Does your cat attack your toes while you're sleeing?

United States
October 4, 2008 5:49pm CST
Does your cat ever attack your toes or feet while you're sleeping? Last night, our new kitten decided to make a home at the foot of my bed. At first, he kept batting at my feet until he finally went to sleep. But, in the middle of the night, I woke up suddenly and found the kitten nipping at my feet. I had to put my feet under the cover to make him stop. Even then, he sat on my feet waiting for them to come out so he could get them again. Why do cats do that?
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• United States
5 Oct 08
Abagail and Sammy on the bed - Abagail and Sammy on our bed,
My Abagail every once in a while wakes me up biting my toes at night. She will not stop unless I swat her with my paperback book I am reading. I lay it on the headboard. I do not swat her very hard just enough to to make a nose and scare her. I tell you it is a rude awaking when she does wake us up. Abagail is the one with the white tummy peaking behind her front feet. She looks so innocent in this photo but not when she bites my toes at night.
• United States
6 Oct 08
I swear those are my cats! Or, at least doppelgangers. Abigail looks just like my EB (except mine doesn't have a tail) and the other one looks like my older male cat, Big Man. Isn't it funny how those types of cats always hang out together, no matter where they live? Thanks for the pic.
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• United States
8 Oct 08
I do love my girls. Abagail sure has a lot of personality. She keeps me on my toes.
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
5 Oct 08
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Hello beauty queen. It is a strange behaviour of your cat. I read it with interest. I cannot give a clear explanation about it, but I think that the cat must be interested in your toes that drives her to do so. Well, it was years ago when I was still a teen when one night I was bitten awake by a mouse and part of my skin was off my middle toe. I felt the pain and cried out loud. My mother heard me and used some medical stuff on my toe and a few days later it was healed. I dislike mice in the house, but that was our old house. Now there is no more mouse in our new house.
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• United States
6 Oct 08
Perhaps my cat thinks my toes are little baby mice? Thanks for the cute picture of a calico. She looks like my cat, EB, which is also a calico.
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
4 Oct 08
I think this is more common with younger kittens than older to do. When my two cats were little ones, yup they sure did like to "attack" my feet...and OUCH! They would sic those little kitten claws that were real sharp. I think the reason kittens do this is that they are simply fascinated by anything that moves and want to attack it ...maybe they think one's feet are some "treasure" to catch
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• United States
6 Oct 08
Wouldn't it be funny if we could look into the mind of a cat? They are mysterious yet amazing creatures.
• United States
5 Oct 08
She doesn't do it anymore!! When she used to do it, my reflexes would kick in gear and she'd accidentally get kicked off of the bed. I'm glad they know how to land! Now, the only pet in the house that attacks toes is the puppy. Well actually, he doesn't attack mine anymore, he attacks my mom's toes. However, 2 of our 3 cats play late at night and on the bed when i'm sleeping. They end up chasing each other and using their claws to 'attack' one another. I've woken up with scratches only to remember that they came from them!
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• United States
6 Oct 08
My big male cat used to be really bad about running over me when I was sleeping. After awhile, I figured out that he was doing it on purpose to get my attention or express displeasure over the state of his litter box. They're very much like children!
• United States
11 Nov 08
Hi Rose, I purchase a cat last Friday, November 7, 2008. And he is cute. However, I plan on getting rid of him soon because he growls like a tiger when he purls. I am kind of scare of him. I was going to take him to the vet on Friday, November 14, 2008, but he may be gone before then. I do not let him sleep in my bed at night and I close my door when my daughter and I are sleep. Crystal Whitehead
• United States
5 Oct 08
My cat does that sometimes. Sometimes I can be fully asleep and move and my cat will dive bomb my feet and claw or start biting. I'm not sure why she does it. I'm not sure why any cat does it. I wonder if it's because your feet sometimes move underneath covers and they can't tell what it is so they decide to attack or what. Cats are just strange.
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• United States
6 Oct 08
Yep! They're weird little people. But, I love 'em!
• United States
4 Oct 08
I had a cat that did that and I don't know what the big fascination is with our feet. I can understand it when they attack our feet as they move under the covers, because they don't know what it is, they just see a bump, moving. But, when they're in plain view, I don't get it. Maybe they don't think it hurts us when they bite them.
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• United States
4 Oct 08
Yeah, that's gotta be it. When my big male cat, was a kitten he would bite my toes while I was sleeping (just like the new kitten is doing). It was adorable, cause he still had those baby teeth and it didn't hurt. I didn't think anything of it. But the first time he bit down and broke skin, he was banned from the bed room. Poor babies don't know their own strength. I'm guessing that's what is going to happen with the new kitten. He's so frisky. I can't imagine that he means any harm. But the boy does love his mama!
