Have you ever asked yourself, “Why does my cat sleep on my feet?”
You’re not alone. Many cat owners ask themselves this question.
As an owner, I know it makes me wonder what’s going on with my own fluffy feline!
Fortunately, I’ve got your back with these 7 reasons why your cat lays at your feet.
7 Reasons Why Your Cat Sleeps on Your Feet
Instead of cuddling with you, your feline friend seems content with its habit of sleeping on your feet, over or under the sheets, depending on its mood.
Cats are famous for their ability to sleep all day in the weirdest places.
When you think about it, your feet are among the least strange sleeping spots your cat has.
While we can never be sure what goes through a cat’s mind, I can make a few good guesses why your cat sleeps between your legs or lays on your feet.
Are you ready to see them? Then keep on reading.
#1 I Don’t Want to Get Hurt
Unless you’ve got one of those large cat breeds, such as Main Coon, you are a lot bigger than your cat.
As such, it’s easy for you to roll over while sleeping and accidentally crush your cat.
That was one of my concerns when Ronnie started sleeping in my bed.
Usually, most kittens love to sleep on your chest because they can listen to your heartbeat.
It relaxes them because it reminds your kitty of their mother and how protected they felt around her.
However, kittens learn to adapt when they learn that humans tend to toss and turn in bed.
They aren’t stupid and understand that sleeping on you can be dangerous.
Not to mention that your movements disturb your cat’s sleep because they have to move to avoid getting crushed.
So, your kitty might prefer to sleep at your feet or next to your pillow. It’s a safer spot than your chest or belly.
My Ronnie usual sleeps next to my feet, but she leaves enough distance for me to turn comfortable.
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If I happen to kick her accidentally, she quickly moves to her cat bed. Yours probably does the same.
#2 I Seek Protection
Another reason why your cat sleeps on your legs is protection.
Usually, cats seek safe, hard-to-reach places to rest where they know that predators won’t be able to surprise or attack them.
While indoor cats don’t have to worry about being vulnerable, your kitty might still feel insecure at times.
For example, loud noises and new smells can make your cat feel anxious/stressed.
A change in routines, a new pet, or negative experiences can rock your cat’s world and leave them vulnerable.
Loneliness and lack of attention also can affect your cat’s behavior.
So, naturally, your kitty will seek to lay on your feet because they know that you’ll protect them no matter what.
#3 I Want to Protect You
Sometimes cats like to sleep between your legs because they want to protect you.
Your kitty stays close to you so that they can react in case of danger.
People often think about dogs as men’s best friends, but cats can also be loyal and protective of their owners.
While cats might be tiny, they have sharp claws/teeth, and they won’t hesitate to use them to scare intruders.
Moreover, you are your cat’s source of food and attention.
It’s not so strange to think that your cat might want to make sure that nothing happens to you while you’re asleep.
#4 You’re My Favorite!
When a cat sleeps on your feet is a sign of great trust and affection.
Cats have a rule of not sleeping around people they don’t like or trust because they’re vulnerable when asleep.
So, if your feline likes to naps between your legs, they must love you very much.
Moreover, cats have favorites, and we all know it.
They might be affectionate towards the whole family, but there’s that one person that they like the best.
If that’s you, you shouldn’t be surprised that your kitty picks your feet as a resting place.
#5 I’m Your Alarm Clock
Do you know that your cat can tell how deeply you’re sleeping? Your breathing and heartbeat changes while you go through your sleep cycle.
So, sleeping on your feet allows your cat to determine when you’re in the light stages in sleep.
In this way, your cat knows the exact moment to start meowing for food or attention in the morning.
Moreover, your cat can wake you up if you happen to oversleep.
They learn your daily routine quickly and will wake you up if you don’t get up at your usual time, even on a Sunday.
So, you don’t need an alarm clock when you have a cat.
In addition to this, sleeping at your feet ensures that your cat won’t miss their chance of midnight snack if you happen to wake to go to the bathroom.
#6 I’m Cold
Does your cat come to sleep between your legs on cold days?
Then your feline is probably looking for a heat source, and you’re their favorite choice.
As a whole, cats aren’t big fans of cold weather and prefer to spend those days/months somewhere warm and safe.
Sometimes they sleep so much during winter that you might think that they’re hibernating.
Since your bed is probably one of the most comfortable and warmest sleeping places in the house, it’s your cat’s duty to sleep on your feet.
#7 You’re Mine
Another reason why your cat lies on your feet is possession or jealousy.
As you well know it, cats are territorial creatures and don’t like it when other animals intrude on their territory.
That’s why they patrol your house and rub their cheeks on everything in sight, including you.
If you have more than one cat, they might sleep on your feet to mark their territory and show the other cats/pets that they’re the boss.
So, don’t be surprised if your cats fight for the right to sleep at your feet.
The Feline Foot Obsession is Always There
No matter the reason your cat snoozes at your feet, snuggled up on the sheets, you should take it as a compliment.
Cats never sleep near people they don’t trust.
As such, you should be careful not to scare or hurt your cat accidentally when they sleep on your feet, or you might lose your cat’s trust.
If you don’t want your cat to sleep in your bed or on your feet, you should establish this rule from the very beginning.
Otherwise, your cat will be very displeased when you kick them out of the bedroom and close the bedroom door.
What do you think about these 7 reasons why your cat lays on your feet? Does your cat sleep by your feet? Tell us in the comments.
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.