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Sleeping with your cat – Some cool facts

November 20, 2021

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Did you know that the average cat sleeps for around 16 hours a day? That’s more than half of their lives! You might be thinking, “that sounds like me when I get home from work,” but cats are different in some other interesting ways.

For example, did you know that your cat is probably not sleeping on your favorite pillow or blanket because they love you? They’re just following their instinct to keep warm and cozy. And if your kitty sleeps with you every night, it may actually be because they find comfort in the sound of your breathing, and of course, they love you!

Curious about any other cool facts about cats? Read on to learn more… 

Is it OK to sleep with your cat?

Yes, it is perfectly fine to sleep with your cat. Cats are very affectionate animals and will often curl up with you for warmth or because it comforts them. It’s also very normal for cats to groom their owners (or other pets) as this is their way of showing affection.

Do cats dream when they sleep?

Cats do indeed have dreams, and the way they dream is very similar to how humans dream. According to Dr. Gisela Kaplan, who is a feline behaviorist, “When a cat goes into REM sleep, that’s when you see the twitching and slight paddling.” If your kitty dreams of chasing a mouse, you may notice it running around with its paws outstretched.

A cat’s purr is good for your health!

One of the most incredible facts about cats is that their purring can be extremely therapeutic to humans. According to the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, “the sound frequency ranges from 25 Hz to 150 Hz. This frequency range is within the 50-55 Hz measured for Alpha waves, which are indicative of relaxation.”

Specifically, the purring sound has an effect on humans that can improve their bone density and circulation. So if your cat is snuggling with you every night before bedtime, it’s also doing your bones a favor!

Other cool cat facts about sleep: Cats spend 30% of their lives sleeping, which comes to around 16 hours a day. – If you’ve ever noticed your cat being very still for long periods, especially right after they wake up, this is because cats are predators and have the instinct to hide how they are feeling to avoid being seen as a prey item. – Cats spend up to 30% of their waking hours grooming themselves. – A cat’s sense of smell is 14 times stronger than that of humans.

Why do cats like to sleep with humans?

The reasons that a cat would sleep with a human can range from wanting to stay warm and cozy or just for the sound of their breathing. If your cat sleeps with you every night, it could also be because they find comfort in being near you.

You definitely know the last thing you want to do before leaving home leaves your feline friend alone. Your cat must stay occupied while you’re away, so they don’t feel anxious or bored. Spending quality time together before leaving can go a long way in this regard. Still, there are also creative ways of playing with them that are at least somewhat automatic – like installing some interactive toys for your cat to play with while you’re gone!

Cats are generally very happy animals who just want to spend their time with you. They love being close to you, and sleeping together is a great way for both of you to bond. So enjoy your time snuggling, watching TV, or sleeping together because it’s all part of the experience!

Does my cat know when I am sleeping?

Cats are very aware of their surroundings and understand when you are sleeping. This means that they’ll be able to detect the times you are having a deeper sleep so they won’t disturb you. Still, if they feel hungry or need attention, they will definitely let you know.

What does it mean when your cat sleeps with you?

It depends on the cat’s motives, but generally, it means that they want to keep you warm during winter.

In other cases, it may be a sign of comfort or love. Cats can feel lonely and insecure when left alone, which is why they might even follow you from room to room during the day, looking for company. Some cats will mark their territory by scratching furniture. In contrast, others use a litter box, so if your cat sleeps with you every night without getting up all throughout the night – chances are they feel comfortable enough in your presence to do what cats usually do; elsewhere in the house!

Why do cats like to sleep under blankets?

Cats like to sleep under blankets for two main reasons. Firstly, because it’s warm and cozy, this makes their core temperature feel stabilized, allowing them to rest better. And secondly, because it makes them feel safe and secure because they’re able to cover themselves with a blanket if something bad happens (like an earthquake).

Why do cats get in your face while you sleep?

This is just another way for your cat to show how much they love you! Cats are very tactile animals and enjoy cuddling with their owners because it’s a sign of pure affection. As mentioned earlier, cats can become isolated while you’re away, so they’ll be happy spending time with you when you get home.

Also, your cat wants to keep you warm since you didn’t cover your face with a blanket. As a result, you’ll find that your cat will crawl on top of your face and try to push its way inside.

Conclusion

Cats are very social animals and can easily become lonely if you leave them alone. So if they don’t have an outlet for this loneliness, they may not resist the temptation of staying with you, which leads to unwanted scratching and climbing on the furniture. The reasons that a cat would sleep with a human can range from wanting to stay warm and cozy or just for the sound of their breathing. If your cat sleeps with you every night, it could also be because they find comfort in being near you.

Mary Wilson
Mary Wilson
I am a happy cat parent and animal lover, and I am from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Living with three cats and my lovely husband - James. We like traveling around with our cats and writing in our free time. Sharing what we have learned over the years of cat ownership brings joy.
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