If your cat sleeps on the floor, this post will show you a number of possible reasons why and what you can do about them.
So, why does my cat sleep on the floor? Likely reasons why your cat sleeps on the floor are that it finds the floor comfortable, the floor is cool or that there are issues with alternative spots.
There are a number of possible reasons why your cat sleeps on the floor and it might 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 on the floor
Below are likely causes and what would make each of them more likely.
Your cat finds the floor more comfortable
It might be the case that it does it because it finds it more comfortable on the floor. 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 on the floor.
The floor is cool
The reason why it might choose to sleep on the floor could be that the floor is cooler. This would be more likely if your floor is made of wood and if the room it sleeps in is hot at night.
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.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main reason why your cat has been doing it.
If your cat has always slept on the floor
If your cat did not always sleep on the floor, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started doing it. An event might have occurred that caused your cat 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 on the floor
If your cat does not always sleep on the floor, 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 it might be following you around the house and sleeping in the same room as you.
What to do about your cat sleeping on the floor
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
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 on the floor.
Let it do it
If your cat has not been behaving unusually in other ways and it seems to just prefer sleeping on the floor, the easiest option would be to let it do it and to give it alternative places to sleep if it wants to.