Does Your Cat Sleep With You at Night?

Last Updated on July 17, 2020 by Jenny

why do cats like to sleep with you
Caymus on a bed…

Growing up, I hauled Rags to bed with me every night.  So when he was 15, it was pretty common place – it was our routine.  I was living at home, just graduated from grad school when my mom got Caymus and Murphy.  So Rags more or less trained them to sleep on the bed.  Charlie and Trigg will sleep on my bed while I’m watching TV and sometimes Chiggy will snuggle for awhile, but then they are gone downstairs sleeping by themselves.  I miss Rags sleeping with me all night.  Why do cats like to sleep with you?Does your kitty sleep with you too?

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25 thoughts on “Does Your Cat Sleep With You at Night?

  1. Nora says:

    oh boy so nice reading all the stories. My seal point Neo does same like all the above stories. I thought Neo doing something out of the ordinary but now I know most rags are the same.
    He will only sleep when I off the lights and say ‘ok good night and I am going to sleep’, Neo will rush and jump on the bed and straight off will close his eyes. He will take control of the pillows and sleep on top of 2 pillows so he be above my head and will see every single time i move while I only use 1 pillow. 2 nights ago I felt him sleeping next to me, his back touching my back. At time when going to sleep he will place his head on my arm and just fall asleep.
    I could sense his love eventhou he is only 5 months old, but still my other kitten – Ragamuffin kitten, Geo is as loving as Neo. They really fill my life with lots of love.

  2. MeLinda says:

    What are you talking about? They “let” me have a sliver of the bed. It’s not a matter of them sleeping with me; it’s a matter of me sleeping with them. My Red Maine Coon boy, Gryffin, sleeps wrapped around my head like a muffler and my Lyo sleeps curled up against my heart. Prince Charming, my 30 pound Snowshoe, keeps my back warm, and Tam sleeps on my feet to keep them toasty. Who needs a heater or an electric blanket? Now, the summer is a whole different story :).

  3. Geo says:

    Yes, my Romeo sleeps at the foot of the bed nightly and often comes for cuddles under the covers in the morning. Valentino often will come to bed in the early morning for a while before he starts whining– yes, softly whining until I get up around 6 or 7 am to get them breakfast. If I don’t respond fast enough, he starts scratching my upholstered bed– which gets me up like a jack popping out of his box! He is so smart… but definitely likes for us to get up early while Romeo likes to sleep in. I love waking up to them sleeping on the bed with me! What a beautiful thing to see when I open my eyes!

  4. Ling says:

    My cat used to jump on my bed and rest between my legs as I was just about to go to sleep, but always ended up having to move elsewhere because I move around in my sleep lol.

  5. Nan says:

    Yes all five sleep with us. They each seem to have their special place in the bed and I can’t imagine sleeping without them now. Certain ones have to be touching me where they lay down. The one sleeps on my pillow above my head. I know some people think I’m crazy, but these are my kids and I love them. Each has it’s own personality and quirks, just like people. Yes I’m a crazy cat lady. But I know this group will understand.

  6. Lynn says:

    My Ragdolls always slept on my bed with me. Dinky ,who I miss dearly, he passed this summer , used to curl up with my arm around him. His head always seem to fit in the palm of my hand. I remember once waking up with his chin in the palm of my hand. It was the most comforting feeling.
    Nolte sleeps at the foot of the bed…occasionally she likes to get under the covers and gets belly rubs. I think she misses cuddling up with Dinky. They always faced each other their fur would blend in and they would look like one cat with two heads. Two love bugs.

  7. Beth says:

    I sleep like a rock with my kitties but can hardly sleep without them (away from home). That’s probably why I avoid vacations. Only our newcomer doesn’t sleep in the bed; after more than a year here, the other three don’t let him. Maybe someday… for now, he curls up on the davenport with a heated throw blanket, so he’s warm and comfy.

    @Jessy: LucyFur is a GREAT name 🙂

  8. Jessy says:

    Mine did forever until my 14 year old Meezer pissed on my bed 2x in a short period of time (mainly because the youngest one would attack her when she jumped off the bed so she just Didn’t even try to go to her box) And that was that!! I’d let my Lucyfur sleep with me but separating the 3 doesn’t work, she would sleep by the door anyway, plus then I’d have to have a litterbox in my bedroom which won’t happen. And I’ve now come to appreciate the lack of cat fur in my bed. I do miss them though!!

