If your cat sleeps in the sink, this post will show you why and what you can do about it.

So, why does my cat sleep in the sink? Likely reasons why your cat sleeps in the sink are to feel cooler, it finds the sink comfortable, there are issues with alternative places, it does not want to be bothered, or that it feels safer there.

There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat sleeps in the sink 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.

Reasons why your cat sleeps in the sink

Below are likely reasons why your cat does it and what would make them even more likely.

Your cat finds the sink more comfortable

It could be the case that your cat does it because it finds it more comfortable in the sink than in alternative spots. This would be more likely if it has tried sleeping in its bed, or alternative spots, before but it didn’t go back to doing it and if your cat has always slept in the sink.

The sink is cool

The reason why it might choose to sleep in the sink could be that the sink is cool. This would be very likely if your cat tends to sleep in the sink when it is hot inside the house.

There are issues with alternative places

It might also be the case that there are issues with alternative places for it to sleep. It could be the case that there are other animals there, it is too hot or that your cat feels like it does not have room.

It feels safer

Another possible reason why your cat has been doing it could be that it feels safer in the sink. This would be more likely if it tends to do it more when other animals are around and if the sink is high from the ground.

It does not want to be bothered

Another possible cause is that your cat does not want to be bothered. This would be more likely if your cat does not sit in the sink much when it is awake and it only seems to go there when it wants to sleep.

Things to consider

Below are things to consider to help figure out the main reason why your cat has been doing it.

If your cat has always slept in the sink

If your cat has not always slept in the sink, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it might be the case that there was an event that caused it to start. For example, if it started doing it when the weather became hotter, the cause could be that your cat is trying to cool down.

What is different when your cat does not sleep in the sink

If your cat does not always sleep in the sink, it would also help to consider what is different when it does. If it sleeps elsewhere sometimes, it might be due to the temperature or because it feels safer there when other animals are around or when there are loud noises.

What to do about your cat sleeping in the sink

Below are some things you can do about it.

Give it another place to go

The first option would be to give your cat another place to go such as a cat bed and to encourage your cat to sleep there instead whenever it tries to sleep in the sink.

Shut it out of the bathroom

If you do not want your cat sleeping there, another option would be to shut the door to the bathroom so that your cat cannot go in there. If it seems to be doing it due to wanting to cool down, it would also help to give it a cool place that it can go to as an alternative.

Let it do it

If your cat has not been behaving unusually in other ways and it seems to just prefer sleeping in the sink, the easiest option would be to let it do it and to give it alternative places to sleep if it wants to.

Author

I created and currently run Kitty Cat Tips, the website that you can go to when you have questions about your cat's behavior. It's my hope that you find Kitty Cat Tips to be a helpful resource. It is also my hope that it will help you to improve your relationship with your cat. You can read more about me and my website here.