Sunny Seat Large Cat Window Perch Review

Product: Sunny Seat Large Cat Window Perch / Sunny Seat Window Mount Cat Bed

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon

My Rating: 4 out of 5

4 stars


Sunny Seat Cat Window Perch Product Overview

The Sunny Seat Cat Window Bed is a product that is designed to serve as a large cat window perch. It will make your cat love you far more than they currently do, especially if you live in a place where your windows provide a good view in the sun. I live in what is called a garden unit in Chicago, this essentially means that more than half of my home is underground. It is great for keeping the place cool in the summer and reducing the heating bill, but it certainly leaves a lot to want for if you’re a cat on a window sill.

Beast in Sunny Seat Large Cat Window PerchThis window bed enabled me to very easily get my cats a vantage point a lot higher than the window sill so they can actually see things passing by at street level, something they relish in.  It also gave them a place to lay right in the sun and fall asleep while still being up high and off the ground, something cats are driven to prefer based on their instincts.  One additional thing they love is the fact that I stuck a see through bird feeder right on the other side of the window so when they are in the bed they can see all of the birds come back and forth to eat. It keeps them engaged and awake for long periods of time.

I never take the bed down through any of the four seasons, so it has gone through numerous temperature fluctuations on the window as well. It only fell down once or twice in the two year period I had it up.  After two years though the suction cups finally gave out permanently and I had to purchase a new one. All in all I’m very happy with the life of the product given the cost.

This is also one of the Best 10 Cat Window Beds that I found in 2017.


How Was the Setup

Setting up the bed was a breeze. It comes with a single page set of instructions that are straight forward.  It essentially asks you to:

  1. Gather all the parts
  2. Construct the 4 piece frame
  3. Slide the bed covering over the frame
  4. Attach the suction cups to the frame
  5. Clean the window well with something like Windex to prepare it
  6. Hang the bed:
    • Firmly push the bottom suction cups into place
    • Hold the frame in place with one hand
    • Use your other hand to stretch the cords out on the top suction cups and firmly push them into place

The Setup in Action:

I’ve created the following video if you want to watch the construction and hanging in action:

I’ve also just included some simple directions with step by step pictures. Either way you should have no trouble:

You can then manually test the bed using your hand by pressing down on it firmly to make sure it doesn’t immediately pop off of the window. This will ensure your cat doesn’t get freaked out by the bed because it falls down the first time they hop themselves up into it.

One additional word to the wise. Do not set the bed up where your cat has to jump into it unless you have no other choice. What I mean is don’t make them hop up 2-3 feet into the bed. While the bed should hold and mine did for a while when setup this way, it will make the suction cups give way a lot easier and could result in an injured & scared cat.


How Do You Get Your Cat To Use It?

It was quite easy to get both of my cats to use the window bed. Since cats are innately curious and love to get themselves into high places they were already exploring right around it as soon as it was installed on the window. The clincher for Beast was simply putting a few of her cat treats in the area and then up on the bed itself. Just like the trail of bread Hansel and Gretel left, Beast found her way up there by looking for each treat and then chomping it down.

Lexi on the other hand was more interested in going wherever Beast went. She started climbing up there once Beast started sleeping up there. It didn’t take long for her to get curious enough and jump up there herself and laze about in the sun for a while, sometimes right on top of Beast.


My General Take:

I give it a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars. I’m very happy with the purchase, especially at the very affordable price point you can pick this bed up at.  There are numerous other versions out there, but this one worked incredibly well for me right out of the box.

The Pros:

  • Most importantly, my cats both LOVE IT and it gets used daily.
  • It is incredibly easy to setup & hang.
  • It easily holds either my 8 lb or my 12 lb cat.
  • It has also easily holds both cats at the same time which is over 20 lbs.
  • If you put a lambswool cover in it it is super easy to pop it off and wash it.

Room for Improvement

  • The suction cups will eventually deteriorate and stop working. This is just normal for any sort of rubber or plastic that is perpetually exposed to sunlight. Mine took over two years to do this and the bed simply would not stay in the window anymore. I had to order a whole new bed instead of just suction cups because the manufacturer doesn’t sell them as spare parts and they are custom fitted to the PVC ends.
  • I would caution you to be careful with is if you have a window that looks anything like mine. Windows that have crossbars running through them for decorative or stability purposes might prove difficult to hang the window bed in, simply because the base is not adjustable from a size perspective.

What’s In the Box?