• United States
6 Oct 08
That's funny, I had a cat do this to me a few years ago, he is gone now but that cat LOVED to attack my toes/feet I am a "twitcher" in bed my feet and toes are always in movement and that darn cat would wait til just about the time I dozed off and WHAM his big old body would land on my feet and HE'D BITE TOO...scare the crap outta me....I miss him though he was a beautiful big white long haired cat with a bit of Black on his head...
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• United States
5 Oct 08
i've never had an adult cat do it,but kittens,yes. i think it's just a chasing instinct. nothing like needle like kitten claws to say "good morning" LOL
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@mojcica (1512)
• Slovenia
4 Oct 08
Lol no that hasnt happen yet. She did however lick my hair at nights :/ Who knows why, they are jus playful and thats their toy i suppose.
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
5 Oct 08
My cats have attacked my toes both in my sleep and when I am just sitting on the couch. I don't let my cats sleep with us because I already don't sleep well most nights and they make it harder for me to sleep. As for why they attack our toes, there are a couple of reasons. Without knowing it, you probably wiggled them and that is almost irresistible to a cat. And, if your toes are under the covers, that is even harder for them to resist because all they see is that something under the covers is moving and they don't know what it is. We are big toys for them and our toes and fingers are littler parts of a big toy. LOL!
• United States
6 Oct 08
I'm thinking that's what happened. He startles easily.
@katsmeow1213 (28910)
• United States
5 Oct 08
That's typical for kittens, but as they grow up they grow out of it. But I don't usually let my cats in my bedroom at night anyways. I like to sleep with my feet uncovered, and I've always been afraid of a cat scratching my feet while I sleep.. so I've never been able to sleep with a cat in my room.
• United States
6 Oct 08
One of our cats has started peeing on the beds, so now the cats are banned from bedrooms. It's for the best.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
5 Oct 08
When my cats were kittens they would do that if they saw the movement of my feet under the covers. It was a game for them, I would move my feet on purpose sometimes, just so they could play. My male cat, now will suddenly lunge at my feet if I am passing by. I always walk looking down, because I never know when he is going to do it. He has claws and he may think he is playing with me, but I do not appreciate getting scratched Sometimes out of the blue he will bite my husband, I think he is playing when he does that, he is not a vicious cat, he is just freaky sometimes.
• United States
6 Oct 08
My cats are always surprising me like that.
• Philippines
16 Feb 09
yeah..it happens to me but only once..and i don't want to happen it again that is why i locked the doors..i make it sure that the door is not open..i hate cats inside my room...happy mylotting..
• Canada
30 Jan 09
My cat does that sometimes, and it drives me crazy!!! Another thing he'll do is wait till a toe peaks out from under the cover, and lick it, or put his cold nose against it. THAT really really drives me nuts!!! Sometimes if he can't find anything to nudge, he'll climb under the covers and finds something. LOL
@apples99 (6562)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Yes my cat likes to play with my feet while I sleep, it usually happens if I move my feet under the blanket I think its becuse the kitten is in a playful mood and they like to imagine that your toes are something to chase.
@glords (2614)
• United States
5 Oct 08
My cousin had a cat that would do that. In the middle of the night she would attack. It hurt too. If my cat was attacking my toes in the middle of the night, I'd make her sleep outside. That's just scary, what if she decided to attack something else. She could claw your eyes out. Bad Kitty. You should watch the mean kitty video on Youtube. I think you'll get a kick out of it.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Cats are naturally nocturnal. They may go to sleep, and wake up with you - but in between you can bet that they are up and prowling. Your kitten woke up wanting to play and wanted to share that with you lol. My cat has outgrown the night playtimes, but now has a habit of wanting company at night. She wakes me up by sticking her cold nose in my ear, makes me levitate off the bed.
• Malaysia
5 Oct 08
My cat also do that. The cat will suddenly jump and bite my toe. I don't move my feet so much. Sometimes my cat bite because my cat want to wake up me up at give food. Sometimes my feet do hurt from the cat bite. I have to lock my door to prevent the cat from coming and bite me. But sometimes, the cat will find a way to get in my room.
• India
5 Oct 08
I somehow have never been able to stand cats in the house. I find them very creepy.
@insulin (2480)
• Philippines
5 Oct 08
Lol..Yeah I've experienced that too when my cat was still a little and well I am not sleeping,I am actually eating when he attacked my feet under the table..:-0 I dont know why they attacking our feets.Maybe thats there practice to hunt mouse and maybe our feet look like mouse..LolGod bless and have a nice day..:-0