I spent $169 on a bed for my cat—and he loves it
A furry bed for your furry friend
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I have a cat who loves to sleep and spends entire days curled up in a cat bed. We have a number of them throughout our home, though there’s only one he’s truly obsessed with: a Tuft + Paw Nuzzle cat bed, which the retailer sells for about $169 on its website.
Tuft + Paw produces scratching posts, litter boxes, and other modern cat furniture that doubles as easy-on-the-eyes decor. It specializes in sleek, minimal designs that can feel at home in your rustic farmhouse, midcentury modern digs, or whatever your personal style may be. While more traditional cat beds found in pet stores are often colorful and fun (think: pink or covered in paw prints), these cute options don’t always sit nicely with a room’s feng shui.
Yet it’s not just the look of the Tuft + Paw Nuzzle that I love—it’s how happy it makes my picky cat, who tends to ignore most cat beds in our home. If you’re looking for a new cat bed for your furry friend, here’s why you should consider this particular product, including what to know before making a purchase.
What is a Tuft + Paw Nuzzle cat bed?
This faux fur cat bed has a doughnut-shaped design and an Ultrasuede base that's supposed to help the bed from sliding on surfaces. The company says the whole thing, including the molded foam interior, is machine-washable on a gentle cycle and can be hung up to dry. For light cleaning between washes, it recommends vacuuming. I haven’t personally washed my Tuft + Paw Nuzzle yet, though I did notice the cover is removable when the time comes.
Where can you put a Tuft + Paw Nuzzle cat bed?
At 22 inches wide and 7 inches tall, there are a number of spots where you could easily place a Tuft + Paw Nuzzle depending on your home’s layout. For pet owners who allow their cats to sleep in their beds, it can sit on top of a mattress, or on the bedroom floor in a corner or alcove.
My Tuft + Paw Nuzzle lives on the floor near our patio door, because my cat enjoys sleeping in the sunshine that seeps through the sliding glass. It's also lightweight, so I’ll often move it to the edge of our couch. My cat likes to be near me when I’m watching TV in the evening, though it’d also work in living room corners, basements, or atop tables in a home office.
What I like about the Tuft + Paw Nuzzle cat bed
The biggest perk is how cozy my cat seems. At 22 inches wide, the bed is just the right size for him to climb inside and curl up in a ball. The bed’s edges are lined in faux fur, adding a layer of warmth on all sides to make him feel comfortable and safe. My cat also recently got a haircut, so curling up in this cat bed is the equivalent of wrapping him in a blanket.
The Nuzzle is indeed slip-resistant, as the company claims on its website. Whether I place it on the couch, floor, or carpet, the bed stays put.
What I don't like about the Tuft + Paw Nuzzle cat bed
My biggest gripe is the price. At $169, it’s much more expensive than most cat beds, which I’ve seen elsewhere for $10–$50. This is by far the highest price for a cat bed I’ve come across, although I’ve rarely seen another product with its modern look—likely a contributing factor to its higher-than-average price tag.
What type of cat bed is best for your pet?
There are cat beds of all shapes and sizes, though Dr. Sara Ochoa, a Texas-based veterinarian, recommends looking for one specific type. “I have found that the best cat bed is a circle bolster bed,” she says. “This is a bed shaped like a doughnut with a sunken-down middle. It gives your cat a place to curl up and sleep, and a place to help them rest their head.”
According to Dr. Ochoa, a doughnut shape like the Tuft + Paw Nuzzle keeps a cat’s head in a healthy position to avoid potential neck pain.
Is the Tuft + Paw Nuzzle cat bed worth it?
Despite its price, I find the Tuft + Paw Nuzzle to be worth the initial sticker shock. It looks beautiful in my home, and my cat truly loves sleeping inside of it. Though he’s had many cat beds over the years, this is the only one he wants to stay in all day (and sometimes all night). I’ve yet to try cleaning the bed, though I do like that the brand says it’s safe to plop in the washer to get rid of fur and dust.
For cat owners looking for a bed with a modern twist, I recommend checking out the Tuft + Paw Nuzzle. My cat gives this cozy faux fur bed a stamp of approval, and so do I.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.