Does your cat really like to sleep with you in your bed?

Do cats really like to sleep with you?

Cats are very vulnerable pets and most of the time they are always looking for a space or person that they trust to sleep on. They tend to trust their owner and caregiver the most and that’s why one of the reasons you always find them curled up close you in bed during the night.

Why your cat likes to sleep with you

From physiological to psychological, there are many reasons why your feline friend loves to snooze with you. These reasons include:

They seek Security

As we stated earlier, cats are very vulnerable, and even though they are small predators, they find themselves to be at risk of being hunted by bigger animals. So your feline friend tends to be wary of being attacked by a predator, so they come hide under your blanket.

They see your bed as their Territory

You would have known by now that cats are territorial creatures. They love to mark their territory and because they’ve bonded with you so much, they may consider your bed to be part of their territory.

They desire warmth

Cats do not like staying or sleeping in a cold environment. They prefer to stay in warm areas, and that one reason why your cat occupies any warm patches they find in your home.

They see you as a trusted companion

Your cat may love to sleep with you because they like and trust you. They know you’re their caregiver and would always take good care of them. So they consider you the best sleeping companion.

Why do cats sleep on your head in bed?

Have you ever been told to keep a hat on to ward off cold? The reason for that piece of advice is that you lose a lot of heat from your head.

Are there any benefits of sleeping with your cat?

There are a few benefits of sharing your sleep time with your feline friend. These benefits include:

  • You also enjoy warmth when your cat sleeps next to you. So in colder climates or winter, it is not a bad idea to welcome your cat to share your bed space with you.
  • Cats purr when they are content and these purrs are beneficial to your health. The frequency of your cat’s purrs can help promote the repair of broken or fractured bones as well as muscles and ligaments. It also helps you relax better.
  • The more time your feline friend spends with you, the stronger the bond they form with you.

What about the downsides of sleeping with your cat?

Here are some disadvantages of welcoming your cat to sleep with you:

  • Your cat may disrupt your sleep, especially if you’re a light sleeper.
  • Cats do not actually sleep much at night, they are nocturnal in nature, and love to take naps at night, wake up, and go about their business all through the night.
  • Cats can make an absolute mess of your bed sheets, especially when they are coming from outside the house where it is wet and muddy.
  • Your cat may leave hair on your bed which can cause allergies.

Should you allow your cat sleep with you?

It’s all a matter of choice whether you want your cat to snuggle up with you in bed. Some people do not like the idea, while others don’t see anything wrong about it.


Cats are lovable pets to have around, and it is not a bad idea sharing your bed space with them. Whenever you see your cat coming to share your bed space with you, know that it might be for safety, warmth, territory claim, or companionship.

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