If your cat sleeps under the covers, this post will show you a number of possible reasons why and what you can do about them.
So, why does my cat sleep under the covers? Likely reasons why your cat sleeps under the covers are that it feels comfortable, it likes the warmth, or that it feels safer there.
There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat sleeps under the covers 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 under covers
Below are a number of possible reasons why your cat sleeps under covers and what would make them more likely.
Your cat finds it comfortable
The cause could be that it just finds it more comfortable there. This would be more likely if your cat tends to do it more when the room is cool, if it does not display unusual behaviors when it does it and if it sleeps there at random times.
It feels safer
The reason why it does it could be that it feels safer there. By sleeping under the covers, your cat will be able to protect itself from above and behind making it more likely that it will be able to see potential threats. This could be the reason why your cat does it even if there is no reason for it to be scared. This would be more likely to be the reason if it tends to have a more timid personality.
It is being affectionate
The cause might also be that it is being affectionate. This would be more likely if it goes under the covers you are using and if it also rubs itself against you when it is doing it.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.
If your cat has always slept under covers
If your cat did not always sleep under the covers, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it could be because the house became colder or because something caused it to start getting anxious around the house.
What is different when your cat does not sleep under covers
If your cat tends to do it more at a certain time, it would also help to consider the timing of when it does it. For example, if it does it more when the weather is cold, it would be a lot more likely that it likes the warmth under the covers. Whereas, if it does it more when you are using them, it would be more likely that it is being affectionate or that it has some separation anxiety.
What to do about your cat sleeping under covers
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
Give it another place to sleep
If it does not currently have somewhere else to sleep, it would help to give it access to another spot to go to. One option would be to get a cat cave/den bed that is covered so that your cat can go there and feel safe and warm.
Let it do it
If it has not been behaving unusually in other ways, another option would be to let it continue doing it.
Why does my cat sleep under blankets?
Your cat might sleep under blankets for any of the reasons mentioned above. It would help to consider what is different when it sleeps under blankets and if it only does it when you are around.