Are you wondering what makes your cat cuddle with you at night or love to sleep in your lap?
Cats might have a reputation of being aloof, but most of them won’t say no to a cuddling session.
Of course, they allow cuddling only when they feel like it, which makes it even more special.
So, today we’re going to try to find the elusive answer to the question of why your kitty loves to cuddle with you.
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Why does my cat cuddle with me?
Whoever said that cats don’t like to cuddle obviously never actually owned a cat.
While some cats are not fans of petting, you’ll discover that they still prefer to be near you and to observe everything you do.
They also love to cuddle at the most inappropriate times and here are six reasons why.
#1 I’m seeking warmth
When it comes to sleeping, cats prefer warm places, preferably at a location they feel safe.
That’s why you’d often find them at the back of the wardrobe napping on your clothes or sprawled on a sunny patch in the garden during summer.
So, snuggling up to you at night or lying in your lap are ways for them to get warm.
Their body temperature runs a couple of degrees higher than ours, but they instinctively seek an external heat source so that their bodies don’t have to work too hard.
In most cases, that’s your body heat.
My indoor/outdoor cat never wants to sleep inside during the summer, but when winter comes, you can’t make Kitty go outside at all.
During the cold days, she likes nothing more than to sleep under the covers next to me or near the radiators.
#2 I want comfort
Why do you prefer to sleep bed and not the floor, for example?
Because the bed is comfortable, soft, and warm. Well, your cat sees it in the same way.
Why would she choose that expensive cat bed you’ve bought, when she could sprawl on those fluffy covers or your comfy chest?
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What’s more, when kittens are born they can’t regulate their temperature.
That’s why newborn kittens need their mother and siblings to keep them warm.
So, cats are used to seeking comfort during naptime from another being since the moment they are born. Besides, who doesn’t like cuddles?
#3 I love you
There’s one thing you need to know about cats. They don’t hang out with people they don’t like.
So, when your cat slumbers next to you in the night or curls up in your lap while you’re working on the computer, Kitty is saying loud and clear, “I love you!”
#4 You’re my favorite
Does your cat prefer to curl up only on your chest or lap and avoids the other members of your family?
Congratulations, then. You’re probably her favorite person in the whole household. Or maybe there’s something special about your lap.
In addition to this, by cuddling next to you, Kitty demonstrates that she trusts you completely.
Take it as a compliment and make sure that you give her all the attention she wants.
#5 I want to feel safe
As I already said, cats like secure places to nap. If they were living in the wild, they would choose a spot that’s well protected and which predators won’t find easy.
Of course, indoor cats don’t have to worry about such things. But their wild instincts are still intact, so they naturally seek the most secure place in the house – you.
So, they cuddle with you because they know that you’ll protect them and keep them safe. As a result, they can relax and sleep soundly having nothing to fear.
#6 Your presence is soothing
Cats comfort us by purring, this amazing sound that makes up for all the ruined furniture. But we also do something for them.
Our heartbeat and rhythmic breathing are so soothing for our Kitty that she falls asleep almost immediately. What’s more, our scent reminds her that she is safe.
Should you allow your cat to cuddle with you in the bedroom?
Even though you love to sleep with your cat, you might be wondering if it’s healthy to allow her into the bedroom.
Well, one possible downside is that the cat is likely to wake you up during the night around 3-4am.
She might also infect you with bacteria or parasites, although that’s unlikely if you deworm her regularly.
On the other hand, sleeping together strengthens your bond. Not to mention that the purring can help you relax after a stressful day.
However, if you don’t want your cat with you in the bed during the night, you have to set the boundaries at the beginning.
Once Kitty gets used to sleeping with you, there would be no way to keep her out of bed.
As you can see, a cuddling cat is a sign that you’ve managed to win Kitty’s affection.
However, if your cat is not the cuddling kind, you shouldn’t worry that Kitty doesn’t love you.
Some cats are more independent than others and might demonstrate their love in different ways.
What do you think about these reasons why cats cuddle with you? What are your thoughts on the matter? Share them with us in the comment section.
I’ve grown up surrounded by animals – dogs, cats, cows, goats, sheep, and horses and that has shaped me into what I am today – a crazy cat lady who always has a place for one more cat (or a dog). I’ve got two female cats – Kitty and Roni, and two tomcats – Blacky and Shaggy, but I also feed my neighbors’ cats when they come for a visit. I just can’t say no to them.
I discovered that writing is my vocation early in my school years. Since then I’ve taken part in several literature contests – writing horror and fantasy short stories and novellas.
For the past three years, I’ve been an ELS teacher, pouring my heart into showing children and teenagers how important English is for their future and trying to educate them how to treat their pets with care.