6 Best Outdoor Cat Houses 2022


Hey, cat mom or dad. Whether your cat is an indoor/outdoor pet or you’re taking care of a feral cat colony, an outdoor cat house can mean the world to them. Not only will it provide them protection from potential predators outside, it’ll also keep them safe from the elements. If you’re not already familiar, an outdoor cat house is similar to a dog house, but is made to withstand rain, snow, and everything in between. Plus, it will typically have two openings so the cat who uses it will never be trapped by a predator. Cats always need a good escape route in order to feel safe.

Many outdoor cat houses also come with some really cool features. Some outdoor cat houses are even designed to look like an actual house, for those who prioritize aesthetics. Still others are made of insulated materials or even heated, giving the cats who use them extra protection during cold weather months.

The best outdoor cat houses to buy in 2022

Before you buy, consider the answers to the following FAQs to keep your cat happy and safe:

✔️ Location: Where are you putting this outdoor cat house? (Don’t forget to measure!)

✔️ Size: Will the cat house need to accommodate just one cat or multiple?

✔️ Insulation: Does your cat need protection from cold weather?

✔️ Weatherproofing: Will the cat house need to be weatherproof through all four seasons?

✔️ price point: How much do you want to spend?

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Best Overall Outdoor Cat House

Outdoor Heated Kitty House

  • Heated cat house will keep your cat safe during frigid temperatures.
  • Two exit points won’t trap cats inside and give them the opportunity to escape from potential predators.
  • Easy to assemble with no tools required.
  • Some reviewers note that they have concerns about using it when the ground is wet or has snow.

The cream of the crop in outdoor cat houses, this cozy home is actually heated. It heats up using a 20-watt MET Safety Listed plush heated cat bed inside. Weather-resistant and insulated, this cat house’s structure will keep your cat comfortable year-round. Two exits allow your outdoor cat escape routes should they decide to step out for some exploration.

Best Cat House for a Group of Ferals

Aivituvin Outdoor Feral Wooden Cat House

  • Cat house has a removable floor if you don’t want to separate the two levels.
  • It’s weatherproofed and waterproof with moisture-proof flooring, plastic feet, and PVC curtain.
  • Assembly required, though reviewers note it is easy to assemble.

Not only do we love the way this large structure looks, we appreciate its size, different sections and entry points. Boasting a large balcony, a couple of jump platforms and top level deck, a small cat colony can easily stick together with this home. And the best part is, the fair wood is sturdy.

Best Outdoor Cat House for Multiple Cats

K&H Pet Products Outdoor Multi-Kitty House

  • Large enough to accommodate multiple cats.
  • Uses a 20-watt MET Safety Listed plush heated cat bed inside.
  • Provides two exit points.
  • Walls connect with Velcro, which some reviewers said made them feel like it wasn’t that stable.

This heated cat house is one of the larger ones we’ve found. Made for cats who prefer to sleep in garages, porches, barns, and colder parts of the house, this structure gives cats a cave-like feel. Two exit points mean they will never feel too trapped inside. This one is made of heavy denier polyester, which makes it water-resistant and weather-resistant.

Best Luxe Outdoor Cat House

GTQuality Outdoor Cat House Wooden Enclosure

  • Its enormous size and plethora of activity features is pretty spectacular.
  • “Catio” is see-thru, so you can watch your cats at play when they’re in that section of this outdoor cat house.
  • There’s no entrance in the back, so there’s not a clear escape.
  • May be daunting to assemble.
  • Spurge price point.

This cat house may look like a chicken coop, but it’s definitely meant for cats. Featuring several jumping platforms for play, various windows, two climbing ladders, a huge entrance and outdoor play area (called a “catio”), this cat house is the most luxe of them all. Made of fir wood and other pet-friendly coating, this outdoor structure is sturdy.

Best Outdoor Cat House for One Pet

ecoFLEX Albany Outdoor Feral Cat House

  • The material it’s made of is meant to last.
  • It’s nicely designed.
  • Boasts two openings that also have a covering that cats can easily go in and out of.
  • Only meant for one or two cats maximum

This cat house is made with ecoFLEX, which is super-durable. It won’t fade, warp, splinter, crack, rot, or succumb to bug infestation. We love that this one has a nice design, and features two points of entry or exit for the cat’s convenience and safety.

Best Outdoor Cat House for Indoor Cats

GUTINNEEN Outdoor Cat Enclosure

  • Completely enclosed so cats won’t go astray and predators won’t have access in.
  • Comes with 7 large platforms.
  • Not ideal if you’re on a budget.
  • Depending on the cat, you might have a hard time getting them out.
  • Not truly an outdoor cat house for cats who are indoor/outdoor or exclusively outdoor.

An outlier on this list, this outdoor cat house landed on our list for cats that are just supposed to be indoors who want to experience being outdoors. They are enclosed in completely—with durable fir wood and wire mesh—because this structure is essentially a cage, but there’s plenty of room and platforms for fun play. A large front door stays shut using latches.

What to look for in an outdoor cat house

These are the most important things to consider before you buy an outdoor cat house:

  • Make sure it has multiple exit points so a cat never gets trapped inside by a predator. That means, look for a cat house that has a front opening and a back opening, giving them the opportunity to walk in one side and out the other.
  • Make sure the outdoor cat house is large enough to accommodate your cat (and perhaps your cat’s friends).
  • Consider the materials. Will they actually withstand the elements? Are they durable? PVC and wood seem like good options. If it’s a fabric, it likely won’t last.
  • The outdoor cat house should not look or feel like a cage. It will need to be inviting to a cat, and they won’t want to feel trapped. No matter what, always consider safety.
  • If an outdoor cat house needs to be plugged into an outlet, for instance, make sure it will stay dry. Confirm that rain or melting snow will not be a factor.
  • As always, read reviews. Buying things online is not always easy, and the buyers who have been there and done that are your best source of info. Look for reviews with thoughtful comments and that consider use case.

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