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Why do cats sleep at your feet? 4 reasons explained

If you’ve ever found it funny that your cat prefers to sleep at the foot of your bed, let me tell you that it’s not a random choice. Almost every move your cat makes has an explanation and an ulterior motive. Cats may not be the most intelligent animals in the animal kingdom, but we can’t deny that they are pretty clever. Why do cats sleep at your feet?

If your cat sleeps on the edge of the bed, it’s not just because he finds that space very comfortable and cozy or because he likes the cheesy (or not) smell of your feet. If you want to discover why he does it, keep reading, and you will discover the hidden reasons.

Why do cats sleep at your feet? 4 common reasons

Here are some of the most common reasons why cats sleep at your feet:

1. Protection and survival

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Let’s start with the main reason, and this could be the reason for most of their strangest behaviors, and that is to ensure their survival.

Cats are skilled hunters, but they are still in danger of falling prey to an animal bigger than them, and they know it very well. That’s why you will always see them alertly watching all the terrain, ready to run at the slightest suspicion of attack.

One of the reasons cats prefer to sleep at the foot of the bed is because it is usually an uncluttered space, with no pillows blocking visibility, and it is a perfect place from which they can see everything around them, especially since the bed is above ground level. And the best thing is that they ensure they are always close to the door by sleeping at the foot of the bed. This works great in case of any surprise attack because it allows them to flee quickly.

2. Comfy space

Let’s face it, we all like to sleep as comfortably as possible; there’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep. Your cat thinks the same. That’s why he has chosen the end of the bed as his sacred space to rest.

Your cat probably lay down to sleep next to you when he was a kitty, but after several days of watching you toss, turn, and move around a lot while sleeping, he may have decided you’re not the best napping partner. Your cat could be sleeping at your feet because it’s the only place on the bed where your nightly movements don’t disturb his sleep.

You will probably rest better, too, because the cat should sleep on the edge of the bed instead of on your chest, immobilizing you all night long.

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3. Acting as guardians

It’s no surprise to learn that cats are very territorial. Once you bring a cat home, he will think the house and everything in it now belongs to him, including you. As a good landlord, he always takes care of his most prized possessions. Your cat knows that we are in a very vulnerable state when we sleep, so he may decide to lie at the foot of the bed while you sleep to make sure that no one comes to attack you. Surely your cat can’t tell you I love you with words, but how about his actions?

If your cat doesn’t lie on the edge of the bed while you sleep, pay a little attention, and you may find that he lies on some other high spot from where he can watch you.

4. Finding the perfect temperature

Just as you cover yourself with warm blankets, your cat also likes to feel warm when resting, which is why they often seek to sleep close to their humans, who are their personal heaters. Since the human body emanates heat, primarily through the head and feet, during the night, your cat may move closer to the areas of your body that provide the most warmth. Some cats sleep in a ball next to you for this same reason.

However, if your cat sleeps at the foot of the bed but separately from you, it may be because he is looking for a fresh space to rest, free from blankets and body heat.

Should I let my cat sleep in my bed?

Now that you know why your cat loves to sleep in your bed and especially on the edges, you may be wondering if there is something dangerous about sharing that space. While there are differing opinions on hygiene, the reality is that unless you are allergic to cats, there is no problem if you let your cat sleep with you.

The only drawback I would see will be if you feel you can’t move freely for fear of waking your precious little one. If so, you can place several beds around your home to encourage your cat to change his napping spot. You’ll also probably have to clean the sheets more often, but it’s worth it if your cat is part of the family! After all, who wouldn’t want to cuddle up with their furry friend?

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Why does my cat sleep at my feet? Final thoughts

There you have it. Now you know why your cat may love to sleep at your feet. As you can see, cats don’t sleep there out of spite or because they want to annoy us but for various reasons such as comfort, feeling safe and secure, finding the perfect temperature, and acting as guardians.

If you don’t feel comfortable with him sleeping in your bed, that’s fine too. You can place several beds around the house so he has different options for napping spots. Just remember that no matter where he sleeps – if it’s in his own little nest or snuggled up next to you – cats are incredibly loving and loyal animals who want a place filled with warmth and safety. And that’s why your cat loves to sleep at your feet.

Does your cat sleep at your feet? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below. Happy cuddling!

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