If your cat has been sleeping by your head a lot, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about them.
So, why does my cat sleep by my head? Likely reasons why your cat sleeps by your head are that it makes your cat feel safer, your cat simply likes the spot or that your cat is waiting to get something from you.
There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat sleeps by your head and it might be due to a combination of them. 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 by my head?
Below are likely reasons why your cat sleeps by your head and what would make them more likely.
Your cat feels safer
A possible reason is that sleeping near you 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 might be causing it to feel anxious.
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 sleeps next to your head at around the same time that you would normally go out.
Your cat wants something
Another possible reason is that your cat is waiting to get something from you. This would be more likely if your cat tends to sleep next to your head before you have given it food, in the morning, and it does not do it after.
Your cat simply likes the spot
It might also be the case that your cat has been doing it because it likes the particular spot next to where you tend to sleep. This would be more likely if your cat sleeps next to you when you sleep in a specific spot and if your cat tends to sleep there when you are not sat there.
Another possible reason is that your cat is just being affectionate. This would be more likely if it purrs when it sleeps next to you and it gets you to pet it.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.
If your cat has always slept by your head
If your cat has not always slept by your head, 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 the case that it started because something caused it to become anxious or because it learned that it is comfortable to sleep next to your head.
The timing of when your cat sleeps by your head
If there is a certain time your cat tends to sleep by your head, it would also help to consider the timing. If your cat tends to do it at night in bed, it would be more likely that your cat likes the spot and that it feels safer next to you. Whereas, if your cat does it before feeding it in the morning, it would be more likely that your cat is waiting for food.
What to do about my cat sleeping by my head?
Below are options you have if you do not want your cat to sleep by your head.
Give your cat somewhere else to sleep
One option 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 near where it normally sleeps.
Limit reasons why your cat might be anxious
It would help to limit reasons why your cat might get fearful 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.
Let it do 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 by my face?
It is most likely that your cat sleeps by your face because it makes your cat feel safer or because your cat likes a particular spot.
Do cats like sleeping with their owners?
Cats generally do like sleeping with their owners. This is because it makes the cat feel safer. However, cats often do not like it when they are forced to sleep in a particular spot and prefer to have a choice to sleep elsewhere.