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Q: How come my cat wants to sleep on my head?

March 14, 2008 | By Girlsrus | 4 answers | Expired: 2315 days ago

We went on vacation almost 2 years ago and had to leave the cats with a sitter. Ever since we have been home my female Summer wants to sleep on my pillow. She wants to be as close to my head as possible, sometimes almost smothering me. She is not very friendly during the day to anyone including me. But when it is bedtime, she loves only me!

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Ourstaff
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Mar 14, 2008

It may have started out as a way of reclaiming you as HER person. Have you ever allowed a kitten to sleep on the bed with you and another cat? (I don't reccomend it for very small kittens) I have and when I woke up they were over my heart or on my face. When the other cats came over to me in the morning every one of the kittens tried to fight to keep them away from may face.
I have had tiny foster kittens who would run away from my hands but when I put my head on the table they happily wobbled over.
I think it is a combination of pure comfort and status. The top cat in my house always seems to be the one who gets to sleep next to me (I have given up and just let them have their own pillow)

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Sara S.
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Mar 14, 2008

could the sitter have abused her? was it the 1st time you went on vacation since you had her? it's probably separation anxiety.

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Renee S.
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Mar 14, 2008

I don't know for sure,... I would hope it wasn't because she had a bad experience with the cat-sitter; let's assume that wasn't the case. She probably did miss you and wanted to feel close to you and ever since that time it has become a habit. I am sure you know that cats have very different personalities... Of the 2 cats I have, one of them does not like to sleep on the bed and one of them does. At night the one who sleeps on the bed will be more towards my feet or tummy, but if I wake up and my cat sees/knows I am awake (like if I give him a pet or he sees me look at him), he will move closer to my head -- sometimes VERY close and will start purring. I guess I figured this was because he feels closer to me when he is by my head -- it is a good bonding time. Other guesses for Summer would be that she likes the warmth of your head -- perhaps it seems like another kitty,... Maybe your head is like a kitty teddy-bear for her,... :-)

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Sthurby
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Mar 14, 2008

I believe it has a lot to do with a sense of belonging she knows that you are still and peaceful and loves that filling without being petted or she is showing you affection in a different way.

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