Why does my cat sleep between my legs?
There are several reasons why your cat loves to sit on top of you and especially to sleep between your legs, and here we are going to explain what they are.
To mark their territory
First, let’s not forget that cats are wild animals used to controlling their territory. Sitting on your stuff is a way of claiming space. And the higher it is, the better, as that’s where they would hide in the wild – that’s why your laptop or papers are more attractive than the desk itself. You’ll notice that your cat will mark your stuff by rubbing his face and paws to leave his pheromones.
To stay warm
If there is a sunny spot, a cat will find it. They love to be warm and will spend the day happily lounging outside soaking up the sun’s rays. When night comes they need a proper change – that’s where you come in. Lying on top of you is super comfortable and helps them maintain body temperature – you’re basically their personal radiator.
Curling up in your lap also shows that they feel safe enough next to you to let their guard down.
To be comfortable
Cats sleep about 15 hours a day or more, so they naturally seek out comfortable places to do their favorite activity. Whether it’s on the couch or in the laundry basket, cats need a soft, cozy place to curl up. Your lap is a great option – it’s the perfect size and very warm – add a soft blanket and you immediately become the coziest place in the world.
Your cat adores you, believe it or not!
Yes, your cat loves you (even if he doesn’t always show it openly) and snuggling in your lap is proof of that. Other signs of cat love include head-butting your face, purring and kissing on your nose. When your cat shows these signs of affection be sure to return the sentiment and pet him gently until he falls asleep.
Your soothing sounds and smells
Cats find the natural sounds of your body incredibly soothing when they sleep on top of you. The steady rhythm of your heartbeat as well as the movement you produce as you inhale and exhale helps them sleep. They also like your scent because they associate it with you and the care, companionship and protection you provide.