Why do cats sleep in odd places?
If you’re the owner of a cat, there’s a good chance you’ve spotted yours curled up in some fairly unexpected places. You may see them wedged between books, in a box or other unusual spots like in the laundry. Why do cats do this?
Cats sleep a lot
Cats are most active during dusk and dawn. This is because these are the times when they would be hunting. Cats sleep to save their energy for hunting when they need. This is just parts of cats’ evolution and physiology. They can sleep as much as 20 hours a day.
Odd sleeping places
Cats often like to be up high. If you think about nature, being up a high is going to give the best vantage point to observe everything below. Cats, like many animals, are most vulnerable when sleeping. So being up high enables them to feel safe and have a good view of what’s going on below. Cats will also enclose themselves. That’s why they love being in boxes and tight spaces. They feel safe and know that there is only one direction they need to keep an eye on.
Your cat and odd places
Knowing why cats sleep in odd places makes their behaviour easier to understand. Some cats are more adventurous than others, and some can be excellent at hiding. If there are places where you don’t want your cat to go, or worry about their safety, make sure you seal it off (of course before checking that they aren’t already hiding in there). Providing your cat with climbing equipment and their own bed can discourage them from going to other hard to find places.
Keep in mind that it’s natural for cats to climb high and sleep in odd places. Always remember their safety and that they may not understand that some places are not good sleeping spots. Cats are big sleepers, so you shouldn’t be concerned if your cat sleeps a lot. However, if you’re concerned for their health always visit your vet.
Topic: Owning a Pet, Cats