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The Reason Your Cat Sleeps at Your Feet Is Too Cute

A furry tabby cat staring at a man's foot.
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If your cat tends to sleep at your feet at night, the reason is going to send you into a serious fit of adorbs. No, it’s not to keep your feet warm, although that’s a nice bonus!

You might have noticed your furry friend tends to lie at the foot of the bed on or near your feet at night. During the day, however, your affectionate feline likely prefers to sleep on your lap or chest. According to Erin Askeland, animal health and behavior consultant for Camp Bow Wow, the different sleeping position at night is, at least in part, about protecting you.

“When a cat goes to sleep, their guard is lowered and they’re aware that they’re more vulnerable,” Askeland explained to PopSugar. “So, often, cats may choose to sleep at the foot of the bed for security and safety, to alert you if they sense a threat, and to protect you.”

The position also allows the cat an easy out if he feels the need to escape. Plus, as the foot of the bed is typically in the center of the room, it gives him the best lookout position.

So, the next time kitty gets comfy on your feet, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got a furry little bodyguard.

(Via PopSugar)

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