Why Do Cats Sleep at the Foot of the Bed? – 5 Reasons

Written by

Amy Sawy

Veterinarian. DVM


Joseph M. Plummer

Veterinarian, DVM, MVZ

why do cats sleep at the foot of the bed

Did your cat make the foot of your bed its turf? Whether you are having a quick nap or dozing off after a long day, your feline friend will always snuggle up near your feet.

But why do cats sleep at the foot of the bed? Felines sleep at the foot of the bed as they feel safe near you. This position is also the closest emergency escape area while still being close enough to protect you.

Reasons Why Cats Sleep at the Foot of the Bed

Cats are not as needy and cuddly as dogs. My feline friend often wanted to be left alone as it dozed off the couch.

But every time I enter the bedroom and lay in bed, my cat sleeps in my bed even if I provide it with its own little bed next to mine. As it turns out, there are a couple of reasons why my cat likes to sleep on my feet.

1. Your cat likes being near you


One of the main reasons why your cat sleeps at your feet is because it feels safe and secure near you. Felines are inclined to those who tend to their needs, such as food, water, and litter cleaning.

Your feline friend will form a bond with you when you take care of it well. Its needs do not end with feeding and grooming.

While cats are not cuddly animals, they also need affection. So, if you ever catch your cat sitting on the bed when you wake up, it simply means that it trusts you enough to stay close to you.

2. Your feline is using you for your heat.


If you ever wonder why your cats sleep between your legs, the simple answer is that you are a warm spot for them. Most cats do not like cold temperatures, so they seek warm spots where they can sleep comfortably.

As humans are warm, you may notice that your pet will snuggle closer to your feet when the weather is cold.

Moreover, your core up to your head is warmer than your feet. So, do not be surprised if your cat is suddenly sleeping at the top of your head on particularly colder nights.

3. Survival instinct


The foot of the bed is the perfect escape spot for your feline friend. Once it senses danger, it can jump out the bed at the drop of a hat without entangling itself with your blanket.

However, escaping danger is not the only survival instinct that prompts your pet to sleep at the foot of the bed. This position provides them with a good view of the bedroom door and the entire room.

For this reason, the foot of the bed allows your feline friend to spot danger quickly and protect you from it.

4. Territorial instinct


Felines are one of the most territorial animals that you can have as a pet. From the time your pet is a kitten until it becomes a full-sized adult, it will constantly observe your home and mark its territories.

So, it can be that your pet sees the foot of your bed as one of its territories.

Apart from this fact, cats like creating a routine. This routine involves sleeping, which also means lying at the foot of your bed.

5. Less disturbance


I have always wondered what it means when my cat lays on my feet at night. As it turns out, my pet hates being disturbed whenever I flip around the bed.

Humans move around to find a comfortable sleeping spot. But just like us humans, cats hate being woken up from their sleep by unnecessary movements.

For this reason, it lies near your feet to avoid the disturbances that you may cause.

In addition, the foot of the bed provides cats with the most amount of room for stretching. So they can change sleeping positions from time to time without your sheets balling them up.

Frequently Asked Questions


How do cats choose who to sleep with?

As mentioned, felines sleep on their caretakers’ beds to feel a sense of security. These animals lower their guard when they sleep, thus making them vulnerable to potential dangers.

For this reason, they will choose to sleep with the person they trust to protect them. Meaning your cat sleeps next to your feet and snuggles with you if you constantly provide for its physical and emotional needs.

How can you tell if a cat has imprinted on you?

Speaking from personal experience, my cat lay at my feet without fail whenever I entered my bedroom. So, I researched the possible reasons why it does such a routine.

Felines sleep near their caretaker not only for protection but also for attachments. Sleeping near you is one sign that your pet has imprinted on you.

The other signs that your cat has imprinted on you are:

  • it rubs its body on your feet
  • your cat blinks when it meets your eyes
  • it follows you wherever you go
  • it purrs when you pet it

Can cats sense a good person?

Felines are excellent judges of human character. They can distinguish a good person from a bad one.

So, if your cat likes being constantly near you, even in your sleep, it knows that you are a good person who will not harm it.


As cat owners, we always have the question, “why do cats sleep at the foot of the bed?” What we thought was a mere routine has so much more meaning and shows that our pet trusts and wants to protect us.

Furthermore, all of a cat’s motion has something to say about it. So, the next time your feline friend crawls up the foot of your bed, you can observe whether it merely wants sleep or is on the lookout for anything that may harm you.

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