Why do cats like to sleep standing up?

Why do cats like to sleep standing up?

It is a proven fact that cats like to sleep standing up to their caregivers, or even closer to them. This circumstance is due to several reasons that your caregivers should be aware of.


1. Matter of survival

Rare is the adult who weighs less than 40 kg. Assuming the average weight of an adult cat is between 3 and 4 kg (except Maine coon, Ashera and other huge, chubby breeds), our cats should sleep next to a being that weighs at least 10 to 13 times more than that. they.

So if the cat is sensible and pretends to survive a sudden nocturnal upset from the volume that sleeps next to him, it is obvious that he will have to be placed where his bedmate’s weight is lightest and has more escape. In other words, at the feet.

In fact, the habit of moving to the extremities of the body (head or feet), cats acquire when they become adults because when they are young they tend to be placed on the chest of the person they prefer to sleep with. In this way, they feel the heartbeat that reminds them of their baby stage with their mother.

But after being accidentally crushed on more than one occasion by the sleeping human while turning over, cats conclude that it’s less dangerous and more restful to sleep at head or foot height.

2. Protection

Cats know that when they sleep they let their guard down slightly. For this reason, if they sleep next to the caregiver and suddenly feel something suspicious, they will not hesitate to wake the caregiver to warn them of danger and protect each other. Another characteristic of cats is that they like to sleep with their backs on something. In this way, consider that your back is well protected.

3. The alarm clock and the routine

How many people have run out of cell phone battery and the alarm clock function has not rung? Probably millions of human beings spread across the earth.

Luckily, if our cat is standing guard at our feet, he’ll spot the problem right away and, without hesitation, move up to our face to rub against it and meow from mouth to mouth in our ear. The point is, we wake up once and for all.

Cats are orderly beings they like routine and the absence of nasty surprises. For this reason they will try to wake us up to face the day in the usual everyday way. If he notices that we’re in bed because we’re sick, he won’t hesitate to stay with us to keep us company.

4. Member of the same clan

Cats are territorial, exclusive and sociable. All of this is in this specific order.

Your territory is the entire house, up to the last limit. So, being puppies, they are dedicated to patrolling and exploring our house to the very last corner. It is normal for an animal to know its hole perfectly, and cats do it conscientiously: it is their territory.

In a family of several members, it is common for the cat to empathize with everyone, but there will always be a chosen one with whom the cat will be more affectionate than the rest of the inhabitants. That only person will be the one with whom the cat will sleep exclusively at your feet.

The sociability of the cat will be demonstrated by being courteous and even affectionate with all members of the family, as long as they are from their pack, clan or group. Therefore, well-behaved cats and most of them are, empathize with members of this family clan. The cat plays, lets itself be petted, or forces it to be petted and communicates with all the components of its family pack. Even during the day he naps beside someone on the sofa or rests on his grandmother’s lap in front of the television. But sleep at the foot of the bed, only he will do that to his favorite human.

5. Cats are very territorial

We believe that cats sleep at our feet because they love us and need our company. It might be true in some cases, even in many cases. But in reality, we are the ones who sleep beside the cat’s four feet, according to the feline mentality. Because we live in its territory and it distinguishes us by letting us sleep beside it. We are your favourites, your trusted humans.

In addition to inviting us to sleep with them, the cat will show us its affection or trust by licking us. They are brushed and washed with the tongue. The act of licking us shows that they clean us because they trust us and we are one of “their”.

If we bring a new pet into the house, especially if it’s another cat, our first cat will be terribly upset at such nonsense and for a few days, he’ll sulk and punish us for not sleeping next to him. But time heals everything.

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