Why do Cats Burrow under Blankets?

Cats are shy creatures who remain captive in corners, hide from unfamiliar identities, steal sight from unknown elements and prefer burying themselves in their comfort cocoon.

This is a natural instinct of cats.

They, initially, choose extreme silence, hide under couch, empty bags, suitcase, shoe boxes, route no tracks at home, do not pay interest to anything  and put themselves under the blanket which they consider to be the safest and most comfortable zone without any fear.

But, once Cats conquer over their fright of unfamiliarity and become an inseparable member of the family, they reveal their mischievous face by hopping,  jumping, sleeping with their owners and copying & mimicking their activities to create a healthy and humorous environment. 

They tend to hit their paws on the fluff of the sheet while it is being dressed on bed, roll by the blanket, hide themselves in curtain curls, snuggle, meow and also enfold themselves under the pillow cover. 

These cute antics overwhelm the owner!

Sometimes, the cat wanders and plays for a continuous couple of hours and then develops a deep desire for rest or a nap. 

Sleeping under the blanket brings its unrest body back to equilibrium, decompresses its mind and eases its arms and muscles. This self time in dark helps the cat reorganise itself, retain its energy level and chill out.

In fact, cats are so fond of woollen fabrics and warm blankets that they can ever sacrifice their own little cave (place where they live in house) and run up directly to the bed to cease the opportunity! 

Since tamed Cats are not accustomed to new faces like friends, relatives and acquaintances of the family, they try to cover themselves and stay away from them and hence hide under the blanket. 

Anxiety and sickness are also common crude constriction compelling cats to recline and relax in the comfort quarters.

Health and safety concerns are other prime reasons favouring cat’s stay under the blanket. 

The weave and wool of blanket as well as the peace of mind and silence of the surrounding cure, even, their faint illnesses. 

Why do Cats Burrow under Blankets

Is oxygen deprivation an actual risk to the burrowing cats?

An estimated weight of a blanket is around 4.5kg – 6.81kg; enough to overpower the weight of a 3.6kg – 4kg cat (average weight).

Strenuous and muscular cats can lift and aside the overweight blanket. The fear of harm, trap and trouble is to the kittens who may fail to escape and rescue themselves.

Although devoid of any sickness or plight, families have bleak concerns about their cats burrowing themselves in the blanket.

The muffling noise and endearing activities of cats are very refining and refreshing but can also cost their lives!

•Cats who are skinny or feeble may not be able to lift up the blanket it is in, leading to fatal repercussions due to lack of oxygen and suffocation. 

•Complete cover over the body especially on the face also inhibits the inflow and outflow of oxygen causing complication and uneasiness in breathing.

Nevertheless, risk of oxygen deprivation by reckless burrowing under the blanket is overruled because Cats have strong self guarding instincts and they voluntarily drive themselves out of the blanket if they find a change of pleasure to plight.

In fact, many Cat tamers have seen that their cats burrow themselves in the depth of a mushy mattress and sleep therein easily and fearlessly.

Furthermore, even Vets do not have any complaint against these antics of cats rather, by this they judge the nature of cats being notorious.

However  keeping in view the sanitation perspective, cats may litter the house and bed after they are done with the meal by spreading the leftover all around. 

Also, some people may have allergies from the hair of cats since it is always exposed to the outer environment and has amalgamation of infinite bacterial particles which induce sneezing and coughing in the person lying next to it.

Therefore, this habit should not be emboldened by the family as continued sleep in limited oxygen space can cause severe ill effects and breathing problems.

Lesser engagement and appreciation to the same can avert cats from carrying these acts on a routine basis.

Do cats like being wrapped in blankets?

Once accessories become a part of daily need, they too start giving welcoming reception to the user!

Cats are selective in their choice. Once they take a blanket to bury in, mattress to wrap around or bed to sink under they do not change their choice. An indispensable attachment binds them to their possession and they thus, enjoy sleeping in the confined quarters. 

Cats are not only diurnal creatures but also nearsighted. But, their night vision is very clear and sharp. This is the dual reason behind cats wrapping themselves in the blanket whole day and wandering around at night to look after the house and members therein.

Well, Cats do not lie on any different corners of the bed. They sleep right next to the owner to receive the benefit of mutual heat emissions : both from blanket and from the body of the owner, especially the head part!

Researchers tell that Cats spend about 30%-50% of their day in self pleasing and orientation.  However, this tendency of Cats has astonishing merits. They stress less which induce proper blood flow, Oxygen passage, better stimulation of hormones, normal body temperature and ultimately finer health. 

Another interesting theory which reveals the reason behind Cats’ reclusion against unfamiliar environments is that Cats do not like high decibel sounds (this is an indirect link to low frequency of purring which is 25-125 hertz). 

Although Cats are very creative creatures and can produce 100 different sounds of growling, chirping, barking but they only purr under the blanket. This is a sign of contentment and jubilance (or perhaps anxiety if the condition is solemn).

One in every 200 cats is a victim of Asthma.

Tamed cats are more vulnerable to breathlessness because of its exposure to smoke and cigarettes. This can also be the reason behind cats covering themselves under the blanket.

On the contrary, Cats may not exactly “like” wrapping themselves under a blanket rather, like biting its fabric.

This peculiar habit of cats is called Pica.

The reason behind Pica can be apprehension, boredom or diseases like Leukaemia, tumours or insufficient diet. 

Why does my cat Burrow into me?

Cat tries to symbolise and show its ownership over its master by head-butting, cuddling, sniffing and sticking to him around.

It often lies in his arms and tries to burrow its head in his, demanding love and affection.

Tickle and friendly strokes indicate its frolic mood and desire for playing.

This head-butting gesture is also the sign of bidding goodbye to its master when he leaves for work and a lovely reception on return.

This shows the deep bond between the two.

Seconds of head-butting can also be a healing medicine for a cat suffering from any illness.

This temporary pleasure takes away its pain momentarily.

By touching its head with the owner’s legs, Cat identifies and recognises the member, by rubbing its head on the owner’s head, it releases scents and pheromones but when it buries or join its head with the owner, it tries to reconcile the degree of trust and establish its territory by leaving a mark of its authority over its master. This also develops a sense of belongingness in cats. Besides head butting, cats attack on ankles, scratches amiably, smirk and touch their whiskers with the owners’ face for enlightenment and exhilaration. 

Another reason behind head-butting is for maintaining the closeness and mitigating the distance between each other. 

Sometimes, the cat may appear appealing but some other times, it may also seem demanding. This is because it wants the owner’s undivided attention and wants to allocate sole power over him.

This shows the cat’s over-protective nature and infinite fondness towards its owner.

Cats, unlike humans, do have an extra organ which allow them to taste the scents present in the air. This is the reason behind cats gazing and staring open mouthed to their owners when they eat after the denial of head butting with cats.

The brain of a cat resembles  90% of the human mind. Also, humans and cats have the same section of the brain which regulates emotion. 

This is the exact science behind cat’s connectivity and understanding of humans habits which percolates easy development of healthy relationships binding them together emotionally and socially. 



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