If your cat sleeps between your legs a lot, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about them.

So, why does my cat sleep between my legs? Likely reasons why your cat sleeps between your legs are that your cat has separation anxiety, your cat feels safer there, and that your cat is being affectionate.

There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat sleeps between your legs 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 and there are some things you can do about it.

Why does my cat sleep between my legs?

Below are likely reasons why your cat sleeps between your legs and what would make each of them more likely.

Separation anxiety

It could be the case that your cat has some separation anxiety. This is where it does not like being left alone and the prospect of being left alone causes it to get anxious. This would be more likely if it tends to sleep between your legs more at around the same time that you would normally go out and if your cat tends to follow you around the house.

Your cat feels safer

Another likely reason is that sleeping between your legs makes your cat feel safer. This would be more likely if your cat tends to do it more when other animals are around or when there is something else that could be causing your cat to feel anxious.

Your cat is waiting to get something from you

It might also be the case that your cat is waiting to get something from you. This would be more likely if your cat sleeps between your legs more, in the morning, when you have not yet fed it.

Affection

It could also be the case that your cat has been doing it because it is being affectionate. This would be more likely if your cat also rubs itself against you and purrs when it sleeps between your feet.

For the attention

It could also be the case that your cat likes the attention it gets when it sleeps between your legs. This would be more likely if you tend to pet it when it sleeps there.

Things to consider

Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.

If your cat has always slept between your legs

If your cat has not always slept between your legs, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it could be due to something causing it to become anxious or because it learned that it likes the attention it gets when it sleeps there.

The timing of when your cat sleeps between your legs

It would also help to consider the timing of when your cat sleeps between your legs. If there is a certain time that your cat tends to do it, it could be the case that the timing has something to do with it. For example, if your cat tends to do it more before you have left home, the cause could be that it has some separation anxiety.

What to do about my cat sleeping between my legs?

Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.

Limit reasons why your cat might be anxious

It would 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 than your dog if you have one or letting your cat stay in a quieter room.

Give your cat somewhere else to go

Another thing to do would be to give your cat other places where it can sleep. Perhaps you could try putting a cat bed down for it to sleep in.

Let it to it

If your cat does not seem to be doing it due to any issues, another option would be to simply let your cat continue doing it.

Why does my cat sleep between my feet?

The reason why your cat sleeps between your feet is likely to be a combination of separation anxiety, your cat showing you affection and your cat liking the attention it gets when it sleeps between your feet.

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