🐱 HOW Do Cats BREATHE Under BLANKETS While SLEEPING?

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Nothing is better than sleeping with your fluff friend – sharing the same bed and blanket.

How do they breathe? Felines can breathe under blankets like you can – standard blankets are made of breathable fabrics. However, many pet parents are concerned about their cats’ breathing abilities under the blankets. Therefore, letting your adult cat sleep under the blanket is perfectly safe. The same applies if you have a kitten but you must practice frequent checkups.

This article will answer popular questions regarding felines’ abilities to breathe under blankets and their unusual love of spending time under them.

Why does my cat like being under blankets to sleep with me?

There are several reasons why felines love blankets – from safety to warmth to comfort.
Cats are notorious for their love of heat. However, the most common reason they like being under blankets and other covers is that the blanket’s warmth soothes them and makes them feel comfortable. Kitties are also known for their love of burrowing into blankets and covers because they like to be “in a den”.
Your furry companion can be very affectionate, primarily if raised to be friendly. If your pet has her comfortable bed and still snuggles with you under your blanket, it means she likes and wants to cuddle with you.

The pros and cons of sleeping together with your feline

There are both pros and cons to the idea of sharing the bed with your cat.

The pros of sleeping together include the following:

  • Relaxation promotion
  • Stress relief
  • Strengthening the mutual bond
  • Faster falling asleep.

There are also some cons:

  • Disrupted sleep (especially if your cat likes running around between naps)
  • Asthma and allergies (this is applicable only if you suffer from allergies or have asthma)
  • Exposure to infections (and parasites)
  • Introduction to litter box debris. – please avoid word repetition

You can avoid or minimize all risks if you keep your cat up-to-date on her vaccines and dewormers.

Why do cats hide or “burrow” themselves under blankets or covers?

Although domesticated, cats are true to their ancestral instincts. In the wild, they are both prey and predators.

Hiding or burrowing under blankets or covers gives them a safe and secure place (in case they are the prey) and a secluded dark spot where they can patiently wait until attack (in case they are the predator).

Do cats like to snuggle, play, snooze, and sleep under blankets?

Yes, cats like to do anything under blankets, from simple sleeping or snoozing to playing and cuddling. Almost every activity you can imagine, your cat likes doing it under sheets.

* Check Out How to Imbrace Your Cat in Soft, Insulating Comfort with Amazing Plush Beds! *

This is because cats love the warmth and security of the blankets –synonyms?. However, there is one more reason – they are nocturnal animals and like being active in the dark. Cats have keen eyesight and do not depend on light for making subtle observation.

Can (newborn) kittens suffocate under blankets? What about adults?

Suffocating under standard woven blankets is impossible because the fabric is breathable. And most cover fabrics are also porous.

You can even check the breathability of a blanket by covering yourself over the head. While it is true that the air quality is not the same, the conditions are far from suffocating.

Cats have powerful self-preservation instincts. If something makes them feel uncomfortable, they will act and change the situation.

The same concept applies to breathing under a blanket situation. If your cat feels there is not enough air under the blanket, she will switch positions and come out. You should not be concerned about your pet suffocating under a blanket.

Let your fluff ball sleep under the covers as long as she feels comfortable. Felines are not good at hiding their discomfort and dislike.

However, while you and your adult cat cannot suffocate under the blanket, things are more complicated with newborns and kittens. In these categories, the instincts could be stronger, and the responses could be more efficient.

Therefore, if your particularly young kitten is spending time under the blanket, you should be extra careful and check on it occasionally.

Why do cats hide or “burrow” themselves under blankets or covers?

Although domesticated, cats are true to their ancestral instincts. In the wild, they are both prey and predators.

Hiding or burrowing under blankets or covers gives them a safe and secure place (in case they are the prey) and a secluded dark spot where they can patiently wait until the attack begins (in case they are the predator).

Do felines like snuggling, playing, snoozing, and sleeping under blankets?

Yes, cats like to do anything under blankets, from simple sleeping or snoozing to playing and cuddling. Almost every activity you can imagine your fluffy friend likes doing under sheets.

* Check Out How to Embrace Your Cat in Soft, Insulating Comfort with Amazing Plush Beds! *

Felines have keen eyesight and do not depend on light for making subtle observations. This is because cats love the warmth and security of the blankets –synonyms? However, there is one more reason – they are nocturnal animals and like being active in the dark.

Can I retrain my feline from sleeping with me?

If you are considering retraining for your cat’s safety, forget all about it – it is perfectly safe while sleeping with you, regardless of her sleeping position and location (on or under blankets).

If your feline’s presence may aggravate your health condition, you should limit your cat’s access to the bedroom.

Your cat might scratch at the door for the first few nights, but soon she will learn her bed is not inside your bedroom. Always remember to provide your cat with a comfortable cat bed.

FAQ’s:

Why does my cat sleep on my blanket?

There are two options: your cat knows what is good and finds sheets and blankets cozy and comfortable, or your fluff ball misses your presence and likes sleeping on your blanket because it smells like you.

Can felines hide under pillows?

Yes, cats often sit under pillows. This behavior occurs because cats love warmthand being under a cushion is warming and cozy. They are not hiding but – simply sleeping or sitting.

How can I make sure my cat is safe while sleeping with me?

Your cat’s self-preservation instinct is enough to ensure her safety while sleeping with you. Suppose you toss around too much while sleeping, or your feline feels in any way threatened by your presence in the bed. In that case, she will leave and head towards her bed or a furniture piece she likes and finds comfortable.

Conclusion

Contrary to popular belief, sleeping or spending time under a blanket is perfectly safe for your cat, and there is no concern for suffocating. However, if you have a small kitten, you should limit its time under the blanket or frequently monitor what it is doing because young kittens respond to threats more slowly than adults.

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