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Do Cats Like Blankets? What You Need to Know!

Brooke Billingsley

By Brooke Billingsley

Cat wrapped in a fleece blanket

We often spend a lot of money on our pets to make them comfortable and happy. When it comes to cats, though, often the simplest option is the one that will make them the happiest, as anyone who’s spent hundreds of dollars on a new cat tree only for their cat to play with the box it came in can attest. Many people find that their cats seem content with nothing more than a blanket on the back of the couch instead of a fancy cat bed, but do cats really like blankets that much? The short answer is that most cats do enjoy blankets, though it depends on each cat’s individual personality.

Do Cats Like Blankets?

Obviously, this will vary between individual cats, but most cats enjoy having access to blankets. The texture, size, and material of the blanket are all highly variable, though. Some people find that cats seem to prefer small, soft blankets over large blankets with rougher textures. If you have multiple cats in your home, you may find that all your cats congregate on one blanket or you may find that they scatter, with each cat having a distinct blanket preference.

The location of the blanket can also play a big part as well. Some cats like to have comfy spots that are high up so they can survey their territory, while other cats may prefer a blanket on the foot of your bed so they can be close to you. Providing your cat with a blanket that is located in a space that is protected from other pets and children that may be prone to bothering your cat when they’re attempting to rest is ideal.

Why Do Cats Like Blankets?

furry cat in blanket
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There are a few reasons that your cat may enjoy blankets. One of the biggest reasons is that blankets within the home often have your scent on them, which can be very comforting for your cat. Our cats like being near us and feel safe when they know we’re around, so providing a blanket you have slept under or snuggled with may be the perfect blanket to offer to your cat.

The most obvious reason that your cat may like blankets is that they are warm and comfortable. Cats have a higher baseline body temperature than humans, so they get cold more easily than humans do. This means that a comfortable home temperature for you may be a little bit chilly for your cat, causing them to seek out warm and cozy spots in the home. Blankets may be the perfect spot for your cat to warm up and get comfy.

Do Cats Like Sleeping Under a Blanket?

Not all cats enjoy sleeping underneath a blanket. Generally, if sleeping or cuddling underneath a blanket is something your cat enjoys, they will nuzzle at the blanket in an attempt to get under it. If you see your cat doing this, you may lift the blanket or cover them with it and see if they seem to enjoy it. Other cats will just want to sleep on top of the blanket and will climb right back out from under the blanket if you cover them up.

cat under the blanket
Image Credit: Vinicius de Moraes, Unsplash

In Conclusion

Cats tend to be big fans of blankets, but it may take some time to determine your cat’s blanket preferences. Blankets that are too large or rough are typically not going to be winners with cats, but small, soft blankets usually are. Some cats may be particular about the location of their blanket, and some cats may want you to cover them up, while others will hate feeling contained underneath a blanket. No matter what, you’ll figure out what your cat prefers with enough time and effort!

 

Featured Image Credit: Vikifawn, Pixabay

Brooke Billingsley

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Brooke Billingsley spent nine years as a veterinary assistant before becoming a human nurse in 2013. She resides in Arkansas with her boyfriend of five years. She loves all animals and currently shares a home with three dogs, two cats, five fish, and two snails. She has a soft spot for special needs animals and has a three-legged senior dog and an internet famous cat with acromegaly and cerebellar hypoplasia. Fish keeping...Read more

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