The truth about why your cat sleeps with you
Ok, of course your cat loves you. But does your cat sleep with you out of love, or another reason? Here are four reasons your furry feline may choose sleeping in bed with you over his favorite box!
1. Your cat sleeps with you for warmth.
A human’s average body temperature is around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas your feline friend’s body temperature hovers closer to 102. degrees Fahrenheit. This means that although your cat may be more tolerable to hot temperatures in the summer, they are more sensitive than us humans to colder temperatures. This may explain why your cat seeks out those sun spots, curls up in your fresh, warm laundry, and the 1000 other weird places you find your feline friend! And at night when you’re curled up in your warm bed radiating heat – what better place to snooze than your body? And, BONUS, if your cat wants to go straight to the source of heat escaping from your body – your head is just the place to go!
2. Your cat sleeps with you for safety.
There are lots of ways cats show they trust you and feel safe around you. They may give you “the slow blink”, flop of their backs for a tummy rub, or sleep with you. Sleeping is a very vulnerable time for any animal, cats included. When little, kittens will sleep in a “kitten puddle” near mom for safety. As they grow up and find their forever home, their senses will fully develop. Ever notice your kitty’s ears still moving and picking up noises while they sleep? Cats are highly sensitive and ready to wake and bolt when needed. Choosing you as a safe place to sleep should be flattering. Even more flattering – when they sleep or lie with their butt facing you! While not so appealing, this is, in fact, an ultimate sign if trust to have their back towards you!
3. Your cat is claiming your as theirs.
Did you know that cats have scent glands in their cheeks, lips, forehead, paw pad, and tails, among a few other places? These scent glands release chemicals called pheromones. Pheromones are used to communicate with other cats – it can tell cats about their reproductive status, bond with them, or in our case – mark their territory. So every time your cat climbs up on you, head bumps you, and begins to make biscuits – know that they are laying on a heavy layer of scent claiming you as theirs. I suppose that really is true love. This may also explain why your cat likes to rub along your legs, or along the chair, and all of those other objects its claiming within its territory. Yes, it is in fact the cat’s house and you just live there.
4. Your cat sleeps with you because he loves you.
Those purrs, biscuits, kisses, and feeling of safety – they all lead up to one conclusion. You and your pet share a special bond. And of course he loves you! Not only is sleeping together a way to bond with your feline friend, studies show that sleeping with your pet can reduce stress and anxiety, providing you with better sleep. (Until you’re stuck in the same position all night and can’t possibly move in fear of disrupting your cat.. and then your legs start cramping, but you still can’t disturb your cat……)