation

Cons

  • The supplied velcro may not be sufficient to keep the bed secure. Multiple owners report having to reinforce the velco with stronger velco, other materials or screws to keep the bed secure.
  • Velcro adhesive may damage some window sills upon removal.
  • Dark cover colors absorb much more heat.
  • Not ideal for multiple cats

Amazon customer Ellen Brundige explains her experience with the Lazy Pet perch:

“Eventually — at least in dry, Southern California — the adhesive strip securing the perch to the sill will dry out. At this point, down falls kitty, and if she’s young she’ll just land on her feet, glare at you and scamper off to lick her dignity.

But before that, she’ll have several years of being a happy couch potato on the windowsill, watching birds and passersby. I have gotten one, replaced it when it fell down, gotten another, and replaced it. Each one lasted 3-4 years. The adhesive leaves a little sticky residue on the windowsill but can be removed with some effort and/or rubbing alcohol.”

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3. Meow Town Kitty Window Perch

Pros

  • Cats love it (again)
  • No construction materials needed for installation
  • Attractive appearance
  • Sturdy
  • Easy to install
  • Removable and washable cover
  • Holds up to 13 pounds

Cons

  • Can retain more heat than other models
  • Washable cover may need repetitive washes to clean
  • Velcro may need reinforcement for the bed to be secure
  • Removal of the Velcro may cause the adhesive to damage some surfaces
  • Weight capacity is not ideal for overweight or multiple cats

Amazon customer B. Giegerich explains how their family pets fight over the perch:

“A real winner; well-made perch. My 9lb kitty, 20lb Bichon, and 13lb poodle all “fight” for the privilege to look out the window. It is well padded, sturdy, and very easy to install. We have one on each side of the living room picture window.”

4. Ware Cozy Kitty Window Perch

Pros

  • Removable and washable cover
  • Holds up to 25 pounds
  • Cats love it (of course)
  • Decorative support design

Cons

  • Reinforcements may be needed to secure the bed
  • Cover may slip off base
  • Windowsill recommended for installation
  • Velcro may become loose
Ash and Catsy split their time between the cat window perch and this tower with a view.
Ash and Catsy split their time between the cat window perch and this tower with a view.

Wag.com customer Roxypup tells about how her dog took a liking to this cat perch:

“My Chihuahua spends 95% of her day on this perch. We have it placed under a big window in our dining room. She gets to sunbathe and watch the neighborhood all while being nice and comfortable. We have had it for about 6 months and it’s still going strong (my dog weighs about 10 lbs). Highly recommended for the petite pet(s) in your life!”

One thing is consistent among these window perches, and that’s the love of them by cats. The products vary in price, installation, relocation abilities and weight ranges, so be sure to obtain a current weight on your cat(s) before ordering a new window seat. Also remember to measure your window and consider the size, specifications and installation methods of a window perch before you make a purchase.

If you don’t want to attach anything to your windows, you can always consider a tower placed near a window for visibility. Ash and Catsy provide a perfect example of why you can never have enough kitty furniture.

Kristine Lacoste

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Kristine Lacoste, editor in chief of Petful, is an author, poet and pet lover from Louisiana. She is the author of an award-nominated book, One Unforgettable Journey, and was host of a weekly pet news segment on the National K-9 Academy Radio Show. She was the New Orleans coordinator for Dogs on Deployment, a nonprofit that helps military members and their pets, for 3 years. She is also employed as chief operating officer for a large mental health practice in Louisiana. Kristine has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Business Administration degree.

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