Ask Amy: Why Do Cats Sleep Under the Bed?

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“You can’t see me!” Image copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

For many of us, it’s the cats that sleep ON the bed with us…and on the pillow…and on your head…that crowd us out of dreamland that prompt quizzical looks. But today’s Ask Amy addresses those felines that prefer the company of dust bunnies to humans. What’s up with that?

Do your cats have weird sleeping spots? What’s the oddest place your cat likes to nap? Seren-Kitty (as I write this) is cuddled up in her blue bed on the table beneath the stained glass lampshade. These days she prefers warmth and soft surfaces, but in her youth Seren hung out on damp towels on the tile tub surround in the bathroom. Oh, and do your kitties argue over prime sleep spots? I think Magical-Dawg is lucky that Seren hasn’t kicked him out of his favorite dog bed!

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Ask Amy: Why Do Cats Sleep Under the Bed? — 11 Comments

  1. Cody is one STRANGE CAT…he doesn’t sleep ON the bed (do you believe it!!???) and he doesn’t sleep under the bed, in fact, he rarely sleeps in the bedroom at all! He has free reign every where and for the life of me I can’t figure it out.
    My Angel Bobo used to LIVE in the bed with me and always slept there. I often wonder, because we adopted Cody two weeks after Bobo (who was my 18 yr old soul kitty) passed, if Bobo’s spirit is STILL in that room and that is why Cody stays away from it?

  2. Aggie sleeps in the closet in the day time. (Yes, this lends itself to all the innuendos.) She prefers to sleep on my feet at night. The strangest cat I had not only slept under the covers by my feet but tried to have her kittens there. Gad what a mess! Aggie and Dreamie grudgingly share space on the bed with each other and with me. They fight over the dog’s cage when Maggie is outside. I have yet to figure out that attraction!

    • How funny! Must be the “cave” aspect of the dog’s cage that they like. Oh, and it’s a cat “rule” that they have their babies in the most inconvenient spot for humans as possible, LOL!

  3. Anubis has taken to sleeping in Simba’s old cat bed. Of course, I also got him a heated cat bed just in time for winter, so he spends several hours a day in that now.

      • We’ve caught him jumping up on the bathroom sink to look at himself in the mirror now and then too. But he still doesn’t want another cat in the house. He wants HER.

        But he’s still getting lonely. So we’re going to try finding a little mirror to set by the cat bed so maybe he can feel like he’s curling up with another kitty.

          • Well, we had trouble finding mirrors that were safely covered on the edges (the one store we knew would have them had a line a mile long x.x eek last-minute Christmas shoppers) so we tried to let him “borrow” my hand mirror for the evening.

            He sniffed it, curled up next to it… then started looking extremely sad. 🙁 Poor guy…

  4. Great article Amy. Sometimes Macy sleeps under the bed to get away from Termite when he’s aggravating or picking on her. Save haven there, I suppose. Most of the time her and brother Thomas prefer a lap, chair, bed or pet bed. Termite prefers a window, chair, bed, between my feet or a clothes dryer, especially if it’s got warm towels in it. However, the other day Macy got in one pet bed and Termite got in there with her and Macy said that was not going to work with about 27 lbs. of meow meows.LOL

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