Reasons Your Cat Likes Sleeping Next To You

I’m sure you’ve noticed that your cat really enjoys sleeping with you. In fact, they might even insist on it! But why is that? What’s the deal with cats and sleeping next to their humans?

Sleeping next to your cat is a demonstration of trust and affection. Cats are very independent creatures and they generally only sleep with people with whom they have a strong emotional bond. When your cat curls up next to you, it is a sign that it feels safe and loved.

Cats feel safest when they’re close to their humans and being near you provides them with warmth and security. Plus, cats love the smell of your skin and hair, and they find the sound of your heartbeat soothing. So next time you see your kitty curled up on your pillow, know that she’s just trying to get as close to you as possible!

Cats have different sleeping habits than humans

Cats are notoriously independent creatures, and they often seem to prefer their own company to that of humans. However, there are times when cats will seek out human companionship – particularly when it’s time for a nap. So why do cats like to sleep on top of their humans?

Unlike humans, who tend to sleep all at once for around eight hours, cats recharge their batteries by taking several naps throughout the day. These naps usually only last for a few minutes at a time, and they rarely enter into a deep sleep.

This is because cats are natural predators, and their ancestors needed to be able to wake up quickly in order to avoid becoming prey. As a result, most domesticated cats still have this same instinct, which means that they’re seldom fully rested.

Cats are always on the alert, so it makes sense that they seek extra protection by snuggling up to their owner. After all, you’re the one who provides them with food, water, and a litter box. Snuggling up to you is a way of showing their trust and appreciation. You’re giving them even more security while they sleep when they’re most vulnerable.

5 Reasons Your Cat Sleeps Next To You (Or On You)

If you’ve ever woken up to find your cat snuggled up against you, you may have wondered why they bother. After all, cats are notoriously independent creatures, and they seem to have no problem finding a comfortable place to sleep. So why do they insist on sleeping on you?

  1. Your cat is looking for warmth
  2. It marks its territory
  3. Cats are looking for security
  4. It is a way to bond
  5. It could be hormonal

1.     Your Cat Is Looking For Warmth

Most cats are very particular about their napping spots. They like to be in a place where they feel safe and comfortable and where they can easily keep an eye on their surroundings. So it’s no surprise that many cats gravitate towards sources of warmth when they’re ready for a nap. Radiators, sunny windowsills and even warm laundry baskets are all popular choices. Some cats are also content to curl up in their owner’s lap, taking advantage of the body heat.

A cat’s normal body temperature is between 38°C and 39°C, which is about 3-5°C higher than ours. This means that they need to find ways to stay warm, especially when they’re sleeping. That’s why you often see cats napping in front of sunny windows or curled up in a box. They’re trying to conserve their body heat by keeping themselves in a small, enclosed space. When it comes to sleep, warmth is more important to them than comfort.

2.     It Marks Its Territory

Territoriality is a trait common to many animals and cats are no exception. In the wild, cats use scent to mark their territory and warn off intruders. This instinct carries over into the domestic world, where cats often choose to mark their humans as their own. While some people may find this behavior unwelcome, it’s actually quite flattering. By sleeping on you, your cat is claiming you as part of its territory. In other words, you’ve been accepted into the inner circle.

3.     Cats Are Looking For Security

Cats are funny creatures. When they’re in the wild, they’ll spend most of their time hunting for food. But in between meals, they’ll want to find a safe place to rest. Often, that place will be where you are. Maybe it’s because you provide them with food and shelter or maybe it’s because they know you’ll protect them from harm. Either way, it’s quite flattering to think that you’re the one place a cat feels truly safe.

This behavior often begins in kittenhood when cats are first forming their bonds with humans. As they grow older, they may not spend as much time sleeping in your lap but they will still often choose to sleep nearby, in a spot where they can keep an eye on you.

If your cat frequently sleeps on you, it’s not because they think you’re a giant pillow – although that may be part of it. In most cases, it’s because they are seeking comfort and security. Cats are very attached to their mothers and when they can’t be near her, you’re the next best thing. By sleeping on you, your cat is getting the warmth and security that they need.

4.     It Is A Way To Bond

As cat owners, we know that the reputation of cats being aloof and unfriendly is totally false. Our cats are just as affectionate as they are social. They want to bond with us and feel loved just like any other pet. The best way to show our love for them is by reciprocating their affection.

We should give them plenty of attention, pet them often and play with them so they know that we enjoy their company. In return, they will purr with contentment and maybe even give us a few head bumps to let us know that they love us too.

Have you ever wondered if your cats likes kisses? Make sure to read our article “Do Cats Like Kisses – 10 Signs That Your Cat Loves You“.

One of the many reasons why cats make such enjoyable companions is their social nature. Cats are known for their affectionate behavior towards both their fellow felines and the humans that they have bonded with. One of the ways that cats express this affection is through what is known as “pillowing.”

This is when a cat curls up against another animal or human, using them as a pillow. For cats who live in single-cat households, their human companions are often the recipients of this behavior. And it’s easy to see why – after all, there’s nothing cozier than being snuggled up against a warm, purring body. Pillowing is just one of the many ways that cats show their love and it’s an incredibly important part of the cat/human bond.

