Many cats sleep at the feet of their owners and rarely seek an explanation for this behavior. The desire of the pet to stay closer to the owner is perceived as quite natural. From the point of view of feline psychology, when a cat lays on a person’s feet, it pursues profit or shows its affection.
Cat psychology - motives and reasons
Cats are always looking for warmth. When the owner lays down in bed and takes refuge, the pet searches for a place more comfortable, warmer and softer. In winter, tailed ones are not indifferent to heating radiators, but the human body is always out of competition. The point is not only in temperature, but also in "naturalness". Having settled down on the owner, the cat picks up a beating of the heart, which, according to zoopsychologists, pacifies the purr.
Another likely reason is attractive smell. Cats sleep at the feet of a person, as the constant presence of a home smell reassures them. Four-legged animals have an acute sense of smell and a sensitive nervous system. Cats are thought to sleep most of the day, but in reality they are asleep. Full sleep is possible only in complete safety.
It is interesting! Having “protected” its psyche with a familiar smell, the cat can fully relax all night.
Cunning and enterprise taught cats to keep track of their owners. In the stage of deep sleep, the cat does not hear ambient sounds. Asleep on her feet, the pet is sure that she will not miss the moment when you stand behind a glass of water or a “midnight sandwich” ... and this increases the likelihood that the purr will beg for an extraordinary treat.
Some owners note that the cat began to sleep constantly in the legs after the appearance of the child or other pets. The motivation is very simple - purr claims its right to own the owner alone. You can consider this a forced occupation. This approach combines several factors at once:
- You cannot stand up without the knowledge of a cat.
- Wiping your legs with a muzzle, the pet leaves its smell.
- While the cat is lying on you, no one else will climb - possessiveness with a touch of egocentrism.
Observe the circumstances under which the cat climbs into your legs. If this happens during the day, when you lay down to rest, and in the evening, after a shower, the purr is indifferent to you, the point is “pheromones”. The smell of human sweat contains so-called vibes that cannot go unnoticed by a cat's scent. Dog handlers conducted an experiment and proved that oxytocin is released in dogs in close contact with the owner. Perhaps the cat enjoys smelling human skin or sweat.
A cat loves sleeping at the owner’s feet for an obvious reason - attachment. Owners disappear all day at work, the pet is bored, and at night, it compensates for the lack of communication with close contact. The reverse version is also possible, with the advent of the baby, the cat moves to sleep in the playpen and ignores the owners. This behavior is related to instinct of guardianship of the weak and with the desire to "possess" the baby.
It is interesting! Owners of cats with children in their families often say that the cat was not indifferent to the belly of the future mother, and after the birth of the crumbs, they moved to sleep in the playpen.
There is such a sign or opinion, or a saying: a cat treats its owner. From the point of view of spirituality, the tailed have a negative charge, that is, they feed their vital forces with negative energy. Negative emotions, physical pain, energy of a sick body - this is a breeding ground for replenishing the strength of a mustachio-striped.
Adherents of the mystical version assign supernatural abilities to their cats and willingly share their successes with others. Many owners report that cats treat back pain, swelling in the legs, high blood pressure and panic attacks.
Skeptics tend to ignore the experience of "miraculous healing" and explain it with the placebo effect, that is, the owner himself convinced that the cat is healing ... and it helped. However, few can argue with the fact that pets always create a special atmosphere around them. The cat breathes calm, positive and warm.
How to wean a cat to sleep at the feet?
If you are for some reason against sleeping together, you will have to work on your pet's habits. We’ll make a reservation right away, the process is not fast and it is absolutely impossible to speed it up. If the cat always slept with you, but there were good reasons to change this algorithm, you need to proceed as follows:
- Equip a comfortable cat lounger in your bedroom.
- At every opportunity, take the cat to a sunbed (after eating, with the arrival of guests, when you go to the bath, etc.).
- Place a box of cat toys next to the sunbed.
- Populate the sunbed with your old sweater or piece of blanket.
- Lay the cat on a sunbed, iron and soothe it every night before bedtime.
- Do not drive the cat out of bed, even if she left the lounger, at least for the first time.
- If the cat came to the bed, and you do not intend to put up with these, carefully transfer it to the sunbed and stroke until it purrs or settles down.
- If the pet responds adequately to delicious treats, be sure to reinforce their praise.
Act gradually, cats are not stupid and perfectly understand what they want from them. However, changing habits takes time, at least 15-20 days. Weaning the cat from sharing sleep, you need to increase the time of games and communication outside the bedroom. Tailed must understand that you are not fencing off from it, but simply "change the situation."
Note! It is dangerous for a cat to sleep on its feet if you pick up a fungus. Treat your feet with ointments and wear socks at night if there is a chance that the cat will get to you when you fall asleep.