As many of us know by now, the one fact(ish) that remains consistent about felines is that they are consistently inconsistent. Whew! Let’s wait for that brain cramp to pass!
What we mean is, just when we think we’re getting a handle on the quirks and habits of our feline friends, they hit this invisible reset button and change up everything on us. And no, it is not part of a kitty conspiracy to kill unsuspecting humans one by one; nor do they do the things they do on purpose to drive us insane (although we do sometimes wonder)! Cats in the wild often have to change up their routines and habits due to circumstances, surroundings, etc., and the wild side of even the most domesticated feline sometimes urges them to do the same!
Where and when they sleep is no exception to this rule. Some feline lovers will never experience the joy of having their cats climbing into bed with them. Others of us cannot sleep without our furry face masks! The question is: what makes cats want to sleep with their hooman pets?
A Need FOR Comfort
As babies, kittens huddle in a group, often so close together that we cannot tell where one ends, and another begins. This is, of course, for warmth, but also to feel something familiar and soothing surrounding them. This is a big world, after all, and our cats start out so small and helpless in it!
As our cats grow and mature, they retain much of the instincts with which they are born, including the desire to cuddle. If your cat has been more anxious or restless than normal, he or she may soon (if not already) start seeking comfort from you as you sleep. This is one hundred percent normal (and quite an honor; it means that he or she has officially adopted you as his or her parental figure!), and should be welcomed, if at all possible. We all need a little cuddling once in a while, even our tough-as-cat’s-nails babies!
A Need TO Comfort
Sometimes, our felines will take it upon themselves to try to take care of us in the only ways they know how. Cats, being the amazing, intuitive creatures they are, always know when our energy is wrong, like when we’re upset or not feeling well, even when the rest of the world is clueless. Often, our cats know something isn’t quite right with us before WE do. In times like this, even the most standoffish feline can become glued to our hips (or torsos… or faces) in no time.
Our advice? Even if you don’t think you need Dr. Kitty hovering over you like a bedside nurse, especially while you sleep, let your angel do his or her job! Sometimes, when we’re unhappy, cats seek the extra closeness because they fear they have angered or hurt us in some way. Allowing them to cuddle whenever they show an interest helps lay that fear to rest for your feline. Plus, letting them care for you as you’ve cared for them for so long helps them feel like they’re still very much a needed and loved part of your family!
Our cats are always more aware of their (and therefore our) surroundings and habitats than we are. For this, we can all thank their acute, higher-than-human senses and unorthodox sleeping habits. Because of their heightened awareness, felines can often detect potential threats or nuisances that we often miss.
If our cats (or we) fail to neutralize these threats or pests, they may take to sleeping with us (especially closer to our faces and/or throats) to be readily available to defend us, should an unwelcomed situation or intruder make itself known. While cats can be aloof and mysterious, at the end of the day, we are their family members, too, and they would fight to the death for us, if necessary!
If you’ve had your cat(s) since they were very young, or if they’ve acclimated quite well to the spoiled, domesticated feline lifestyle, your babies may start sleeping with you just because they’re hooman, too! (Shhh… don’t tell them otherwise!) Some cats notice things like us not eating from bowls in the floor, or not sleeping on small cushions or in different rooms, and they want to be just like us! Besides, I’m sure we all know how much more comfortable and snugger our beds are!
For some cats, trying to sleep with us is the first indication that something is wrong with them. Often, this means more than just a case of the sniffles or eating too much catnip. Sick cats sleep with their littermates (as kittens) and parents (which, in this case, means us) when whatever is ailing them starts to frighten them.
If you think your kitty might not be feeling well, keep a close eye on him or her, and visit a vet as soon as possible. Often, it’s nothing that a good round of antibiotics or worm medicine can’t fix up in a few days, but sometimes the problem is more serious. Catching any feline health issue as early as possible always means having the best chances of getting your baby well again, but you have to listen to what he or she is trying to tell you!
Cat Cuddler’s Corner
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