I’m sure that most of you have experienced the frustration and annoyance of having a cat sleep on your head. It may seem like they’re just being cute, but sometimes it’s not so pleasant. They might be trying to show dominance or they might want warmth and closeness for comfort – who knows? But at least now we know why cats do this!
What they’re actually doing is called “head bunting” and it’s a sign of affection. They have scent glands all over their body, including the head so when they sleep on your head, they leave behind a scent that smells happy and calming for them. The reason why they do this may be because cats are genetically similar to lions and tigers.
In the wild, where cats would sleep during the day and hunt at night, they would lay down head to head with their family members and friends. Cats sometimes do this as a sign of love and affection – like we cuddle up with our family members! Or it could be that they’re simply claiming you as “family” too!
The best thing to do when your cat sleeps on your head is just to let them be. They’ve already claimed you as their family so there’s no need to worry. Just enjoy the time with them!
If you’re not a fan of your cat sleeping on your head, it’s best to gently push them off and to show that you don’t appreciate it. Cats are smart creatures and they learn from their experiences – so if you try pushing them off at first and then give in, they’ll know that it works every time!
Is it best to let them sleep on my head? Or should I push them off?
It’s really up to you! If you’d like, try pushing them off gently but if they don’t budge, then there’s no need to go out of your way to make them move.
Where do cats get these pheromones from?
Cats have glands all over their body, including the head! This is called “head bunting” and it’s a sign of affection towards you when they sleep on your head.