If your cat has been sleeping on your dirty laundry, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about them.

So, why does my cat sleep on my dirty laundry? Likely reasons why your cat sleeps on your dirty laundry are that your cat finds it comfortable, it likes the smell or that your cat is hiding.

There are a number of possible reasons why your cat sleeps on your dirty laundry 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 in my dirty laundry?

Below are likely causes and what would make each of them more likely.

Your cat finds it comfortable

The cause is likely to be that your cat simply finds the laundry comfortable. This would be more likely if your cat tends to sleep on your laundry at random times and it does not seem to be looking for attention when it does it.

Your cat likes the smell

The reason why your cat sleeps on your laundry might be that it makes your cat feel safer because your laundry has your scent on them. This would be more likely to be the reason why your cat does it if it tends to sleep on your laundry when you are away and if it tends to sleep where you are when you are home.

Your cat likes the scent

The cause might also be that it likes the smell of the laundry. This would be more likely if your cat tends to sleep on your laundry at random times and if it also sleeps on things with your scent on such as your bed or the area you tend to sit in.

Separation anxiety

It might also be the case that your cat has been doing it due to having some separation anxiety and the scent on your laundry calms your cat down when you are not around. This would be more likely if your cat tends to start being anxious when you are leaving and if it sleeps on other things with your scent on when you are not around. It would also be more likely if your cat doesn’t sleep on your laundry when you are around and if it follows you around a lot.

Your cat is hiding

It could also be the case that your cat does it in order to hide. This would be more likely if you keep your laundry in a basket that is hidden from other animals.

Things to consider

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

If your cat has always slept on your dirty laundry

If your cat has not always slept on your laundry, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it might be because you started leaving your laundry in a different spot.

The timing of when your cat sleeps on your dirty laundry

If your cat does not always sleep on your laundry, it would help to consider what is different when your cat does not do it. For example, if your cat only seems to be doing it when you are not around, it might be the case that it has been doing it because it likes your scent on your laundry which calms your cat down.

How to get my cat to stop sleeping on my dirty laundry

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

Limit your cat’s access to your laundry

One option would be to limit your cat’s access to your dirty laundry such as by keeping your laundry in a different part of the house or in a covered box or basket.

Give your cat 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 where it normally sleeps on your laundry.

Why does my cat roll on my dirty clothes?

The reason why your cat rolls on your dirty clothes is likely to be that your cat likes the smell on them and your cat is masking its own scent.

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