If your cat often sleeps at the foot of your bed, this post will show you a number of likely reasons why and what you can do about them.
So, why does my cat sleep at the foot of my bed? Likely reasons why your cat sleeps at the foot of your bed are that your cat finds it comfortable, separation anxiety, it feels safer there, or that it is waiting for something from you.
There are a number of possible reasons why your cat sleeps there and it might be due to a combination of reasons. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.
Why does my cat sit or sleep at the foot of my bed?
Below are a number of likely reasons why your cat sits or sleeps there and what would make them more likely.
The cause could also be that your cat simply finds the foot of your bed comfortable. This would be more likely if your cat tends to sleep on there at random times and it does not seem to be looking for attention when it does it.
The reason why your cat sleeps there might also be that it has some separation anxiety. This would be more likely if your cat tends to sleep there when you are in the bed yourself and if it tends to follow you around the house when you are not. It could also be the cause if your cat sleeps there when you are not home. In this case, your scent on your bed could be causing your cat to feel safer.
It feels safer there
If your cat sleeps on the foot of your bed at night, the cause could also be that it feels safer when it sleeps in your room. This would be more likely if your cat also sleeps in the same room as you during the day as well.
It is waiting for something from you
Another possible cause is that your cat is waiting for something from you. This would be a lot more likely if your cat tends to do it in the morning when you have not fed it yet.
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 slept at the foot of your bed
If your cat did not always sleep at the foot of your bed, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If it started sleeping there suddenly, it could be because it started finding the spot comfortable, you started staying in your room a lot more causing your cat to follow you, or because another spot became unavailable to it.
What is different when your cat does not sleep at the foot of your bed
If there is a certain time that your cat tends to sleep there, it would also help to consider the timing of when your cat does it. For example, if your cat tends to sleep there when you are in the room, it would be a lot more likely that it is either following you around or waiting to get something from you. Whereas, if it does it when you are not in the room, it would be more likely that your cat finds it comfortable there and that it feels safer there.
What to do about your cat sleeping at the foot of your bed
Below are things you can do about your cat sleeping there.
Let your cat do it
If it has not been bothering you, one option would be to simply let your cat continue doing it. Alternatively, you could try preventing it from entering your room and giving it another place to sleep.
Give it another place to sleep
One option would be to give your cat another spot where it can sleep. One way to do this could be to get a cat bed and to put it in your bedroom.
Limit reasons why it might get anxious without you
It would also help to limit reasons why your cat might get anxious when you are not around. Ways to do so could include letting your cat stay in a different room that also has a safe spot that it can sleep in and rewarding your cat whenever it goes there.