  • The Sunny Seat Cat Window Perch Frame w/ two attached cords
  • The Sunny Seat Cat Window Perch Frame Cover
  • 4 Suction Cups (3.3 inch diameter each)
  • 1 Instruction Guide
  • Product Dimensions: 22″ x 12″ x 1.5″ ( L x W x H )
  • Cord Length: 23″
  • Weight: 1 pound

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much weight can it hold?
    • The product details indicate 30 lbs, though unless you have a very large cat or pair of cats that plan to use it at once I doubt you’d ever need that much weight support. You would also want to be careful of your window itself supporting large amounts of weight like that.
  • How long will the suction cups last?
    • While every person will have a different experience depending on the amount and severity of the sunlight, my suction cups lasted a little over two years of constant use.
  • What if I can’t get the suction cups to stick?
    • Be sure your window is 100% clean and dampen the suction cups and the window very lightly before attempting to stick them on.
    • You can also use an oil like coconut oil to help get the suction cups to adhere if the above doesn’t work for you.
  • Can you buy replacement suction cups?
    • As of right now the manufacturer does not offer suction cups as a separate item.
  • What are the cords made of?
    • The cords are made of steel wire to ensure your cat won’t be able to chew through them.

If you have any other thoughts on the Sunny Seat Large Cat Window Perch please leave a comment below or send me an email at Craig@StuffCatsWant.com so I can update this article.

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13 thoughts on “Sunny Seat Large Cat Window Perch Review

  • May 25, 2017 at 12:29 am
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    Thank you for your review and for your tutorial in how to assemble it! Both of them are excellent! I still believe that I will have a lot of problems to convince my cat to sit on it since it always prefers to sit on those empty shoe boxes! I bookmarked your website and will come back for more tips! Cheers!

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    • May 25, 2017 at 3:06 am
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      Haha, cats are a curious lot when it comes to boxes. They really seem to like them no matter how small the box! Thanks for stopping by :).

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  • May 25, 2017 at 12:46 am
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    What a wonderful product for cats. Too many people are living in apartments so this product is great for our feline friends. In your experience, does weather ever play a factor in the performance of the bed? like in raining days with humidity or snowing making the suction cups to detach from the window.

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    • May 25, 2017 at 3:05 am
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      Great question. So far I haven’t had any issues even with major temperature fluctuations. Living in the midwest in the US I sometimes see it go from 35-80 F in a day or two. So far that hasn’t proved to cause the suction cups to detach.

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  • May 25, 2017 at 12:53 am
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    Hi Craig
    Nice product review. This product saves some space because we don’t have put a bed on the floor, we just have to utilize our windows. its also easy to clean. I think cat will love it.

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    • May 25, 2017 at 3:07 am
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      You got it! That’s the idea. So far it has worked really well for me. Thanks for stopping by!

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  • May 25, 2017 at 12:31 pm
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    This is super information here, we just bought a cat for the kids and I honestly do not know much about them, this sunny seat looks perfect, thanks for the helpful review, great detail and also the FAQ’s are so helpful. Thanks for the share!

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    • May 25, 2017 at 1:32 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by, glad it was helpful. If you have any other questions feel free to shoot me a message directly!

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  • May 25, 2017 at 2:39 pm
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    This window perch sounds great. I’m. Looking into getting it as a gift for a friend of mine. She has 3 cats that are well over 10 Lbs. One of them is at least 14 Lbs. I’d say their combined weight is near 40LBs. Do they make a version that holds more than 30LBs? I’d hate for it to break of they all ended up on it some how.

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    • May 25, 2017 at 2:44 pm
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      Hey Bill,

      Good question. I’ve seen a few floating around that hold more weight, but I’ve never used any of them myself. This is a link to one:
      http://amzn.to/2r0svTp

      One other concern I’d have with that amount of weight is that your window itself would be put under tremendous strain. I think it’d probably be pretty bad for the window.

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  • May 25, 2017 at 5:03 pm
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    This is such a cool product. I love what you did with the bird feeder, awesome touch. I can see my cat really loving this, Thanks for the great overview. Might grab a couple of these for around the house. Thanks again

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    • May 26, 2017 at 3:39 am
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      Glad to help. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  • May 25, 2017 at 10:23 pm
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    This is such a great item for cats, it truly is. My cat is so scary. She loves the window but she is usual to scared to be out in the open when there are any people over. This product has been great for her to be able to lay in front of the window even when there are unfamiliar people in the house. This has been a wonderful review with great information on the product! Wish I would’ve read this before I bought the item!

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