If your cat often sleeps on the table, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about them.
So, why does my cat sleep on the table? Likely reasons why your cat sleeps on the table are that it finds the table comfortable, the table is cool, it feels safer on the table or that there are issues with alternative spots.
There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat does it 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.
Reasons why your cat sleeps on the table
Below are likely causes and what would make each of them more likely.
It finds the table comfortable
It might be the case that your cat does it because it finds it more comfortable on the table 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 on the table.
The table is cool
The reason why it might choose to sleep on the table could be that the table is cooler. This would be more likely if the table is cool and your cat tends to sleep on the table when it is hot inside.
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 there
Another possible reason why your cat has been doing it could be that it feels safer on the table. This would be more likely if it tends to do it more when other animals are around and if the table is tall.
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 table
If your cat has not always slept on the table, 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 on the table
If your cat does not always sleep on the table, 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 on the table
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 table.
Let it do it
If your cat has not been behaving unusually in other ways and it seems to just prefer sleeping on the table, the easiest option would be to let it do it and to give it alternative places to sleep if it wants to.