5.     It Could Be Hormonal

Dogs have been shown to release oxytocin, the feel-good hormone when they are in contact with their owners. This research suggests that dogs experience a sense of well-being and happiness when they are around the people they love. While it is not yet proven that this also applies to cats, it is certainly not a far-fetched theory.

Cats are social creatures who form strong bonds with their families. It stands to reason that they would also experience a sense of well-being and happiness when they are around the people they love. In fact, there is some evidence to suggest that cats do indeed release oxytocin when they are in contact with their loved ones.

Why Does My Cat Sleep On Certain Parts Of My Body?

As any cat owner knows, our feline friends often have a curiously strong preference for napping on specific parts of our bodies. While some kitties prefer to curl up on our laps, others seem to prefer perching on our shoulders or chest. So what explains this behavior?

My Cat Sleeps On My Head

There may be several reasons why cats like to sleep on your head.

For one, your head is warm. It gives off constant heat throughout the night, making your pillow a favorite spot for your cat.

Additionally, your head is (mostly) still. Do you have a restless sleep? To avoid being jostled all night by your limbs, your cat will naturally move toward your head.

Finally, it smells good. Your cat may well like the smell of your hair and shampoo. Cats have a better sense of smell than we do, and they’re drawn to the sweet comfort of your scent.

My Cat Sleeps On My Chest

If you find that your cat has taken up the habit of sleeping on your chest, there’s probably a reason behind it. One explanation is that cats are attracted to the sounds our bodies make. The sound of a heartbeat and the steady breathing may be soothing to them. Additionally, cats enjoy elevated positions and your chest provides a perfect perch for them to survey their kingdom.

My Cat Sleeps On My Lap

Even when you’re not in bed, they’ll often find their way onto your lap for a nap. And who can blame them? It’s warm and cozy and it’s the perfect place to enjoy some extra petting. But why do cats like to nap on our laps? One theory is that it helps them to feel safe and secure. When they’re curled up on our laps, they know that we’re there to protect them. Another theory is that they just enjoy the warmth. After all, cats are notorious for their love of heat.

Why Do Cats Sleep With Their Back To Us?

Don’t worry if your cat likes to sleep with her back to you. While it may seem like “rudeness”, it’s actually a sign of trust. Cats are both predators and prey, so they’re always on the lookout for safe places. When your cat sleeps with her back to you, she’s showing that she trusts you to keep watch. She may even be keeping an eye on the area for both of you! So instead of being offended, take it as a compliment. Your cat trusts you and that’s a good thing.

Should You Let Your Cat Sleep With You?

Most cat owners will attest to the fact that their feline companions make great bedfellows. Cats are soft, warm, and cuddly, and they often enjoy snuggling up close to their humans. However, there are also some drawbacks to sharing your bed with a cat.


Stress relief
Studies show that petting our cats and dogs releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin. It also lowers our cortisol (stress) levels. A recipe for perfect sleep!
It can disrupt your sleep
Cats are generally more active in the evening (although they can adapt to your sleep schedule).

If you’re not home during the day, bedtime can be the perfect time to catch up on lost time and cuddles.
Hygiene problems
Indoor cats can carry litter into your bed, and outdoor cats can be potential disease carriers.
It’s warm and cozy
There’s no denying the comfort factor when it comes to letting your cat sleep in your bed.

If your cat prefers to sleep on your chest or head, it can be uncomfortable, especially if she’s overweight. In addition, you may inhale a small amount of cat hair with each breath.

One thing to keep in mind is that cats should not be allowed to sleep with children under the age of five. This is because of the risk of suffocation, a nervous or very fearful cat may even lash out and scratch a child if caught sleeping.

Make sure to have a look at our articles “8 Things Your Cat Loves And 6 Things Your Cat Hates” as well as “Are Dogs Cuddlier Than Cats?

What To Do If Your Cat Disturbs Your Sleep

Cats are actually very active creatures and their sleep patterns don’t always match up with our own. Of course, this can sometimes lead to bad habits, like nipping at your toes or meowing for attention in the middle of the night. However, there are ways to help your cat adjust to your sleep schedule:

  1. Play with your cat before bedtime. This will exhaust him and he can go to bed with you.
  2. If your cat is interested in food, try programming your food distributor to give (a little amount) of food every 2 hours during the night. This will occupy him during the whole night.
  3. To calm your cat between 4 am and 6 am you can install a birdfeeder outside the window. Birds normally eat around this time window and it will be great entertainment for your cat
  4. Try giving him a heated pillow. Your cat will have a hard time leaving it 😉
  5. If nothing helps, you will have to close your door with the cat outside. Your cat will have to learn to leave you alone during the night. In the beginning, it will be dramatic but with patience and time he will understand and after some time he will understand that he can only be with you if he is not waking you up.  


Nikol Toteva was born into a family with a Saint Bernard and spent her childhood on a farm surrounded by animals. Animals have always been a big part of her life. Her upbringing has created a special place in her heart for animals, which she enjoys writing about. She has worked as a writer in different industries for many years. Nikol has a degree in History and loves to spend time with her cat Napoléon.

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