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Cat owners are familiar, waking up with cats on top of them. Kitties for some reason like to sleep or sit on their owners' heads-or someone they like and familiar with. This is true even if the bed is large enough to accommodate the two of you. Sooner or later, the cat will leave its previous resting position and sit on your head. Do not be alarmed. There is a fairly simple reason as to why it does so.
According to cat behavior specialists, the top of your head
is a warm place. Although your whole body is warm, the head is the warmest part
of the body as heat escapes from the head. The warmth entices your kitty to sit
directly on your forehead and eyes. The average body temperature of a cat is
about 102 degrees , and they require to hear to maintain their basal
metabolism. An external heat source permits the cat's body to take it easy so
that it can remain warm while sleeping. The cat also wants a notion of comfort.
One reason for your cat not sleeping by your foot is you move your feet while
you sleep. For a cat, comfort is a priority, and your head is a much calmer
place to sleep.
Safety and smell
There are many other factors as well. You cat may like you, more particularly how your hair smells. The familiar smell makes the animal feel safe. They also get a feel of security when sleeping. As cats are dominant and territorial animals, they like to mark their property with scent, and you are one such "property". These senses of security make the animal feel calm, and they can take a good rest in your presence. Many cat owners complain about their kitties sleeping with their butt towards their face. Even though it is not appealing to humans, it is actually a good thing. It means the cat trusts you and feels no need to observe you. Domestic cats tend to sleep nearest to their owner. These follow the pattern of their wild ancestors who used to sleep in a place where they are the safest from predators. Those resting places were also good to stay in between hunts.
Do remember that your cat at rest may not automatically mean you enjoy a good night's sleep. Felines do not have the human's sleep-wake cycle, and they are always searching for food. A feral cat must hunt and eat a minimum of 20 small prey every day. Your domesticated cat, even though it does not need to hunt, follow the same internal clock. The good thing is that as an owner, you can train the cat to sleep during more amenable hours.