Why Does My Cat Sleep on My Head at Night?

Grey Patterned Cat Curled in Sleeping Position

Snuggled up in bed you begin to drift off to sleep, just to be woken up by a face full of cat fur. You love your cat, so you kindly remove Fluffy from your face and go back to sleep.

Cat Sleeping on Owner's Head at Night

Ten minutes later, you feel a tail tickling your nose and Fluffy not on your face, but on top of your head. What a crazy cat. Why does my cat find the need to sleep on my head at night?

Believe it or not, there are dozens of cat owners that find themselves waking up with a cat hat on their head.

Feline experts are not 100% sure as to why cats find the head of their owners an inviting place to catch some Z’s, but they do have a few theories.

Your Head Is Warm:

It’s no secret that cats love and seek out warm places in the house. That is why we often find our easy going felines basking in the sun or curled up in a fresh batch of laundry. It is also common knowledge that as humans, we lose the majority of our body heat through our heads. As the sun goes down, our cats might seek out your head as a warm and cozy place to be in the chill of the night.  

You Provide A Feeling of Safety:

Every living, breathing thing in this world needs to feel safe including your cat. As his owner, your cat looks to you for protection and Fluffy knows that nothing could possibly hurt him in the presence of his master.

He chooses your head because if you are startled by a noise in the night, your head will jolt up, waking your cat so he can get out of the way of possible danger.

Cat Sleeping in a Box

The Calming Scents & Sounds That Are You:

The floral scent of your hair, the distant sound of your drumming heart and the soothing sound of your relaxing breath all bring your cat to a place of Zen. Fluffy associates these smells or sounds with companionship, care and above all else, peace. Snuggled under the covers, your head may be the only place your cat can get close to you and find his place of solitude.

Your Cat Loves You:

Left alone all day while you are at work, your cat misses you and seeks your company. There are only a few hours left in the day between the time you get home and bedtime, so your cat takes advantage of every second he can get. Those purrs, head rubs and kitty kisses are his way of saying he adores you. Jumping into bed and snuggling up next to you is just another way of showing his affection.

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Cats are unique and fascinating creatures. Our frisky felines never sense to amaze us. Although we may not be able to understand why our cats do what they do, one thing is for sure…our cats truly do adore us.


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