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Why do kittens sleep around your neck?

post #1 of 13
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I was wondering why kittens always seem to want to sleep around your neck. My new kitten would not lie down and rest in my lap, she had to be right under my chin. I moved her several times and she always came back to the same place. Right under my chin...my allergies don't have a chance.

Can anyone explain this behavior?
post #2 of 13
Being closer to your face probably comforts her, or maybe it could be because she hears your heartbeat better?

Does she like to give you little kitten kisses too while snuggling?
post #3 of 13
Yeah a lot of cats like to do this. I think they like the warmth and the coziness of your neck it makes them feel safe and snuggly like when they are with their cat mommies. Just try to be patient and slowly and gently train your kitty to sleep curled in the crook of your arm or maybe on a pillow just for him next to you. It's all I can think of right now.
post #4 of 13
yeah, its the warmth and beating of your heart.....snuggle up with mom.....
post #5 of 13
i always wondered about that aswell as boots didnt do that she hid first lil while when i got her but socks was out from under the chair in 10 minutes after i got her and on my lap and then curled up on my neck affectionate lil souls xx
post #6 of 13
kevin sleeps in bed with me and he alway has to be sleeping at the top of my head, arched around it.
post #7 of 13
honestly, i have a different take on why they do this. i think it is insecurity. it's not unsual for a cat to crawl up on your bed at night (and they'll usually plop themselves right iin the middle of your bed, so you end up waking up with a back-ache), but when they insist on sleeping on you (usually right near your face or neck) i think there's more to it.
post #8 of 13
I think it has to do with age that a kitten is weaned from its mom. I adopted a two week old kitten that was found abandoned and he was all about sleeping in my hair. he would lay in my hair, drool and make sucking noises. When I had my hair put up, he would try to remove it from the holder. He wanted to live in my hair, and as he grew I would find my head pinned to the pillow at night, unable to turn. When he was four weeks we had a vet visit, the vet was like "Where is your kitten?" I reached into my hair and pulled him out. The vet said "I guess you're his mom now."
post #9 of 13
Ashley does this she is 7 weeks old.I was wondering the same thing.Interesting answers though .I love it when she curls up right like that, she loves her mommy
post #10 of 13
Hammie did that when he was a kitten (adopted at 12 wks). He quit after a few weeks though; he had a better place to sleep (curled up next to Zorro, his new best friend).

I thought it was SO sweet. He liked to lay right on the crook of my underarm and curl his head into my neck. Only problem was, he'd reach out in the middle of the night and feel my nose (to feel me breathing, I am guessing???) and unsheathe his claws on me!!!! He was trying to be sweet but owwie! Nose pain!!!
post #11 of 13
Mine does that too...When I am sleeping, I know its cute but she is kind of cutting off air supply! Only my kitten does this! She likes to sleep in my face, wrapped around my neck, or likes to cuddle with my head lol! Its cuz she loves you!
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by darkeyedgirl View Post
Hammie did that when he was a kitten (adopted at 12 wks). He quit after a few weeks though; he had a better place to sleep (curled up next to Zorro, his new best friend).

I thought it was SO sweet. He liked to lay right on the crook of my underarm and curl his head into my neck. Only problem was, he'd reach out in the middle of the night and feel my nose (to feel me breathing, I am guessing???) and unsheathe his claws on me!!!! He was trying to be sweet but owwie! Nose pain!!!
hehe! yup, that's what would happen to me too, only worse. if i woke up and moved suddenly, sweet little kitty would not only unsheathe her claws on me, but her teeth too sometimes! ouch!!!! that's pretty scary when they're right on your neck and near your face! it's funny, but then again not. after some time (actually about 4 months) she finally felt secure enough and starting sleeping away from me. i miss her "cuddling" in a way since, but i know that wasn't normal. she's a happy, secure cat now. occassionally she still will jump up on my chest while i'm sleeping, but now it really is just "affection", not insecurity, and i don't worry about possibly losing an eye if i happen to move suddenly... :-) i agree with the poster who mentioned it may have to do with been weened too soon also.....
post #13 of 13
[quote=sshapkido;1786647]I was wondering why kittens always seem to want to sleep around your neck.?/quote]

Because they can!
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