If you’re a cat owner, you’ve probably seen your cat snuggled up on a blanket on the bed or couch. It doesn’t matter if the blanket is made of fleece or microfiber, your cat most likely sleeps very deeply. It’s well-known that cats love something soft and cozy to curl up under, but do they actually like blankets?
Cats enjoy blankets. Blankets give your cat a sense of security, coziness, and warmth. Cats tend to prefer smaller, softer blankets. Bigger blankets with rough textures might be overwhelming for certain cats.
If you have a cat that roams freely around the house, you’re likely aware of their preferred blanket that you keep accessible all year round. This blanket might be on your bed or draped over the back of your sofa. However, what types of blankets do cats typically prefer the most? And is it safe for them to snuggle under the blankets they come across in the house?
What Kind Of Blankets Do Cats Like
Cats enjoy various types of blankets, but they tend to favor softer ones.
The blankets that your cat is most likely to cuddle up with are:
- Blankets on beds, maybe belonging to their favorite person
- Towels (even though they’re not really considered blankets)
- Stacks of clothes (not the typical idea of a blanket)
Cats don’t just see blankets as blankets like humans do. They think fresh laundry works just as well as their favorite cozy blanket.
The kind of blanket that your cat prefers may also vary depending on the time of year. During winter, your cat might enjoy sleeping on warm laundry straight from the dryer or a cozy, thick blanket. However, in the summer, you might discover your cat snuggled up on a towel placed on the cool tile floor in the bathroom.
Typically, cats stay away from big things, and that includes blankets as well. Unless the blanket has your smell on it, they will probably stay away from it, especially if you bring it closer to them. Begin by giving your cat a smaller blanket to help them feel more comfortable.
Why Do Cats Like Soft Blankets
Cats love soft blankets the most because the blankets remind them of their mom when they were little kittens.
You may observe that your cat kneads or makes biscuits on soft blankets. This behavior reminds them of being with their mother and nursing from her stomach.
Soft blankets offer comfort to your cat and remind her of her mother, even if she hasn’t been with her for a long time. This instinct is present in cats of all ages, so you may notice even older cats seeking comfort from soft blankets instead of exclusively nursing on them like kittens do.
A more casual explanation could be that cats simply enjoy soft blankets. After all, you likely bought the blanket because it was soft, didn’t you? Everyone adores a cozy, soft blanket!
Why Is My Cat Obsessed With My Blanket
One of the primary explanations why your cat consistently snuggles up with your blanket is because it carries your scent.
If you see your cat always cozying up in your blanket (whether you’re using it or not), it’s probably because your cat can smell your scent on the blanket. When your cat misses you while you’re away or not cuddling them, your blanket becomes the next best thing.
Cats may find comfort in blankets because they have your scent on them, which can make them feel safer or less lonely. Even if you’re not physically present, your blanket can serve as a substitute until you can be with your cat.
Of course, your cat may leave some of its fur on your blanket, but isn’t that a small price to pay for the joy it brings?
Do Cats Like Being Under Blankets
The majority of cats do not enjoy being underneath blankets.
Based on what I’ve seen, cats generally don’t like being under blankets. While one of my cats used to snuggle under my comforter to sleep, my other cats tend to get anxious when a blanket is placed over them.
While some cats may enjoy being under blankets, others may have had negative experiences with them. For instance, some people suggest using a blanket or towel to cover cats when giving them medicine or placing them in a carrier.
Do cats enjoy being under a blanket if it always means a trip to the vet? Cats can form associations between objects and specific situations. If you ever cover them with a blanket, ensure it results in a positive experience. For instance, you could give them a treat or their favorite toy each time you cover them.
Is It Safe for Cats To Sleep Under Blankets
If your cat likes sleeping under a blanket, it’s okay for your cat to sleep there.
The main danger to your cat snoozing beneath a blanket is actually you. Sadly, if you are unaware that your cat is hiding under a blanket on the couch, you might accidentally sit on them. Similarly, if there is a blanket on your bed, you might unknowingly lie down on top of them.
Unlike children, you don’t have to be concerned about your cat getting too hot while under a blanket. Cats enjoy warmth, so a blanket is likely a cozy spot for them.
If your cat frequently hides under blankets, it’s a good idea to be extra careful.
It’s important to consider the weight of the blanket because if it’s too heavy, cats could potentially suffocate.
Can Cats Suffocate Under Blankets
A blanket won’t smother your adult cat, but if the blanket is too heavy and the cat is a baby, there’s a higher chance of it happening.
It’s natural to feel anxious when your cat hides under a blanket. What if they get stuck and can’t breathe?
It’s not something you need to worry about. I’ve never been concerned about my cat suffocating under a blanket like a baby might. None of my cats have ever been in any trouble when going under a blanket.
If a cat decides to hide under a blanket, there will likely be some openings for air to pass through. Just like when you cover yourself with a blanket.
If you have a little kitten, you might want to watch it closely when it’s under a blanket. A blanket might seem much heavier to a kitten compared to a grown-up cat.
Do Cats Like Being Wrapped In Blankets
If your cat likes being covered by a blanket, it’s fine, but don’t force them if they don’t like it.
This is likely a matter of personal preference for your cat. I have a laid-back cat who is fine with anything I do to him. If I were to wrap him in a blanket, he would probably fall asleep. However, my other cat would definitely try to escape from the blanket before I could even finish wrapping her.
If your cat enjoys being pampered, it’s likely that they will enjoy being wrapped in a cozy blanket and cuddled.
If you attempt to wrap your cat up in a blanket, pay attention to how they react. If they don’t like it, don’t force them, even if it’s cute.
Why Don’t Some Cats Like Blankets
There are cats that don’t enjoy blankets, mainly because they can become too warm.
Consider this: if it’s scorching hot during the summer, would you really want to be covered by a blanket? Most likely not. The same applies to cats.
Some cats do not enjoy blankets regardless of the season. If you own a big, fluffy, overweight Maine Coon, it is likely that he would not appreciate being on a blanket (although some might!). Your cat is most likely already warm without any assistance and does not require the additional warmth provided by a blanket.
Your cat could be choosy and hasn’t discovered the ideal blanket in your home yet.
When you think of a cat sleeping, you probably associate it with blankets. Cats generally enjoy blankets, whether they are fuzzy or not, such as a pile of clothes. Blankets carry your scent and offer warmth. Despite the fact that your cat leaves fur behind when they sleep on your bed (which always ends up sticking to your lip balm when you lie down), it is worth it because it means your cat is content, cozy, and warm.