  9. Barbara says:

    My Bartok (bluepoint raggie) sleeps at the foot of the bed, but somewhere along the way he comes up and kneads on my arm, or stomach or even in my hair! It’s so comforting. Chloe (bluepoint mitted) finds herself a spot anywhere else in the house. She is at least 22 lbs and I don’t think she can jump up on the bed (or won’t anyway). One of my calicos sleeps by herself on the other side of the bed and the other sleeps in her own soft bed on the floor. They will be 12 this coming year and she can’t jump up there anymore.

    • Jenny says:

      When Rags got too old to jump, I put a chair next to the bed and then put stairs to the chair, so that he could walk up the stairs and do the small jump from the chair – he used those stairs religiously and I feel like he really appreciated them because he wanted to be on the bed with me still.

  10. Betty says:

    One of our rescued tabbies, Felix began sleeping with my daughter when he was a kitten 13 years ago. When she left for college 3 years ago, he attached to me and began sleeping at my feet. As he has aged, he has moved closer to my face. Now he comes to bed with me every night and sleeps on my pillow with his wet and purring muzzle resting on my ear. I love it. His brother, Oscar, used to sleep with my son while Felix slept with my daughter. Once my son was too big to share his twin bed with the larger of the tabbies, Oscar started sleeping at my husband’s feet and then in cat co-op fashion, moved to my son’s bed every morning when he got up for school. On weekends, Oscar would wake my son up at school time because he felt that it was his turn in the bed! Now that my son has left for college, Oscar sleeps in his bed most of the time. I wonder what is going to happen at Thanksgiving break… Our raggie, Andy, does not sleep in bed with anyone. I have tried several times to bring him to bed with me but he never stays. I wonder if Felix is somehow communicating his possession of me or if it Andy’s aloof nature. I thought it might be raggie nature, but the posts here tell me otherwise. Thanks for the great question.

  11. RagdollCatMom says:

    Yes, all three every night! I won’t go to bed without them – we have a routine. There is still a cat tree next to the bed for Denali since he can’t jump on the bed yet (it’s pretty high). So when it’s time for bed, they all follow me into the bedroom. Stormy jumps up first, and we play “chase the monster under the covers” game (my hand moving under the blankets and Stormy pounces!). Denali likes to play this too, so when he joins the monster game, Stormy gets annoyed and jumps up on the armoire until everything settles down. Dusty comes in last, and plops down at the end of the bed.

    Once it’s lights out, Stormy jumps back on the bed and takes his place at the end of the bed next to Dusty. Denali takes a bit longer to settle down, but eventually he is stretched out between Dusty and Stormy at the end of the bed.

    Sometimes in the night, Denali comes up and snuggles me – next to my neck or on my arm and that’s where he is when I wake up. Dusty will come and want under the covers for a while if it’s cold. Stormy starts asking for breakfast, so we all get up and head for the bathroom (and litter boxes!) and then into the kitchen.

    Can’t imagine sleeping without them!

  12. Rebekah C says:

    Our 2 cats (one ragdoll, one DSH rescue) both sleep on the bed with us, usually at the foot of the bed, side by side. They generally come to bed after we’ve gone to bed, but i wake up throughout the night and always find them there. If we try to sleep in later than normal, they do their best to wake us up by jumping onto the upholstered headboard or making noise in general. Sigh…..

  13. SharonAnn says:

    Kelsea been sleeping with me since the day I got her. I just say to her lets go to bed and up she get and off to bed with me. : )

  14. cate says:

    Milly and Poppet always sleep with us and Poppet always gets in for a snuggle! It doesn’t mean we always get a perfect nights sleep, but wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂

  15. Lynn Harris says:

    My 3 furbabies, Izzy, Cleo and Ally, all start out sleeping with me and a lot of the times will stay the entire night. Izzy loves taking care of me and is very perceptive when I’m not feeling well. For the past week she will not leave my side at night because I’ve been having health problems. I love their dedication and affection. It keeps me going!

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