If your cat cuddles your feet a lot, this post will show you likely reasons why and what to do about it.
So, why does my cat cuddle my feet? The most likely reason why your cat cuddles your feet is that it makes your cat feel safer and that your cat is being affectionate.
There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat cuddles your feet and it could be due to a combination of reasons. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause.
Why does my cat cuddle my feet?
Below are likely reasons why your cat has been doing it and what would make them more likely.
It feels safer
A likely cause is that your cat feels safer when it is around you. This would be even more likely if your cat tends to do it more at around the same time that your cat might be feeling insecure such as when there are loud noises inside or if your cat also tends to follow you around the house as well.
It is waiting to get something from you
Another possible reason why your cat does it is that it wants something from you. This would be more likely if your cat tends to do it more at a certain time such as in the morning before you have fed it.
It is being affectionate
It is also likely that your cat does it because it is being affectionate. This would be more likely if it also purrs, when it cuddles your feet, and if it also does things such as get you to pet it.
It finds your feet comfortable
Another possible reason is that your cat finds your feet comfortable. This would be more likely if your cat does it when it is trying to sleep and it does not seem to be doing it due to something causing it to be anxious.
It is rubbing its scent onto you
A part of the cause could also be that it is marking its scent on you. By doing so, it will help to keep your cat safer by letting other animals know that you are a part of its territory.
Another possible reason is that it has some separation anxiety and it wants to know when you are leaving. This would be more likely if your cat does it more at around the same time that you would normally leave home or go to bed.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main reason why your cat has been doing it.
If your cat has always cuddled your feet
If your cat did not always cuddle your feet, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If your cat started doing it suddenly, it could be a sign that your cat started being more comfortable around you.
What is different when your cat cuddles your feet
It would also help to consider if there is a certain time that your cat normally cuddles your feet since the timing could have something to do with it. For example, if your cat tends to do it more before you have fed it, in the morning, the cause could be that it is waiting to get food from you.
What to do about my cat cuddling my feet?
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
Let it do it
If your cat seems to be doing it because it feels safer around you and it is being affectionate, the easiest thing to do would be to just allow your cat to continue doing it.
Give it another place to sit
Another option would be to give your cat other places to sit and to encourage your cat to sit there when it tries to cuddle your feet.