Why Does My Cat Like Sleeping On My Clothes

A recent study published in the journal Animal Cognition suggests that one of the reasons cats like to sleep on our clothes is because they can smell our scent.

The study’s authors recruited 44 domestic cats and observed how they interacted with a variety of objects, including a piece of clothing that had been worn by their owner. The cats were more likely to lie on or around the clothing item than any of the other objects in the room.

The researchers believe that the cats were attracted to the scent of their owners on the clothing. They suggest that this behavior may be an evolutionary adaptation that helps cats feel secure and comfortable.

There are several other possible explanations for why cats like to sleep on our clothes. One is that they’re looking for warmth. Another is that they’re attracted to the motion of our breathing.

Whatever the reason, it’s clear that cats find our scent comforting. So if you want your cat to sleep in his own bed, you may want to try spraying his bed with a little bit of your perfume or cologne.

The Comfort of Your Scent

There’s something about a cat sleeping on your clothes that is just so darn cute. But do you ever wonder why your feline friend likes to doze off on top of your favorite shirt or dress? The answer may surprise you.

It turns out that one of the primary reasons cats like to sleep on our clothes is because of the scent. Our clothing often smells like us, and to a cat, that scent is incredibly comforting. In fact, research has shown that cats are so drawn to our scent that they will often choose to sleep on clothing that has been recently worn over other items in the home.

So the next time your cat curls up on your shirt, know that she’s not just trying to get comfortable – she’s seeking out the comfort of your scent.

Seeking Warmth and Familiarity

Many people believe that cats enjoy sleeping on people’s clothes because it provides them with warmth and familiarity. This is because cats are typically very territorial creatures and prefer to have a sense of security in their environment. By sleeping on someone’s clothes, cats can feel like they are part of that person’s pack and are taking up a space that is rightfully theirs.

In addition, cats may enjoy sleeping on people’s clothes because it is a way for them to get close to their human companions. Cats often see their human family as their pack and will do anything to get closer to them. Sleeping on someone’s clothes is one way for cats to feel as though they are being nurturing and protective of their loved ones.

While there are many reasons why cats may enjoy sleeping on people’s clothes, the most likely explanation is that it provides them with warmth, familiarity, and a sense of security.

A Sign of Affection and Bonding

Purring is a common behavior for cats and is generally a sign of happiness, but a recent study has shown that there is another reason why cats may like to sleep on us or our clothes. Researchers at the University of Lincoln in the UK found that when cats purr, they are also releasing a low-frequency vibration that has a positive effect on their human companions.

The study, which was published in the journal “Animal Cognition,” found that when people were near a cat that was purring, their heart rate and blood pressure lowered, and they reported feeling more relaxed. In addition, the study showed that when people petted a cat that was purring, they felt less stressed.

So why do cats purr? The answer is still not completely understood, but it is believed that cats use purring as a way to communicate with their humans. In addition to the relaxing effect that purring has on humans, it is also thought that purring may help cats heal faster from injuries.

So if you’re a cat lover, it’s good to know that when your cat curls up on your lap or jumps into bed with you, she’s not just trying to get warm, she’s also trying to bond with you.

Marking Territory Through Scent

Cats are territorial animals that use scent to mark their territory. One way they do this is by sleeping on your clothes. Your body heat and scent will help to “mark” you as their territory. This is why your cat may also rub against you or jump on your lap – they’re leaving their scent on you to help reinforce their territory.

Instinctual Behaviors from Ancestral Cats

It’s often said that cats are “silly” creatures. But when it comes to cats’ sleeping habits, there may be more method to their madness than we realize.

Studies have shown that cats have a strong instinct to sleep on top of warm objects. In the wild, this instinct likely helps cats stay warm and protect themselves from predators. By sleeping on top of their owners or other warm objects, cats are essentially replicating the warmth and safety of a mother’s womb.

In addition to sleeping on top of warm objects, cats also have a strong instinct to knead their owners. This behavior is thought to date back to when cats were nursing from their mothers. By kneading their owners, cats are essentially trying to stimulate milk production.

While these behaviors may seem quirky to us, they are actually rooted in the cats’ natural instinctual behaviors. By understanding why cats do the things they do, we can better appreciate and care for our feline friends.

Strategies for Encouraging Alternate Sleeping Spots

There’s nothing quite like waking up on a cold winter morning to find a furry little body nestled up against you, providing warmth. It’s no wonder many cat owners report that their cats like to sleep on their clothes. But what’s a cat owner to do when their cat decides that the only spot for a good night’s sleep is on their clothes?

There are a few things you can do to encourage your cat to sleep in other spots. One is to provide a variety of different sleeping spots for your cat to choose from. This could include a cat bed, a warm blanket, or even a box filled with soft materials. You can also try moving your cat’s food and water dishes to different spots in the house, as cats often like to sleep near their food and water.

If your cat is still determined to sleep on your clothes, you can try placing a sheet or blanket over them to keep them warm. You may also want to consider buying a cat bed that’s specifically designed to keep cats warm, such as a heating pad or a bed that’s filled with faux fur.

Ultimately, it may take a little bit of trial and error to get your cat to start sleeping in other spots. But with a little patience and some added effort, you should be able to help your cat find a more comfortable place to sleep.


  • Bruce Gosling

    Bruce Gosling is an animal blogger. He has written for The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and many other publications. He is the founder of the blog Animals in Translation, which focuses on animal behavior and conservation. Gosling is also a member of the Royal Society of Biology.

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