Is your cat a lapping cat?

China
December 7, 2009 2:40am CST
She is a lapping cat when it gets a little cold in the winter. she enjoys sitting at my lap in the winter time. most of the time when I sit at my computer working she comes to me and jump up on my lap sleeping or just sitting on. Are all cats like this? Do cats hate cold? I mean my cat has long fur and it should keep her warm enough and why she does it in the cold and not in the warm or the hot?
4 responses
@Loverbear (4929)
• United States
7 Dec 09
Cats are creatures that love comfort. I have four lap cats! The worst of them is Khuay (the guy in my avatar). He would sleep on my lap for hours if I sat still that long. In fact tonight he was stretched out on my lap and down my legs, laying on his back with a big smile on his face. They hate cold and will suck up warmth anywhere they can get it. Of course I also love it because they are great lap warmers in themselves. I have a heated water bed and the four of them spend hours sleeping on it...and I have them surrounding me at night when I crawl in bed to get some sleep. They won't do laps in warm and hot weather because of the fact that they don't sweat. There is no way for them to disperse the excess heat so they won't look for the warmer spots to sleep. You'll find that when they are over heated they will be in a nice cool spot on the floor, ground, cement, or damp areas that are semi dry. My older lady, Murphy, rips her fur between her hind legs out during the summer so that she will be cooler. They also will drink more to keep themselves cooler. I have a swamp cooler and it doesn't fail when the temperature hits the 90's that I will find the cats flaked out under the cooler enjoying the breeze and cool air.
• China
7 Dec 09
thanks for sharing the story of your cats and pass the information about cats. I had two cats but now just have one left (which shows in my avatar, called princess) and the other one ran away and never got back. I brought both of them from a local pet shop when they were just about 1 mouths old. I still remember the day the other one, called tomboy, got lose and my princess, the one who is still with me, was so down and keep meowing at me for a long time. yes, she enjoy sleeping at the floor at the summer time and sleeping at my laps and even sleep with me on my bed. she often licks my face and sometimes even touch my face with her paws. She is so adorable.
@opalina143 (1237)
• Morristown, New Jersey
7 Dec 09
My cat doesn't really like to sit on my lap. She is a Mainecoon cat and they are not known for being lap cats. She does like to be petted when she comes up to me, and she may sit with me for a little while, but never more than ten minutes or so. She does have a habit of putting her paws on me and making little stepping motions, like she is massaging me- I read that cats do that when they are with their mother and are drinking milk, so when they do it with a human, it is a deep sign of affection and contentment. But she does not sit on my lap for long, although I wish she would. I do not know why your cat likes to cuddle when its cold, but I would be happy that she does. It's nice to have a cat sit on your lap.
@Loverbear (4929)
• United States
7 Dec 09
I have a male Maine C00n cat, and he adores my BF. When my BF arrives and sits down Dinglebeary will come sailing into the room, jump up in his lap, throw his paws around my BF's neck and but his head under my BF's chin. He, too, isn't much of a lap cat but he will curl up in our laps about twice a month when he is feeling kind of lonely.
@KalnuF (17)
• Canada
9 Dec 09
By all means no, not all cats are like that. My cat will jump off, he hates being handled but loves being petted. But my other cats prior would stay in your lap for a while I think it alwso depends how they were raised.
@Downwindz (2231)
• Netherlands
7 Dec 09
Hello Chameleon, Most cats like to be around places where it is warm such like heaters or humans, since some of our heat goes out and the cats can feel it. Especially in the winter they prefeer it more often, you should almost not believe that cats are warmblooded animals. My cat is quite common in the couch laying next to my mum or on her lap.