Why Does My Cat Sleep on My Head?

CatChannel and CAT FANCY cat behaviorist Marilyn Krieger, CCBC, informs a cat owner why her Sphynx cat might sleep on her head.

Q: My question might be weird, but no one can answer it. I hope you can. My Sphynx cat, Swizzle Stix, sleeps with me every night, on my head, wrapped in my hair. I sometimes encourage him to sleep under the covers, but he doesn’t want to. He winds up on my head, entangled in my hair. It doesn’t bother me. I love feeling his warm little body on my head. Why does he want to sleep on my head?  

A: Cats love to settle and nap in places where they can be warm and comfortable. Because your Spynx cat is hairless, he is more sensitive to temperature changes and doesn’t tolerate colder temperatures as well as furred-cats do.

Your cat sleeps on your head for a few reasons. Because heat escapes through the top of your head, he has found your head to be a warm and toasty place to sleep. Wrapping himself up in your hair helps keeps him warm and comfortable, surrounded by your smell. Since Swizzle isn’t wearing a fur coat, he is using your hair to help retain his own body heat. In addition to keeping warm, Swizzle is surrounding himself with your smell by nestling in your hair. Your smell may reassure him and help him feel secure.

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