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Why Does My Cat Sleep Pressed Up Against Me?

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Does your cat often sleep pressed up against you? This could be while you’re sitting on the couch enjoying your favorite movie, or it could be while you are in your own bed at night. 

Either way, you might be wondering what it means when your cat sleeps like that. You might also be wondering if this type of behavior is normal or if you should be worried about your cat. 

There might be a few reasons that your cat sleeps pressed up against you. These reasons include marking their territory, showing their love towards you, and even protecting you while you sleep. 

In this article, we’ll discuss why your cat sleeps next to the areas of your body that they do, and whether or not your cat might prefer sleeping with either your husband or you better. Let’s dive in!

Do Cats Protect You While You Sleep?

The answer to this question might have a two-fold answer. Your cat may actually be sleeping next to you to both protect you and also to feel protected.

If you have other pets in the home besides your cat, then that could be a reason that they sleep next to you. They may have encounters with your other pets in the middle of the night – such as being picked on or attacked. 

This may end up with your cat feeling comforted and protected just by sleeping next to you. They may also be wary that the other pet in the home could attack you. 

This scenario is especially true if you just got a new pet. For this reason, it’s important that you introduce the two pets in the proper way to make sure that they get along.

There is also been some chatter for several hundreds of years as to whether or not cats can see the supernatural. Has your cat ever stared at something on the wall, but there was absolutely nothing there? Mine do that all the time and it’s a creepy feeling.

Could it be that your cat sees something in the spirit world that we do not have the capacity to see with our own eyes? This could very well be debated without any clear answer but perhaps this is the reason that they prefer to sleep next to you.

Why Does My Cat Sleep By My Feet?

According to experts, your cat is likely sleeping down by your feet simply to protect you. While this cannot be absolutely proven, it does make a ton of sense when you think about it. 

For one, the foot of most people’s beds are usually next to an open area and not against a wall. This makes it much easier for your cat to keep an eye out for what’s happening in the room. 

It also makes it easier for your cat to go on the defensive should something happen and they feel the need to protect you. With multiple directions covered at the foot of the bed, this might be the main way that your cat prefers to sleep.

I have a cat that always sleeps down by my feet no matter what. Any time I’ve tried to bring him up closer to the upper part of my body, he just goes right down by my feet again. 

Why Does My Cat Sleep Near My Head?

Now, if you have one of those cats that prefer to sleep by your head, it could simply mean that they trust you. Cats with no trust for their human companion will not sleep near your head. 

A cat that prefers to sleep near your head could also be showing its affection towards you since cats communicate a lot through their eyes. 

Have you ever tried to look an animal in its eyes and it ran off? They might have felt intimidated by the gesture or simply didn’t know you enough to trust you.

If you’re one of the lucky few whose cat sits on their head, just know that your cat would not do this if they didn’t love and trust you. This is ultimately a good sign, even though it may be uncomfortable and prevent you from breathing properly while sleeping.

Why Does My Cat Sleep With Me and Not My Husband?

Because cats have different personalities that are unique to the individual cat, they may prefer to be around certain people who better complement their uniqueness. It’s true. Cats do tend to have favorites when it comes to people.

If you always seem to be the one who pets your cat or feeds it, this may be the reason that your cat prefers you over your partner. Whichever one of you provides the most affection and love, will be the person that becomes your cat’s favorite human. 

If your partner feels bad because they are not your cat’s favorite human, then the best thing to try is to have them spend more time with your feline friend. This will probably work much better if you’re not home to distract your cat and your partner from bonding.

Why Does My Cat Push Its Head Up Against Me?

Headbutting by a cat is a great thing! It means that your cat loves you and wants to show their affection towards you. It is also a great way for them to leave their scent on you and claim you as their own.

I have a cat who does this to me almost every single day. I’m honestly not sure he’s ever missed a day of headbutting me. 

The reason for this, I believe, is that I live in a multi-cat household so he must let it be known every day that he’s my main cat.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this article answered your questions about why cats sleep with you the way they do. Cats are unique creatures and it is hard to know the full story of what is actually true or not. 

For instance, I wish my cat could tell me that he’s protecting me from a ghost in my bedroom, but then again, do I really wanna know all that? Probably not. 

However, it does make me feel better knowing that my cat is protecting me while I sleep. I’m also comforted by the fact that my cat loves and trusts me enough to want to sleep right next to me.