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Why Do Cats Sleep at the Foot of the Bed?

Cats are funny yet weird creatures sometimes. Although you seem to learn and get accustomed to their behaviors, there are moments when you just cannot understand them. This leaves you with countless questions without answers.

Is your cat sleeping at the foot of the bed? Then you’re probably wondering why is that, and why the little furball doesn’t choose another place to sleep since it has so much freedom. Well, there can be many reasons for this behavior and you’re about to discover them. So, keep on reading.

Why Do Cats Like to Sleep with Their Owners?

Cats can sleep in different places – still, if you’re a cat owner, you’ve probably noticed that it likes to sleep with you. Whether it’s during the night or just on a casual day, it’s not unusual to see your cat curl up next to you and evading to the dream world.

Well, cats feel vulnerable during their sleep, so they are looking for a safe place where they don’t have to stay alert. Since you’re their owner and take care of them at all times, it’s only normal that they trust you and would come to you when they feel the need to rest. Therefore, if they sleep on you or next to you, that’s a great sign that your cat trusts you.

Not only that, but cats also love to feel warmness when they sleep. Considering you’re a full living creature that has a warm body, your cat will want to come and sleep with you to feel nice and cozy. In other words, you also serve as some kind of… “heater” to them.

At the same time, this could be a sign of affection from your pet. Your cat most likely loves you and wants to spend time with you, despite the independent façade she puts on. Pets can’t communicate another way than through actions, so your cat will show you it loves you in its own way. Also, despite all of their independence, cats still don’t like being alone, which is why they feel the need to be in your company during their most vulnerable time.

What Does It Mean When Your Cat Sleeps on Your Feet?

Cats have a tendency of sleeping on their owner’s feet, and if your cat is no exception to the rule, you may wonder why. Generally, a cat does this because of:

  • Instinct

Your kitty may love you, but it also has a kind of possessive love. Cats are territorial animals, which means that your home is their territory too. In order to feel safe, they need to be aware of everything surrounding them.

In addition, because cats are pack animals, they will be loving with every family member, and many times ask for forced attention. Even more, if they choose to sleep on your feet and not someone else’s, it means you are their favorite.

  • Protection

As mentioned above, cats feel vulnerable during their sleep, so they want you to be there in case they’re in any danger. Moreover, they also want to lay with you in case you will be in any danger, so they can wake you up.

  • Survival

Since you’re bigger than a cat, your little pet may be afraid you might roll on it in the middle of the night. As the cat is aware of the danger, it will naturally choose a safer place, such as your feet. There’s less weight, so it won’t have to worry about being crushed by your body.

Why Does Your Cat Sleep at the Foot of the Bed?

You may be very curious as to why your cat seems to prefer the foot of the bed more than any other area. Here are some common reasons:

  • More Room

You’re probably taking a good part of the bed already, barely leaving your cat any safe space to sleep on. As such, your kitty will choose the part of the bed that has the most space: the end of the bed. There is a lot of room there for it to either sleep or stretch, which is why it’s usually the favorite option.

  • Less Disturbance

Let’s be honest: who likes to be woken up when they’re sleeping like babies? It’s annoying, and it messes up your whole sleeping schedule. It may be the same for your cat – that’s why they came up with a preventive measure in case that would happen. After all, you’re moving in your sleep, which means that if your pet was to sleep at the top, you’ll often wake it up.

At the foot of the bed, there’s less disturbance, so they choose that place to ensure they have a nice and relaxed sleep. Unless you are the kind of person who is always moving their feet around during the night, your cat will love this place.

  • Better Door Visibility

This is pretty much tied to the cat’s need for safety. By sleeping at the end of the bed, your cat has better visibility of the door. So, it’s able to have the entrance of the room in sight in case someone enters.

Usually, it’s normal for the foot of the bed to be nearest to the door. Unless your room is any different, then your cat will seek shelter next to your feet, and be on the watch for the room entrance.

Should You Allow the Cat to Sleep with You?

Whether you want to allow your cat to sleep with you or not depends on many things. Not all cat owners like the idea, and there are advantages and disadvantages to this “practice”. For instance, sleeping with the cat will be a good way to bond with it and can also serve as a stress relief too. In addition, it’s warm and cozy.

On the con side, cats don’t sleep throughout the whole night, so your sleep may be disturbed. Also, they can leave a lot of hair around too, which can lead to allergies.

So, in the end, it’s up to you to decide if you let it sleep with you or not.

Final Thoughts

Cats have different personalities, but even so, most of them love sleeping at the foot of the bed. So, hopefully, this article helped you find out why your little furball chooses this spot for its naps.