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5 Reasons Why Your Cat Burrows Under Blankets (Cat Behavior Explained!)

Genevieve Dugal

By Genevieve Dugal

furry cat in blanket

Most cat owners are familiar with the endearing sight of their fur babies snuggling under the covers, enjoying the warmth and safety of their new nest. But why do kitties like to sleep under the duvet so much? What is it about bedding that appeals to them so much? Let’s take a look at 5 common reasons why cats burrow under the blankets and what you can do to stop this behavior—if that’s what you want!

The 5 Reasons Why Your Cat Burrows Under Blankets

1. Comfort and Security

Not surprisingly, one of the main reasons cats like to sleep under the covers is because they feel safe and secure. Cats enjoy being in enclosed spaces, and they may view the covers as a safe haven from the world outside. They may also find the warmth and coziness of the bedding comforting.

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2. Temperature

Another reason cats may sleep under the covers is to regulate their body temperature. Indeed, felines love sources of heat, as proven by their afternoon naps under a ray of sunlight filtering through the window. And as the temperature tends to drop at night, your cat will go where it will be warmest, so under the duvets, and even more so if you are already there. Thus, they will be able to benefit from both the heat of the blankets and that of your body!


3. Playful Curiosity

Cats are naturally inquisitive creatures and may be drawn to your soft blankets simply because they’re curious about what’s underneath. They may also find the covers to be an interesting plaything. By burrowing and hiding under the covers, kitties can satisfy their natural instinct to hunt and explore.

Also, hiding there can be a way for cats to blend into their surroundings and avoid being noticed by potential prey…like your leg!

Cat wrapped in a fleece blanket
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4. Being Left Alone

Although most cats enjoy the company of their human family, sometimes they crave solitude. And often their favorite place to retreat is under a pile of freshly laundered bedding!


5. Stress or Anxiety

If a cat is feeling stressed, anxious, or even scared, they may look for a place to hide. By being sheltered under the covers, your pet can escape the source of their stress and feel safe.

But be careful because sick cats also tend to hide. So, if you notice other symptoms in your four-legged friend (e.g., loss of appetite, lethargy, change in behavior, etc.), it’s time to make an appointment with your veterinarian.

How to Fix This Behavior

You may not like your cat constantly sneaking under your covers, especially if she takes the opportunity to nibble your toes!

Although there is no bulletproof solution, there are a few things you can do to discourage this behavior:

  • Make sure your cat has a comfortable place to sleep. This way, she’ll be less likely to seek out the warmth and safety of your bedding.
  • Keep your cat entertained with lots of toys and activities. This way, she is less likely to seek out your bed for distraction and fun.
  • Give your cat other cozy places to hide in your home other than your soft blankets.
  • Try to reduce all sources of stress in your cat’s environment. This can include loud noises, unfamiliar people or animals, or even changes in routine.
  • Monitor your cat’s behavior closely. Make sure she has no underlying health issues by taking her to the vet if you notice any signs of distress or illness.

Conclusion

Burrowing under their human’s covers is one of the most adorable ways for cats to wind down after a long day of play. It can also be an endearing way for your feline friend to get closer to you! Therefore, if your kitty loves to sleep in your bed or if she just wants to feel safe and warm, you might have to give it up from time to time.

Of course, you may not like this behavior, and that’s okay too! After all, it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep when you’re sharing a bed with a snuggly feline. Luckily, while there’s no surefire way to keep your cat from taking occasional excursions under your blanket, there are a few things you can do. And perhaps the best way to discourage this behavior is to provide your cat with a cozy place to curl up on her own at night.

However, if you notice any signs of anxiety or illness, talk to your veterinarian. Your cat may be dealing with stress or other health issues.


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