Why Do Cats Sit On Your Chest?
Cats love to make their own space, and even better if it’s in close contact with their beloved humans. Snuggling up, lying down and making themselves comfortable on our chests and/or laps, is part of their instinctive behavior and love for us.
It is a Sign of Affection
Cats like to express their love and appreciation for their people, and this is one of the most common ways they do it. While not all cats sit on their person’s chest, it usually means that the cat feels secure, safe and loves its owner. Cats are slow to show their true affection until they are comfortable in a particular environment and with a person. When your kitty climbs onto your chest and lies down, it is a sign of trustworthiness.
It is Essential to Warmth
Cats are naturally drawn to warmth, as it makes them feel snug and comfortable. Your chest is like a big heated cushion for them, making it a preferred spot for snoozing and relaxation. This can be especially helpful during cold weather when your kitty decides to curl up on your chest and keep itself warm.
It is Cozy
Cats love to curl up in tight spaces, and your chest is one of the comfiest places they can find. It is like a naturally formed cave with two cushions, allowing them to snuggle up and stay warm. Studies have even shown physical and mental benefits of cats curling up with humans that range from reduction of stress levels to improved communication.
It Makes a Cat Feel Secure
The human chest is comforting because cats are aware that their human is lying down and can’t run away or do anything to harm them. This provides them with a sense of security which is why many cats feel at ease and like to be close to their humans, particularly during the night or when you are trying to rest.
To make the most of your cat cuddles, there are few things you can do:
- Say something nice: Talk to your cat in a soft soothing voice when they climb on top of you.
- Show them you care: Show your cat that you care for them during this experience by gently petting them and responding to their purring.
- Let them have their way: Allow your furry friend to have their way with stretching or shifting their weight around.
- Find a comfortable position: Find a comfortable position for both of you, so you can relax without feeling any discomfort.
In essence, it is quite common for cats to make themselves comfortable on their human’s chest. Whether it happens more during the day or night, it is a sign of affection and trust by the kitty that people cherish and enjoy. When combined with a warm voice and gentle cuddles, it makes for a truly enjoyable experience.