If your cat has been sleeping in another room, this post will show why and what you can do about it.
So, why does my cat sleep in another room? Possible reasons why your cat sleeps in another room are that it is used to sleeping in the other room, it finds the other room more comfortable, or that it thinks you do not want it to sleep with you.
There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat has been sleeping in another room and it could be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.
Reasons why your cat sleeps in another room
Below are likely causes and what would make each of them even more likely.
It is used to sleeping in the other room
The reason could be that it has become accustomed to sleeping in a different location and it feels more secure when it sleeps there. This would be more likely if there is a particular spot that it has always chosen to sleep in.
It finds the other room more comfortable
The reason could be that your cat finds the other room to be more comfortable. If you try to get it to sleep on your bed it might be that it is too hot for it, the room might be too hot or it might find the floor to be cooler. This would be more likely if it does sleep with you on certain nights such as when it is colder.
It thinks you don’t want it to sleep with you
Another reason might be that your cat thinks that you want it to sleep somewhere else. This would be more likely if you tend to give it things that it wants when it does not sleep with you or if you get annoyed with it when it does sleep with you. Instead, it would help to reward it when it goes where you want it to sleep.
Things to consider
Below are things to consider to help figure out the main cause.
If your cat has never slept in your room
If your cat did not always sleep in the other room, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it could be the case that there was an event that caused it to start doing it.
If it did sleep with you in the past then it might have stopped due to things such as your room being too hot, not having enough space or it might have chosen to sleep in what it feels like is a safer spot. It would help to consider what else changed when it stopped sleeping with you.
Whereas, if it has always chosen to sleep somewhere else then it would be more likely to be due to things such as those mentioned above.
What is different when your cat does sleep in your room
It would also help to consider whether or not it always sleeps in another room. If it does sleep with you sometimes then the timing might have something to do with it.
For example, if it does not sleep with you on hot nights then it might choose to sleep in another room because it is cooler there.
What to do about your cat sleeping in another room
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
Reward it for sleeping in your room
One option would be to reward your cat with positive attention when it chooses to come to your room. By doing this, it should help to encourage your cat to sleep in your room so that it gets more rewards.
Make your room more comfortable
If there is not currently a comfortable spot for you cat, in your room, it could also help to make one by putting a cat bed where you want it to sleep.
Be calm with it
As mentioned above, it might be the case that your cat thinks you do not want it to sleep with you. When it does come into your room, it would help to be calm with it and to give it positive attention.
Let it do it
If your cat is choosing to sleep in another room, it is likely to be because your cat finds it more comfortable in there. The easiest option would be to just allow your cat to continue to sleep where it wants to but to give your cat the option to sleep in your room if it wants to.