If you have a cat who loves to sleep on your pillow, right next to your face, you will know just how annoying and uncomfortable this can be. Especially if your cat is large, or takes a long time to settle down. Even the most patient of people may find themselves getting frustrated if their cat is causing them to lose sleep by walking around their head, or taking up pillow space.
Why your cat sleeps on your pillow
There are several reasons why your cat may enjoy sleeping on your pillow. For a start, pillows are comfortable and retain a certain amount of body heat after they have been slept on for a while. Cats also like being next to you.
As far as your cat is concerned, they are safe and secure if they cuddle-up by your head. Your face is where you communicate from verbally, and no-doubt they can feel and smell your warm breath when they lay next to you.
At times, elderly cats may suddenly begin to feel insecure and take to sleeping on their owner’s pillow for comfort and warmth. Mature cats can sometimes feel the cold, and need extra warmth in order to be happy.
How to prevent this behavior
If a kitten is bought-up believing its okay to sleep on your pillow it will grow-up into an adult cat that carries on with this behavior, which is why it is best not to introduce a behavior to a kitten you do not want it to adopt permanently.
If your cat is elderly, consider the fact that they may require more warmth at night, and provide them with somewhere safe and snuggly to sleep, next to your bed, so that they are still close to you.
If your cat has made sleeping on your pillow a habit, they are not likely to change their ways in a hurry. In such a case, moving him or her to a warm place will not work at first, as the behavior will be repeated.
It takes animals a while to form habits, and it can take just as long to break those habits too. Each time your cat attempts to lie on your pillow, gently pick him or her up, and move them where you would prefer them to be. This could be further down the bed on a furry blanket they love, or in a special bed you have provided just for them.
Cats often respond to tasty treats like dogs do, so yummy food can be used to help alter their behavior too. Try putting a scrumptious treat where you want them to sleep each night.
It can be frustrating when your cat walks around your head, catching your hair in his or her paws, and then lays so close to your face that you are in danger of getting their fur in your mouth. By persevering and moving your cat where you want it to sleep, you can alter this behavior and get a good nights rest.