Does your can enjoy laying on your chest? You're not alone. Many cats seem drawn to lie on humans, and their chests seem to be especially appealing. Many humans love to snuggle with their cats this way. Of course, there may be times when you don't want your cat on top of you. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your cat off of you at times.
Why Do Cats Lay on People?
There are a few reasons why cats enjoy laying on humans (especially on their chests). In general, it comes down to the bond you share with your cat. Many humans love the feeling of having a cat on their chest. Spending this time to snuggle and bond is one way you can show your cat love.
Your cat loves you! Some people think that cats are cold and aloof, but this is often not the case. Cats love their owners and often go to them for affection and bonding. There are many ways cats show us love; one way is by snuggling with us or laying on our bodies. This is also one of the reasons why cats like to be pet.
Many cats seek out warm places to rest, and the heat from your body is quite inviting. Cats are drawn to your warm body and often enjoy a nice toasty nap on you.
Sound and Feel
The sound and feel of your heartbeat and breathing may mimic the feeling of being a kitten and staying close to mom and littermates. Fortunately, some cats give back this comfort to you in the form of purring.
People joke that some cats act like humans are their servants, but deep down they also see humans as a source of security. Your scent is familiar and soothing to your cat. Lying on your chest is one way for your cat to feel comfortable and safe.
Cats can be territorial, and their owners may feel a bit like possessions or valuable resources. Your cat may lie on your chest as a way of saying "you are mine." Your cat's scent remains on you for other animals to detect. You are seen as important, and your cat may be staking his claim on you for the other pets to see.
This may happen more in multi-pet households when animals are competing for your attention. It is not necessarily a problem unless it causes stress or aggression in one or more of your pets. If so, you may need to temporarily declare your chest a pet-free zone and work to provide equal attention to all your pets.
Should You Stop Your Cat From Laying on Your Chest?
In general, there is no harm in allowing your cat to lay on your chest. However, some people find it unpleasant, especially if the cat stays there for a long time. Having a cat on your chest can be soothing and wonderful, but it also can be uncomfortable, especially if you are trying to sleep. A cat on your chest may restrict your breathing, especially if you have a large cat. A startled cat may accidentally claw you or your clothing. A cat on you in bed may reduce the quality of your sleep and cause you to wake up frequently throughout the night. If you have allergies, your cat's hair and dander may be irritating.
You may be able to reduce the amount of time your cat spends on you by providing a pleasant alternative. You may even be able to prevent your cat from lying on your chest completely if that's something you really want. Start by getting a plush, roomy cat bed; a heated bed is best. Place a worn item of clothing in the cat bed so your scent will be there. When your cat gets on your chest at an undesired time, gently move the cat to the bed. Offer pets and praise while your cat is in the bed. It may take some time to get this to work. In addition, you may find that your cat prefers an old box or laundry hamper over the new bed because that's just what cats do!