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Why Does My Cat Burrow Under Blankets? 7 Common Reasons

Kitties have some pretty interesting mannerisms. They’re always doing some quirky behavior that, as humans, we can barely understand. If you have a cat that likes to tunnel or weave underneath your blankets, you might wonder what would prompt this – because it’s downright goofy.

Several factors are at play here, but it’s probably just cat preference. Let’s go over some reasons why it might appeal more to your feline.

Cat ball divider 1 The 7 Reasons Your Cat Burrows in Blankets

Every feline is unique and different. And the reasons they’re burrowing in your blankets might vary daily. But here are seven of the most general reasons we could think of that covers it.

1. “Bush Dweller” Instinct

We know. It’s hard to imagine the chubby purring kitty beside you hoping for snacks hunting like a fearless lioness. The lovely little pouch on his tummy and requests for chin rubs don’t really match up to their vicious wildcat ancestors.

However, this bush-dwelling instinct helps your cat feel protected and out of sight. In the wild, this would be protection from predators and a way to stalk prey. So, even though they don’t use these practices for survival anymore, it’s still ingrained in the DNA.

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2. Safety

Sometimes cats like to burrow in blankets for the same reason we do, to create a sense of safety. Nothing feels quite as cozy as being completely surrounded by comfy blankets.

Plus, your cat sees you doing this, making them feel like they want to be snug as a bug in a rug with their favorite person.

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3. Comfort

Some cats just have strict preferences when it comes to napping. If your cat loves the comfort of cuddling inside of blankets, you might notice them doing it in your bed, their bed, and various places throughout the house.

These types of cats probably absolutely love hiding in cat caves or condos as well. There’s something about being enclosed that makes cats feel relaxed.

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4. Playfulness

Some cats might want to burrow in blankets and just pop out and attack something. You might notice cats climbing under rugs, blankets, and other fabrics in your home to lunge out when they see an oncoming party.

They might also use this as a technique to encourage other cats to play with them. It’s a way to hide out of sight, where they think they’re being very sneaky, ready to attack an unsuspecting victim.

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5. Anxiety

You know your cat better than anyone. You’re aware of all of their personality quirks. If your cat is running to burrow in the blanket for refuge, this could be anxiety related.

If they are a little skittish or uncomfortable with quick movements, loud noises, or new environments, they probably try to find comfort.

If something is going on around the house that is scaring your cat, something as loud as a vacuum, to something as strange as a new smell on your clothes. They might run to the blanket to duck for cover. Most anxiety is treatable simply by tweaking the environment.

Creating a calm, peaceful, serene place for your cat to call home is critical. In a bustling household, sometimes giving your cat that quiet space really just isn’t in the cards.

In certain circumstances, and depending on severity, your veterinarian might prescribe a pill or other medication to lessen the effects of anxiousness.

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6. Texture

Your cat might be an absolute texture fiend. Some cats enjoy the sensation of certain fabrics on their fur and skin. So if your cat seems to be favoring a particular material, it might very well be based on nothing more than the fabric itself.

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7. Sickness

Sometimes cats try to isolate themselves when they’re not feeling their hottest. If your cat has suddenly started doing this, and it seems like they’re trying to escape the normal day today, it might be time to make that appointment with the vet.

Cats are extremely good at hiding signs of sickness, so even though this might not ring too much of an alarm, it still can have significant repercussions if you ignore it. When you make your appointment, try to keep a mental log or a little list of notes as to any other behavioral changes or physical symptoms you’ve noticed.

Sometimes it can be something incredibly simple, and other times it can be dire. Getting the proper testing can alleviate much of that stress for you and explain the behavior better if it seems problematic.

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If you get to the end of this list and figure out that your cat is just a blanket lover, you can try to look for its very own blanket online. If your cat favors a particular kind of fabric, that will help your search a lot.

But if you think this is anything more serious, it might be in your cat’s best interest to get a quick check-up to make sure its health is in good standing.

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