Why Does My Cat Sleep on My Bed with Me? – Behavior Explained

Almost all cat owners start out buying their cat a nice bed and providing several places for their kitties to sleep. Yet, most cats end up sleeping on our beds, which raises the question, ‘why does my cat sleep on my bed with me’?

Some people don’t mind their cats sleeping on their beds, but for some it’s a problem. If you have any allergies or move around a lot in your sleep it can become annoying.

If you shut the cat out and close the door they are probably going to scratch and meow at the door to get in.

While I’m not going to cover how to change your cat’s behavior in this article, I’m going to look at why they sleep on beds to help you better understand your feline friend.

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4 Reasons Why Your Cat Likes Sleeping on Your Bed With You

Cats Like Finding Warm Places to Sleep

You may not notice it while you’re tucked up in bed at night but the temperature around the home drops a lot. The heating isn’t on, all the appliances that generate heat are off, it’s just the bodies in the house generating heat.

Most cats love finding somewhere nice and warm to sleep. You’ve probably noticed this during the day as your cat finds a warm spot in the sun to stretch out and relax. And who can blame them!

Cats Like to Feel Safe and Secure

Even domestic cats have some natural survival instincts that shone through. One of which is finding somewhere they can feel safe and secure to sleep without worrying about any threats.

They should feel safe in the home anyway. But being close to you and feeling the bond they have with you will help them feel even more secure. Especially when it becomes more routine.

Your Cat Loves You!

Cats may not show it as much as a dog, but they love us and we love them. That’s one of the reasons why we have cats, right? There are few things more relaxing than having a cat sleeping peacefully and purring next to me as I sleep in my opinion.

You may have had to put up with your cat getting into your face and nudging you in the night too. While this is really annoying when you’re trying to sleep, it’s also another show of affection.

It’s an Ownership Thing

We have all heard the saying that a cat owns you, you don’t own a cat. There is some truth to this, any cat owner will tell you that no matter how hard they try, a cat will do what a cat wants to do. It’s another of the endearing things we all love about cats, right?

It’s very likely that your cat sees your bed as their bed. You are sleeping with them at their own allowance. And, as you well know, when they want to be fed or let out they will annoy you until you do as they want.

Final Thoughts

There is no real scientific evidence or studies into the behavior of cats sleeping on beds as far as I can find.

However, I hope these reasons have helped you understand your pet a little better and why they like to be near you overnight.

All the reasons are positive, and as long as it’s not a problem for you, enjoy this quality bonding time.