Q: After my cat finds a place or two to sleep, she changes to a new location after about a month or two. Is this biological, or is it just one of those unknowns about cats?
— K.B., North Canton
A: Honestly, there are a lot of unknowns for why cats do what they do. They definitely pride themselves on being mysterious in their habits and preferences. If we could ask your kitty why she switches up her sleeping habits, I bet there’s a good chance she still wouldn’t tell us.
Does she find new places every couple months, or does she rotate around back and forth? The seasons might contribute to why she migrates around the house. The sunniest spot in the house is often pretty sought after, and that can change throughout the year. Also, a comfy spot in the winter near a heat vent might turn unfriendly to a feline once the A/C is turned on in the summer.
If she’s a curious cat, her move might be prompted by the goings on outside the house. Outdoor cats, birds, dogs, and people could either attract her to a spot or drive her away. Maybe it’s super fun to lie near the window in spring while the birds are active — and then not so great when the lawn mowers start kicking up.
Activity within the house would be my other idea of focus for why your kitty might relocate somewhat frequently. Depending on her temperament, she may be looking for private time, and if you have small children or other animals, she may move to keep from being found easily. If she has a dominant personality, she may switch locations to assert herself and spread her scent throughout the house.
Does she sleep in hidden areas (in closets, under beds), or out in the open? Does she tend to sleep where you are most, or in areas you tend not to spend a lot of time? And depending on that answer, does her preferences for sleeping spots match up with your habits?
I can’t even pretend to assume I really know what cats are thinking, but these are some of the ideas that came to mind as I pondered your kitty’s sleep habits. If she ever does tell you the reason, be sure to let me know.
— Dr. Meg Geldhof
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