Why Does My Cat Sleep on My Head?
If you’ve ever had a cat, chances are that whenever you sleep you find their bodies tucked on top of your head. Sometimes, they start sleeping by your side or near your legs. But around early morning, you’ll find that you’re inhaling fur. Although this is common, a lot of cat owners wonder why cats have this kind of behavior.
5 Reasons Why Cats Love Your Head
There is no scientific evidence explaining why cats love sleeping on the top of your head. However, veterinarians have a few theories on why they do this. Read on to learn more about those theories.
- It’s warm on top of your head.
If there is any part of your body that is easily accessible and gives off a lot of heat, it’s the head. If you’ve ever wondered why cartoons always depict characters having steam on top of their heads is because this area is actually where heat can escape easily.
It is a well-known fact that cats have to maintain their normal body temperature (which is 102 degrees Fahrenheit) so they can maintain their metabolic rate. This is why they have to stay in a warm place; in this case, it’s your head.
- You have restless legs.
If someone wants to sleep beside you, they surely want to sleep where they won’t get hit. Even if you won’t admit it, your legs tend to move a lot at night. So if you have your cat sleeping in that area, you can expect them to sleep somewhere else. And when they sleep on your head, they won’t risk being woken up by any movement.
To add to that, cats tend to sleep in a shallow way. Unlike humans who can go to deep sleep, cats easily wake up to the slightest movement. In some way, they are similar to dogs. Just a bit of movement can already wake them up so if your cat wants to sleep for a long time, the best place they will go to near you is your head.
- It’s more comfortable on top of your head.
To cats, human hair feels like fur. This is why it’s natural for them to sleep on top of your head. Your hair mimics a kind of fur that is familiar to your cat. Not only does it feel soft, but it feels as if they are sleeping beside their mom.
On the other hand, you will notice how animals in general sleep near their parents. Since most cats don’t have their parents, the closest “parent” they will go to is their owner. Sleeping in this area will make them feel a sense of comfort.
Likewise, if you have a protective cat, sleeping in this area will make them feel like they are protecting you. This is not only true for cats because dogs also sleep close to their owners to ensure that they can easily protect them from danger.
- It gives a sense of security.
Just like what was mentioned earlier, sleeping on top of your head gives your cat a sense of security. In this case, it’s security from other people and from you who might eventually hit them in your sleep.
For some people, it’s not just their legs that move around – they easily move their arms in their sleep causing cats to wake up or get hit in the middle of the night. Plus, if you’re the kind of person who tosses around their bed at night, then it’s unsafe for your cat to be near you. Ironically, if cats might get hit by you, they won’t also choose to sleep far away from you. Somehow, sleeping near you will still feel more comfortable than when they sleep on the floor or in a different room.
- It smells good.
And the last theory is that your hair smells good. This is most likely to happen to women because they use a lot of hair products where most of them give off a scent that can appeal to cats. Think of it as a freshly laundered linen. For cats, your hair feels like a good blanket by their side.
On the other hand, cats can be doing this so that they pass their scent to you. Have you ever heard of animals marking their spot or ownership with their scent? This can be possible but in this case, they are marking their scent on your pillow. So whenever some other cat or pet comes along the way, they know that your cat’s place is on your pillow.
The great thing about cats is that they find comfort in the unlikeliest of places. If you are worried that for them sleeping on your pillow is uncomfortable, then you have got it all wrong. In fact, cats are known to go to places where they won’t be bothered as most of them aren’t as playful as dogs.
Making Sure You Get a Restful Sleep
Even if you love your cat, there are definitely days when you just want to have your bed to yourself. During these days, it’s best that you know what you should do so that you don’t drive your cat away.
One is to give them something to play with. There are times when cats want something to play with or scratch before they sleep. Giving them a rug or toy to play with beside them can be helpful. This will also distract them from going straight ahead to your pillow.
Two is that you can train them to sleep somewhere else. If they have a pet bed, then you can train them to sleep there instead of your own bed. What’s great about cats is they will easily adapt to what you teach them.
Overall, if you find it uncomfortable when your cat sleeps beside you or in some case you end up inhaling their fur, train your cat to sleep away from you. You don’t have to worry about them feeling left out. It is just a matter of training as cats will understand your needs as well.
- Strange Cat Facts: ‘Why Does My Cat Sleep On My Head?’ – PetMD
- Why Does My Cat Sleep on My Head? – Cat Health
- 3 Reasons Cats Sleep On Your Head – Pets Best