If your cat has been sleeping on you a lot, you might be wondering why and what you can do about it. This post will show you a number of possible causes and what you can do about them.

So, why does my cat sleep on me? Possible reasons why your cat sleeps on you are that you are warm, you make it feel safer, to get attention, it is anxious, or because you are in the spot it likes to sleep in.

Your cat might have been doing it for a number of reasons and it could be due to a combination of them. However, there are a number of things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are a number of things you can do about it.

Why does my cat sleep on me?

Below are a number of possible reasons why your cat has been doing it and what would make each of them more likely to be the main reason.

You are warm

The reason why your cat does it could be that your cat finds it comfortable to sleep on you. This would be more likely if your cat sleeps on you regardless of where you sit and your cat does not seem to be doing it to get attention from you.

You make it feel safer

Another possible cause is that sleeping on you causes your cat to feel safer. This would be more likely if your cat tends to do it more when other animals are around or when there is something else that might be causing it to feel anxious.

To get attention

Another possible reason why your cat has been doing it is to get extra attention from you. This would be more likely if it tends to do it when you have not been giving it much attention and if you tend to give it extra attention when it does it.

It is anxious

It could also be the case that your cat has some separation anxiety. This is where it does not like being left alone and the prospect of being left alone causes it to get anxious. This would be more likely if it sleeps on you at around the same time that you would normally go out.

It is being affectionate

A part of the cause is likely to be that your cat is being affectionate. This would be more likely if your cat gets you to pet it, it purrs when it sleeps on you and if it rubs itself against you.

You’re in its spot

It might also be the case that your cat has been doing it because it thinks that you are in its spot. This would be more likely if your cat sleeps on you when you sit in a specific spot and if your cat tends to sleep there when you are not sat there.

Things to consider about your cat sleeping on you

Below are some things to consider when figuring out the main reason why your cat has been doing it.

If your cat has always slept on you

If your cat has not always slept on you, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it might be the case that it started because something caused it to become anxious or because it learned that it is comfortable to sleep on you.

What is different when your cat sleeps on you

It would also help to consider if there is a certain time that your cat tends to sleep on you. If there is, it might be the case that the timing has something to do with it. For example, if your cat tends to do it before you have left home, the cause could be that it has some separation anxiety.

What to do about your cat sleeping on you

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

Limit reasons why it might be anxious

It would help to limit reasons why it might get fearful when you are not around. Ways to do so could include letting your cat stay in a different room than your dog if you have one or letting your cat stay in a quieter room.

Give it other places to sleep

Another option would be to give your cat other places where it can sleep. Perhaps you could try putting a cat bed down for it to sleep in.

Let it do it

If your cat does not seem to be doing it due to any issues, another option would be to simply let your cat continue doing it.

Why is my cat sleeping on me suddenly?

If your cat has started sleeping on you suddenly, it might be the case that something has caused it to start getting anxious when it is not with you. Another possible cause is that it learned that you are comfortable or that it gets rewards for sleeping on you such as attention.

Why does my cat sleep on me when I sleep?

If your cat sleeps on you when you are sleeping, it might be because your cat finds you comfortable or because it feels safer when it sleeps on you.

Why does my cat sleep on me at night?

If your cat sleeps on you at night, the cause is likely to be that it feels safer around you and that it feels more comfortable to sleep on you.

Why does my cat sleep on me in the morning?

If your cat sleeps on you in the morning, the cause might be that it is waiting to get food from you. It could also be because it feels safer and more comfortable on you.

Why does my cat only sleep on me?

The reason why your cat sleeps on you and nobody else is likely to be that your cat trusts you the most and because you are the one that feeds it and gives it the most affection.

Why does my cat sleep on me all day?

Cats like to sleep a lot during the day and tend to become more active in the morning and evening. The reason why your cat sleeps on you all day is likely to be that cats naturally sleep more during the day.

Why does my cat sleep on me in bed?

The reason why your cat sleeps on you in bed is likely to be that it feels comfortable to sleep on you and that your cat feels safer by sleeping on you.

Why does my cat sleep on me sometimes?

The reason why your cat sleeps on you sometimes could be due to not being able to access a certain room, waiting for food, or something in its environment causing it to come to you for security. It might also be the case that your cat just decides that it wants to sleep on you, for comfort, sometimes.

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