Why Does My Cat Sleep on Me?

Why Does My Cat Sleep on Me?

by Scritch

If you’re lucky enough to have a cat who loves to cuddle, you’re probably familiar with that feeling of waking up to a warm furball on your back or stomach (life could be worse!). So, why is it that so many cats like to lay on their humans and purr themselves to sleep? Let’s find out.

They Just Want to Be Warm

Ever notice how your cat loves to catch the first ray of sunlight in the morning? Whether it’s on the floor or in the window box, your cat is right there soaking it all up. This is because cats prefer resting in warm places—and who doesn’t? When the sun sets and that warmth is gone, a cat could find some heat alongside a radiator, but it’s far more comfy on top of you when you’re in your favorite recliner or when you’re snuggled beneath the bedcovers. These are the moments when your feline friend will most likely seek you out.

Humans Are Actually Quite Comfortable

Cats sleep around 15 hours a day (or more), so naturally they’re looking for a comfortable spot to catch 40 (or 400!) winks. Whether it be on a sofa or stretched out in a laundry basket, cats want a soft and cozy place to relax. Imagine how cozy you feel to a cat who discovers you in bed under a number of plush blankets. You immediately become the coziest place on earth, far superior to a mere pillow or cat bed.

It’s About Affection…

If you’re like most people, you’re typically out most of the day (or night) working. When you finally return home, the only thing your furry friend wants to do is be by your side and follow you around until you sit or go to bed so he can snuggle up to you. Why? Because your cat loves you. All that head-butting, purring and kitty-kisses add up to one thing: adoration! So when your cat shows these signs of affection (because most cats cannot speak…yet) and when he jumps on you to settle in and rest, give him a pet to lull him to sleep and return the affection.

As Well as Safety

Everyone and everything craves and needs security. Your cat is no exception! When your cat is in search of a place to sleep, he not only wants comfort and warmth, he also wants a place that is secure—and that place is you. No dangerous predators are around when his human is there, so he can dream easily without any fear of a rude awakening. 

Some Cats Love the Sounds Your Body Makes

The natural sounds of your body may be soothing to your cat when he sleeps on top of you. The steady rhythm of your heartbeat and breath as well as the rise and fall of your inhaling and exhaling help lull your cat to sleep. Your smell is also pleasant as your cat associates it with you and the care, companionship, and safety you provide him.

Your Cat Plays Favorites!

It could be that you move less in bed while asleep than other family members. Or, your cat may feel particularly safe from harm around you. Whatever may be the reason, your cat loves sleeping on top of you, so cherish the moment while it’s here. Cats are known to switch up their routine, so they may eventually look elsewhere for some other warm, comfortable pillow on a bed that is not you!

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